AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 41c

October 8, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Twin Otter Marks a Return at NBAA Convention ... back to top 

A New Twin Otter

In its element (and that's pretty varied) there is no more highly-respected aircraft than the deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter. Made famous by the Antarctic rescue of a sick scientist in -75° temperatures, the high-wing twin has toiled for almost 40 years in some of the harshest (and most idyllic) environments on Earth. But the fleet is getting old, and there is really nothing to replace it, except a new Twin Otter. Viking Air, of Sidney (near Victoria), British Columbia, has brought the irreplaceable design into the 21st Century and, as we profile in an AVweb Exclusive Video, it's an idea whose time has come.

A few years ago, Viking bought the type certificates for all early deHavilland aircraft, from the Chipmunk to the Twin Otter. The Twin Otter obviously offered the best opportunity for immediate sales and, within a year, a proof-of-concept model was at NBAA in Orlando. Orders are steadily mounting for the aircraft. The U.S. Army bought three for use by its skydiving team, and an airline that serves the myriad of islands in the Maldives recently ordered two of the $4 million aircraft.

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... SJ30 to Follow? back to top 

Sino Swearingen Is Now Emivest

It seems likely that Ed Swearingen's dream will come true as the SJ30 that he's devoted much of his life to has caught the eye of some folks with practically bottomless pockets. Officials of Emivest, the United Arab Emirates company that bought 80 percent of Sino Swearingen in a deal that closed two months ago, declined to discuss the financial details of the rescue but left little doubt that mere money wasn't going to get in the way of bringing the speedy little jet to market. "The most important thing to discuss is fulfilling the potential of this aircraft," Ali Rashid Al Mazrouei, chairman of the board of directors of Emivest told a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando. He said the company is still digesting its acquisition but insisted the aircraft will be put into production and could be the foundation for a family of aircraft.

The SJ30 was certified in 2006, and two aircraft were delivered before the former lead investor, the Taiwanese government, withdrew support and started shopping for a buyer. Taiwan remains a small shareholder, along with a list of other investors, including Ed Swearingen, who was on hand for the NBAA press event.

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Diamond Names D-Jet Training Partner back to top 

Diamond, ATP Ink Training Agreement

One of Diamond Aircraft's biggest customers for its D-Jet single-engine jet has been named its training partner for customers of the new jet. ATP (Air Transport Professionals), which has ordered 20 of the five-passenger aircraft, will do the transition training and type ratings for D-Jet customers. "The D-Jet is designed primarily for the owner/pilot market and, as such, the type rating training needs to be different than conventional business jet type training," said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. "ATP has a well-proven track record of transitioning piston pilots to jet aircraft ... ."

ATP spokesman Phil Cooper told AVweb there will be two distinct courses for D-Jet customers, one for pilots already type rated on jets and one for those making the leap to jets. Experienced pilots will get a six-day course with a combination of stick and flight time, and the transition pilots will be there for nine days and get more time in both environments. The training programs are already well-developed and will be fully ready for owners as they take delivery of the jets.

Piper Matrix — Piper Compelling
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» Piper Aircraft is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Learn more about the Matrix and other offerings at booth #5152.
Cutting-Edge Heads-Up Display for Your Cockpit back to top 

Aftermarket HUD With Enhanced Vision

It's a window on the world when the world isn't cooperating and now it's available as an after market enhancement for business, commercial and military aircraft. Elbit Kollsman has developed an add-on HUD that displays flight instrument information against an infrared image of the world outside when darkness and weather obscure that. Several customers are using the already-certified system and Elbit is marketing the system as an aftermarket device until original equipment manufacturers incorporate them into their designs. As our AVweb Exclusive Video shows, the visibility enhancement, set up to deliver a normal field of vision for the pilots, is striking.

The system has been tested in numerous adverse flight conditions and shows a clear image of the runway for pilots coping with the muck. Elbit says the FAA has recognized the value of the enhanced vision system, which shows conditions in real time, and allows aircraft equipped with the system to fly to 100-foot minimums.

New! Jeppesen Avionics Knowledge Library — Garmin G1000 IFR Training
The Jeppesen Garmin G1000 — IFR Procedures training is an advanced, extensive computer-based training program developed with Garmin teaching skills to master the operation of and confidently fly the G1000 in IFR conditions. Learn: How to pull up and fly instrument procedures; how to load and activate approaches including RNAV and GPS; all the new WAAS-enabled approaches; and how to perform course reversals, fly holding patterns, and execute missed approaches. Call Jeppesen at (303) 328-4274, or visit online for more information!

» Jeppesen is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
For demos and more information, visit booth #3499.
Sunny Outlook Prevalent at NBAA Convention back to top 

Bombardier Predicts Continued Growth

Bombardier executives have joined the chorus of optimism that seems to defy the headlines outside the confines of the Orange County Convention Center. In a briefing for the media and financial analysts Tuesday, Bombardier corner suite executives said that while some softening of the business aviation market will occur in the next year or two, the long-term prospects call for expansion and fleet replacement totaling 13,200 business jets, worth $300 billion over the next 10 years and the company expects to maintain or grow its 33 percent share of that revenue.

Guy Hachey, CEO of Bombardier Aerospace, said the company will continue to deliver strong financials and maintain or improve market share. He also said he's adamant that the company address quality control and customer service issues. Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said the company is constantly working on its product lineup, noting the introduction of the Learjet 85 at this show. He said the popularity of the lineup is a double-edged sword, with up to a 46-month backlog for Global Express models, long enough that some deals "have been left on the table" because the time lag is too long. James Hoblyn, president of customer services, said his focus is on streamlining parts inventory and delivery to maximize dispatch rates and minimize customer inconvenience. He said 18 recurring dispatch issues have been addressed and the dispatch rate of the fleet is now approaching 99.5 percent.

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.
Hawker Beechcraft's Big Announcement back to top 

Hawker Beechcraft Lands $200 Million Order

NBAA is one of the shows where major sales announcements are made, but there haven't been that many at this year's show. Hawker Beechcraft stepped out of that mold today with a $200 million announcement. Brazilian-based Líder Signatures S.A. has ordered 23 aircraft, covering the cross-section of jet products from the Wichita company.

The major sale is in Embraer's backyard and involves a long-time Beechcraft customer. Líder has been an authorized service center since 1996.

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» AirFleet Capital is at the NBAA Convention & Trade Show.
Stop by booth #2988 during the show for a complimentary quote.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

AVweb's NBAA 2008 Podcast #5: The Next Generation of Gulfstream Promises to Be Even More Passenger-Friendly

File Size 3.7 MB / Running Time 4:02

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Can the Gulfstream get any more passenger-oriented? At this year's NBAA Convention, Pres Henne (senior vice president for programs, engineering and testing) answered that question with a resounding yes, explaining how a bevy of new features in the G250 and a new "cabin-essential" power philosophy are making the airplane (expected in 2011) an even more welcoming environment that previous Gulfstreams.

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Click here to listen. (3.7 MB, 4:02)

AVweb's NBAA 2008 Podcast #6: Welcoming the Wichita Aero Club to the Aviation Community

File Size 6.1 MB / Running Time 6:39

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We reported last week on the formation of a new Wichita Aircraft Club, and this week's National Business Aviation Association Convention is serving as the group's gala coming-out party. Executive Director Dave Franson sat down to educate us about the group's goals and structure.

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Click here to listen. (6.1 MB, 6:39)

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.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #5: Enhanced Vision System from Elbit-Kollsman

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Elbit Kollsman provides real-time, real-world vision enhancement for pilots flying in bad weather and low visibility conditions. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli just had to make time to see their display at the NBAA Convention, and Video Editor Glenn Pew brings you the details.

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AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #6: Viking Reinvents the Twin Otter

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One of the best utility aircraft ever made has been reborn. Viking aircraft will produce the Twin Otter with upgrades that save weight and reduce complexity while enhancing safety and performance. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli goes inside the cockpit of the new Otter, and Glenn Pew has the video.

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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:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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