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Volume 6, Number 16
April 16, 2008
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Top News: New Airline Combines Delta, Northwestback to top 

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines have agreed to merge in a no-cash deal that trades stock only. The airline will be called Delta. The deal was reached early Monday evening and is worth $17.7 billion. The merger creates the world's largest airline, for the moment, at least. News of the merger has sparked speculation that Continental and United will follow. In the Delta-Northwest deal, the airlines have agreed to keep all their hubs open and Delta pilots have been given a 3.5 percent stake. They've also agreed to keep their current contract through 2012. More...

Trade-A-Plane, Aviation's Original Search Engine
Back in 1937, Trade-A-Plane was the original (and only) place to look for parts to repair an airplane. It's still the best, with everything that keeps you flying — thousands of planes, products, and services. Call (800) 337-5263 or subscribe online.

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First Phenom 300 Takes to the Skiesback to top 

Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 300 light jet, and ground testing will begin shortly in advance of its first flight. Work has already begun on the second Phenom 300. "We are thrilled to see the Phenom 300 become a reality," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "The Phenom 300... will set a new standard for the light jet category." The 300 was rolled out 10 months after the smaller Phenom 100 was completed. 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.
Cessna Mustang, Pilatus PC-12 at Sun 'n Funback to top 

While the big news out of Sun 'n Fun for Cessna's jet line was the integration of synthetic vision in the Garmin G1000 suite, company officials were also celebrating a sales milestone. According to spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist, firm orders for the "entry-level" jet have topped 500 and there are more than 60 in service. The fleet, which marked its first delivery almost exactly a year ago, has now racked up 10,500 hours. Cessna calls it "the only fully operational entry-level business jet available," and says it's ready to ramp up production. (Click through for video of Bergqvist at Sun 'n Fun.) More...

The Pilatus PC-12, a well-respected workhorse, has been given a 21st century makeover. The company displayed an example of its next generation model that was certified days before Sun 'n Fun 2008 opened in Lakeland, Fla. The biggest change is installation of a Honewell Primus Apex glass panel, a variation of the Honeywell system found in large business jets and is the base system for Gulfstream's Planeview. Pilatus spokesman Mike Haenggi said the version used in the PC-12NG is optimized for single pilot operation. The latest PC-12 also gets more power. (Click through for video of Haenggi at Sun 'n Fun.) More...

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.
Embraer Was Big News at Sun 'n Funback to top 

Expect more detail from Embraer on its newly-announced mid-light jet (MLJ) and midsize jet (MSJ) models at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May. Embraer was displaying scale model of the 10-12-passenger MSJ at Sun 'n Fun 2008. The company held a news conference at Sun 'n Fun to announce the formal approval by the Embraer board to proceed with development of the new aircraft. (Click through for video from Sun 'n Fun.) More...

Honeywell says it's inked one of its biggest deals ever, a $23 billion contract to supply 1,200 HTF7000-E engines to Embraer for its new midsized jet, now named the MSJ and midlight jet (MLJ). The first of the engines will be delivered in 2011 and the contract, which includes maintenance, will run for 20 to 25 years. The company recently announced a $3 billion deal for avionics for the new Gulfstream G650. More...

Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
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News Briefsback to top 

While most of the emphasis has been on the red-hot business jet market, high fuel prices have shifted some attention to the turboprop sector and Hawker Beechcraft apparently had the right product at the right time with the new King Air B200GT. With a cruise speed of more than 300 knots (not much lower than some small jets) and the cavernous cabin that offers stand-up luxury available only in the larger bizjets. The B200GT was certified near the beginning of the year and already 40 have been delivered. (Click through for video from Sun 'n Fun.) More...

Russia's Illyushin Finance Co. has announced it is developing a business jet version of the An-148 regional jet. The An-148 is a high-wing RJ with a cruise of about 450 knots. It's built by Antonov in Ukraine and can seat up to 70 passengers in airline configuration. As a bizjet, it will seat 19 in the luxury configuration and 38 as a corporate shuttle. It will have a range of about 4,000 nm with eight pax. More...

Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals: Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Galvin Flying Services, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, Utah State University, and many more have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.
Who's Whereback to top 

Michael Gauvreau has joined Arcadia Aviation as Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions. Arcadia is based in New York City and has FBOs in Martinsburg, W. Va. And Sullivan County, N.Y. Gauvreau worked previously at International Jet Management and Executive Flightways.

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...

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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.

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Timothy Cole

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