AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 30

July 23, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVweb Will Be at AirVenture ... back to top 
 
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Next Week: AirVenture 2008!

Over the next few days, AVweb's crew will be packing up our gear, heading for various airports, and winging our way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ready to bring you daily news (including a full AVwebBiz next Wednesday) from the EAA AirVenture grounds all next week. The show promises to be an exciting one, with several aircraft making their debut, new products galore, a diverse lineup of unique aircraft on the flight line at Aeroshell Square, the unveiling of the Rocket Racing fleet, the latest experimental electric aircraft, the world's best airshow pilots, and much more. Staffers from Kitplanes and other Belvoir publications will be pitching in to help AVweb bring you the fastest, most complete, and in-depth coverage possible. Watch for frequent blog updates, daily videos and podcasts, and of course our daily AVwebFlash newsletter to bring all the news from the show straight to your desktop. And if you are in Oshkosh next week, check in with AVweb on your handheld device to be sure you are not missing a thing.

New engine announcements are expected, Burt Rutan is returning to the forum tent with Sir Richard Branson for an update on their space-tourism ventures, the V-22 Osprey will appear at the show for the first time ever, and the Goodyear Blimp and the F-22 Raptors will make return visits. Kitplanes editor Marc Cook will be on site to contribute ongoing coverage and analysis as the FAA's brand-new updates regarding the 51-percent rule get a thorough looking-over. Plus, the winner of AVweb's Aeroshell Aerobatic Team drawing will be going for an unforgettable ride. (Not entered to win yet? Click here!)

 
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... As Will Some Great New Engines! back to top 
 

Austro Diesel Engine At AirVenture

Diamond Aircraft will be exhibiting the new AE 300 Austro engine next week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The Austro is a jet-A-burning, 170hp, next-generation turbo-diesel engine that soon will be available on the DA42 Diamond twin. The AE 300 offers 26 percent more power than the engines currently on the DA42, says Diamond, for better take-off and climb performance, better single-engine performance and more speed. Diamond has been working with MB Tech (a Mercedes Benz daughter company) and Bosch to develop the engine, and they expect European certification within a few months. The "next-generation" features include a clutch-less gear box, a cast-iron crankcase, integral oil/coolant heat exchanger and improved turbocharger air induction and cooling systems.

Diamond has been working hard to get the engine certified and online since their regular diesel supplier, Thielert Aircraft Engines, ran into delivery issues recently. The company will also have a flying prototype of its D-Jet on static display, along with its full-scale D-Jet mock-up.

 
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A New Flavor of Citation back to top 
 

More Power To The Citation 550

As the waiting lists for new business aircraft grow, innovation is taking hold in the used market, creating updated versions of proven designs via the Supplementary Type Certificate process. Among the leaders in this movement is Clifford Development, which recently announced the first flight of a Citation 550 with Williams FJ44-3A engines. The aircraft took off from Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport on July 18 for its first flight and everything went well, according to the company. The conversion costs $2.275 million but the projected performance improvements are significant.

According to the math from NASA, the re-engined Citation should climb directly to FL430 in 27 minutes instead of the step climb that took an hour and 47 minutes with the old engines. The company is also projecting a 20 percent boost in fuel economy. "From the start, Citation S550 operators worldwide have been very interested in our program because of our forecasted 40 percent NBAA range increase," said CEO Jim Clifford." Currently, rising fuel costs have made our re-engining programs increasingly important to operators."

 
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.
 
Greener Engines back to top 
 

PW&C Announces Biofuels Project

So far, most of the emphasis on biofuels and synthetic jet fuels has been on the heavy hitters, airlines and military. Pratt and Whitney Canada, whose engines power a big percentage of the small jets and turboprops in service, is evaluating the use of "second generation" biofuels that don't compete with food production. The most promising of these, to date, are jatropha, a succulent plant that will grow in the poorest, driest soil in the harshest climates and deliver about 10 times as much fuel as irrigated, fertilized and pesticide-intensive corn (about 800 liters per acre) as well as algae from the sea. "Already a leader in green technologies for small aviation engines, we aim to have a fuel-flexible engine and to develop technologies that will allow us to offer aircraft manufacturers innovative and green power solutions," said Walter Di Bartolomeo, vice president - Engineering, P&WC."

PW&C is the leading partner in a project joingly funded with the Canadian government's International Science and Technology Patnerships Program. Two Indian oil companies are also involves as are McGill University, Laval University, Ryerson Polytechnic, the National Research Council of Canada and Indian Institute of Technology.

 
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Avidyne Brings Glass to More Cockpits back to top 
 

Glass For Cessna Piston Twins

It's been a long time since Cessna built any gas-burning twins but there are plenty still in service and now they can have panels that rival the latest offerings. Avidyne and Southern Star Avionics, of Mobile, Ala., have added Cessna 320, 335 and 340 piston twins to their approved model list for the Envision Integrated Flight Deck. "Adding functionality and glass displays to these Cessna piston-engine twins not only extends their useful lives, it means that more than 1,500 additional airplanes can now be equipped to operate in today's air traffic environment...," said Rod Higby, Avidyne's vice president of sales and marketing.

Avidyne and Southern Star have collaborated on STCs for Envision on a variety of aircraft including Cirrus SR20 and SR22s with EXP5000 PFDs and an EXP5000 PFD and single EX5000 MFD retrofit, with an S-Tec 65 autopilot on a King Air E90.

 
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.
 
Senseless Damage back to top 
 

Vandals Pull Piper Twin Apart, Damage 10 Others

Vandals spray painted, slashed tires and smashed instruments on and otherwise tampered with at least 11 aircraft, including a Citation 550, in a spree that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage at Monmouth Executive Airport, near Belmar, N.J. last week. It's speculated that the vandals used a vehicle to tear the tail and part of the wing off a twin-engine Piper. "It appears that a motor vehicle, with a cable attached, may have been used to accomplish this damage," Wall Township Police Lt. John Gavin told the Coast Star.

In fact, the violently disassembled Piper may be beyond repair, according to a spokesman for First in Flight, the airport business that reported the devastation. The vandalism is currently being investigated by the Wall Township Police Department. In addition, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI, and the FAA will also help in the investigation.

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Want to Fly with the Aeroshell T-6 Aerobatic Team? Here's How ...

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Just throw your name into the hat for a chance to win a backseat ride in one of the Aeroshell T-6s at EAA AirVenture next week. No need to buy anything; just let us know you're interested, and we'll enter you in the drawing. Meanwhile, for more details on the team, listen to this podcast with team leader Alan Henley, who aptly describes the T-6 show as "satisfying all of the senses."

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

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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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Who's Where back to top 
 

Barone to Head CBAA

Sam Barone

Sam Barone will become the president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association effective Aug. 25. Barone held a similar position at the Air Transport Association of Canada previously to this appointment.


Chad Nelson VP of Operations at Mooney

Chad Nelson

Chad Nelson has been named Vice President of Operations for Mooney Airplane Company. He was promoted from his previous position as Director of Manufacturing.


Ron David Has the Voice Cirrus Perspective Buyers Can Trust

Ron David

Ron David is the voice behind Cirrus Design's training program for its Garmin Perspective integrated avionics system. David was also narrator of the original Wings episodes.


Cosimano to Run Helicopter Operations at Aero Toy Store

Tony Cosimano

Tony Cosimano is Aero Toy Store's new Director of Helicopter Operations. He was most recently chief helicopter pilot and assistant director of corporate aviation for AIG.


Baldridge, Schaelchlin Part of the Diamond Team

Brian Baldridge & Ken Schaelchlin

Ken Schaelchlin has joined Diamond Aircraft as the Director, Customer Support, and Brian Baldridge is the new Manager of Tech Services for North America.


Bob Anderson Now Marketing for Pilot Journey

Bob Anderson is the new director of sales and marketing for Pilot Journey. He was most recently with Sport Pilot Works and developed the Sport Pilot Center Program.


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

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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:

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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