AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 46

November 12, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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TSA Extends Deadline For GA Security Plan Comments

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will extend the time period for public comment on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program for general aviation by an additional 60 days, a change that was lobbied for by GA advocacy groups. The new deadline for public comment is Feb. 27, 2009. The proposed rules would require criminal history records checks of GA flight crews, watch-list matching of passenger manifests, audits of each aircraft operator, and new airport security requirements. "Granting our request will provide much needed time for analysis, community education and feedback," said Ed Bolen, CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). EAA had asked for 90-day extension, but said in a news release it is pleased the TSA responded promptly. "This proposal would be an unprecedented restriction on the freedom of movement for private U.S. citizens," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. "It would also, for the first time, require governmental review and authority before a person could operate his/her own personal transportation conveyance." AOPA agreed. "This proposal is an unprecedented move by the TSA into general aviation," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. AOPA's news release also noted that "serious questions" remain about why GA is being considered for these onerous requirements. For more information about the TSA proposal and how you can submit comments to the government's public docket, visit the NBAA Web site.

For a PDF of the TSA proposal itself, click here.

To read the letter (PDF) submitted by AOPA and NBAA to request the extension, click here.

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DayJet Restart in the Offing? back to top 

DayJet Looking At Restarting

DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci remains bullish on the per-seat air taxi model his company pioneered and he says he's looking for $5 million to get started again in a limited way. Iacobucci told the South Florida Business Journal he would operate the revived version of DayJet with about 10 aircraft and envisioned a service similar to the one he shut down a month ago, laying off the staff and returning 28 aircraft to Eclipse Aviation. He continues to blame the demise of the first incarnation of DayJet on the lack of available capital. A restart will also depend on independent financing, with Iacobucci noting that after putting $20 million of his own money into the company, "my liquidity is severely taxed." Plan B is bankruptcy and he said a "wind-down team" is in place if it comes to that.

Iacobucci has also blamed shortcomings of Eclipse for some of the company's problems but he said the lack of money to expand the service at the rate required to serve its debt was the main problem. "It boils back down to capital," he said. Iacobucci said the company had loyal customers, just not enough of them. "Our No. 1 problem we recognized was education [of potential customers]," he said. "Perhaps, if there was one thing we did wrong, it was targeting a large-scale model too quickly."

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NTSB Looking into EMS Accidents back to top 

NTSB Plans Public Hearing On Helicopter EMS

The NTSB will hear from the full spectrum of personnel involved in emergency medical services using helicopters at a three-day public hearing planned for its headquarters in Washington Feb 3-9. In 2006, the NTSB issued a special investigation report that found that more than half of all EMS accidents (41 helicopter and 14 airplane) in the previous three years could have been prevented if the recommendations in the report had been followed. There have been nine fatal accidents involving EMS helicopters in the past 11 months and 35 people have died. "This is a drastic increase in accidents since the Special Investigation Report and therefore has prompted the Safety Board to examine this issue in greater detail by holding this hearing," the board said in a statement.

The statement said the public hearing is aimed at educating the board on the operational challenges of EMS services and helping members figure out how to stem the rising tide of accidents. "We have seen an alarming rise in the numbers of EMS accidents and the Safety Board believes some of these accidents could have been prevented if our recommendations were implemented," says member Robert Sumwalt, who will chair the hearing. "This hearing will be extremely important because it can provide an opportunity to learn more about the industry so that possibly we can make further recommendations that can prevent these accidents and save lives." The proceedings will be webcast live.

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 $15.6 billion. The global fleet of more than 5,400 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna.com.
More Belt-Tightening in the Aviation Sector back to top 

Rockwell Collins Sheds 400 Jobs

It's not just airframers feeling the pinch from the current economic situation. Avionics giant Rockwell Collins has announced the layoff of 300 employees in operations and the termination of 100 contract employees, most of them in engineering. "Like many other companies, we're dealing with significant challenges in meeting our business objectives," CEO Clay Jones said in news release. The company blamed the recent Boeing strike for a delay in orders, plus the general economic conditions.

The company is also delaying raises for most employees for three months and putting off hiring for existing vacancies. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant is hardest hit with 175 job losses. Rockwell Collins has a generally positive outlook for the coming year and is characterizing the current situation as short-term.

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Dassault Expands West Coast Services back to top 

Dassault Picks Reno For Service Center

Dassault Falcon will build a nearly 40,000-square-foot West Coast service center at Reno-Tahoe International Airport to handle an uptick in business from North America for its aircraft. "The western United States has experienced a sharp increase in demand for new Falcons over the past five years," CEO John Rosanvallon said in a news release. "This facility in Reno is significant for not only the increased support in that part of the country but also the overall coverage that this adds for the entire United States."

There will be about 40 technicians and support staff at the facility and it will also house a "Go Team" that provides remote service to AOG Falcons anywhere in the U.S. Reno officials are, of course, delighted with the announcement, saying the new facility will draw traffic from Canada and Central America and generally raise the airport's profile.

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News Briefs back to top 

ChartGeek Offers Free Samples

Lots of pilots enjoy the aerial views possible in Google Earth, and now a company called ChartGeek is offering a way to see aeronautical chart info displayed right inside your Google Earth view. The ChartGeek charts allow pilots to "see" details such as VFR flyways, weather, and airspace classifications, rendered in 3D and accurately placed according to the FAA/NACO geographical coordinates. Users can also choose to fade the chart away to show details of the underlying terrain. "Pilots' ability to 'pre-fly' their routes using ChartGeek Charts in Google Earth greatly improves their ability to recognize key waypoints and landmarks that they have not yet seen," says the company. Each 3D chart is derived from an authorized FAA/NACO digital chart. During November, members of EAA or AOPA can download a free sample of a Sectional or TAC chart from ChartGeek. Anyone who is not a member can try it out for $3.99.

To get your free chart, go to ChartGeek.com and look for the EAA or AOPA link. Google Earth is a free download from Google. And sorry, Mac users, the ChartGeek charts are Windows compatible only.

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Who's Where back to top 

Groom Forms Aviation Consulting Firm

Randy Groom

Former Beechcraft President Randy Groom has formed his own aviation consulting company. He's already been engaged by several aviation companies.

Randall At Universal Avionics

Robert Randall

Robert Randall is Universal Avionics' new marketing manager for the central region. He was most recently Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Shadin Avionics.

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

AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Video Round-Up

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

At the 2008 AOPA Expo, our video team brought you exclusive interviews with outgoing AOPA president Phil Boyer and the incoming president, Craig Fuller — plus a demo flight with Cirrus Design's new EVS system and an in-depth profile of Garmin's hot GPSMap 696. If you missed any of those, you can watch all eight of our show videos right here. Just use the arrows at the right and left sides of the player to choose your video.

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AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Podcast Round-Up

As our on-site audio teams packs their bags to leave San Jose, California, we bring you a collection of nine audio podcasts recorded at (or, in some cases, just before) the show. Once again, our johnnies-on-the-spot have captured some of the most interesting voices in aviation, from CEOs and service providers to innovative thinkers, technical experts, and salesfolk. In case you missed any of our nine exclusive podcasts from the show, we're re-presenting them here.

Click here for our podcast round-up from AOPA Expo 2008.

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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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