AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 27

July 8, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Business Aviation Will Help Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for all. Visit CessnaRise.com.
Top News: Epic's Reorganization Strategy back to top 

Epic "Scaled Back"

Epic Aircraft says it's working with customers and creditors to try to restore operations after economic issues forced curtailment of activity at the company's Bend build center last week. Company spokesman Mike Hooper told AVweb Tuesday that all but about 15 staff have been furloughed but that customers are allowed access to their partially completed aircraft. He said some work is being done but not at the rate before the furlough. "It's been scaled dramatically back," he said. Hooper said parts and service departments are in operation to support the existing fleet. The furlough appears to mainly affect the build center. "We have owner airplanes that are in varying stages of completion," Hooper said. He also said he's hopeful the problems can be resolved. "We have a plan afoot," he said. "Everyone's working to make a solution." AVweb has also confirmed that Epic is involved in at least two current legal actions.

The Portland office of the U.S. District Court has confirmed that Epic is the defendant in a case brought by Bluesky Av Group, one of the customers with an aircraft under construction at the build center. Epic is also suing Williams International, which supplies turbine engines for some of its jet aircraft. We're researching details of both cases.

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London Bizjet Conference Scheduled for November back to top 

Conference On Bizjet Future

Hardly a day goes by without someone in the industry indulging in some crystal-balling so that may make a conference scheduled for London on Nov. 4-5 even more apropos. The third annual Future of Business Jets conference is scheduled for the Westbury Mayfair Hotel and will cover most of the topics that have been dealt with by pundits and CEOs at various shows and in media reports over the past few months. "As well as focusing on regulatory, legal, financial, insurance, and technical issues, The Future of Business Jets will provide a forum for topical issues," a conference brochure reads.

The conference is chaired by Sean Gates and, predictably, a lot of the speakers will be talking about the economy in reference to bizjet sales. Claudio Camelier, of Embraer, has entitled his presentation "The Current State of Play in the Business Jet Market." Andrew Hoy, of ExecuJet is tackling "Where Does the Global Company Go From Here?" and Brian Humphries, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association, is taking on "Perception and Reality: The True Value of Business Aviation." There are also presentations on technical, regulatory and legal topics.

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More Prognostications back to top 

Biz Market Bottom Elusive

Well, maybe the business jet market hasn't bottomed after all. Rosy predictions by some companies as recently as a few weeks ago that the market was on the mend have been soured by the numbers. Bombardier was among those cautiously saying things looked better but then its order book took a battering with 61 first-quarter cancellations and now it has a ramp with 25 white tails, finished jets that do not have buyers. It also has 35 used aircraft in stock, up from 25 a few months ago, according to The Financial Post. But while an analyst quoted by the Post says it will be six years before the market returns to 2008 levels, Bombardier is a little more optimistic.

The Post reported that Bombardier spokesman Guy Hachey told reporters on a conference call that there are "early signs" that the market has bottomed. He also noted the company's aerospace business still has a $25 billion backlog. Meanwhile, the questions inevitably turned to the bad reputation business aviation has, and continues to get, in political circles and in the general media. "Yes, it's a factor, the negative publicity of business aircraft, but I believe it's a small factor," Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said. "The more important one is the success of the economy and the success of corporations."

3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
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NASA Tech That Could Benefit You in Bad Weather back to top 

Research Project Aims To Help Pilots Avoid Turbulence

A new system to help guide pilots away from severe storms and turbulence in remote ocean regions is being developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., NASA said this week. NASA is funding the development of a prototype that should be ready for testing next year. The system combines satellite data and computer weather models with artificial intelligence techniques to identify and predict rapidly evolving storms and other potential areas of turbulence. "Turbulence is the leading cause of injuries in commercial aviation," said John Haynes, program manager at NASA headquarters, in Washington. "This new work to detect the likelihood of turbulence associated with oceanic storms using key space-based indicators is of crucial importance to pilots." Turbulence has been cited widely as a possible factor in the recent loss of Air France 447 in the Atlantic Ocean, but it is not yet clear what role, if any, it played in that accident.

The prototype system will identify areas of turbulence in clear regions of the atmosphere as well as within storms. Pilots on selected transoceanic routes will receive real-time turbulence updates and provide feedback. When the system is finalized, it will provide pilots and ground-based controllers with text-based maps and graphical displays showing regions of likely turbulence and storms, NASA said. "Pilots currently have little weather information as they fly over remote stretches of the ocean, which is where some of the worst turbulence occurs," said scientist John Williams, one of the project leads at NCAR. "Providing pilots with at least an approximate picture of developing storms could help guide them safely around areas of potentially severe turbulence." Click here for the full NASA news release, which includes to a link to related graphics.

The New Meridian G1000 — Commanding
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AOPA-Italia Galvanizes Pilots back to top 

Pilots In Italy Protest Airspace Shutdown

Aviators in the U.S. who received forwarded e-mails from AOPA-Italy in the last few days soliciting contributions may have thought it was a scam -- the e-mail offered a bank account number for direct deposits, or suggested that readers "please call Antonella from Tuesday to Friday... giving us your credit card number." But although the e-mails may seem suspect, the appeal is legitimate, AOPA-Italia President Massimo Levi told AVweb on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, it is a very serious issue," Levi said in an e-mail. AOPA-Italia sent the e-mails to its local membership, and then they apparently were forwarded widely. Levi said a large chunk of the country's airspace has been closed to VFR traffic because of a financial dispute between Italy's aeronautics agency and its air force. The plea to its membership brought in the $20,000 AOPA-Italia needed to go to court against what Levi calls "an illegal administrative act." He wrote: "Italian pilots gave us the money in less than a week ... and we are now ready to fight!"

Levi said the issue has been picked up in the national news, "and this disturbed considerably our authorities; so much that we have been invited to 'discuss' the change of the Notams." He hopes that meetings will take place within a week or so.

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New on AVweb back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Something You Should See

We get a lot of news releases, and Glenn Pew admits that when some press notes about a tiny wing-flapping drone came across his desk, he didn't give it the time of day. In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Glenn explains why he's having second thoughts — and shares the details.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: Greener Airplanes, Bluer Skies

In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, editor Mary Grady laments that it can be tricky to be both an aviator and an environmentalist but is thankful for new technologies (and new ways of thinking) that help bridge the gap. When we talk about airplanes getting greener, notes Mary, it's not just emissions that make the difference.

Read more.

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

Exclusive Video: Aspen EFIS in the Diamond DA20

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

The DA20 is a terrific instrument and basic trainer, and now it has the option of a glass panel with the Aspen EFIS system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently checked out the system with test pilot Rob Johnson.

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Exclusive Video: Lycoming-Powered Diamond DA42 L360 Demo Flight

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Aviation Consumer and AVweb report on the new Diamond DA42 L360, powered by a pair of Lycoming IO-360 engines.

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You and Your Dollars Go Further in a Diamond
When smart pilots compare safety statistics and resale values, plus maintenance, insurance and operating costs, it's clear that investing in a Diamond pays big dividends. Top that off with Diamond's outstanding performance, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology, and there's no question — you'll go further in a Diamond.
Who's Where back to top 

Becker Joins First Aviation

Millie Becker

Millie Becker is the new vice president for business development at First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport. She was formerly a marketing executive at Landmark Aviation.

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.

International Civil Aviation Organization — ICAO
ICAO documents are now at the AVweb Bookstore in convenient and economical eBook format. ICAO, a division of the United Nations, sets the global standards for international aviation, including communications, airport design, overseas routes, ATC, hazmat transport, and much more. If you are involved with international air transportation, these documents are critical information for your operations and planning departments. Click here for the growing product listing.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
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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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