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Volume 6, Number 25
June 18, 2008
Mach 1 Headset by Lightspeed: Redefining In-the-Ear (ITE) Headset Boundaries
Utilizing advancements in ear plug attenuation and ultra-comfort, the Mach 1 series continues to set the ITE headset curve with its artisan-crafted custom ear molds, ultra-compact speakers, and noise-cancelling microphones that deliver crystal-clear audio communications. Feather-light at less than an ounce, the Mach 1 continues to be an industry favorite! For more information and to view a video clip, click here.
More Options for the DA42back to top 

Diamond Aircraft announced Tuesday that it's accelerating plans to certify its hot-selling DA42 Twin Star with Lycoming engines to replace the troubled Thielert Centurion diesels. And just to give itself and customers more options, Diamond has also asked the European Aviation Safety Agency to give it approval to provide technical support and parts for Thielert engines, which presumably would be the European equivalent of the parts manufacturing authority common in the U.S. More...

JA Air Center, Your Garmin Source
GPSMap 495 and 496 have AOPA Directory and terrain. 496 includes automotive directions and XM weather and music. Have an old GPS? Do not let it lose its value! Call (800) 323-5966 for the current value.

JA Air Center [Dupage Airport (KDPA), West Chicago, IL] provides the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, mail order, and aircraft sales. Call (800) 323-5966, or click for more information.
The New Business Travel?back to top 

It's long been touted that business aviation traffic would soar as so-called "premium" passengers, those who insulated themselves from some of the discomfort of airline travel in the more hospitable front part of the plane, fled the shoe searches and surly service at the hubs. Apparently, it's all come true. A study by the Stanford Transportation Group says the number of passenger flights on private jets and turboprops now equals 41 percent of the number of people who fly first class, business class or full-fare economy. While the number of high-priced airline seats sold has stagnated around 41 million for several years, business aviation passenger trips have more than doubled in the last eight years to 16 million. 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.
Russian Bizjet Market Poised for Even Greater Growthback to top 

The Russian government has scrapped a major impediment to the growth of its business aviation sector. A punitive import tax on private aircraft was lifted last week, according to Russia Today The tax had driven many Russian business people to register their aircraft outside the country but that's expected to change and also boost sales. Russia is seen as major market for business aircraft because of the lack of convenient transportation to its resource-rich hinterlands. 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.
New Jets: The Latest and Greatestback to top 

A moment 12 years in the making is taking place at Hawker Beechcraft's Wichita headquarters today. The company is holding a ceremony for the first Hawker 4000 delivery. The composite-fuselage midsize is described by the company as "the world's most advanced business jet" and was certified in 2006. Production was delayed while the company boosted performance and installed a more robust lightning-protection system at the FAA's request. More...

Avidyne FMS900w Flight Management System
Avidyne's new Entegra FMS900w WAAS-enabled GPS/NAV/COM Flight Management System (FMS) is designed to reduce single-pilot IFR workload. The FMS900w provides fully-redundant, state-of-the-VHF and TSO C146b Gamma 3-compliant turbine-class FMS capability for all general aviation aircraft. Utilizing a fully-modular architecture, the FMS900w is an enhancement to Avidyne's Entegra Integrated Flight Deck platform and designed specifically to take advantage of Entegra's large-format displays and Byteflight peer-to-peer databus architecture. Click here for more information.

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CBAA Convention Gearing Up in Torontoback to top 

The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is holding its annual convention in Toronto until Thursday and the comprehensive attendance by most major players in the industry is indicative of the growth potential in the resource- and oil-rich country. For instance, Hawker Beechcraft has assigned a full-time marketing vice president, Chris Charnley, to cover the vast territory. "Since the organizational change, we've been able to focus our efforts on the growing sales in Canada," said Chris Charnley, vice president of Canadian sales. "The strategy has been very successful and we are ecstatic about the results to date." Hawker Beechcraft sales in Canada increased 30 percent last year. 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.
News Briefsback to top 

This century's air-taxi model has had its ups and downs -- a few new companies are thriving, while others have already come and gone, or never got started. But now another new player is ready to take its chances -- YourJet, based in Louisville, Ky., announced this week that it expects to start booking flights this summer. The company will offer per-seat, on-demand service to airports within 700 miles of Louisville aboard a Diamond DA42 Twin Star, with Diamond D-Jets expected to join the line next year. The company has said it hopes to offer competitive prices flying the single-engine D-Jet with a single pilot, saving on fuel and labor costs. YourJet founder Todd House is a pilot and anesthesiologist who lives in Louisville. "YourJet returns valuable time to travelers who have been bound by airlines' hub-and-spoke systems throughout the country," he said this week. "This is a cost-effective, safe, and highly convenient mode of air travel ... and we lead you right to the plane with no luggage hassles or security checks." More...

Economic uncertainty and high gas prices are hurting sales of general aviation aircraft -- as shown by a 28-percent drop in piston aircraft sales in the first quarter of this year -- and on Monday, Mooney Airplane Company said it is responding to that reality by slowing down production and laying off 80 staffers. "These decisions will not have an adverse effect on the quality or safety of our products, nor will they delay scheduled aircraft deliveries," Mooney CEO Dennis Ferguson said in a statement. "They were made to create corporate resiliency in the present economic conditions. Our plans include positioning Mooney as a strong contender in the international market." The weak dollar has created a strong market for U.S. goods overseas. "We are strengthening our business in Europe, South America and Australia, where Mooney's high performance, efficiency and pricing are especially appealing," Ferguson said. "Our focus is to ensure the long-term viability of the company through prudent management and expansion of our market reach." More...

AVweb Bookstore Features Downloadable Jeppesen Training Manuals
AVweb Bookstore offers Jeppesen (and other) maintenance and pilot training manuals in e-book and book format, letting customers choose how to receive content. E-book advantages including complete search ability, no-cost and instant delivery, and storing hundreds of volumes on a laptop or mobile device. Attention, international customers — no import taxes or fees! For a complete list, call (800) 780-4115 or go online.

Who's Whereback to top 

Banyan's Ft. Lauderdale Team
Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport was named the best independent FBO in the U.S., the most improved FBO and the second best FBO in the U.S. in a Professional Pilots Magazine survey. 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...

Safety Equipment — Add Aviation Safety to Your MEL
A Minimum Equipment List is not complete without a subscription to Aviation Safety. Discover this informative, instructive monthly publication that sharpens your air readiness. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.
New on AVwebback to top 

The crash on takeoff of a 509th Air Wing, Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber, February 23 operating at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, was caused by water in the aircraft's sensors, according to an Air Combat report issued Thursday. Specifically, moisture in three port transducer units "distorted data introduced by a B-2 Spirit's air data system" which led to flawed information entering the bomber's flight control computers. The aircraft was reacting to inaccurate airspeed and a "perceived" negative angle of attack. This resulted in an "uncommanded 30 degree nose-high pitch-up on takeoff," according to the Air Force. (Click through to watch our video crash report.) More...

Forget user fees and high gas prices...if GA gets done in, it will be because of the utter stupidity of stuff we voluntarily put up with. And we seem to experience more of it every year. Read this week's AVweb Insider blog by Paul Bertorelli, who's off on a tear about small airport security. 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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