AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 25

June 24, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

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Top News: Platinum Jet Owner Pleads Guilty back to top 

Charter Operator Guilty Of Fraud

The co-founder of Platinum Jet Management, whose Challenger business jet went off the end of the runway at Teterboro Airport in 2005, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges for flying more than 100 charters without the proper certification. Andre Budhan could go to jail for up to four years after the investigation into the Teterboro crash turned into a criminal probe. A total of 23 charges were laid against Budhan and he pleaded guilty to the fraud charge. Even though the passengers on those flights got to where they were going, the fraud occurred because Platinum didn't tell them they didn't have the paperwork for conducting on-demand charters, according to North Jersey Crime Examiner.

There are five others charged in the alleged scheme and they've all pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for next January. Prosecutors allege that the Challenger that crashed was overfueled and couldn't get off the ground because the center of gravity was too far forward. The indictment alleges that Platinum routinely overfueled aircraft at Teterboro and other locations where fuel was less expensive. The flightless Challenger crossed a highway and plowed into a furniture warehouse, injuring all 11 people aboard and four bystanders.

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Back to the Long Lines for Clear Lanes Customers back to top 

Clear Lanes Closed

Commercial airline travel just got a lot less convenient for frequent travelers who'd paid hundreds of dollars to jump the security line. Verified Identity Pass, the company that operated the Clear security screening kiosks at about 20 major U.S. airports, shut down on Monday night, forcing its customers to shuffle shoeless with the masses through the regular security lines. In a statement issued late Monday, the company said it couldn't reach a deal with its senior creditor to keep going. About 250,000 customers had paid up to $199 a year to zip through the segregated kiosks, which used retinal scans and fingerprints to verify the identity of travelers whose security background information was on a database. The company says the private information will be deleted securely but, unfortunately, so will the fees that have been paid.

"At the present time, because of its financial condition, Verified Identity Pass Inc. cannot issue refunds," the company said. Some people had signed up for three years at a cost of more than $500. As for the security information, the company said it has a plan for getting rid of it. "Applicant and member data is currently secured in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration's Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards," the company said. "Verified Identity Pass Inc. will continue to secure such information and will take appropriate steps to delete the information." The Transportation Security Administration didn't comment directly on the closure.

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Making the Most of the Latest 787 Delays back to top 

Markets, Customers React To 787 Delay

All Nippon Airways says it's still too soon to reconsider its launch order of the Boeing 787, even though Boeing announced the fifth program delay and pushed the first flight of the aircraft back for an unspecified period. The company says preflight testing revealed the need to beef up the structure of the fuselage where the wings attach and it's going to make sure it gets done right. "Consideration was given to a temporary solution that would allow us to fly as scheduled, but we ultimately concluded that the right thing was to develop, design, test and incorporate a permanent modification to the localized area requiring reinforcement," said Scott Carson, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. As ominous as it all sounds, the mods are described as "minor" and aren't related to the use of composites or the manufacturing processes.

However, the company says it isn't ready to say when the first flight might be and what effect the delay, the fifth in the development of the 787, might have on deliveries. ANA says it hopes Boeing will get cracking on those estimates, since it was supposed to get its first 787 about two years ago and was hoping for one as early as next March. More than 850 Dreamliners have been ordered but the delays are irritating customers who are anxious to take advantage of the major fuel savings the aircraft promises. Investors, already twitchy about Boeing's overall performance, shed millions of shares, resulting in a one-day decline of 7.5 percent to less than $44.

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New York Airspace Shake-Up Moves Forward back to top 

FAA's New York Region Airspace Redesign Wins In Court

The FAA's plan to redesign the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia region airspace cleared a key legal barrier last week when a court struck down a group of legal challenges, the FAA said on Monday. A federal appeals court ruled on June 10 that the FAA can continue to move ahead as planned. Challenges had been filed by several state and local governments in the region, as well as a citizens group, claiming that the FAA didn't properly perform an environmental impact study of the changes in air traffic patterns that would result from the redesign. The court disagreed. "The FAA's environmental impact analysis was procedurally sound and substantively reasonable," the court wrote in its decision.

The FAA says the redesign will help reduce delays by about 20 percent, and NBAA agrees. "This is welcome news for everyone," Steve Brown, NBAA's vice president for operations, told AVweb on Tuesday. "This redesign is absolutely a good thing for airspace users. It will make traffic flow more efficiently, with fewer delays. It will save fuel and increase capacity." The redesign will be completed in 2012, the FAA said. Opponents to the plan say it will subject residential neighborhoods to too much noise. An appeal is expected, according to Business Week.

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Evolution 01 Takes a Step Back After Shaky Landing back to top 

Lancair Evolution In Gear-Up Mishap

Lancair International says serial number 01 of its Evolution Turbine kit speedster will be back on tour within a week after a gear up landing at Northeast Georgia Regional Airport, near Winder, Ga. In a news release Monday, Lancair said the aircraft suffered "minor" damage to its rudder and tail cone in the mishap and technicians were dispatched immediately with all the tools and supplies needed to get the plane fixed and back in the air. "True to the nature of high strength composites the damage is expected to be fully repaired in three to five days, the company said. Company pilot Bob Jeffrey was flying at the time.

The aircraft will resume a promotional tour that will end at EAA AirVenture in late July. The turbine Evolution will be joined in Oshkosh by the piston-powered version of the aircraft, which is powered by a Lycoming IE2. It will be the first public appearance of the piston model.

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News Briefs back to top 

Sam Williams, Founder Of Williams Intl., Dies At Age 88

Dr. Sam B. Williams, founder and chairman of turbine engine company Williams International, of Walled Lake, Mich., died on Monday at the age of 88, the company announced in a news release on Tuesday. The small, efficient fanjet engines that Dr. Williams developed and patented were crucial to the development of very light jets and today are widely used on general aviation jet aircraft. The first Williams International jet engine, the FJ44-1A, was certified by the FAA in 1992, and since then, 4,000 FJ44 engines have entered service. Dr. Williams was inspired by a "lifelong dream of making jet travel safe, convenient, and affordable," the company said. He left a secure career at Chrysler Corp. in 1955 and started his own company with limited funds. Besides VLJs and bizjets, Williams engines have powered cruise missiles, the X-Jet flying platform, the V-Jet II designed by Scaled Composites that flew in 1997, and military drones. Dr. Williams was the recipient of many awards for innovation, including the Collier Trophy, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, and the National Medal of Technology. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dr. Williams is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Gibson Williams, two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren. His son Gregg G. Williams, who is the current president and CEO of Williams International, will also assume the title of chairman.

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

Exclusive Video: SeaRey LSX Light Sport Amphibian Flight Trial

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Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West takes a SeaRey LSX for a spin on the water. Testing this light sport amphibian turned out to be more fun than we were expecting — what a blast! (Read more about the experience on the AVweb Insider blog.)

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New on AVweb back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Light Sport Amphibs — It Doesn't Get Any Better

If you've forgotten why it is you started flying in the first place, Paul Bertorelli and Jeff Van West suggest you pay a visit to Progressive Aerodyne and fly the SeaRey amphibian. If there's not a law against having this much fun, maybe there ought to be.

See why it's all Paul can talk about in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog.

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

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Who's Where back to top 

Who's Where? You Tell Us

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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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