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EMPLOYEES REMAIN HOPEFUL
Prospective investors in Adam
Aircraft might have learned something about the company at JD's Bait
Shop Sports Grill in Centennial, Colo., on Monday afternoon. According
to the Denver Post, rather than crying in their beers, the
20 or so Adam employees who gathered there after getting their pink
slips on Monday expressed hope that someone with money will see the
company they way they do. "We're all here tonight because we love this
company," quality control worker Ray Romero told the Post. "We want to
be there, but there's no money. We're a privately funded company. We
have a beautiful product." About 500 remaining workers got the word
after lunch on Monday that Adam had failed to raise the $100 million it
needs to get the A700 jet certified and in production and to ramp up
production of the already-certified A500 piston twin. Adam spokeswoman
Shelly Simi also held out hope that funding could be found. "It's a very
dynamic situation. We are looking at alternatives," she told AVwebBiz in
a phone interview. A final decision on the fate of the company is
expected within a week. More...
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EYES MANDATORY TCAS FOR VLJS
European authorities are
squawking over what they term a loophole that allows very light jets to
operate without traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS).
TCAS is required on aircraft bigger than 12,500 pounds and VLJs are
loosely defined as jets that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. Eurocontrol,
which oversees air traffic control in Europe, is pushing to make the
equipment required in VLJs. Alex Hendriks, the deputy director of air
traffic management strategies at Eurocontrol, told the London Times "TCAS is mandatory for airlines
because of safety considerations. Why should we exclude a certain
category of aircraft just because they are small?" More...
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It's no surprise to anyone in aviation that
2007 was a good year but just how good a year it was became clear in
Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The General Aviation Manufacturers
Association released its annual statistics (PDF) on aircraft deliveries, and business jets
simply blew away other sectors in all aspects. "Aside from the record
set for year-end billings, the industry also experienced an all-time
high in business jet shipments, delivering over 1,000 units for the
first time in history," GAMA reported. In fact, business jets accounted
for more than 25 percent of the impressive total of 4,272 aircraft sold
in 2007, with 1,186 delivered. The business jet tally was up 28.4
percent over 2006's total of 886. Turboprop numbers were also up at 459
(412 last year) and piston aircraft sales were down slightly at 2,675,
compared to 2,755 in 2006. More...
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BEECHCRAFT CERTIFIES 750
Hawker Beechcraft is continuing its
aggressive new-model introduction campaign with the announcement that
its "light midsize" 750 has received FAA certification. The 750 is an
eight-passenger aircraft that uses the same wing and fuselage as the
already-certified 800 series. Brad Hatt, Hawker Beechcraft's vice
president of commercial sales, said the $12.2 million plane fills a new
market niche for the company. "This aircraft has the perfect combination
of reliability and operating efficiency, while incorporating a large
luxurious cabin with internal and external baggage areas," he said.
COLUMBUS "LIKELY" TO BE BUILT IN WICHITA
Cessna CEO Jack
Pelton says it's "highly likely" the new Columbus large-cabin
business jet will be assembled in Wichita but the company will have
to expand its bursting-at-the-seams facilities there. Meanwhile, the
company has announced that its neighbor, Spirit AeroSystems, will build
the fuselage and empennage of the 77-foot aircraft. Spirit spokeswoman
Debbie Gann told The Wichita Eagle the tail section will likely be
built in Scotland while Wichita is the first choice for the fuselage.
"Cessna knows that's certainly our desire, and we certainly hope that's
where we end up," Gann told the Eagle. More...
Cessna Aircraft Company, the
World's Largest General Aviation Manufacturer
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company
is the world's
largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007,
delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation
business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna
has a current backlog of $12.6 billion. The global fleet of more than
is the largest fleet of business jets in the
More information about Cessna Aircraft
Company is available at Cessna.com
CAPABILITIES FOR OLD PHONES
A Canadian avionics company has
developed an analog interface that allows owners of older airborne
satellite phone systems to tap into the much greater capabilities of new
digital equipment. Ottawa-based TrueNorth Avionics makes the Simphone
satellite communications system that not only provides phone service but
also data, wi-fi, broadband and a host of other electronic
communications options. Trouble is, a lot of business aircraft already
have expensive and perfectly serviceable satellite phones integrated
with their cabin communications, and retrofitting is expensive.
Dual Antenna Traffic Systems Simply Perform
's dual-antenna TAS600 Systems detect other aircraft
sooner and more accurately, avoiding the shadowing effects inherent with
single-antenna systems. TAS600s actively interrogate other aircraft,
providing timely alerts and precise locations of conflicting traffic.
Starting at just $9,990, the dual-antenna TAS600 provides full-time
protection and higher performance. When it comes to safety, you want to
see the whole picture.
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PROMOTED BY NETJETS
Steve Zacks has been promoted to Executive
Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for NetJets in
the U.S. NetJets CEO Richard Santulli said Zacks earned the promotion
through seven years of "strategic thought leadership" at NetJets.
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THE LOVE OF THE GAME
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A total of 677 business aircraft landings were recorded at
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Super Bowl weekend, filling up just about
every available parking area on the airport. Swift Aviation, the
official FBO for the event, pumped more than 280,000 gallons of jet fuel
into the aircraft whose occupants were treated to one of the
closest--and least predicted--outcomes in Super Bowl history.
AIMS TO MAKE BIZAV EVEN SAFER BY GOING PROACTIVE
equipment, training, and maintenance have made business aviation the
safest aviation sector. So where do we go from here? Swift Aviation
Group in Phoenix has become one of a handful of charter companies to
take its safety posture to the next level by adopting the FAA's Aviation
Action Safety Program, in which ongoing safety-related issues are dealt
with in cooperation with the agency. AVwebBiz editor Russ Niles
spoke with Swift's Mike White about the program and its benefits.
VIDEO: AMAZING FEATS OF AVIATION DHL BAGHDAD
Recounting one of the most impressive feats in
recent aviation history, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew
recalls the circumstances of the DHL A300 shot by a surface-to-air
missile over Baghdad. The crew successfully landed the aircraft without
the ability to manipulate any control surfaces. (Note: The aircraft
shown in simulation is a Boeing 777, not an Airbus A300.) (Click
through to watch.) More...
US ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SHOP
Our sister publication,
Aviation Consumer, is preparing a report on interior shops. If
you recently had an interior redone, the editors would like to hear from
you, whether the experience was good or bad. To take part in the online
survey, click here.
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