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Volume 6, Number 20
May 14, 2008
JA Air Center, Chicago's Premier Turbine Maintenance Facility
Attention: Citation, Hawker, Lear, King Air & Caravan Owners and Operators!
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JA Air Center [DuPage Airport (KDPA), West Chicago, IL] provides the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, aircraft detailing, mail order, and aircraft sales. Call (800) 323-5966, or click for more information.
Top News: Embraer Comes to North Americaback to top 
Sponsor Announcement

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. More...

Fly With Bose® Aviation Headset X™
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the seventh consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2007 Headset Preference Survey. Also rated "Best ANR Headset: The Aviation Consumer Product of the Year" by Aviation Consumer. Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.
Top News: Adam A700 Quietly Back in the Gameback to top 

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. 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.

In print or online, start your search with the world's largest aviation resource — Trade-A-Plane.
The Booming Biz Marketback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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. More...

Announcing the Online MBA for Aviation Professionals
from Daniel Webster College

Did you know that professionals with an MBA earn an average of $10,000 to $30,000 more per year? Within 27 months, you can be one of them!

Daniel Webster College MBA for Aviation Professionals is a fully-accredited, 100%-online program built for the busy schedule of the aviation professional. Being "on the road" is no longer a barrier to career advancement. Call (866) 458-7525 or click here for more information.
Coming Next Week: Exclusive Coverage from EBACEback to top 

One of the most respected shows for business aircraft is the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva and AVwebBiz 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. More...

Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
AirFleet Capital offers a competitive and experienced approach to each and every loan program by focusing exclusively on aircraft financing. AirFleet Capital provides exceptional terms coupled with personal service and a long-term commitment to support the business and shared passion of aviation. From Light Sport Aircraft to VLJs and Business Jets, AirFleet Capital has a loan program to fit your needs. Call an AirFleet Capital financing specialist at (800) 390-4324, or request a quote online.
The Latest on Santa Monica Airportback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

Attention, Flight Schools! Stop Student Drop-Outs Due to Motion Sickness!
The ReliefBand is the most effective and predictable relief available for nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. Because this wristwatch-like device produces no side effects, the ReliefBand is fully FAA-legal for pilot use, making it ideal for both student and aerobatic pilots. Call Aeromedix at (888) 362-7123, or go online to purchase.
New on AVwebback to top 

"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 here. More...

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. (Click through to watch.) More...

Diamond DA40 XL Demonstrator Sale
For a limited time only, while quantities last, Diamond DA40 XL Demonstrator models are available at a special price of $299,950. The aircraft also qualify for special 2008 tax incentives. You can enjoy owning a Diamond DA40 and write off up to 93% of the purchase price. Visit Diamond Aircraft now for more information.
Who's Whereback to top 

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. More...

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

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...

Aviation Consumer, the Only Magazine with the Guts to Tell the Truth
Truth about the gear you buy and the planes you fly. Aviation Consumer is packed with in-depth and uncompromising ratings of equipment, avionics, accessories, mods, services, aircraft, and much more. Order online and receive unlimited access to Aviation Consumer's ratings-packed web information database!
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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