AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 51

December 17, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Eclipse Now in Chapter 11, Says KRQE back to top 
 
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Eclipse Granted Chapter 11: TV Report

An Albuquerque television station is reporting that Eclipse Aviation's application for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was approved by a Delaware court on Monday and that there is competition for Roel Pieper's bid to take over the company through a Luxembourg subsidiary of his company, ETIRC. KRQE does not identify the second potential purchaser for the company, which filed for Chapter 11 on Nov. 25. In the filing, the company proposed that it essentially sell itself to Pieper's company and more recent reports say the proposed price is $198 million, roughly 20 percent of the money owed investors, suppliers and customers. Eclipse did not immediately return a voice message left Tuesday afternoon. According to the TV report, the sale must be completed by Jan. 12 or the court could order the company liquidated. Meanwhile, as the high-stakes drama that could determine their own futures plays out in the courtroom and boardroom, Eclipse employees are focusing on helping those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Company spokeswoman Alana McCarraher told New Mexico Business Weekly that employees decided to contribute to two charities, a local food bank and one that provides winter coats for children, and set up drop barrels at its plants. "Even though Eclipse has had a challenging year and we are in the middle of reorganization, our employees still wanted to give this holiday season, so we chose two local charities to help those in need of food and warm clothing," McCarraher said.

 
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AOPA and FAA at Odds Over Permanent DC ADIZ back to top 
 

ADIZ/SFRA Permanent

The FAA has made the Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, D.C. permanent (and called it a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) but AOPA says it will keep fighting to get rid of it. "While this is a final rule," Andy Cebula, AOPA's executive vice president of government affairs said in a news release.

"Circumstances and conditions evolve, and rules can be changed." While AOPA is working on that, the government seems pretty stuck on keeping the 15 and 30-nm bubbles around DC (flying shoes notwithstanding) and says it's in everyone's best interests. "This rule will help air traffic controllers and security agencies monitor air traffic by identifying, distinguishing and responding appropriately if an aircraft deviates from its expected flight path or is not complying with instructions from controllers," the agency says in a news release AOPA maintains the ADIZ/SFRA is unnecessary, costs millions of dollars a year in hardship to airports within it and creates a lot of upset. AOPA is also reminding pilots that with the hardening of the airspace barriers around Washington, a new rule requiring aircraft operating in the vicinity is also coming into effect. If you plan on flying within 60 nm of D.C. in the future, you need to take the online course mandated by the FAA by Feb. 9.

 
Holiday Special! Get $100 Off a Panel Power Zulu
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Cessna Citation XLS+ Hits the Marketplace back to top 
 

First Delivery For XLS+

Cessna announced the first retail delivery of its recently certified Citation XLS+ business jet to an undisclosed customer on the U.S. East Coast. The XLS+ traces its roots to the Excel, introduced in 1998. The updated XLS came out in 2004 and the XLS+ was certified by the FAA in May of 2008. Among the updates are a Rockwell Pro Line 21 avionics suite, FADEC-controlled Pratt and Whitney Canada engines and an improved diagnostic system. There are some styling and comfort changes, too. European certification is expected in 2009. Meanwhile, Cessna is celebrating a milestone in Europe with its 1,000th Citation delivery there.

CEO Jack Pelton said the sale of the Citation XLS to BONAIR, of Florya, Istanbul, Turkey, makes Cessna the first company to achieve a fleet size of 1,000 jets in Europe. "This delivery marks a significant milestone both for Cessna and our industry. It underlines that European companies increasingly value business aviation as a tool when time is of the essence and further demonstrates how well suited the Citation product family is for the travel requirements of the region. We are proud of the strong relationships we enjoy with European customers and look forward to the continued growth of our fleet," Pelton said.

 
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Colorado, Branson the Next Must-Visit Air Shows? back to top 
 

Two New Air Shows Ahead For 2009

Air shows continue to be one of the best vehicles for introducing the masses to the world of aviation, and this week brought announcements about two major new shows coming up next year. Colorado Sport Aviation said it will launch the Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver, on Aug. 22-23. The Rocky Mountain Fly-In has been held at various locations in its 29-year history, and this will be a new venue, incorporating the airport's popular annual open house event. The airport, located between Denver and Boulder, is close to plenty of tourist facilities and potential visitors, and provides spectacular mountain scenery. Also, Branson Airport, in Branson, Mo., will host the first annual Branson Air Show, May 8-10, which will set the stage for the grand opening of the brand-new, privately operated commercial airport on May 11. Acts will include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Manfred Radius, Patty Wagstaff, and more, plus plenty of warbirds on display. More performers are expected to be confirmed soon.

Branson Airport is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the U.S. Organizers of the $155 million project say it will create a more pleasant travel experience for customers.

 
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Click on the individual titles for complete descriptions, and click here to order all DVDs online.
 
Education and Outreach for BizAv back to top 
 

Business Aviation Courses Offered

Ohio colleges are being encouraged to develop specific courses to train business aircraft pilots. According to Dayton Daily News, expansion by Columbus-based NetJets and requests from Ohio business people have prompted the creation an introductory business aviation program at Sinclair College. Colleges and universities all over the state are being encouraged to follow suit. Sinclair College already has a successful aviation program that trains pilots, dispatchers and flight attendants; Jamie Thomas, a 2002 graduate of the program, says specific training for business operations is a good idea.

Thomas said business pilots are expected to take total command of all aspects of the flight and that requires a wide variety of skills beyond flying the aircraft, from preparing refreshments to supervising the ground handling. Sinclair student Shawn Riffee, who, at 23, is putting himself through school by flying a corporate aircraft part-time, agreed. "You're dealing with top executives. Everything has to look sharp," said Riffee, "It's all about image.

 
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.
 
Holiday Shopping Ideas back to top 
 

A Pilot's Dream Gift -- Time In Mustang Simulator

If there's a pilot on your holiday shopping list who's impossible to buy for, here's a gift that should put a spark in any pilot's eye -- an hour in a full-motion Citation Mustang jet flight simulator. FlightSafety International is offering a special gift package for anyone with an interest, pilot or not, the Wichita Eagle reported this week. The Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kan., will provide a brief overview of the jet plus an hour at the simulator controls, with an instructor, for $400. Eagle reporter Molly McMillin tried it out, and said "You really feel like you're doing the flying." Time slots can be booked between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, a time frame, we suspect, when regular paying customers are scarce. For information, call Catherine Kreitler at (316) 220-3100.

 
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New on AVweb back to top 
 

AVweb's Video Gift Ideas 2008

Looking for a gift for yourself or your pilot friends? AVweb can help! Video editor Glenn Pew has put together our most useful product overviews for you to peruse and get ideas.

Find it here.

If you see something you like in one of these videos, visit our sponsors and get your shopping done online.

Stay informed; stay entertained.

Happy holidays from your team at AVweb.

AVweb Insider Blog: Wrestling with Responsibility in the Face of the F/A-18 Crash

Last week's F/A-18 crash hit close to home for video editor Glenn Pew, in more ways than one. Glenn lives physically close to the site of the accident, but he spent hours poring over still photos and watching television coverage to put together a video report for AVweb. Now, on the AVweb Insider blog, he wrestles with the notion of responsibility when our tax dollars contribute to tragedy.

Read more.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Oblinger New Flight Display Systems GM

David Oblinger

David Oblinger has been hired as the general manager of Flight Display Systems, which produces cabin entertainment systems. Oblinger's background is in improving business processes, and he was most recently Director of Operations and Resources for Silgan Plastics Corp.


McGee Heads US Avionics

Stephen McGee

Stephen McGee is the new Avionics Manager of US Avionics. McGee has 20 years of experience in the avionics field.


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.

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

The New Face of Business Travel

File Size 7.0 MB / Running Time 7:36

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Tightening belts, rising costs and even some bad publicity have combined to change the business aviation market, and companies are responding with new business models. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli talks with CoGo Jets CEO Jamie Walker about his firm's per-seat jetpooling concept.

Click here to listen. (7.0 MB, 7:36)

Exclusive Video: F/A-18 Crash Near San Diego

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

An F/A-18 Hornet crashed about 9,000 feet shy of Runway 06L at MCAS Miramar, in a residential neighborhood near San Diego, California, Monday December 8, 2008 at approximately 11:59 a.m. local time. This initial report was published by Glenn Pew the day of the crash with the information available at that time.

Read more about the crash here.

This video includes images from Google Maps and Google Earth.


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

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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.)

 
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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