AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 29

July 16, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Quest Kodiak: Type-Certified for Adventure back to top 

Quest Delivers First Kodiak For Jump Operations

Quest Aircraft Co., of Sandpoint, Idaho, said on Tuesday that their Kodiak model -- a fixed-gear, STOL, single-engine turboprop -- has received FAA type certification for parachute jump operations. Quest said this is the first aircraft that has been certified for skydiving use straight from the factory, without the need for any modifications. Quest designed and installed a roll-down door which allows for easy exits, which can be closed by the pilot without having to leave his or her seat. Other jump-specific equipment includes a wing-mounted camera, a 14-inch photographer step, wind deflector, jump lights, and internal and external grab rails that run the full length of the door. The first Kodiak skydiving aircraft has been delivered to a parachute club in Germany, and flew in a jump competition last week. Paul Schaller, Quest president, said he decided that Quest would develop its own jump package after talking with potential customers about what features they would like.

"We decided to develop and certify the jump package ourselves so we could deliver a certified Kodiak directly to the customer," he said. "We've had inquiries from both the private and military sectors for parachute operations, so we are really pleased to now have a Kodiak in the field performing this mission. We anticipate more customers ordering this option." The all-aluminum Kodiak flies with a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine, can work off floats without structural upgrades, can take off in less than 700 feet, and can land on unimproved surfaces.

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Safety Tech back to top 

FAA Deploys New Technologies For Runway Safety, Thunderstorm Avoidance

A system to better predict the future positions of thunderstorms, which has been tested in the Northeast since 2001, will now be deployed nationwide, the FAA said on Monday. The Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) was upgraded significantly last month, and will enable air traffic controllers to keep air routes open longer and reopen them sooner during thunderstorm events, the FAA said. Also, runway status lights, which have been tested at several sites, will be installed at 20 major airports across the country over the next three years, Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell said on Monday. The lights warn pilots when it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway, and have been tested at airports in Dallas and San Diego. The FAA also said this week it will re-evaluate its takeoff and landing procedures at New York's JFK International Airport, after two near-midairs in less than a week.

The NTSB says that on July 5, "preliminary radar data" shows that a Boeing 767 and a 737 conflicted, passing within about a half mile laterally and 200 feet vertically. Last week, the FAA had denied that the July 5 incident had been a close call. In a a second incident, on July 11, a Delta 757 that was going around was put into the path of a Comair jet that was departing on a different runway, according to news reports.

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Socata Update back to top 

EADS Shopping For U.S. Acquisition?

EADS is spreading its wings, although will not be moving out of Europe. Addressing delegates at the Farnborough International Airshow Monday, CEO Louis Gallois said the company is shopping for acquisitions and the low U.S. dollar is making that side of the pond attractive. He said the acquisition drive is an attempt "to balance risk and cost." Gallois said the company is looking to reduce its share of commercial aircraft platforms to 50 percent from 60 to 65 percent via acquisitions.

He also said there have been major changes in structure and management of the company. "In one year we have completely changed the corporate governance of the company–the board is no longer a Franco-German joint venture. There are clear reporting lines and transparency, which is completely new." He added that the company has started to define its "Vision 2020" strategy. By the end of the month, each EADS division should have defined its own strategy.

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.
Matters of Speed and Power back to top 

F-1 Beats Lear 60?

Britain's Formula 1 hero and brand ambassador for Bombardier Lewis Hamilton took on the Canadian airframer's iconic Learjet 60 in a special one off head-to-head challenge at the Farnborough International Airshow Monday. Hamilton tore his McLaren Mercedes around the runway at 175mph, competing against the Learjet some 200ft above him and "winning" the race.

Hamilton enjoyed the race and said: "This event really illustrates my role as the Learjet brand ambassador and brings home the message that speed is everything." Bombardier's Business Aircraft president Steven Ridolfi added: "Like Lewis, the Learjet brand is leading the way in the arena of corporate aviation, making the two a perfect pair."

Leap-X of Faith for CFM Partners

General Electric and Snecma have extended their successful 34-year relationship on CFM International until 2040. The two companies unveiled plans to develop an all-new engine, provisionally called the Leap-X. The engine will be 16% more fuel efficiency than the CFM56. It will not be available as a as retrofit option on aircraft already in service.

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More from Farnborough back to top 

Dedicated Sales for ExecuJet

Swiss company ExecuJet has created a dedicated division for pre-owned aircraft with sales reps in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and soon the USA. According to the company pre-owned demand comes largely from the Middle East, which is growing by 20% each year, as well as high growth in Asia. Last year almost 50% of the company's total transactions came from the pre-owned market.

ExecuJet Middle East has gained seven new aircraft under management. The company says that the new emerging regions such as the Middle East, India and the Far East are driving the pre-owned market. Massive lead times on new build aircraft mean that customers are looking to make their purchases elsewhere.

Boeing Introduces Fuel Cell Demonstrator at Farnborough

Farnborough attendees can see the Boeing Phantom Works Fuel Cell Demonstrator on display at the show for the first time. Based on a Dimona motor glider, the two-seater aircraft has become a single seater. The aircraft contains compressors to feed air to the fuel cell, plus pumps to cool down the 75hp. There are lithium-ion batteries on board, as well as a hydrogen tank. The aircraft can fly for up to sixty minutes at 100kmh.

British company Intelligent Energy's Christopher Dodfield said: "We're always trying to increase the power density." The company is also working on const reduction and anticipates that in a decade's time the technology should be advanced enough to kit out conventional aircraft.

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New on AVweb back to top 

Farnborough 2008 Photo Gallery

AVweb's Liz Moscrop is enjoying the sights and sounds of Farnborough this week, and she's been kind enough to share a few photos from her trip.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Raise the #@!$% Fares (Part II)

Last week, the major airlines sent a letter to their customers blaming oil speculators for high prices. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli thinks they're giving customers the runaround, asking them to become junior lobbyists and urge Congress to crack down on oil speculators instead of demanding a consistent, practical national energy policy. Read what Paul has to say about this on the AVweb Insider blog.

Diamond DA40 XL Demonstrator Sale
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Exclusive Video: F-16 Intercepts Jet & Turboprop Legally Flying Through MOA

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

Last March, AVweb told you about a close encounter between two private aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Beech Premier and an F-16 in an Arizona Military Operating Area (MOA). AOPA has obtained the radar video and audio from the incident, and AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew has put them together in an enlightening package.

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Exclusive Video: Cirrus The-Jet -- First Flight

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

July 3, 2008, Cirrus Design marked the first flight of its jet offering. The aircraft, currently dubbed "The-Jet" successfully flew for 45 minutes. AVweb's Glenn Pew has video of the flight.

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Who's Where back to top 

Paul Feldman Joins GAMA

Paul Feldman

Paul Feldman has been hired by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association as its vice president of government affairs. Feldman was previously at Washington consulting firm APCO Worldwide where he advised GAMA on government relations, policy and strategy. Prior to that he represented the FAA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Joe Radosky With Sante Fe Rocket Race Team

Joe Radosky

Joe Radosky is the new director of marketing for the Santa Fe Rocket Race Team. He's been a pilot since he was a teenager and now flies a Citation for a charter firm.

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

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Survey: How Is Flight Service Doing Now That They Supposedly Have the Bugs Worked Out?

Our sister magazine, IFR, is asking pilots nationwide how their experience with Lockheed Martin Flight Service has affected the way they do their preflight prep. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how LockMart is doing these days.

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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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