AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 20

May 14, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Embraer Comes to North America back to top 
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Embraer To Build Phenoms In Florida

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Embraer will build a $51 million plant in Melbourne, Fla. to assemble Phenom 100 and 300 models. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne, According to TCPalm.com, the Brazilian planemaker could break ground within weeks on a 15-acre site at Melbourne International Airport. The plant would employ about 200. Flight testing would also be carried out there as would various engineering and design functions and delivery preparation.

The Phenom 100 very light jet is in the final stage of certification and production has started at facilities in Brazil. A prototype has spent the last month in the U.S. undergoing cold soak and airframe icing tests. The Phenom 300 prototype flew for the first time two weeks ago and is expected to go into service in 2010.

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Top News: Adam A700 Quietly Back in the Game back to top 

Adam Aircraft Reported Back In Business

High Performance Composites Magazine is reporting that Adam Aircraft's new owner has quietly restarted work on the A700 very light jet less than a month after taking over the company. Russia-based Industrial Investments bought the assets of the Colorado-based planemaker in April and, according to the magazine, held onto at least 50 key employees. They're among 60 people that were to have been back at work on May 1.

Industrial Investments is owned by a former high-ranking Russian government official and was the mystery customer that had ordered 75 A700s before Adam's cash problems became evident in January, according to the magazine. There has also been speculation in the aviation press that the reborn Adam will shelve the piston twin A500, which is certified, and concentrate on achieving certification for the jet.

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The Booming Biz Market back to top 

Bombardier Predicts 13,200 Bizjet Deliveries In 10 Years

Bombardier says the business jet market is virtually immune to the U.S.'s economic problems and demand will continue unabated through 2017. The prediction was made in the company's annual market forecast and is notable because it's a 33 percent increase over the numbers in last year's forecast. And the company credits a shift to international markets from traditional dependence on corporate America for the rosy outlook. "As we transition to a more international customer base that features less emphasis on the U.S., as well as a structural shift towards larger and more cost-effective aircraft, [we] are expected to continue to generate strong interest across all markets," said Mairead Lavery, Bombardier Aerospace vice-president of strategy and business development, in a statement released last week.

Bombardier delivered 452 business jets last year, up 64 percent over the previous year. It was also the top revenue producer of all general aviation manufacturers. Four years ago, 70 percent of its sales came from the U.S. and last year it was less than half that.

Aerion Sales Supersonic

Aerion says it's racking up orders for its supersonic business jet at the rate of "a billion [dollars] every two months. In an email to media in advance of next week's EBACE business aviation show in Geneva, company spokesman Jeff Miller said the order book for the $80 million jet is now at more than 40 and represents more than $3 billion in advance orders since the company began taking orders earlier this year. Although Aerion won't be having a formal news conference at EBACE, all of its chief executives will be there and available for questions from media and those who want to fly really fast.

One interesting aspect of the aircraft is its predicted ability to fly as fast as Mach 1.15 without a sonic boom reaching the ground. The capability depends on atmospheric conditions but it's a clear marketing advantage against naysayers who point out that the aircraft can only really stretch its legs over the ocean where they can boom to their heart's content. "This will allow it to cruise above Mach 1 above many ICAO countries, achieving as much as two thirds of the speed advantage of its high-speed cruise in comparison with subsonic jets," Miller wrote.

Bombardier Picks PW&C For Lear 85

Bombardier has announced that its composite Lear 85 will be powered by Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307B engines. The PW307B puts out 6,100 lbs. of thrust. The engine is being touted for its environmental performance as well. Lear GM David Coleal said it offers low noise and emissions and is more efficient than engines of comparable power. "Our new alliance builds on this success to offer an aircraft and powerplant solution that will deliver exceptional value for operators, featuring superior performance combined with reduced emission levels and low noise," Coleal (former chief operating officer of Cirrus Design) said.

The Lear 85 is Bombardier's first effort at a composite airframe and it's getting Grob Aerospace to do most of the developmental work. In addition to the engine announcement. Lear named the supplier of the brushless starting motors for the engines. Innovative Power Solutions will supply the starter/generator combination that it says lasts longer and works better under varying conditions.

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Coming Next Week: Exclusive Coverage from EBACE back to top 

AVweb Will Be At EBACE

One of the most respected shows for business aircraft is the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva and AVweb will be there to capture all the announcements and inside stories of the event. Exhibitors, now is the time to flood our inbox at newsteam@avweb.com with what you're planning for the show. Coverage begins Tuesday May 20 and runs through Friday May 23.

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The Latest on Santa Monica Airport back to top 

FAA Showdown With Santa Monica

We've reported periodically on the battle between Santa Monica City Council and the FAA on the ongoing tussle over the city's plans to ban Class C and D jets (approach speed of more than 120 knots) from using the ultra-convenient reliever facility near the heart of Los Angeles. The FAA has obtained a temporary injunction and the full court hearing is Thursday. California's first family has even been drawn into the scrap. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's GIV would be banned, extending the governator's almost daily commute from his Brentwood home to the airport by longer than it takes to fly the trip. It's interesting to note that his brother-in-law Bobby Schriver is on Santa Monica council and is backing the ban. But while celebrities tend to grab the limelight in this issue, well-known aviation writer and speaker Barry Schiff, who's also chairman of the Santa Monica Airport Association, told AVweb in a podcast interview that there are a lot of issues for regular pilots and owners, too.

Schiff said the current controversy has its roots in the 1980s when the council of the day took a look at the real estate and decided there was a more profitable use for it. Between the local pilots and the FAA, attempts to close the airport were thwarted and there was a guarantee to keep it open until at least 2015. However, successive councils have chipped away at the usefulness of the facility, especially by those who aren't super rich, and the speed limit on approaches is just the latest gambit. Schiff said that whatever happens in court on Thursday won't be the last word on Santa Monica Airport's future.

Barry Schiff, Defender of the Beleaguered Santa Monica Airport

File Size 8.7 MB / Running Time 9:27

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Chances are, you've read one of Barry Schiff's books or heard him speak about his lifelong affair with the air, but the accomplished pilot and aviation advocate is also a staunch defender of one of the nation's most threatened airports as chairman of the board of the Santa Monica Airport Association. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Schiff about the current issues surrounding access by larger business jets and why that's just part of a greater threat to the facility.

Click here to listen. (8.7 MB, 9:27)

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New on AVweb back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Our Honda Wish List (An Aerodiesel Engine!)

"What's needed here is for Honda to stop screwing around with four-cylinder gasoline engines and to get busy with aerodiesel" — so says AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of commentary and criticism on our blog, the AVweb Insider.

Read more.

Exclusive Video: Patty Wagstaff Interview and Flight

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

Ride along with Patty Wagstaff as she flies her airshow routine at Sun 'n Fun 2008, courtesy of AVweb's Glenn Pew. Or, if you're easily queasy, just close your eyes and listen to our post-flight interview with Patty about how it feels to fly the maneuvers and what it's like to perform. Special thanks to our friends at Bose Corporation and Aircraft Spruce & Supply Co., whose good people stepped up when we needed them and helped make this video happen. And very special thanks to Patty's main sponsor, Cirrus Design, maker of the airplanes that changed the industry.

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Who's Where back to top 

Kelly Linell Promoted At Shadin Avionics

Kelly Linell

Kelly Linell has been named Customer Service Manager at Shadin Avionics. He's been with the company for 14 years and helped develop and support many of its products in his other roles.

JSSI Makes Appointments

Jet Support Services Inc. has named Greg Hampton as sales manager for government programs. Dave Mikalauskas is tip to tail sales manager.

Who's Where? You Tell Us

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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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