AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 41a

October 6, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Honeywell Predicts Soft Landing for BizAv back to top 
 

Honeywell Says Happy Days Are Still Here

Honeywell says it expects record deliveries of business jets to continue for a few more years, but the peak of the market is in sight and will likely occur next year or in 2010. But even though the unprecedented expansion of the industry that has increased every year for the last five couldn't continue, the company's annual report, released on the eve of the National Business Aviation Association convention, says there won't be the crash that usually follows boom times for the aviation sector. "Gains in new aircraft capability and flexibility, incremental demand from fractional ownership and jet cards, airline use of business jets, branded charter operations and special mission applications, and a global economy are all contributing to business jet demand," the report said, predicting that more than 17,000 business aircraft, worth $300 billion, will be delivered in the next 10 years.

In the next year, business jet deliveries are expected to hit a record 1,200 and may rise as high as 1,400 the following year, depending on how quickly new programs get into production. "2008 will add to the string of record years the industry has experienced, and order intake across most business jet categories remains strong, consistent with last year's forecast," said Rob Wilson, Honeywell's president of business and general aviation. Aircraft backlogs currently equate to nearly three years worth of deliveries, so 2008 and 2009 still shape up to be strong years for the industry."

 
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The State of the Art back to top 
 

Re-Engined D-Jet Flies

Diamond Aircraft has flown its single-engine D-Jet with the planned higher-thrust Williams FJ33-5A engine. The aircraft, serial number 003, which had been flying on the smaller -15 version of the engine, flew for 1.4 hours with the new engine and aerodynamic refinements designed to take advantage of the extra power. Diamond President Peter Mauer said incorporating the new engine, which will eventually provide more thrust for the D-Jet, delayed development of the aircraft but will be a better package for owners. "When Williams introduced the new engine, we had to decide whether to continue with the original FJ33-15 or upgrade to the FJ3-5A right away, even if it meant a program delay," Maurer said. Also on the eve of NBAA 2008, the company announced that Middle Tennessee State University had added eight DA40 singles to its fleet, bringing the school's total DA40 fleet to 19.

That means ab initio students at MTSU will get real-world training in the same kind of environment they'll likely encounter in their future flying careers. "These DA40s represent absolute state-of-the-art training platforms reflecting some of the latest technologies that career pilots will ultimately encounter in the most advanced airliners," said David Moser, Diamond's fleet sales director. All of MTSU's DA40s have the Garmin G1000 suites and the latest eight have the GFC Automated Flight Control System and Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT).

Last week, Diamond announced the sale of five D-Jet single-engine jets to SwiftJet, a Canadian company that hopes to start a point-to-point service as an alternative to the sometimes-convoluted routings of traditional airlines' hub-and-spoke scheduled service. The company has an option to buy 10 more of the five passenger jets.

Diamond has its certification test jet at NBAA's static display, a mockup of the jet and a training simulator at the booth as well as a DA40 and DA42 on static display.

Aerion Update

Aerion is here at the show, still far from having a flying prototype of their supersonic business jet to wow us with, but continuing to make positive progress. Their engineers conducted wind tunnel tests this August in Germany that confirmed their wing design will attain supersonic laminar-flow performance at cruising altitudes of 45,000 feet and up, the company said. "These were historic tests," said Richard Tracy, Aerion's chief technology officer. Tracy designed the wing, which the company says is the enabling technology behind the aircraft's efficiency at both subsonic and supersonic speeds. Where supersonic natural laminar flow exists, drag is reduced by up to 90 percent, according to the company. "It's almost as if the wing isn't there," Tracy said.

Aerion is also continuing to build a management team of industry veterans, and announced here at NBAA that Doug Nichols, who spent 28 years at Boeing, will join the company as chief financial officer. Aerion has collected over 50 secured orders for the $80 million jet. Target date for certification is 2014.

 
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» Trade-A-Plane is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Stop by booth #3229 for a complimentary newspaper copy.
 
Pelton & Ford Unite for Special Olympics back to top 
 

Harrison Ford Joins Special Olympics Airlift

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Harrison Ford will join more than 300 fellow Cessna Citation pilots in the 2010 Special Olympics Airlift to Lincoln, Neb. in 2010 as honorary chairman. Ford appeared at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando on Sunday to lend his support to the effort, which is a favorite project of Cessna President Jack Pelton. Pelton and Ford also head up EAA's Young Eagles program, and Pelton said it only took a phone call for the actor to agree to help out with the Special Olympics effort.

The airlift involves Citation owners donating the use of their aircraft to transport Special Olympics athletes to the national games, which happen every four years. In the last event in Ames, Iowa, more than 400 Citations brought 2,500 coaches and athletes to the games. Pelton said planning for 2010 is well under way, as the enormous logistical effort of funneling that many aircraft (all named Dove 1, 2, 3 and so on for ATC purposes) into a single airport for the event is laid out. Pelton said more aircraft are always welcome.

 
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.

» Cessna Aircraft is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Visit them at booth #5130 and the static display.
 
The Best of the Best back to top 
 

Globaljet Shows Off Its Tricked-Out Lear 35A

Globaljet, a charter management company, flew its Lear 35A here from Van Nuys, Calif., to show off its uniquely equipped luxury cabin. The interior features pre-loaded iPods, CD player, DVD player, Air Show, iPod adapters, Iridium Flight Phone and individual video monitors with a Bose Surround Sound System. In-flight food service arrives via crystal and china.

"Globaljet strives to provide unparalleled service to our charter customers," said Globaljet CEO Thomas Linn. "Globaljet is giving its customers the personalized opportunity to view this beautiful aircraft complemented with amenities usually reserved only for heavy jets."

GlobalJet is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Satcom Direct Announces New Premier Service Plan With On-Site Support

Satcom Direct, a provider of satellite voice, fax, and Internet data service solutions, announced here at NBAA Expo that it is offering a new premier service plan called Satcom On Site (SOS). The SOS package offers a standard level of service, which includes 24/7 access to technical support, or a premier level, with a Satcom Direct specialist sent to the customer's facility to offer on-site technical support and training.

"Our technical support team is highly trained and has years of experience in satcom services and is here to help customers identify problems early, ultimately leading to cost savings for the customer," said Jim Jensen, founder and owner of Satcom Direct.

 
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 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Join or renew your membership at booth #1815.
 
A Grab Bag of Gadgets back to top 
 

NBAA Convention 2008: And Everyone Needs -- Window Cleaners, Software, Training, Entertainment

Big shows like the NBAA Expo attract all the major industry players with their latest whiz-bang news, but what sometimes gets lost in the shuffle are the dozens of smaller businesses who also show up, with new products to push that they hope will make every pilot's life easier, or more pleasant, or safer.

  • Plastek, based in Signal Hill, Calif., is here with a Customized Fleet Kit "designed to serve the FBO and Business Jet Owners with a one-stop solution for exterior and interior window restoration needs." Plus, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions for multi-function displays and aircraft monitors.
  • Omni Air Group offers a customized Safety Management System software to help aviation operators with assignment and tracking of a company's risk-management activities and their costs.
  • Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARGUS), of Cincinnati, has just launched a new web-based Safety Management System (SMS) Toolkit.
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy provides crew training both online and in the classroom for small to mid-size flight operations, and is here to show some of their latest custom solutions.
  • Flight Display Systems promises their latest product will deliver HD movies, moving maps, and more to keep your passengers entertained.

 
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» Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Stop by booth #1495 for a complimentary personal and confidential quote.
 
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

AVweb's NBAA 2008 Podcast #1: NBAA's Bolen — Despite Economic Worries, A Strong Show

File Size 7.5 MB / Running Time 8:11

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NBAA president Ed Bolen told AVweb that association members are concerned about the credit crisis, but the Association's convention in Orlando is expected to see record participation. Bolen details the outlook in this podcast.

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AVweb's NBAA 2008 Podcast #2: Cessna's Pelton on Financial Crisis — This Time It's Different

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Topic One at the opening day of the National Business Aviation Association convention is the growing financial and credit crisis. Cessna president Jack Pelton says the company is seeing slowed uptake in orders for new aircraft as credit tightens. The worry is that this economic trouble spot is entirely different than the 2001 slowdown, Pelton says.

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Click here to listen. (8.1 MB, 8:48)

 
Precise Flight: Hidden in Plain Sight
With design capabilities as varied as the number of aircraft models available, it's easy to find at least one device manufactured by Precise Flight in the cabin, cockpit, or body of any aircraft on the market. In fact, integration is a key characteristic of Precise Flight's operating code. Learn more online.

» Precise Flight is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Ask about products for your aircraft at booth #205.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #1: Editors' Preview

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

AVweb Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles and Editorial Director (and Aviation Consumer Ed.-in-Chief) Paul Bertorelli discuss the state of business aviation as NBAA's annual Convention and Trade Show gets underway in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew.

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AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #2: Dornier's New SeaStar Inline Twin Turboprop Seaplane

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A twin PT-6 (Pratt & Whitney)-powered amphibious aircraft capable of carrying up to 12 passengers to most destinations land or sea was introduced to attendees of the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando — the Dornier SeaStar. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli and Video Editor Glenn Pew bring you the details.

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» AirFleet Capital is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Stop by booth #2988 during the show for a complimentary quote.
 
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
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
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Contributors
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