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Volume 6, Number 41a
October 6, 2008
 
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» Bose Corporation is an official sponsor of
AVweb's NBAA 2008 coverage. Please visit them
at booth #4918 to see the Headset X in action!
 
Top News: Honeywell Predicts Soft Landing for BizAvback 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. More...

 
Inflight. Every Flight.
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» XM WX Satellite Weather, the top provider of pilot wx data,
is an official sponsor of AVweb's NBAA 2008 coverage
Please visit them at booth #962 to learn more.
 
The State of the Artback 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. More...

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. More...

 
Trade-A-Plane Features Thousands of Classifieds, Updated Hourly
With thousands of hourly updated Classifieds, a Product & Advertiser Index, Forums, NAAA Evaluator, Performance Database, Spec Sheets, and Aviation Weather, Trade-A-Plane gives you everything that keeps you flying. Order your Trade-A-Plane subscription by calling (800) 337-5263, or go online.

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

HARRISON FORD JOINS SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIRLIFT
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. 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.

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

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. More...

 
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 Gadgetsback 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. More...

 
Life Insurance Premiums Continue to Decrease in 2008!
According to a Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education report, 3/4 of Americans think life insurance is too expensive. Term and permanent life insurance rates are generally half from a decade ago, partly due to life expectancy increases. Pilot Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots — from student to ATP — with proper insurance planning at the most affordable rates available. A+ Rated Carriers – No Aviation Exclusions – Quick and Easy Application Process. Call 1 (800) 380-8376 or visit online.

» 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
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.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation More...

AVWEB'S NBAA 2008 PODCAST #2: CESSNA'S PELTON ON FINANCIAL CRISIS — THIS TIME IT'S DIFFERENT
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.

This podcast is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather More...

 
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 Learnback to top 
 

AVWEB'S NBAA 2008 VIDEO #1: EDITORS' PREVIEW
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. (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather ... . More...

AVWEB'S NBAA 2008 VIDEO #2: DORNIER'S NEW SEASTAR INLINE TWIN TURBOPROP SEAPLANE
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. (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation ... . More...

 
Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
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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 
 

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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 
 

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.

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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
Jeff van West

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