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Volume 6, Number 33
August 13, 2008
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Tighter Security for Some Private Biz Flightsback to top 
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Operators of aircraft heavier than 12,500 pounds will likely have some security-related paperwork to do in the near future as the Transportation Security Administration rolls out new security rules for GA aircraft. According to USA Today, the new measures will include background checks for flight crew members, parking aircraft in secure areas and inspecting aircraft (randomly, it would seem). It's not clear if passengers will also be screened but it seems unlikely that any kind of on-airport security regime for private aircraft passengers is being considered. "We've worked very closely with industry to garner as much input with respect to what is operationally feasible," TSA general aviation security chief told USA Today. That could also be why reaction from bizav groups is cautious instead of strident. More...

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NATCA Stands Behind Chicago-Area Supervisorsback to top 

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has leapt to the defense of supervisors at the Elgin radar facility near Chicago in a probe by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General. The Elgin facility is one of several being investigated for alleged cover-ups of controller errors involving minor losses of separation in traffic in and out of O'Hare and Midway airports. NATCA spokesman David Stock said the problem is in Washington, not at the facilities. "FAA management in Washington has the technology to know about every loss of separation in every facility across the country as soon as it occurs," Stock told the Chicago Tribune. "To blame local managers for 'covering up' losses of separation is the height of hypocrisy." More...

NEW! Zulu with Panel Power!
With the new Zulu: P (Panel Power) headset, Lightspeed has raised the bar in performance, comfort and crystal-clear audio quality, with more total noise cancellation than any other headset — and no batteries needed! The Zulu: P uses the same LEMO plug that you may already have installed. The Zulu: P also comes with built-in Bluetooth. No one else offers this much in a total headset package. Click here for more information.
Bombardier Under Close Watchback to top 

Bombardier is getting almost $700 million in loans from the Canadian, Quebec and Irish governments to get its CSeries program going, and that's prompted an investigation by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab. "Washington will take a very careful look at the support announced by Canada, Quebec and the U.K.," Schwab's spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told Bloomberg News. But Bombardier spokesman assured Bloomberg that the loans are above board. 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 $16 billion. The global fleet of more than 5,200 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna.com.
The Latest on Thielertback to top 

The Thielert Owners Group, a hastily convened organization of owners and operators of the diesel engines produced by the bankrupt German company has earned a seat at the table in deciding the fate of the company. THENOG, as it calls itself, has been named to the seven-member creditor committee by the German court overseeing the insolvency. "This was our goal for THENOG when we started the group in May," said THENOG board member Dr. Todd House, in a news release," House said. "Through our advocacy on the creditors committee and our legal standing with the German Insolvency Court, we can accelerate the process of bringing relief to owners of aircraft that use Thielert engines." More...

"A Celebration"
Celebrating their 45th anniversary this September, the National Championship Air Races are the last head-to-head air racing event left on Earth and are the favorite among aviation enthusiasts, worldwide. The event features six high-speed racing classes and a static aircraft show, and this year the USAF Thunderbirds and F-22 Demonstration Team will highlight a fleet of world-class aviation demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races or to purchase tickets, call (775) 972-6633, or visit AirRace.org.
Piper Markets Holds Strongback to top 

Although piston aircraft deliveries for the first half of this year are down 16 percent overall, as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported last week, not all companies have seen declining numbers. Piper Aircraft increased its piston sales by 18 percent, driven largely by sales of its Piper Matrix, an unpressurized version of the Malibu Mirage. By July 1, Piper had delivered 48 copies of the Matrix, accounting for more than half of Piper's deliveries. "We have orders for 101 Matrix models this year," said Piper CEO James Bass. "The Piper Matrix fills a niche in the market that hasn't been truly addressed until now. To date, our entire first year of production is sold out and market demand continues to be very strong." More...

Attention, Flight Schools! Stop Student Drop-Outs Due to Motion Sickness!
The ReliefBand is the most effective and predictable relief available for nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. Because this wristwatch-like device produces no side effects, the ReliefBand is fully FAA-legal for pilot use, making it ideal for both student and aerobatic pilots. Call Aeromedix at (888) 362-7123, or go online to purchase.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

This year at EAA AirVenture we brought you fourteen video reports over the course of seven days. We realize the news was flying fast and furious during the show, so just in case you missed any of our reports, you can catch them all here. (Click through to watch.) 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.
Who's Whereback to top 

Mark Sindone
Mark Sindone has been named Director of Customer Service for Avidyne. He was most recently at AGL Resources where he was Director of Customer Logistics. 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...

AVweb Bookstore Features Downloadable Jeppesen Training Manuals
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

AVweb doesn't normally deal in rumors, but given the magnitude of this story and the plugged-in source who tipped us, we'll loosen the reigns a little. Word is that there will be a monumental shakeup at Eclipse Aviation (yes, even bigger than Vern Raburn's unceremonious departure) and that it began Tuesday. Since nothing has been confirmed, we won't go into any of the details but we do invite those of you who might know a little more (ideally with a way to confirm it) to drop us a line at newstips@avweb.com.


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

Scott Simmons

Mariano Rosales
Jeff van West

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