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Volume 6, Number 27
July 2, 2008
 
Fly With Bose® Aviation Headset X™
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Top News: PiperJet Taxis Out Into the Worldback to top 
 
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PIPERJET STARTS TAXI TESTS
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The proof-of-concept PiperJet has started low-speed taxi tests and the jet is performing as expected, the company said this week. "Piper test pilots reported light rudder pedal forces and excellent response as the PiperJet POC was maneuvered with confidence in the tight confines of the Vero Beach factory test ramp for the first time," according to a company update released on Tuesday. The Williams FJ-443A jet engine with FADEC is a breeze to operate, the company says. The pilot simply presses a starter button, then brings the thrust lever forward when the engine monitors show that the proper speed has been reached. The FADEC system automatically corrects for heat, humidity, and altitude. The next major milestone for the POC jet will be high-speed taxi tests, the company said. More...

 
JA Air Center, Your Garmin Source
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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.
 
VistaJet Closes Deal with Bombardier Skyjetback to top 
 

VISTAJET COMPLETES SKYJET TAKEOVER
VistaJet became the second-largest business jet company outside of North America on Tuesday with the completion of the blockbuster deal that was among the highlights of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May in Geneva. For an undisclosed amount, VistaJet acquired Bombardier Skyjet International. The EBACE announcement included a deal for 35 new Bombardier business jets, worth $1.2 billion and, in addition to the merger, will push VistaJet's fleet to 94 aircraft by 2012. The Skyjet brand name will be retained. More...

 
Mach 1 Headset by Lightspeed: Feather-Light at Less than an Ounce!
The "born to be worn" Mach 1 packs a lot for its size. Pilots have weighed in, and all agree the Mach 1 packs a lot of features into its feather-light design. A high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset, the Mach 1 allows easy connection to cell phone and music interfaces. Enjoy supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. For more information and to view a video clip, click here.
 
Epics to Migrate North for Certificationback to top 
 

EPIC STILL INTENDS CANADIAN CERTIFICATION
Epic Aircraft will certify its factory-model turboprops and jets in Canada, even though a deal to build a "certification center" specializing in composite aircraft in Calgary has fallen through. Calgary is the center of Canada's oil boom and that's increased construction prices dramatically so the center, proposed for Springbank Airport, was shelved. But that doesn't mean the company is giving up on Canada. "The Canadian deal is not dead, in fact, it's not even wounded," said Epic CEO Rick Schrameck. He would not say where in Canada the certification work will be done. 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.
 
jetAviva at the Fore of the VLJ Boomback to top 
 

VLJ ACCEPTANCE FIRM MARKS 75TH DELIVERY
Van Nuys-based jetAviva recently united Marty Sprinzen and his new Citation Mustang in a bonding of pilot and airplane that may be unique in the industry. jetAviva is capitalizing on the new accessibility of the airways by private pilots through relatively inexpensive entry-level or very light jets. Sprinzen's was the 75th "acceptance" for jetAviva, which acts on behalf of its clients to ensure the aircraft is everything they paid their $1.5 million to $3 million for. In a podcast interview with AVweb, CEO Cyrus Sigari said his staff inspects every square inch of the aircraft and tests every system to make sure it's fully functional. More...

 
Avidyne Extends Interface Capability for Tactical WX Detection System
Avidyne's TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection System has a Compatibility Mode providing a second output format for display of monochromatic lightning strike and storm cell information on a number of existing lightning detection-compatible displays. The TWX670's normal RS-232 output protocol supports the TWX670's TWxCell™ and Color Strike modes on compatible displays, including Avidyne's EX500, EX5000 and MHD300. With Compatibility Mode, the TWX670 provides an alternate protocol compatible with other manufacturers' displays. Click here for more information.

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News Briefsback to top 
 

NTSB PROBES MEDEVAC CRASH
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is calling for a "rolling safety stand down" of medevac aircraft operations after the tragic collision of two medical airlift helicopters near a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Sunday. Initial reports indicated seven people had died but six people died and one woman , a nurse, survived the crash of two Bell 207 helicopters operated by Air Methods and Classic Helicopters as they tried to land on the same helipad at the Flagstaff hospital. "AAMS is recommending an industry 'rolling' safety stand down to focus the attention of the air medical crew on safety while continuing the ability to provide life saving services to their local communities," said an AAMS news release. The accident has also caught the attention of the NTSB, whose chairman, Mark Rosenker, says he's "very concerned" that this was the tenth accident involving medical airlift aircraft this year. More...

U.S. AND EU AVIATION INDUSTRIES AGREE TO COLLABORATE
Officials from U.S. and European aviation agencies and industry wrapped up a two-day meeting in Brussels on Tuesday with general agreement on business and safety issues. FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell and Antonio Tajani, head of transport for the European Union, signed an agreement to promote technical cooperation between the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The agreement addresses aircraft certification, environmental approvals, and maintenance, and aims to enhance safety while reducing regulatory costs for manufacturers, operators and aviation authorities. Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), welcomed the new agreement. "We view this strategic partnership between the U.S. and the European Community as a real milestone that will advance our shared safety visions," said Bunce. 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.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

JETAVIVA'S CYRUS SIGARI ON THE RISE OF VERY LIGHT JETS
Although it's been slower to take off than some had predicted, the very light jet movement is here, and it's putting more owner-pilots in the left seat of some pretty sophisticated hardware. JetAviva is a California company that specializes in helping new owners of VLJs ensure the transition is a smooth one. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with JetAViva CEO Cyrus Sigari about who's buying VLJs and how the little jets are performing. More...

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: INSIDE DIAMOND'S D-JET PERSONAL JET AIRCRAFT
With new personal jets popping up all the time, AVweb takes a look at what may very well be the next certified single-engine very light or personal jet to enter the market. Diamond's D-Jet is expected next year to earn its type certificate, and that's when the company hopes to make first deliveries. Diamond recently announced plans to upgrade the aircraft with Garmin's G1000 Synthetic Vision package and the Williams FJ33-19 powerplant — offering 20 percent more thrust and a 4,000-hour TBO. AVweb's Glenn Pew offers this look inside. 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.
 
Accoladesback to top 
 

KEN DONO SOCATA'S SALES MVP
Ken Dono
EADS Socata named Ken Dono, a sales rep at Columbia Air Services in Groton, Conn., as its "Most Valuable Player" for his sales success in the last year. More...

Bombardier Flexjet

BOMBARDIER FLEXJET "BEST OF THE BEST"
Bombardier Flexjet has been named the Best of the Best private aviation providers in the 20th anniversary edition of Robb Report. More...



WHO'S WHERE? YOU TELL US
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...

 
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.

 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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 
 

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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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