AVwebBiz - Volume 7, Number 39

October 7, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Cessna's Pelton Continues Rallying BizAv back to top 

Pelton Calls For Global Cooperation

The challenges facing business aviation are global in nature and require global solutions, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told an Australian audience last week. In the keynote address to the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) convention (PDF), Pelton said there are various common threads to the problems facing business aviation everywhere and called for unity among the regions to address them. "We have our work cut out for us – here in Australia, in the United States and around the globe," said Pelton. "Every region of the world has its own issues to deal with and each issue is complex, requiring dedicated and reasoned discussion among the principals."

He told the group that security and safety, airspace management modernization and the environment are the main issues facing the industry everywhere. He said the issues will certainly bring new regulations and the industry needs to work together to ensure governments craft laws that not only address the matters at hand but also consider the operational requirements of general aviation. "And we must make sure these issues are considered on a global scale; it's imperative we create multilateral policies to create a cohesive global industry," he said. Pelton also touched on a favorite topic of his and that's the public image of business aviation, particularly in the U.S. "The main reason for the inaccurate portrayal of business aircraft use is a lack of understanding of the benefits and scope of business aviation," Pelton said. "The truth is that there's an increased importance on business jets. Companies of all sizes, all around the world, fly many types of aircraft as they compete in a global marketplace that demands speed, flexibility, efficiency, security, confidentiality and productivity."

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TSA to Line Up with Other Govt. Agencies? back to top 

Bill Aims To Rein In TSA

A bipartisan group of Congressmen, all of them members of the recently formed General Aviation Caucus, has introduced a bill that would require the TSA to behave more like other government agencies when issuing emergency rules. H.R. 3678 (PDF), sponsored by Rep. John Mica, D-Fla., would still allow the TSA to respond quickly to imminent threats by issuing security directives and emergency regulations but it would require the agency to hold a formal rulemaking process if the rules are left in place for longer than 180 days. It would also require the agency to follow established rules in enacting the regulations and directives. The goal is to bring some consistency to the way the agency exerts itself, said National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen.

"This legislation will allow us to work with the TSA to respond quickly to imminent security threats, while at the same time providing a review process that properly balances risk with potential industry impacts," Bolen said. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., Vernon J. Ehlers, R-Mich., Sam Graves, R-Mo., and Thomas Petri, R-Wis.

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Carter Announces Spin-Off Companies back to top 

Carter Aviation Launches Manufacturing Subsidiary

Carter Aviation Technologies, of Wichita Falls, Texas, said this week it has created two new subsidiary companies to handle research, development, and manufacturing of its rotorcraft designs. "We are beginning a new phase in our corporate development," company president Jay Carter Jr. said in a news release. "Moving from a research and development company into commercial production has required a great deal of investigation." He said the company decided to move into manufacturing on its own after discussions with potential partners stalled. "Potential licensees were concerned about their staff being able to come up to speed quickly on the techniques and processes used in producing our designs," Carter said. Carter Air Vehicles, the new manufacturing arm, will produce pre-production and initial production aircraft for the civilian market. "The future scope of our manufacturing will depend on demand for our aircraft," Carter said. The other new subsidiary, Carter Aerospace Development, will handle research and development programs.

The company previously built a prototype technology-demonstrator aircraft and is now working to commercialize a four-place Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) design that was introduced last summer at AirVenture Oshkosh. The design incorporates a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing features, the company says, and builds on the lessons learned in seven years of flight-testing the original prototype. It features newly developed automated controls and systems.

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Changing Channels for Charts back to top 

FAA Stops Direct Chart Sales To Small Dealers

The FAA will no longer offer wholesale rates on aeronautical charts to dealers with less than $5,000 per year in sales, as of this week. Instead, retailers who meet the sales minimum can be designated as Chart Agents, under a new system overseen by the FAA's National Aeronautical Navigation Services division (formerly NACO). Agents can buy charts at 50 percent off the list price if they give up the option of returning unsold charts after they expire, or they can take a 40 percent discount with up to 20 percent returns. The Chart Agents also can act as dealers to the smaller outlets, and set their own rates and conditions. According to one of those agents, Chartdealer.com, over 90 percent of retail chart sales were previously made by the smaller dealers who can no longer buy direct from the FAA. Chartdealer is offering to sell those small dealers charts at the same 40 percent discount they used to get from the FAA, but without the take-back provision. If small FBOs and flight schools opt out of carrying the charts, it will be harder for pilots to find the charts they need.

The FAA hopes to save money by conducting all sales online and dealing in larger batches for fewer customers. Much more information about the program can be found at the FAA Web site, including a list of about 450 FAA Authorized Chart Agents who have agreed to operate under the New Chart Agent Model as of last week. Only about half of those agents have agreed to act as sales outlets for smaller dealers, however. Click here to find a chart agent near you.

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News Briefs back to top 

Is Alleged Teen Airplane Thief At It Again?

Although authorities are not coming right out and saying it, it appears that Colton Harris-Moore, an 18-year-old suspected airplane thief from coastal Washington, may have broadened his horizons and added firearms to the mix. KOMO reports that on Thursday, a Cessna 182 that was stolen Tuesday from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was found in a logged off area of wilderness near Granite Falls, Wash. It had suffered a hard landing but was intact; the arrival was considered survivable and no one was around. On Sunday night, Granite Falls police were investigating an unusual robbery at a home in the town and reported a gunshot from the woods nearby. A massive search by police on Monday turned up nothing but that fits the profile of the slippery Harris-Moore, who has repeatedly eluded would-be captors. Oh, and the only items missing from the typically booty-filled suburban home were a comforter (overnight temperatures are in the 30s), some food and the homeowners' passports.

Harris-Moore is suspected of stealing another 182 and a Cirrus SR22 in Washington State in September before he is suspected of stealing a boat and taking it to Point Roberts, a small area of the state surrounded by water and bordering Canada. It's theorized by some that he got into Canada from Point Roberts and traveled through British Columbia before sneaking across the border to Bonners Ferry, where he found the 182. He has no formal flight training but authorities have said there is evidence that he's been studying flight instruction on the Internet. All three of the aircraft he may have taken have been damaged but the latest suspected theft shows some accumulation of skill (or profound luck). Not many landings on rough areas, like the logging cutblock the most recent stolen 182 was found on, end up any better and if the untrained teen is behind it, he's been minding his virtual training. Granite Falls is on course from Bonners Ferry to Camano Island, where Harris-Moore is from. Note the fully deployed flaps on the 182 in the accompanying photo.

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Who's Where back to top 

Weaver Heads Up Remos Marketing

Kenneth Weaver

Kenneth Weaver has been named the vice president of marketing for Remos Aircraft. He has more than 18 years of related experience with a variety of companies.

Miller a StandardAero Manager

Jason Miller

Jason Miller has been appointed general manager of StandardAero's Houston Intercontinental Airport facility. Miller has been acting GM of the facility since April.

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

Aviation Consumer's Flight-Planning Software Survey

Do you use software for flight planning? Aviation Consumer magazine wants to know what computer tool you prefer, be it a package you paid for, downloaded for free, or just use on the web. Even if you just glance at the METARs on ADDS and figure you'll stop for gas somewhere on the way, we'd appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to answer at least some of these questions. Hey, you might even discover flight-planning options in the survey questions you never knew existed. Click here to participate.

(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.)

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: More on VLJ Price Fantasies

AVweb's Paul Bertorelli has been crunching numbers and asking the question, "Why is it that in aviation the next game-changing technology not only doesn't change the game, but just raises the prices for the same seats?"

Read more on the AVweb Insider blog.

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

Exclusive Video: On "Non-God-Fearing Aircraft"

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

Stability is a good thing ... except when it isn't. Nearly all general aviation aircraft are inherently stable, which makes them, in the words of military experimental test pilot Desmond "Deuce" Brophy, "God-fearing aircraft." But the fighter jets Brophy flies and tests are a little different. During our visit to the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base, Brophy explained the fundamental aerodynamic differences between the aircraft we fly and what he calls "non-God-fearing aircraft."

(Don't let our censor bars distract you; they're simply there to protect some private names and numbers.)

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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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