AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 49

December 3, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Ford, GM Gassing Up for DC Road Trips back to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement

Auto Companies Selling Off Flight Departments

On Tuesday, Ford Motor Company said it will sell all five of its corporate jets, and General Motors said it will sell off the leases on its fleet. "We don't use them that much anyway," GM spokesman Mike Meyerand told ABCNews. "It saves us a lot of money to get out of this business." The companies also are hoping the move will regain some of the PR ground lost when they flew via private jet to Washington last month, hats in hand, looking for government bailouts. Executives at Ford and GM also said that when they appear before Congress this week, they will make the 500-mile trip from Detroit by car.

Executives at Chrysler, the third of the Big Three automakers, also said they'll leave the corporate jet at home this week and make alternate travel plans.

 
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Going Green, Part I back to top 
 

European Supersonic Bizjet Tests Advance

An effort to develop an environmentally acceptable supersonic business jet by a group led by Dassault continued last week. Russia Info Center says a model of the HISAC Environmentally Friendly High Speed Aircraft is undergoing testing at Russia's Central Institute of Aerohydronyamics. Engineers are looking at the aerodynamics and potential sonic boom signature of the eight-to-16-seat aircraft, which, in its test stage, sports a canard that make it look like a sleeker, smaller version of the XB-70 supersonic bomber of 45 years ago.

But where the XB-70's purpose was anything but environmentally friendly, HISAC hopes to help people go faster without expanding their carbon footprint. Goals for the aircraft include minimal sonic boom, no more noise on landing and takeoff than current aircraft of the same size and multi Mach fuel economy rivaling its subsonic cousins. There's no prediction on when the consortium, involving 37 companies in 13 countries, will have a flying model.

 
Fly With Bose Aviation Headset X®
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Purchase by December 31, 2008 and receive a complimentary pair of Bose in-ear headphones ($99.95 value). Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.
 
From Caravan to Supervan back to top 
 

More Power To The Caravan

Innovation continues even in tough times and Texas Turbine Conversions has received supplementary type certificate (STC) approval to install Honeywell TPE331-12JR engines on all Cessna 208B Caravans. The Honeywell engine puts out 1,100 horsepower but is flat rated to 900 shaft horsepower in the Caravan application, called the Supervan 900. They can replace Pratt and Whitney PT6A-114 (600 horsepower) or PT6A-114A (675 horsepower) that come from the factory. Adding all that power brings predictable performance boosts (shorter takeoff, double the climb rate, higher cruise speed) and it may also enhance safety. "Another great benefit is more horsepower available in icing conditions," said Texas Turbines President Bobby Bishop.

Bishop has shown the conversion at every major aviation show over the past few years and has orders waiting for the souped up Caravan. He said the extra power makes a good aircraft even better and claims the $625,000 conversion will be repaid through lower operating costs and fuel savings. Texas Turbine Conversions has specialized in putting the Honeywell engines in deHavilland Otters and Bishop says the Caravan conversion will "breathe new life and new markets into an already great aircraft."

 
Aircraft Financing to Fit Your Needs
AirFleet Capital offers a competitive and experienced approach to each and every loan program by focusing exclusively on aircraft financing. AirFleet Capital provides exceptional terms coupled with personal service and a long-term commitment to support the business and shared passion of aviation. From Light Sport Aircraft to VLJs and Business Jets, AirFleet Capital has a loan program to fit your needs. Call an AirFleet Capital financing specialist at (800) 390-4324, or request a quote online.
 
Going Green, Part II back to top 
 

Avjet Opening Green Hangar

While a lot of attention gets paid to the environmental impact of aircraft, airport facilities put down a huge carbon footprint and a California business aircraft charter and management company is taking a lead role in changing that. Avjet, in collaboration with Shangri-La Development and Shangri-La Construction have built the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified hangar and airport office facility at Bob Hope Airport. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

The LEED program encourages the use of low impact materials, energy creation and conservation to create buildings that, in many cases, are a net benefit to the environment. The Avjet facility is 63,653 square feet in total and the roof-top solar arrays power the whole building, including ground power for aircraft and recharging of tow and service vehicles. The solar panels actually produce about 50 percent more power than needed and it's fed into the local grid. Other features include a diamond-polished concrete floor that doesn't need to be coated, a water-based fog fire suppression system and energy reducing systems to heat and cool the building with less dependence on standard HVAC equipment.

 
Business Executives! Mark Your Calendars for February 3 & 4, 2009 in London, England
Active Communications' Efficiency in Aviation forum will provide a unique platform for senior aviation executives to discover, consider and discuss innovative management, operational and technical strategies to achieve greater cost and fuel efficiency. AVweb is a media partner for this forum. As an AVweb subscriber, sign up by December 12, 2008 and receive a special 15% discount. Call Melanie Mulazzi at +44 (20) 7981-2504, or click here to contact her via e-mail.

Details online.
 
China for Dummies (And Not-So-Dummies, Too) back to top 
 

China Aviation Guide Available

There's been a lot of buzz about China's emerging importance as both a market and producer of aviation-related products but those who have ventured there from western countries often find a perplexing system of bureaucracy and business practices. A new publication by Business Data International attempts to make sense of it in 220 pages in the China Aviation Directory. According to the company, the hard cover volume covers "an overview of China's aviation industry and all leading enterprises."

In addition to listing the manufacturers and subcontractors that form the country's core industry, there's a compendium of research institutes, universities, joint ventures and other associated organizations trying to make the world's most populous country more flight friendly. All the movers and shakers are named and contact information is provided. It costs $199 USD.

 
Diamond Aircraft Raffle:
Great Gift Idea for the Pilot Who Has Everything!

Win a Diamond Star DA40 XLS! Only 5,000 tickets will be sold to benefit Wings of Dreams, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Help Wings of Dreams complete their aviation museum and warbird restoration facilities at Keystone Heights Airport, Florida (42J). Target drawing date (if 5,000 tickets are sold) is February 22, 2009. Void where prohibited.

For more information, visit WingsOfDreams.org.
 
Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Reasons to Love a Parade

We talk about GA outreach as much as anyone (maybe more), but this Thanksgiving, AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli put his money where his mouth is by parading up and down the street dressed as — well, check out the AVweb Insider blog for the photo.

Read more.

 
Virtual Flying in Some of the World's Great Airplanes
Classic Cockpits is a series of high-quality DVDs that put you into the pilot's seat of some of the world's great airplanes. Be there for engine start, checklists, taxi, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, landing, and more. Titles currently available are: Flying the Legendary DC-3, Flying the PBY Catalina, and Flying the de Havilland Vampire. Makes the perfect holiday gift!

Click on the individual titles for complete descriptions, and click here to order all DVDs online.
 
Who's Where back to top 
 

Pepper Joins Aspen

Linda Pepper

Linda Pepper is Aspen Avionics' new Manager of Customer Services. Pepper was previously at Garmin, where she began her career in 1994.

McFarren In Private Sector

Lindsey McFarren, the former Assistant General Manager, Programs for the Transportation Security Administration's general aviation section has joined the consulting firm of Simat, Helliesen and Eichner. McFarren will be the firm's Manager of Safety and Security Systems.


Who's Where? You Tell Us

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.

 
Look Around Your Hangar and Office!
Build A Plane needs items for their annual eBay auction. Avionics, parts, electronics, headsets, books, videos/CDs, software, leather jackets, even special airplane rides — well, you get the idea. Anything Build A Plane can sell will benefit school-building projects offering students an exciting way to learn science, engineering, and math and building a new generation of aviation enthusiasts. For complete information, contact Katrina Bradshaw at (804) 843-3321, or go online.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Exclusive Video: CrownAir's "New" Cessna 210 Centurions

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

CrownAir makes Cessna 210 Centurions new again. The company modernizes the old aircraft, upgrading its oxygen system, its avionics, its internal airflow and more. AVweb's Glenn Pew has the details:


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Exclusive Video: Honest, That One-Winged Landing Video Really Is a Hoax

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

On Oct. 29, Ric Lee sent us an amazing, actually unbelievable, video of an aerobatic airplane losing a wing in flight and landing successfully. We were initially amazed, then became skeptical, and finally, in our AVweb Insider blog, explained some of the reasons this dramatic video could be nothing more than an (ultimately very successful) attempt to create a viral video that flashes the name of a skateboarder clothing line in front of millions of viewers.

Trouble is, people by the dozens keep sending us the video and urging us to present it on our site. Our video editor, Glenn Pew, spent some time illuminating the glaring shortcomings of this admittedly clever hoax and put them together in a single video. We should have thought of this a month ago ... .


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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

Got a Moment? Make Your Voice Heard with Aviation Consumer's Maintenance Survey

Our sister magazine, Aviation Consumer, wants your opinion on aircraft maintenance. If you'd like to participate, click here to complete a short, confidential survey.

(The results will be used in an upcoming Aviation Consumer article on managing your maintenance. For subscription information, click here.)

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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
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
Jeff van West

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