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|Top News: ETIRC Gets Green Light on Eclipse Buy||back to
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 Citation||back to
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 Last||back to
CONFIRMS 150 LAYOFFS
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...
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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
is the largest fleet of business jets in the
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|AOPA Shelves Fly-In, Plans Outreach Alternatives||back to
SCRUBS FREDERICK FLY-IN
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.
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PLANNING ENGINE DEVELOPMENT
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...
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BUYS LYCOMING-POWERED DA42S
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. More...
ADDS CESSNA 421B TO TRAINING FLEET
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.
JOHNSON JOINS VIPER AIRCRAFT
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...
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