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Volume 6, Number 11
March 12, 2008
Fly With Bose® Aviation Headset X™
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Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.
FAA's Latest Safety-Through-Technology Ruleback to top 

The FAA has issued a final rulethat will require aircraft and helicopters built after Mar. 7, 2010, with 10 or more seats to be equipped with enhanced voice and flight data recorders. Under the rule, voice recorders will have an audio loop at least two hours long instead of the current 15 to 30 minutes and there will have to be an independent power source to keep the recorder running for 9 to 11 minutes after all aircraft power is lost or interrupted. Magnetic tape is also banned and all recorders must use digital storage. Flight data recorders will have to sample more data (including pilot inputs and control-surface movements) more often and retain 25 hours of data. More...

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New Details on Cessna Columbusback to top 

Cessna has announced that Parker Aerospace will supply the “hybrid fly-by-wire” control system in its new intercontinental Columbus 850 business jet. Cessna developed the system, which uses hydraulic actuators to move control surfaces based on electrical commands generated by pilot and avionics inputs. The system will work on the roll, pitch and yaw axes as well as secondary control systems including high lift, stabilizer rim and speed brakes. “This technology supports enhanced aircraft performance by allowing improved pilot handling and ride quality,” Parker Aerospace said in a news release. More...

Lightspeed Aviation Is Sponsoring a Study on Hearing Protection
Your input will be used to understand hearing loss and design state-of-the-art headsets to meet the specific requirements of pilots. Participate and be entered into a drawing to win one of four cash prizes (two for $100 and two for $500) or the grand prize of a brand-new Zulu ANR headset. Click here to begin.

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Q400s Far from Finished at SAS Europeback to top 

A few months ago, SAS, one of Europe’s major airlines, announced it was grounding its fleet of Bombardier Q400 turboprops because it said its customers had safety concerns following three landing-gear emergencies. Tuesday, the airline announced it was buying 27 (with options for more) new Bombardier aircraft, including 14 new model Q400s and 13 CRJ900s. The change of heart has something to do with a deal reached between the planemaker, the airline and Goodrich Corp., which builds the landing gear. SAS said the “compensation” package was worth $167 million against the aircraft deal, which, if all options are exercised, will be worth $1.75 billion. 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, Cessna 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 5,100 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna.com.
Adam Aircraft Going to Marketback to top 

Interested buyers must deposit $250,000 and a minimum bid of $10 million to win the assets of Chapter 7 bankruptcy victim Adam Aircraft. The company's belongings will be on the auction block April 4, but bids are due one day earlier. Adam filed Chapter 7, the day after Valentine's Day, laying off 800 employees and granting former company president Duncan Koerbel $300,000 in severance pay. According to the bankruptcy filing, the company has less than $1300 cash on hand and $173,000 in financial accounts. Founder Rick Adam first brought the Adam A500 and A700 designs to the public but left his position at the company in 2007 and is now one of many who have filed suits against Adam Aircraft. Rick Adam's suit is based on the company's "failure to materially complete the terms of a contract for a manufacturing facility in Pueblo." More...

Envision® Integrated Flight Deck Now Available for Retrofit Installation in Cessna 400-Series Aircraft!
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Eager Eyes Still Watching for Toyota's Jet Entry ...back to top 

Where Honda goes, Toyota may soon follow. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has extended Toyota an invitation to fund a company that would design an advanced, fuel-efficient passenger jet. Toyota announced Wednesday it is considering the big leap into the aircraft industry, following a report in the Asahi Shimbun that Toyota has plans to invest $97 million into the project, starting in April. Toyota denied to the AFP that a decision has yet been made. As for Toyota's prior airborne excursions, the company declined comment on progress of a four-seat "one-piece co-cured (single-molded)" carbon-fiber single-engine piston it successfully flew in June of 2002. Mitsubishi has sought numerous investors to help carry the burden of the projected 150 billion yen development costs related to a high-efficiency passenger jet project. More...

NAA Spring Awards & Collier Winner Announcement in AVweb's Audio News
AVweb's Managing Editor, Meredith Saini, was on-hand for this year's National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Spring Awards Luncheon. Meredith spoke with NAA chairman Walter J. Boyne about the 2007 Collier Trophy winner he announced. Listen online.

Join NAA and be an aviation record setter and part of the Collier Trophy. Aviation enthusiasts can join for $39 a year and receive Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine, aviation records, fee discounts, and much more. Join now online, or call NAA at (800) 644-9777.
BizJets Funding Tourism in Florida?back to top 

Palm Beach County commissioners have determined that the best way to boost tourism in the tiny community of West Palm Beach is to charge landing fees on the numerous private aircraft that use the local airport. The attitude of the commissioners is illustrated by the comment of one that the as-yet-undetermined fee “shouldn't be much more than the price of a bottle of champagne,” according to South Florida Sun-Sentinel. But what may be more puzzling is that the board won’t be plowing the money into tourism promotion or marketing to entice the uninitiated to its genteel environs. They’ll be giving it to the airlines that serve the airport. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Stephen Woolstenhulme
Stephen Woolstenhulme has been appointed president of both Lake Texoma Jet Center, LLC and Red River Turbines, both located in Denison, Tex. The FBO is a strategically-placed refueling stop, and the engine shop specializes in GE CJ610 and CF700 service. (The Jackson Group web site)

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

ADS-B has been in the news a lot lately, with the comment period for the FAA's requirements for the system passing last week and the National Aeronautic Association picking the technology as the winner of the prestigious Collier Trophy. Naturally, the Aircraft Electronics Association has had plenty to say about the way the FAA is going about implementing ADS-B. Ric Peri, AEA's government affairs expert, told AVweb's Russ Niles that while ADS-B is excellent technology, it's not being handled as well as it could by the FAA. More...

Dassault has introduced a jet that changes the playing field for business jet manufacturers, operators and pilots. That jet is the $40 million Falcon 7X. In this exclusive video, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew takes us inside the Falcon 7X. (Click through to watch.) More...

The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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