AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 35

September 9, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Groups, Gatherings, Growth and Geese back to top 

Asian Aerospace Show This Week Highlights Growth In Corporate Sector

Asian Aerospace 2009, a leading event for the region that is held every other year, takes place in Hong Kong this week, Tuesday through Thursday, with a new emphasis on corporate aviation. "The event's unique positioning and focus will provide a platform for the business aviation industry to meet the widely forecasted groundswell of demand in Asia, particularly from China," event organizers said in a news release. Speakers will tackle topics such as legal, regulatory, and insurance considerations; airspace requirements; safety regulations; and Air Operator's certificates. China is already the world's second-largest overall aviation market, according to event organizers. In spite of the world economic turndown, 2008 was a record year for the business aviation market in Asia, particularly in mainland China.

All the major business aircraft manufacturers, including Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker and Piaggio, have aircraft on display at the show. Asian Aerospace has been held for 28 years. In 2007, the show attracted over 575 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors from 63 countries.

New Technology To Debut At Bird-Strike Conference

People who worry about bird strikes in aviation, from airport operators to air traffic controllers to researchers and safety experts, gather every year for a Bird Strike North America Conference -- but this year's event, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Victoria, British Columbia, is expected to draw more attention than usual. The dramatic Hudson River ditching early this year brought widespread attention to the issue of bird strikes, and some new technologies are expected to debut at the event. Accipiter Radar will introduce a 360-degree 3-D avian radar technology. Other vendors will display various kinds of radars for detecting birds as well as methods for dispersing them, such as colored laser beams, specially trained dogs, radio-controlled cannons, and garlic oil sprayed on grass to make it unpalatable for geese.

The FAA is currently assessing avian radars installed by Accipiter at several airports, including Chicago O'Hare and JFK International in New York. For more information about next week's conference, click here.

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Cessna Citations Swarm the Skies Over Colorado back to top 

Citation Owner Pilots Gather

Likely the biggest concentration of Citations outside of Wichita was in Aspen on the long weekend and it's not even ski season. The first convention of the Citation Jet Pilots owner pilot association was held at the Colorado resort and more than 40 aircraft and 150 people attended. "The event helped owners learn more about their aircraft as well as provide feedback to Cessna and the major system providers to the Citation fleet," said CJP President John Hayes, who founded the organization almost a year ago. Although there was undoubtedly some pleasure to be found in the Colorado ski town, the group spent a lot of time on business, too.

Keynote speakers were NBAA President Ed Bolen and AOPA President Craig Fuller (who's also a CJP member and CJ3 owner) and they likely found a sympathetic reception for their pitch o the No Plane No Gain and GA Serves America programs. Representatives of Cessna and major vendors such as Flight Safety International, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Williams International, Rockwell Collins and Garmin International gave presentations and pressed the flesh with the end users of their equipment. John and Martha King were also on hand to offer input in the Jet Training Roundtable.

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Meanwhile, Cessna Adds Chinese Orders to the Tally back to top 

China Orders Three Sovereigns

There are about 20 Cessna Citations operating in China and by far the biggest operator is the Chinese government. The Civil Aviation Administration of China recently confirmed an order for three Citation Sovereigns and that will push the total number of Citations operated by the CAAC to 11. The agency's China Flight Inspection Center uses the bizjets for navaid and airport equipment calibration and the Sovereign, known for its slow-speed handling characteristics, will get a workout in China's diverse and sometimes extreme operating conditions. "The CFIC use their Citations as flight inspection aircraft for the airways calibration of all the airports in the Peoples' Republic of China including Hong Kong and Macau and airports up to 15,000 feet in elevation," said Roger Whyte, Cessna's senior VP of sales and marketing. "The Sovereign will join the Citation XLS and XLS+ as the only business jets in their class certified to operate from airports at altitudes as high as 15,000 feet."

Cessna has delivered more than 250 Sovereigns and their combination of short-field (3,640 feet) and high-altitude (47,000 feet) performance and relatively high speed (458 knots maximum cruise) gives them considerable operating flexibility. The aircraft has a maximum range of 2,847 nautical miles.

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News Briefs back to top 

Tail Boom Separates From AW139

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Although official confirmation of the circumstances are hard to come by, photos have been circulating that show an apparent tail boom structural failure of an Augusta Westland 139. The aircraft was operated by Gulf Helicopters, a Qatar-based company that has more than 20 helicopters, including four AW139s. According to the forums, the failure occurred while the helicopter was taxiing in preparation for takeoff from Dohar, Qatar. Presumably the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority is investigating but there's no mention of it on their Web site.

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News Briefs back to top 

Pilot Averts Disaster On Accidental Takeoff

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A retired RAF bomber pilot is being hailed a hero after a museum-owned Handley Page Victor, a Cold War nuclear bomber, took off accidentally during an air show in Bruntingthorpe, England in May. Video of the incident came to light this week. The Daily Mail is reporting that the bomber, which hasn't flown in 20 years, was supposed to taxi down the runway as a photo opportunity. For reasons that remain unclear, the unidentified volunteer right seater firewalled the throttles and within a few seconds the Victor was in its natural element. Bob Prothero, 70, a former squadron commander who last slipped the surly bonds in a Victor in the 1980s, was in the left seat and screamed for the engineer to cut the power but the next thing he knew he was back in the saddle again for the "most terrifying nine seconds of my life."

There was a brisk crosswind that day and on takeoff the 75-ton aircraft immediately drifted left, on course for a housing development. Prothero had to decide whether to attempt a go-around in an unmaintained aircraft or put it down. He headed for the grass at the end of the runway and brought it to a stop on the generous overrun, with occupants and aircraft apparently none the worse for wear. "Nobody could really believe what had happened," he told the Daily Mail. " There were people slapping me on the back and congratulating me on not crashing the thing and ruining the day." Britain's Civil Aviation Authority has investigated and decided against charges.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: The VLJ Price Fantasy

The industry persists in the notion that small, light jets can be made cheaply. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that "cheap" is really around the $2 million mark and not much lower. The idea here is to produce sustainable projects that allow companies to remain in business — profitably.

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Who's Where back to top 

Knutilla Promoted at King Schools

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Barry Knuttila is now Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology for King Schools. He's been with King for seven years, where he's been responsible the technology organization and development of software, technical support and other IT-related functions to support the self-study, computer and online curricula.

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

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With only two left flying, the Avro Lancaster is among the rarest of the rare of World War II aircraft. AVweb recently toured one when it appeared at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

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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
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Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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