AVwebBiz - Volume 7, Number 41b

October 21, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Rehabilitating BizAv's Public Image back to top 
 

Business Aviation On Offensive

Business aviation is on the offensive after spending much of the year on the ropes courtesy of the battered economy and some politically opportunistic comments by, well, politicians. During the opening general session of the National Business Aviation Association convention on Tuesday, NBAA President Ed Bolen and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce gave an assessment of the battles fought in the past nine months and changing conditions that they hope will stem the damage and start healing the industry. Among the new tools that business aviation operators can tap is the Business Aircraft E-Valuation Toolkit, which is a system designed to prove the value of business aviation across the broad spectrum of companies that use it.

As for the generally miserable year since the last NBAA convention, the two leaders contend they've gained some traction in public opinion and have been able to dampen the rhetoric from Washington that they say painted an inaccurate picture of business aviation. They showed some clips of media interviews done by themselves and by other industry leaders and sympathetic politicians trying to set the record straight. And they encouraged members to be available to local media to get the correct message out.

 
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Finding the Right Voices to Speak Up back to top 
 

NBAA Tees Up Support From Arnold Palmer

Golf legend Arnold Palmer has lent his support to the public relations campaign being waged by the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association to try to change the perception of business aviation. Palmer stars in three television/online commercials in which he discusses the function, value and myths about business aviation. "For 50 years, the single most productive thing I've done is business aviation," Palmer says in one of the spots. He told the opening general session of the NBAA convention in Orlando on Tuesday that business aviation provided the competitive edge in golf and business that was largely responsible for his success in both.

Palmer has owned 12 business aircraft over the past 50 years and currently flies a Citation X. He said he learned to fly because he was afraid of flying but quickly discovered the value of business aviation.

 
Business Aviation Will Help Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

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User Fees Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind back to top 
 

User Fee Debate Simmers

While the difficult economic and perception problems plaguing the business aviation industry have center stage at the National Business Aviation Association convention this week in Orlando, background work on the reauthorization of the FAA continues, and NBAA President Ed Bolen told today's opening session that there is strong opposition to the administration's apparent preference for user fees to fund the agency. Bolen noted the House and the Senate now both have general aviation caucuses opposed to the notion of user fees. Bolen noted FAA bills passed by the House and under consideration by the Senate don't mention user fees and that fees have been rejected in previous bills. As he was discussing the issue with members, there were some developments on Capitol Hill, according to AOPA.

In a news release on Tuesday, AOPA said 118 members of Congress signed a letter (PDF) urging President Barack Obama to abandon user fees in favor of keeping the current system of fuel taxes. "[T]he House has opposed this approach in legislation to reauthorize the FAA in both the 110th and 111th Congresses," the letter reads. "Therefore, proposing user fees to finance the FAA would be a non-starter in the House." The letter also says pressing for user fees would become a distraction as the FAA tries to get the Next Generation Airspace System going.

 
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Heavy Hitters Brace for Recession Aftershocks back to top 
 

Tough Times Create Future Problems

Although there have been hopeful signs in the past year that the downward slide of business aviation is slowing, if not stopped, the consensus of industry leaders at this year's National Business Aviation Association convention is that recovery will be slow and painful. "We expect 2010 to be a tough year," said Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton agreed, noting that recovery to the heady levels of 2007 and early 2008 could be years away. Meantime, both CEOs say they've done their best to put their companies in shape to weather the storm and emerge as strong companies. However, in doing so, they have most likely created some serious future problems.

The effect of those measures could have some long-term effects. Cessna has laid off half its workforce, and that, in addition to the undeniable heartache it's caused those directly involved, ironically, will likely create a labor shortage as the market recovers. It's reasonable to expect that many of those thrown out of work, most of them highly skilled, will find other ways to make a living and won't come back to aviation. The cutbacks have also rippled to suppliers, some of whom might not survive the reduction in business. That could result in serious supply chain issues as the demand for aircraft returns.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Sean Tucker Scheduled For Oprah Thursday

Click for a video of Tucker from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

Those of you who don't regularly tune into the Oprah Winfrey show in the middle of your work day might want to set the DVR for whatever time it is she's on Thursday. AVweb has learned that aerobatic master Sean D. Tucker is appearing on a show Winfrey has dedicated to the "best" of various aspects of society. Tucker has some competition for airtime, though. One of the items she's featuring is a pair of jeans she says fits her well. ...

 
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Tell Your Friends: Read AVweb, Win a Handheld MFD back to top 
 

It's the Final AV8OR Prize This Year ... And Your Chance to Win!

Bendix/King by Honeywell is helping us give away one last AV8OR handheld MFD unit this year! All you have to do is click the image at right to enter your name and e-mail address. And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, but Bendix/King by Honeywell may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for the AV8OR prize drawing, too. (We won't spam them, either, but we hope they will sign up for our AVwebFlash and AVwebBiz newsletters.)

Deadline for entries is midnight EST on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

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

NBAA 2009 Video Series: Broadband Options for Biz Aircraft

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

To be truly useful, a business airplane needs to have ready and reliable access to broadband internet. As explained in this video, there are a number of sources to pick from.

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NBAA 2009 Video Series: Hawker Beechcraft's Turboprop Attack Aircraft

Lightspeed Zulu || Change Your Mind

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Would any air force actually buy a turboprop attack aircraft in an age of jets? Hawker Beechcraft thinks so and is pitching the T-6 trainer as a candidate.

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AVweb Audio —? Are You Listening? back to top 
 

NBAA 2009 Podcast Series: Software Proves Your Plane Pays Its Way

File Size 6.7 MB / Running Time 7:20

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Podcast Index | How to Listen | Subscribe Via RSS

Guardian Jet has come up with a software package that puts the value of your business aircraft in neat columns and rows. CEO Mike Dwyer talks with AVweb's Russ Niles.

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Click here to listen. (6.7 MB, 7:20)

NBAA 2009 Podcast Series: Call the White House, Protect GA

File Size 3.2 MB / Running Time 3:26

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Union Leader Tom Buffenbarger has an idea to convince President Obama to visit Wichita: Call his Chief of Staff at (202) 456-1414.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation.

Click here to listen. (3.2 MB, 3:26)

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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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.

 
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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebBiz. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.