AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 15

April 9, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Mach 1 Headset by Lightspeed: Feather-Light at Less than an Ounce!
The "born to be worn" Mach 1 packs a lot for its size. Pilots have weighed in, and all agree the Mach 1 packs a lot of features into its feather-light design. A high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset, the Mach 1 allows easy connection to cell phone and music interfaces. Enjoy supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. For more information and to view a video clip, click here.
Adam Aircraft's New Owners back to top 

Russian Investors Buy Adam For $10 Million

AAI Acquisition is the new owner of Adam Aircraft after a deal was struck with bankruptcy trustees last week. However, the bargain-basement buyout of the company, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing the A500 piston twin and A700 very light jet was protested by one of the creditors, according to the Denver Post. Portfolio Real Estate, of Englewood, Colo., called the lone bidder a "thinly capitalized Delaware corporation" formed for no other reason than to buy Adam. It also claims the would-be buyer is affiliated with the Russian private equity firm Industrial Investors. The deal still has to be approved by the court. The trustee, Jeffery Weinmann, is looking on the bright side, however.

Weinmann noted that rather than being cut up and sold off asset by asset, the company went as a single entity and part of the deal is some relief for creditors. "This is good for the city; it's good for Colorado; it's good for the bankruptcy estate to sell it in whole rather than piecemeal," Weinman said. The plant may be in operation this week.

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The "P" May No Longer Be "Piston" ... back to top 

Cessna Hints At Change In NGP Project

Cessna has stopped calling its NGP design project a next-generation piston, and this week instead identified it as a "next generation propeller" aircraft. With the addition of the former Columbia single-engine airplanes, now the Cessna 350 and 400, Cessna said it is working on re-positioning the NGP to "fit logically" into its product lineup. “Our team is working on finalizing the configuration,” said Van Abel, Cessna’s project engineer for the NGP. “We continue to evaluate features and materials that will produce a new, unique aircraft family with a potential for multiple powerplants.” Cessna has displayed the NGP concept at numerous air shows to gather customer feedback, while a cross-functional team continues to assess the business case for adding what Cessna calls "a family of innovative airplanes." Cessna added that it will not release any performance data or specifications until a launch decision is made.

Meanwhile, Cessna said it is continuing to integrate the former Columbia manufacturing plant in Bend, Ore., into the company, and will deliver 150 of the airplanes this year. The NGP proof-of-concept debuted at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh . Since then, engineers have collected performance numbers and made aerodynamic modifications based on those figures, Cessna says.

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Columbus to Be Built in Kansas back to top 

Cessna Picks Wichita For Columbus

Kansas politicians can get things done in a hurry if they want to, as proven by the meteoric passage of an incentive package to ensure Cessna kept its Columbus 850 plant in Wichita. On March 31, Cessna told state officials it wanted $25 million in cash to build a factory to build the $27 million aircraft. Cessna's total investment is expected to be about $800 million and employ 1,000 people. By Friday, the Senate and House had passed a $33 million incentive package and by Saturday Cessna CEO Jack Pelton was at a news conference telling local media the deal had been sealed.

"Clearly we have sent a very strong signal not only to our country but to the world that Kansas will compete to protect our jobs," said Steve Martens, chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. Cessna plans to break ground on the plant by the end of the year.

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.
Jeppesen Data on the Go back to top 

Jeppesen Via Cell Phone Or PDA

Jeppesen is putting its prodigious database at the fingertips of clients who need flight information on the go. With technology partner Hilton Software, which has figured out how to make all that information available to your personal communicator. And it’s an impressive array of information that can be displayed on that little screen. From DUATS supported legal weather and flight plan filing, to real-time depictions of weather, airport information, and even weight and balance calculations for more than 400 aircraft stored in the database. The system is available for Windows-based mobile applications and Iphone and Blackberry versions are in the works. Jepp has also made learning (and teaching) the G1000 easier than ever.

The computer-based training programs put a graphic depiction of the glass panel on the screen and a special menu bar runs the scenario-based individual courses. The software also keeps score. It records when each of the dozens of tasks has been completed without asking for help or looking up answers and ticks a box on a scoresheet. That way instructors can send students off to do self directed study and know the work is being covered. There’s a familiarization course, one for VFR and one for IFR.

Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
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Classic Turboprop, Modern Avionics back to top 

Glass For Your Conquest

Avidyne has introduced an integrated flight deck and retrofit for the Cessna 441 Conquest II that brings all the modern avionics conveniences to the venerable twin turboprop. The Alliant Retrofit was introduced at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday and puts Avidyne's Envision Integrated Flight Deck System and S-TEC 2100 digital autopilot on two large-screen displays. It's also available with RVSM for operators who fly above 29,000 feet. Avidyne also introduced a new weather detection system.

The TWX670 Tactical Weater Detection System is based on a new generation lightning detector. It accurately measures electrical discharges, which are the primary indicator of weather you don't want to mess with. Color coding shows the areas of greatest intensity. It has a range of up to 25 nm and it's considered a complement to data link weather services.

Envision® Integrated Flight Deck Now Available for Retrofit Installation in Cessna 400-Series Aircraft!
Avidyne's Envision® Integrated Flight Deck modernizes the popular Cessna 400-Series piston-engine twins with state-of-the-art situational awareness and safety systems and the industry's easiest-to-use integrated flight deck. Purchase and take delivery of an Envision® System (EXP5000 PFD and an EX5000 MFD) and get an MLB700 at no charge! This $5,495 value provides you with WSI Datalink Weather and Sirius® Digital Audio! Offer valid from 1/15/08 to 5/15/08. Click here for more info.

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Flying High with Our Contest Winners (and Friends) back to top 

Exclusive Video from Sun 'n Fun 2008:
Essay Contest Winner Christa Mabry Flies the Herpa DC-3 in Warbird Formation

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

Thanks to Dan Gryder and our friends at Herpa Wings, "Why I Want to Fly the DC-3" essay contest winner Christa Mabry kicked off Sun 'n Fun in style. Dan and his crew had planned a very special surprise, allowing our contest winners to take the controls of the their DC-3 and lead a morning formation of warbirds over the show grounds, welcoming everyone to the 2008 fly-in. We took up a couple of spots in the DC-3 and another plane — what, you thought we were going to watch this from the ground? — and brought back this video of an unforgettable experience, courtesy of AVweb video editor Glenn Pew:

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Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

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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