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Volume 6, Number 23
June 4, 2008
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Add Another Item to Cessna's To-Do Listback to top 
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HalogenGuides Jets, which calls itself the "Insider's Guide to Private Aviation," is reporting that Cessna is working on development of a supersonic business jet. Cessna did not immediately respond to AVweb's request for comment on the report. However, the Web site, which also offers insight on real estate and travel, seems pretty sure that a Cessna SSBJ is on the horizon. In an analysis of the current SSBJ market, the Web site says "An intriguing third player has emerged with the news that business jet stalwarts, Cessna, has entered the ring with a design of its own. Little is known about Cessna's plans at the moment, but the fact that such a reputable private aviation brand is developing a supersonic jet ought to lend some credence to the movement." More...

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Waiting with Bated Breath for "The-Jet"back to top 

The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association is busy planning their annual "Migration" to Cirrus Design headquarters in Duluth and they're hoping the company has something new to show them. Last year, Cirrus owners who put a deposit on "the-jet" got the first look at the mock-up at the event and this year COPA hopes they'll be seeing the prototype fly. "While there are no guarantees, many COPA members think the chances are good that Migration attendees will be the first to see not only the mock-up but hopefully the first flying Cirrus jet - in person," says COPA's newsletter. More...

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Zulu sets a new standard in ANR performance, comfort, and audio quality. Includes built-in BlueTooth for your cell phone, not available on any other headset. See why more pilots are Zuluing. Click for more information and to order!
Finding New Ways to Make It Workback to top 

Bombardier will invest $250 million and create 1,100 jobs in Mexico to build parts for its all-composite Learjet 85, and Airbus is preparing to ship airframe components to China for assembly of its first Chinese-built A320. The moves are not unique, they're just recent -- Boeing has been struggling with outsourcing complications attached to its 787 Dreamliner development for some time. Montreal-based Bombardier's investment in Mexico is an addition to a previously announced plan to invest $200 million in the country by 2012. The company has been producing parts in Mexico for its all-composite business jet since 2006. Bombardier hopes to put the Learjet 85 in service by 2012. For Airbus, the Tianjin assembly line in China should receive major components including a fuselage, wing and empennage soon after June 24 with assembly scheduled to begin on August 18. The logistics of shipping the parts involves barges, ships and road travel and ends at the Chinese final assembly line, which Airbus officials say is a carbon copy of their plant in Hamburg and should be able to produce both A320 and A319 aircraft. 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.
Indian Bizjet from Mallya?back to top 

The Economic Times of India says Indian airline tycoon Vijay Mallya is in talks with EADS Socata to develop a business jet that would be manufactured in India. The newspaper says EADS Socata spokesman Phillipe de Segovia has confirmed that the discussions are taking place and they are not exclusive to Mallya and his group. "We want to look at a global organisation that has service centres in place with tools to market in the country," de Segovia told the Times. Although Mallya declined comment to the Times, the $200 million reportedly pledged to fund the EADS jet joint venture is the same figure cited when Mallya announced his investment in Epic Aircraft at last year's National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta. Epic CEO Rick Schrameck responded somewhat cryptically to AVweb's request for comment through his Marketing Coordinator Alice Myers. "He said you should know better than to believe anything you read in the Indian Press," Myers said in an email to AVweb but she did not elaborate. More...

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine, plus access to aviation records and much more. To become an NAA member, sign up online or call (703) 416-4888 and press 4.
The Team at Cessna Can Check This One Off the Listback to top 

On the heels of last week's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE 2008) Cessna has confirmed orders for aircraft totaling nearly $750 million. The three-day event held in Geneva won Cessna orders for 70 Citation business jets, 14 Caravans and four single-engine pistons, including at least one Cessna 172 Skyhawk and one 182 Skylane. Success at the show may in part reflect a weak dollar, which some aircraft brokers claim has since 2000 reversed their sales from 95 percent within North America to 90 percent outside of the U.S. Buyers from Austria and Russia took 44 business jets, including orders for 24 Citation Mustang very light jets (VLJs), and one of Europe's most active Caravan sales representatives took six 208B Grand Caravans. Commenting on the sales, Cessna emphasized that "our broad product range allows us to match an aircraft to fit any mission our customers have." More...

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Proper Training Is What Keeps the Skies Friendlyback to top 

It takes a special combination of skills and attitudes to look after the cabin of a corporate aircraft and Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training is taking its program up a notch. The company has opened new training facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and is holding an invitation-only reception next week to show off the facility and explain the training. The center is already in operation with a class, whose graduation will be celebrated at the party, undergoing training in a wide range of practical and somewhat more esoteric skills. More...

AVweb Bookstore Features Downloadable Jeppesen Training Manuals
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

We've been doing it for about a decade, and for anyone who travels, online booking of airline flights is practically second nature. But the complexities of charter and business aircraft bookings have made the transition to online reservations a little more challenging for charters. CharterX CEO Jim Betlyon explains to AVweb's Russ Niles how his company's RealQuote system changes that. More...

Our analysis of Thielert's new diesel engine pricing shows that the diesels now cost more than twice as much as a turbine engine to maintain. We don't see how this can work, and Paul Bertorelli runs down the logic on our blog, AVweb Insider.Be sure to visit our new blog, AVweb Insider, for personal insights and commentary on the aviation industry from our staff of writers and editors. More...

Safety Equipment — Add Aviation Safety to Your MEL
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Who's Whereback to top 

Doug Turner
Doug Turner has been named managing partner and chief of experimental sales for Flight Resource, a distributor of MT propellers. Turner was formerly U.S. sales manager for MT.

Todd Simmons
Todd Simmons recently joined Cirrus Design as Vice President of Marketing. Simmons was the former president and CEO of Cubcrafters and has worked in the airline industry. He's an active pilot and will head up the marketing team.

Dan Cronin
Dan Cronin has been named director of sales to the U.S. Department of Defense market for SimAuthor, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc. The company specializes in software and service products for defense aerospace organizations.

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...

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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