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Volume 7, Number 3
January 21, 2009
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Top News: ETIRC Gets Green Light on Eclipse Buyback to top 
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A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of the assets of Eclipse Aviation to EclipseJet Aviation International, a subsidiary of ETIRC Aviation, which is owned by current Eclipse CEO Roel Pieper and is the largest single investor in Eclipse. Judge Mary Walrath, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, made her decision Tuesday after hearing two days of testimony, much of it in opposition to the sale. Pieper's offer is $28 million in cash, plus $160 million in shares and 15-percent equity in the company for secured shareholders. When it filed for Chapter 11 protection on Nov. 25, it was estimated that Eclipse owed more than $1 billion. Now that the ownership question has been settled, perhaps an even larger question looms, particularly for the people and politicians of Albuquerque. More...

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Latest Type Group Focuses on Cessna Citationback to top 

The latest type group to form is perhaps a sign of the times in business aviation. Citation Jet Pilots was formed last November for owner-pilots of Cessna Citation jets. Membership is climbing (CJ3 owner and AOPA President Craig Fuller just joined) and the organization is planning its first gathering at the Light Business Airport Conference in San Diego March 12-14. The group has organized formally and has an executive. Founding President John Hayes said the introduction of entry-level jets like the Citation Mustang has increased interest in owner-pilot jets and the group is a response to that. "Our goal will be to make Cessna Jet Pilots a world class organization where Citation owner-pilots can share information with other Citation owner-pilots to improve safety and the utility of our aircraft," he said. More...

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Most Recent Layoffs at Piper Hopefully the Lastback to top 

Piper Aircraft is planning for a 40-percent decline in production for 2009 and should not have to lay off any more workers if the estimate is accurate. According to TCPalm, Piper CEO Jim Bass told the Indian River County Commission that 150 employees have been laid off and others have had their hours cut to balance production and demand. "There simply is no need to build planes and have them stacked up on a runway and sit around and rust," Bass told the meeting. "We hope it will be better but we also recognize in today's environment it's very hard to forecast with really good accuracy and it could get worse. If it stayed at the 40 percent level, we won't have to make any more changes to our workforce. No more layoffs." 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 $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.
AOPA Shelves Fly-In, Plans Outreach Alternativesback to top 

AOPA has scrubbed its annual fly-in at its headquarters in Frederick, Md., in favor of more outreach at flying events and some non-aviation events in the coming year. In a story on its Web site the organization says the shift is in keeping with its Let's Go Flying promotion encouraging people to discover flying. "The association will bring the excitement of GA flying to new venues throughout the year," the AOPA story reads. More...

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Attending Eur-Avia Cannes? AVweb Can Helpback to top 

AVweb has teamed up with one of Europe's most important general and business aviation shows. AVweb is partnering with Eur-Avia Cannes 2009 at the International Airport of Cannes Mandelieu from April 30 to May 2. "Eur-Avia Cannes exhibition brings together the leading protagonists in general and business aviation in order to offer the possibility to a demanding clientele to discover the latest developments and industrial innovations," said show spokeswoman Samantha Chastang. AVweb readers are encouraged to preregister and use the invitation code AVWEB 09. More...

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers the most comprehensive Corporate Aviation Management Certificate program approved by the NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) for the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). For details, visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's web site at ERAU.edu/camc.
The Rise of Chinese Engines?back to top 

China is planning to develop its own jet engines to power the commercial airliners and perhaps business jets it plans to build in coming years. Foreign investment in the $878 million venture is being capped at 30 percent, with state aircraft builder Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) holding 40 percent and the remainder to be split between Shanghai Electric Group and an investment arm of the government. The announcement was made by the official Shanghai Securities News on Monday. More...

AERO Friedrichshafen — The Best Place for Your Business
AERO Friedrichshafen is the premier European trade show for the General Aviation industry. Starting in 2009, AERO will take place annually. Situated in Central Europe, within the border—triangle of Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, AERO is the ideal platform for the European General Aviation market. In addition, Messe Friedrichshafen is one of the most modern fairgrounds in Europe. If you want to do business in Europe, you have to be there! Go online for complete information.
New on AVwebback to top 

AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew has compiled footage and information on the January 15 crash of US Airways Flight 1549 that successfully ditched in the Hudson River minutes after departure from LaGuardia airport. Piloted by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles, the aircraft landed safely in the water, where NY Waterways ferries and emergency personnel then rescued all 155 aboard. (Click through to watch.) More...

US Airways Flight 1549 was a textbook ditching with the best outcome imaginable. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli thinks there's plenty to be learned from the crew, the circumstances, and the flight path. Read more on the AVweb Insider blog. More...

Economic Challenges Call for Proven Advertising Results — AVweb Delivers Results
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Accoladesback to top 

AMSTAT, which provides corporate aviation fleet and operator information, has been part of the CAMP Systems family of companies for five years. It's expanded aggressively in that time and boasts a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating.

Diamond Aircraft announced a major order for its Lycoming-powered DA42 twin from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The university ordered 10 DA42 L360s and will have them in time for the next academic year.

Kansas State University now has a Cessna 421B for students in its maintenance programs to work on. The pressurized piston twin remains on flight status. It was donated to the university by supporters and aviation enthusiasts Kenneth and Tamara Knight.

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Who's Whereback to top 

Charlie Johnson
Former Cessna President Charlie Johnson is now Viper Aircraft's director of business development. The Washington State company is developing the two-place tandem ViperJet. More...

H. L. Skip Hockman has been named a sales specialist for the PlaneSense Fractional Ownership Program operated by Alpha Flying. Hockman will cover an expanded territory west of the Mississippi.

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. More...

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

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 


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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