AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 40

October 1, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: NBAA Forecasts back to top 
 
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NBAA Convention: Undercurrent Of Uncertainty

There will be the usual high-profile announcements, hundreds of millions of dollar worth of hardware on display and a who's who of the aviation industry present as the National Business Aviation Association celebrates its 61s convention in Orlando, starting Monday, but it will be tough to ignore the big elephant in the room. Although the aviation industry has prospered against a backdrop of economic uncertainty for several years, the monumental issues facing the U.S. economy are sure to be a theme as the industry's movers and shakers ponder a course through the financial turbulence. Among the most anticipated events at NBAA is the release of Honeywell's business aviation forecast, a document that was brimming with confidence last year.

A few major unveilings are scheduled, including the first look at Bombardier's Learjet 85 mockup. There will be an update on Cessna's programs, including its large-cabin Columbus project and it looks like head-up displays are the next big thing for electronics. As always, AVweb staff will be on the convention floor, at the airport and in the news conferences bringing up-to-date coverage of the show.

 
JA Air Center Announces First Installation of a Dual Garmin G600 PFD/MFD LCD Display
JA Air Center has installed the first Dual Garmin G600 PFD/MFD LCD display in a certified aircraft, an A36 Bonanza. The aircraft is also equipped with dual GNS530Ws, GDL69A XM Weather, GWX68 Radar, L-3 Skywatch, and WX500 Stormscope. The Garmin G600 combination PFD/MFD is designed to take the space of the basic six-pack and fully integrates all primary flight, navigation, terrain, traffic, and weather. For more information, go online.

Call JA Air Center at (800) 323-5966 to speak with a Garmin expert about the G600.
 
Economic Tide Buffets BizJets back to top 
 

Credit Crunch Affecting Bizjet Sales

The CEO of Embraer, of Brazil, said at a media briefing in Singapore this week that it's getting harder for some buyers to get access to the credit they need to place orders. "We see signals that the customers' financing options are getting scarce. But so far we have had no direct impact," said CEO Frederico Fleury Curado. The future is uncertain, however. "Nobody is immune to what happens in the U.S.," he said. "For now, we're keeping our estimates for 2009. If things deteriorate more, who knows?" He added that there is no change in the company's plan to deliver 215 aircraft by the end of this year and no current orders have been cancelled. However, some customers have asked for their deliveries to be postponed, including Jet Blue and Virgin, according to Bloomberg News.

Embraer will exhibit full-scale mock-ups of the Phenom 300 and Legacy 500 and a cabin cross-section of the Lineage 1000 at its booth next week at the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla. Also, the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft will be on display on the flight line at Orlando Executive Airport for the first time, along with the Legacy 600.

 
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One Way to Cope: Consolidate back to top 
 

Mergers A Sign Of The Times

After years of expansion, is the business jet charter business in for some rationalization? The owners of Corsair Aviation LLC and ACM Aviation say mergers like the one they completed last week are helping the business weather a decline in business. "By combining fleets, we will be able to add more services and efficiencies," ACM President Dan Ryan told the San Jose Business Journal.

Although ACM recorded more than $25 million in revenue last year, business is actually down by five percent over previous years and it's part of a trend throughout the industry. ACM joins a family of aircraft companies under Corsair's ownership that includes Minneapolis-based Jet Choice and Austin-based Capitol Wings. With the acquisition of ACM, Corsair adds a traditional charter company to its jet card and jet club operations as recent studies show a shift from time share and ownership share arrangements to straight aircraft charter for companies that are cutting back on business aircraft use.

 
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.
 
Canadian Management Comes South (to Chicago) back to top 
 

Midway Airport Privatized: Canadian Company Takes Over

Midway Airport in Chicago will become the first major airport in the U.S. to be privatized and it will be run by a Canadian company. Vancouver Airport Services, which runs Vancouver International Airport and 17 other airports in British Columbia, the Caribbean, South America and Europe, was the successful bidder for a $2.5 billion deal that will include a lease on Midway for 99 years."This contract marks a milestone in the growth of our company, and is a clear example of how we can leverage our success at home to develop the best airports in the world," Larry Berg, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, which owns half of Vancouver Airport Services, told The Canadian Press.

The landmark deal is the first in an FAA pilot project. Chicago has asked to privatize as many as five of its airports. The Midway deal must be ratified by Chicago city council but it's already been blessed by Mayor Richard Daley. Midway handle about 19.3 million passengers in 2007, about two million more than Vancouver International. The deal will net Chicago about $1 billion but the deal requires that 90 percent of that go into airport improvements.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Drug Tests Could Strand Aussie Pax

An aggressive program to weed out drug and alcohol use in the Australian aviation industry could have some unintended consequences for passengers flying to the remote locations served only by air. The Australian government is imposing a zero tolerance stance and, for the first time, is conducting random testing in the country's far-flung regions. If anyone involved in the operation of an aircraft, from baggage handler to pilot, is found to have more than .02 percent alcohol in their system, they will be required to stand down and that could leave passengers stranded.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says the enforcement will begin in November and can happen anywhere and anytime. "If a test is positive, a pilot of other aviation worker must immediately stand down from their duties," said CASA spokesman Peter Gibson. "Of course, if a pilot was flying in a remote area and failed a test, that would mean that the aircraft and passengers would be stranded." More than 120,000 industry workers will be subject to testing.

 
Attention, Turboprop Operators! Reserve October 28-30 on Your Calendars
Turboprop Expo 2008, October 28-30 in Scottsdale, AZ, will offer specialized programs including seminar tracks for airframe and turboprop engine topics as well as operational and ownership information. Dr. David Strahle will present his informative and acclaimed seminar: Understanding Nexrad Imagery. Enjoy the relaxing surroundings of a classic resort and network with industry leaders at Turboprop Expo 2008. For more information and to register, visit online.
 
News Briefs back to top 
 

Wichita Aero Club Launches

Several Aero Clubs around the country, most notably in Washington and Atlanta, have proven to be valuable networking assets to their local aviation community. Aiming to follow that pattern, a consortium of business, government and educational organizations in the greater Wichita area has announced that it will form the Wichita Aero Club. "Aviation is the driving force in the greater Wichita area. There have been more airplanes produced in Wichita than anywhere else in the world," said Bob Stangarone, vice president of corporate communications for Cessna and chairman of the ad-hoc committee that launched the group. "It is appropriate that this community have a world-class platform for discussion of key industry issues, the recognition of achievements and innovations in aerospace, and a forum that encourages interaction and cooperation," he said. The new group plans to host monthly luncheons and invite high-profile speakers to address major aviation industry issues.

The group will also have a Web site, publish an online newsletter, and host fundraising events throughout the year. More details about the leadership and activities of the Wichita Aero Club will be announced next Monday at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Fla. For more information about the club, contact Dave Franson at (316) 681-4491.

 
Stop by AOPA's NBAA Booth and Save 35% on Membership
Stop by AOPA's NBAA booth (#1815) and join at a 35% discount — a $48 savings for combined AOPA membership and AOPA Legal Services Plan (LSP) for ATP pilots. Already a member? Stop by, take the AOPA survey, and enter to win an Amazon Kindle, the revolutionary wireless reading device. For information on AOPA's benefits, visit online.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

Help AVwebBiz Spread Your NBAA News

The world's most important business aviation event, the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention, is coming up Oct. 6-8 in Orlando and there will be hundreds of product announcements and updates. AVweb will be there with daily coverage of the events, news conferences and announcements that make this show so important but if your company has something more than 100,000 business aviation decision-makers need to know about, we're encouraging you to let us know in advance. That way we can give your news the full attention it deserves and make sure it's released in a timely fashion during our coverage. Don't worry. We'll strictly observe all embargos. Send your advance material to rniles@avweb.com and thanks for your help in making our coverage the most comprehensive available.

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Who's Where back to top 
 

Cherry Joins Premier Aircraft Sales

Kristi Cherry

Kristi Cherry has joined the Premier Aircraft Sales team and is responsible for new and pre-owned Mooney sales. She was formerly at Epps Aviation where she sold the whole Cessna piston line, including the 350 and 400 models.


Hart COO at FirstFlight

FirstFlight Inc. has announced that Gary Hart is the new Chief Operating Officer for the company. He has 25 years of experience in the industry with companies like NetJets and Raytheon.


Pritchard New Vector Aerospace Business Development Director

Trevor Pritchard

Trevor Pritchard is the new business development director of Vector Aerospace. He was formerly Honeywell's director for aerospace, defense and space activities in the U.K.


Waddick Promoted At Cirrus

Pat Waddick

Pat Waddick has been promoted to executive vice president of operations for Cirrus Design. He was senior vice president of engineering since 2005.


Who's Where? You Tell Us

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New on AVweb: Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: FSS Under Lockmart — Stop Whining and Lobby for Some Better Tools

Don't like the brave new world of Lockheed-Martin's Flight Service? Too bad. It's here to stay and after three years of working at it they've clawed their way back up to the level of adequate. Some of what we once had with locally knowledgeable briefers is gone forever, but at least one gem of bygone days could be brought back with the right software and some willing users, according to IFR magazine Editor-in-Chief Jeff van West, who takes the new FSS system to task in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider Blog.

Read more.

 
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

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Mariano Rosales
Jeff van West

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