AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 17

April 23, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Eclipse Investigates Anonymous "Insiders" back to top 

Eclipse Wants Identities Of Blog Critics

Eclipse Aviation has subpoenaed Google (PDF) to provide the IP addresses of some commenters to a blog site called Eclipse Aviation Critic NG (hosted by Google) that purports to carry “inside” information on Eclipse and also carries commentary critical of the company and the Eclipse 500. Eclipse spokeswoman Alana McCarraher declined comment about the action, but the current operator of the site, Shane Price, of Dublin, Ireland, says he’s both thrilled by the move and “feeling left out” because he isn’t personally named (although that could be because he uses his real name on the blog and is therefore easy to find). In an e-mail to Price, Google said it intends to hand over the IP address information if it doesn’t get notice that the commenters intend to fight the action by May 9.

The most recent entry on the blog by Price lists 28 pseudonyms, many of which he says haven’t contributed to the discussions since he took over the site earlier this year. A similar site was operated under a slightly different name for several years by an American who opted out shortly after European businessman Roel Pieper bought a $100 million stake in Eclipse. Price says one of the regular contributors to the site will file the defense even though he isn’t among those named on the subpoena.

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VLJs: More Exacting Standards in Europe? back to top 

EASA: New VLJ Certification Requirements Possible

The European Aviation Safety Agency may put very light jets through additional scrutiny, adapting requirements beyond those of basic certification and addressing an aircraft's specific performance envelope and complexity, according to Flight International. Considering that the Eclipse 500 VLJ can cruise at 41,000 feet, but has no spoilers to facilitate an emergency descent, EASA has suggested that it may devise regulatory requirements to address that and other issues -- regardless of the 500's (or another given aircraft model's) acceptance by the FAA. Such requirements may include tougher testing for software or hardware used in advanced heavily integrated avionics suites often found aboard VLJ designs, tougher checks for backup electrical power, and perhaps a requirement for demonstration of more precise navigational capability that may include a requirement for Mode S transponders. Eclipse is hoping for EASA certification of its Eclipse 500 by late 2009. EASA seems to be setting the stage for the potential introduction of some additional hurdles.

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.
Bombardier to Missouri: "Show Me" the Money back to top 

Missouri Bids $880 Million For Bombardier CSeries Plant

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's administration wants the state's legislature to provide Bombardier Aerospace with up to $40 million each year for the next 22 years ($880 million in sum) if the company builds a $375 million assembly plant near Kansas City International Airport. Once the facility begins producing Bombardier's new CSeries of 110-seat and 130-seat airliners, the state expects to recoup its money. Tuesday, the bill that carries the plan passed the state's Senate with a 140-8 vote and moved to the House. Currently, the depressed value of the U.S. dollar works in Missouri's favor, making the location more attractive to Bombardier. The potential 2,000 jobs offering average salaries near $55,000 makes Bombardier more attractive to Missouri. Still, Missouri must beat out Bombardier's own Canada for the deal, and the projected repayment schedule has yet to be released.

Tax-refundable credits offered to the company would be repaid by Bombardier by roughly 2013, the same year the company is expected to begin production, and ultimately equal initial incentives offered by the state. Details are still in the works.

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From Autos to Airplanes back to top 

Bombardier Taps Auto Industry For President

Bombardier is apparently looking to capitalize on the auto industry’s experience in global supply chains in its latest executive appointment. Guy Hachey has been tapped as president and chief operating officer of the company’s aerospace division after more than 30 years with General Motors and its bankrupt spinoff Delphi Corp. "He has no aerospace experience, but he is from the very competitive automotive industry," Bombardier Aerospace spokesman Marc Duchesne told The Globe and Mail.

Hachey is a bilingual native of Quebec, where Bombardier is based. In recent years he’s been based in Luxembourg where he oversees Delphi Powertrain Systems, which has 30,000 employees, 16 product lines and 30 plants all over the world. McGill University business professor Karl Moore told the newspaper that Bombardier needs manufacturing expertise and Hachey’s appointment makes sense, despite his lack of aerospace experience. "What they're looking for is someone who can help them on the manufacturing side," he said. "Demand is not a problem at the moment, their order book is wonderful ... So it's about manufacturing efficiency."

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HondaJet's Proactive Infrastructure back to top 

HondaJet Dealership For Albany

If you needed further proof (besides the funky engine configuration) that Honda is approaching its entry into the aviation industry a little differently than most start-ups, consider the news from Albany, N.Y. Before the first HondaJets roll off the Greensboro, N.C., assembly line sometime in 2010, a network of five full-service dealerships, with maintenance and repair facilities, will be ready to receive them. Earlier this week, HondaJet East announced that the key Northeastern market will be served from a new facility to be built at Albany International Airport.

“After almost a year of research and analysis for the home of our HondaJet East facility, we are excited to be a part of the Albany community,” said HondaJet East President C. Daniel Langston. HondaJet East is owned by Florida-based Flightline Group. HondaJet East isn’t waiting for the building to be finished to move into Albany, however. Staff will work out of the existing FBO at the airport until their new quarters are finished.

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Aviation Continues to Thrive, Despite U.S. Economy back to top 

Aerospace Exports Hit Record

The U.S. exported aircraft and related aerospace goods worth more than $97 billion in 2007, a hefty 14-percent increase over the previous year’s total of $85 billion and a rare bright spot in the U.S. economy. "Airlines from around the world are stocking up on U.S. aircraft because of growing demand in both emerging and established markets," Marion Blakey, CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, said. "This is a very hot market despite economic uncertainty." The AIA deals mainly with airline-related business but GA manufacturers have been reporting major increases in sales in many of the same markets that are creating the boom for airliners. According to the AIA, U.S. imports of aerospace goods have also increased to $36.5 billion from $30.5 billion. GA imports account for a small fraction of the U.S. market but there is one aviation sector in which the U.S. is virtually dependent on imports. The AIA says much of the increase in imports is from regional airliners. The figures add up to an aerospace trade surplus of about $60.4 billion, which makes the country’s balance sheet look a little better, Blakey said. "Our industry's track record as a major net export earner for the United States helps to offset the nation's chronic trade deficit," she said.

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Who's Where back to top 

A List Jets Appointment

Dane Flanigan

Dane Flanigan has been added as an account executive for A List Jets. He’ll look after both business and celebrity clientele.

Gaffney Heads JetEquity Solutions


FirstFlight Inc. has named Michael Gaffney to head its new division, JetEquity Solutions, which will focus on aircraft financial services. Gaffney has more than 40 years of experience in the aviation finance sector.

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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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