AVwebBiz - Volume 7, Number 16

April 22, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Live and In Person: Phenom 100 at Sun 'n Fun back to top 

Embraer Brings Production Phenom 100 To Sun 'n Fun

Embraer has so far delivered 12 Phenom 100 business jets in the U.S. and both customer acceptance and service records are good according to Clint Clouatre, the company's senior marketing manager for executive jets. Embraer is displaying a customer-delivered aircraft at this year's Sun 'n Fun. In a video interview with AVweb, Clouatre said the aircraft is performing beyond original expectations and early-delivery glitches have been resolved. Embraer isn't immune to the current economic issues but he said order cancellations are rare. "There have been some requests for deferrals," he said. The order book for the Phenom 100 and its bigger cousin, the 300, still tops 800 aircraft, Clouatre said.

Embraer continues to tweak the 100, recently adding an option package to improve takeoff performance. Its customer service network is up and running and production continues at the Brazilian plant in advance of the construction of an assembly plant in Melbourne, Fla. Clouatre said Sun 'n Fun is a good launching pad for the debut of the actual airplane. He said many Sun 'n Fun attendees are looking to move up from their piston aircraft to a jet and that's the market the Phenom series aims to serve.

Related Content:
AVweb's video coverage of the Phenom 100 tour display at Sun 'n Fun.

Bose Pavilion
Fly with Bose® Aviation Headset X®
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the eighth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2008 Headset Preference Survey. Purchase by May 2, 2009 and also receive a complimentary Bose premium flight bag ($80 value). Learn more and order.

Quote reprinted with permission:
Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/08.
Certification for Avidyne Entegra 9 back to top 

FAA Certifies Entegra Release 9

Avidyne has been busy promoting Release 9 of its Entegra flat panel in advance of FAA certification and held a detailed press briefing Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun. About 10 minutes after the news conference ended, the FAA called company officials to tell them the certification had been approved for both the integrated flight deck system and the FMS900w flight management system. The upgrade received a Technical Standard Order for retrofit into existing Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. "Entegra Release 9 sets a new standard in performance and safety by providing the highest level of integration, and the easiest-to-use pilot interface available," said CEO Patrick Herguth.

The $72,000 upgrade portrays information on large-screen displays and includes a keypad, digital radios and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Each screen is capable of displaying all the information available from the system, giving it dual redundancy in that respect. A higher level of communication between the FMS/NAV system and the existing STEC 55X autopilot allows it to automatically switch modes without pilot input, reducing pilot workload and getting rid of the confusion that sometimes arises when the autopilot is in the wrong mode for the phase of flight.

Related Content:
AVweb video of Release 9 in action.

Aircraft Spruce Exclusive Sun 'n Fun Show Special:
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According to a recent Aviation Consumer magazine article, "A portable Halon extinguisher is the way to go, and products from H3R Aviation lead the market." Aircraft Spruce offers the largest selection of H3R Aviation Halon fire extinguishers, from a 14-oz. flight bag accessory to a 150-lb. wheeled unit for the flight line. All are in stock and ready to ship at Aircraft Spruce. Call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
The Latest from Cirrus ... back to top 

Cirrus Announces FAA OK For FIKI System, Update on Jet

It was known to be imminent, and we already have heard all the details about the new Cirrus TKS system for flight into known icing (FIKI), but on Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun the Cirrus folks made it official -- the FAA has issued final approval for the design, which is available on the SR22 and Turbo models. The FAA also approved the Aircraft Flight Manual Supplement validating the company's Known Ice Protection training materials. The company also detailed its new upgrades and additions to the Cirrus Perspective avionics system, including the addition of enhanced vision, 10-inch screens, S-TEC autopilots, and MFD engine data, as well as new navigation options. The system is now available on all Cirrus piston airplanes. The company also offered an update on the Vision program. Staff that was occupied with the FIKI project is now moving over to the jet, and the overall program schedule is going forward. The rate of development is capital-dependent, the company said. All major suppliers for the production line will be under contract by the end of this year.

Day 2, and Everyone Seems to Know That Zulu Was Named the ANR Headset of the Year
Now they just want to try one and see why for themselves. And that's when the wow happens. So, if you've yet to try a Zulu, come by the Lightspeed booth today. But ... be prepared to change your mind about what you've thought was the best headset you could buy. And if you couldn't make it to the show this year, go to ZuluChangeYourMind.com and see what all the buzz is about.
... And Piper, Too back to top 

Piper Offers G1000 For Meridian, Update On Jet Progress

Piper on Tuesday introduced its new Garmin G1000 avionics option for the six-seat Meridian turboprop to the Sun 'n Fun crowd, saying that the system is certified and ready to go as a $50,000 upgrade on the $2.1 million airplane. The three-screen system features a 15-inch multi-function display in the center with two 10-inch primary flight displays on either side. The option also includes Garmin's synthetic vision technology. "The G1000 gives the Meridian a new brain, taking the airplane to a whole new level of performance," said Bob Kromer, VP of sales and marketing. The new panel gives the Meridian the "look and feel of a larger, business-class aircraft," he said.

Piper CEO Jim Bass said the Piper Jet project is making significant progress and the company remains committed to seeing it through to certification. A new pressurization system has been tested and verified for high-altitude performance up to 35,000 feet, he said. Over the next few months, the test pilots will be working through the flight envelope and then will start stall testing. Bass also spent some time talking about the current challenges faced by the aviation industry, both economic and political. The economic pressures right now are like none he has seen in his 30 years' experience, he said, and "gut-wrenching" decisions have had to be made, including layoffs. Last year Piper was selling about six or seven airplanes a week, and this year it's closer to two or three. He said that recently he is seeing more traffic in the showroom and on the Web site and while he's hopeful for the future and confident that Piper remains a sound company, he is concerned about other issues. "The government assault on GA is more of a threat to our industry than the economy," he said. "Everyone in GA is demonized. It's a culture war, us against them, where everyone who owns aircraft is considered the enemy." Besides the recent problems with GA's tarnished image, he said, change is needed in laws affecting litigation, regulation and taxation that make it harder than it should be for aviation manufacturers to succeed.

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Register to Win an AV8OR! back to top 

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3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
New for 2009, Cirrus Aircraft shakes the lineup with a new way to spec out your new Cirrus. SR20, SR22, and Turbo models are now available in three well-equipped trim levels - "S," "GS," and "GTS"; Known Ice Protection is ready to go on SR22 and Turbo models; or choose an all-new premium interior and exterior upgrade package dubbed "X-Edition." Visit CirrusAircraft.com for details.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

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Like a 696 on Steroids
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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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