AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 31

July 30, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Interest Mounts Among Potential Thielert Buyers back to top 
 
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Thielert Says 24 Bidders In Line

The insolvency trustee for Thielert Aircraft Engines says there has been major interest in acquiring the company's assets. Spokesman Sebastian Glaser said "24 prospective buyers have so far expressed their serious interest by signing a confidentiality agreement." He said the process moves to the next phase in which the interested parties, many of them aviation-related, will get access to detailed financial records. "The uncommonly large number of potential buyers shows that Thielert is seen as an attractive investment in the industry," said insolvency administrator Bruno K bler.

Thielert says it's also boosting the credibility of the company by hiring Prof. Gunter Kappler as "Accountable Manager." In that role he'll be responsible for aviation safety issues concerning the engines from initial development to regulatory compliance. "It lets potential buyers know that they would be acquiring a solidly managed company in terms of technology that operates in compliance with national and international aviation safety rules," according to the company.

 
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High-Tech Goes Higher-Tech back to top 
 

L3 Adds Synthetic Vision To Smart Deck

L3 Communications announced an upgrade to their SmartDeck integrated flight deck, with the addition of synthetic vision. The new system changes the PFD view to show terrain, obstacles and runways. The obstructions and terrain are color-coded and part of a TAWS-B warning system. Additional upgrades included GPS WAAS support, additional weather options for WSI weather and several minor changes. One feature we found particularly handy was the system showing in text the name of the facility tuned on the radio.

L3's SmartDeck is currently installed on the prototype Cirrus Vision Jet, but even Cirrus has not committed to L3 for production models. SmartDeck could be a strong contender to Garmin's G1000 flight deck if L3 can get a manufacturer to sign on. L3 also introduced its Trilogy ESI-1000 Electronic Standby Instrument that essentially puts airspeed, altitude and attitude all in one 4-by-3 inch display.

 
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Direct from AirVenture: Cessna's Diverse Biz Offerings back to top 
 

Cessna Builds On BizAv Success

While Cessna Aircraft Company's presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 focuses primarily on the company's single-engine line, including the Caravan turboprop, its hugely successful line of business jets are never far from the forefront. Present in the company's booth at this year's event are a Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ), the light Citation CJ2+ and a pre-owned Citation ValuePlus Ultra. The company says the Citation Mustang VLJ enjoys more than 500 orders, with 45 copies delivered in 2007 and plans to celebrate the 100th unit's delivery in August. Three of every five Citation Mustangs go to international customers. The current fleet totals 86 aircraft that have accumulated more than 12,500 flight hours, with the high-time Mustang having logged more than 500 hours.

While Cessna would love to sell you a jet during AirVenture 2008, its piston singles remain at the forefront of its presence. Among piston-related announcements at this year's show are the company's expectation of delivering some 150 Cessna 350/400 (neé Columbia) aircraft this year, up to $15,000 in fuel-based incentives to buy a new Cessna 182 Skylane or Turbo Skylane -- including a free upgrade of G1000-equipped airplanes to Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology. Also for G1000-equipped singles, Cessna is adding a free Garmin FliteLevel Extended Warranty, giving owners comprehensive protection against unexpected product failures for up to five years when their standard two-year factory warranty expires. No flight-hour limitation applies and the extended warranty is transferable with the sale of the aircraft to which it applies.

 
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Direct from AirVenture: Embraer's Phenom 100 back to top 
 

Embraer Marches Toward Phenom 100 Certification

In recent years, more and more business jets are on display at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the air show's 2008 edition is no exception. Brazil-based Embraer, itself no stranger to Oshkosh, is at the show helping to advertise its coming pair of light and very light jets, the Phenom 300 and 100 respectively. While at Oshkosh, Embraer updated attendees on its Phenom 100 certification and flight testing, announcing the 1,000-hour milestone had been reached by its flight-test fleet. Phenom 100 certification is expected later this year, followed quickly by customer deliveries.

Currently, Embraer has four test aircraft participating in the certification process; the first production Phenom 100s are already in the sub-assembly production phase. Earlier, crosswind tests were held in Punta Arenas, Chile, and operational tests at high altitude airports were recently concluded in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Systems and performance tests are ongoing, and one test aircraft is currently in southern Argentina undergoing cold weather tests.

"As the Phenom test campaigns advance, we are excited to see the growing market acceptance of these jets. By the end of June, close to 800 Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 firm orders had been placed," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "To our further satisfaction, the Phenom jets have been awarded by renowned institutions worldwide, for both the aircraft project and their interior design."by

 
Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
AirFleet Capital offers a competitive and experienced approach to each and every loan program by focusing exclusively on aircraft financing. AirFleet Capital provides exceptional terms coupled with personal service and a long-term commitment to support the business and shared passion of aviation. From Light Sport Aircraft to VLJs and Business Jets, AirFleet Capital has a loan program to fit your needs. Call an AirFleet Capital financing specialist at (800) 390-4324, or request a quote online.
 
Direct from AirVenture: Hawker History back to top 
 

Hawker Beechcraft: Bonanzas To Jets

Hawker Beechcraft's exhibits at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 helps remind pilots and prospective customers of the company's long tradition in general aviation and the opportunities its products hold for stepping up to turboprops and jets. The company brought six aircraft on display at the show, including a Bonanza G36, Baron G58, King Air C90GTi, King Air B200GT, Beechcraft Premier IA and a Hawker 400XP. Never a company to get far from its roots, the American Bonanza Society's tent, featuring a vintage Bonanza A36, is nearby and Hawker Beechcraft made certain to provide partial sponsorship of the annual Bonanzas to Oshkosh (B2OSH) mass arrival.

During AirVenture, Hawker Beechcraft also announced it is offering extended warranties on Garmin G1000-equipped Bonanzas and Barons as an aftermarket option for delivered aircraft. The transferable warranty provides an additional three years of coverage, extending factory coverage to five years. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft also said it is completing the sale seven of its fixed-base operation (FBO) locations to BA Aviation Signature Flight Support's parent company. The sale, first announced earlier this year, includes fuel and line operations at seven domestic U.S. locations: Atlanta, GA; Houston and San Antonio, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Tampa, FL; Wichita, KS; and Van Nuys, CA. Of these, six have been transferred to BBA; with the company expecting final sale of its Van Nuys facility shortly, once the necessary regulatory approvals have been received.

 
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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.
 
Who's Where back to top 
 

Pieper Takes Over at Eclipse

Roel Pieper

Eclipse Aviation Chairman Roel Pieper has taken over as CEO of Eclipse after founder and former CEO Vern Raburn stepped aside. Pieper is also president of ETIRC Aviation.


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Envision® Integrated Flight Deck Available for Retrofit Installation in Select Cessna 300-Series Aircraft!
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AVweb Audio — Exclusive Biz Podcast back to top 
 

AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast Bonus: Cessna's Roger Whyte at Oshkosh

File Size 3.0 MB / Running Time 3:19

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In this special bonus podcast from EAA AirVenture 2008, AVweb's Russ Niles seeks a business perspective on the show from Cessna's Roger Whyte.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, makers of the Zulu ANR headset ...

Click here to listen. (3.0 MB, 3:19)

 
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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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