AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 26

July 7, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! New Cessnas on the Horizon back to top 
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New Models On Tap For Cessna

Cessna and Bell Helicopters will introduce new models and upgrades of existing aircraft as early as 2012 as parent company Textron boosts investment in the two companies to coincide with an expected industry turnaround next year. In an interview with Bloomberg, Textron CEO Scott Donnelly said work is already under way on the recovery plans. "The programs are there, the teams are working, so we're going full-speed ahead," Donnelly told Bloomberg. "You will see some refreshes, some block changes to some aircraft, and we also have a couple things in there that will be brand-new aircraft." His comments are sure to fuel speculation that the Columbus large-cabin business jet shelved 18 months ago will be among the first to be revived.

Donnelly's comments come a couple of weeks after a similarly cheery outlook was expressed by Pratt & Whitney Canada CEO John Saabas, particularly concerning the future of its PW800 series engines. The Columbus was to be the launch customer for the PW800. Cessna has long wanted to crack the lucrative, almost recession-proof super-luxury market and Columbus was to be its foray into competition with Gulfstream and Bombardier. Meanwhile, Donnelly and Cessna CEO Jack Pelton will be in Farnborough later this month with Cessna's core small-to-midsize jets that were propped up while development money was shifted from the Columbus. Pelton told Bloomberg the financial world is unfolding as Cessna believed it would and that growth in business jet sales will happen two years after the bulk of the economy returns to normal.

SP-400 Radio from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Sporty's SP-400: "Better Than Some Panel-Mounted Gear"
That's what The Aviation Consumer said in their latest review of portable aviation radios. And: "Sporty's SP-400 shines ... . Its performance is clearly exceptional." It's the ultimate backup radio, with full ILS display, flip-flop COM, and much more.

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Bizjet Industry to Regroup? back to top 

Consultant Sees Bizjet Consolidation

Business consulting firm AlixPartners predicts consolidation in the corporate aircraft sector as prolonged slow growth becomes the "new normal" in the aerospace sector in general and the bizjet market in particular. The firm released a study on the industry's outlook on Tuesday and says the future looks especially hard for business aircraft makers. "Business jets face an even tougher environment, while also still trying to shake the 'politically incorrect' stigma of a year ago," spokesman Phil Toy said in a news release. In an interview with Dow Jones Newswire, Eric Bernardini, managing director of the firm, said there are too many bizjet companies fighting over too few orders.

He told Dow Jones production dropped 34 percent among OEMs and the fractional business, which accounts for a significant portion of bizjet orders, has also been hard-hit. In general, he said, manufacturers are going to have to adopt different business, engineering and production models to stay afloat in the lean times ahead.

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On the Lookout for New Aircraft Orders back to top 

ILFC Shopping For Aircraft

It's been three years since International Lease Finance Corp., ordered a new aircraft and it's now poised to dip its toe in the water again. In fact, the company may make a splash with an order for 10 Airbus A380 aircraft. ILFC's new CEO Henri Courpron told Bloomberg there are no plans to sell off any more of the company's portfolio and wouldn't rule out the possibility that the A380 order will be announced at or before the Farnborough Air Show, which starts July 19. "We still have a $13 billion portfolio," Courpron told Bloomberg. "We have plenty of planes on order coming down the pike and we have engaged some fairly focused exchanges with the original-equipment makers to possibly complement that." ILFC is owned by American International Group, which received a major bailout from the federal government in 2008, but Courpron described ILFC as being robust. "I'm not worried about the outlook for ILFC," he said.

Because of the bailout, ILFC was unable to borrow money for more than a year and sold off $2 billion worth of aircraft last year. Courpron's rosy outlook is at odds with the Congressional Oversight Panel on AIG's bailout, which three weeks ago described ILFC as a "depreciating asset" that would have to keep selling planes to stay afloat until a buyer is found. Courpron wouldn't rule out selling more aircraft but only "opportunistically as part of a healthy portfolio management."

European Corporate Aviation Summit (ECAS) || September 2-3, 2010 || Linkoping, 
Sweden || Register Now
ECAS 2010 — Light Jets Take Off!
ECAS 2010, a major business aviation event for Europe, will take place in Linkoping, Sweden, the birthplace of Swedish aviation. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of flying in Sweden. Light jets take off in Europe, and this international two-day conference will explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of Europe, as well as new business models, opportunities, and challenges in the region. Business aircraft operators admitted at no cost. Click here for more information.
Lancair Reorganizes, Evo at the Fore back to top 

New Ownership At Lancair

Lancair International, of Redmond, Ore., on Tuesday announced new ownership, new leadership, and an infusion of new operating capital for the company. Gene Wolstenholme is now majority owner and chairman, and his son Robert Wolstenholme, who built and flies his own Lancair IVP, was named president and CEO. The company now will focus on the owner-built Evolution turboprop, which Gene Wolstenholme described as "a world-class product." With five of the airplanes flying and 24 orders in hand, "we're off to a great start, and we are going to focus on pushing through this down economy and getting our incredible airplane to market," he said. Joe Bartels, CEO of the company since 2003, resigned his position last month but will remain a minority percentage owner. "Joe did a great job overseeing development of the Evolution aircraft," said Bob Wolstenholme, "and we now need to move ahead and expand the manufacturing infrastructure and training programs to support the Evolution product line."

Bob Wolstenholme brings an extensive background in manufacturing from several Wolstenholme Group businesses based in Colmar, Penn., that build precision parts for the medical, aerospace, and telecommunication industries, as well as mine detectors and robots for bomb disposal. "Flying is, and has always been my passion," he said, "and this new partnership is a chance to bring our proven management skills together with Lancair's high-performance products with a focus on customer satisfaction." Tom Bowen will continue to head company operations management. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a look at the Evolution and its Lycoming IE2 electronic powerplant at Sun 'n Fun; click here for the video.

Diamond Aircraft
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More Changes for Washington, D.C. Airspace back to top 

FAA, TSA Amend DC Flight Rules

Several changes to operations in the Special Flight Rules Area that affects Washington, D.C., airspace will become effective Sept. 1, the FAA said recently. The most significant change will affect pilots flying VFR who lose radio contact with controllers after departing from an airport located within the SFRA (which extends in a circle extending 30 nm out from Reagan National Airport). Under the current rules, those pilots must squawk 7600 on their transponders and immediately leave the SFRA by the most direct route. The new rule will allow pilots to return to their departure airport if it is closer than the SFRA boundary. The FAA also set a speed limit of 180 knots for VFR aircraft within the SFRA. The FAA also made minor tweaks to several other operating practices (click here for the complete official announcement). Also, EAA says the TSA has revised its rules for sport pilots using the three general aviation airports located within the inner 15-nm circle of the SFRA, known as the Flight Restricted Zone.

The TSA has confirmed to EAA that it will treat sport pilots and recreational pilots the same as private pilots, in regards to operating at College Park Airport, Potomac Airfield and Hyde Executive Field. Previously, only private pilots with medical certificates were allowed to complete the application forms required for access to the three airports. TSA officials told EAA the omission was unintentional and the changes are effective immediately.

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Who's Where back to top 

Promotions at Cessna

Bill CollierPeter Wilkinson

Cessna has announced that Peter Wilkinson will head the company's McCauley Propeller Systems operations as general manager, and Bill Collier will take over turbine and propeller aircraft parts distribution. Wilkinson has been with Cessna since 1997, and Collier joined the company in 2005.

Who's Where? You Tell Us

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Fuel Fight — It's About Time

Plowing through the minutes of the Coordinating Research Council on avgas research, Paul Bertorelli suddenly realized little has come of this quest because we just haven't had the loud discussion that's required. Well, we're having it now. And every owner who's sidled up to the Exxon nozzle has a dog in the fight.

Click to read why Paul is excited about the fray — and why you should be, too.

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

Lycoming's IE2 Project Tech Review

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

If Lycoming's electronically controlled IE2 engine seemed like it was over the horizon, it is in fact just around the corner. Lycoming and Lancair are in full-swing flight test in the launch aircraft, the Lancair Evolution, and certified versions are expected by the end of this year or a little later. In this video, Lycoming's Jim Morris provides an update on the project.

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

There are a handful of high-wing LSAs offering tandem seating but only a couple of low-wing designs offering the same feature, giving that fighter-like view from the cockpit for both pilot and passenger. The MySky MSOne is one of those, and in this brief video, AVweb gets a look at the MSOne.

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary back to top 

15 Years and Now 15 Grand Giveaways ... It's Your Chance to Win a Zaon PCAS XRX

CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 Drawings

Win a Zaon PCAS XRX as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address. (You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize drawings for the entire year — so if you've already entered, you're all set.)

And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15 Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either — but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)

Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time Friday, July 16, 2010.

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Congratulations to Richard Kemp of Canton, Georgia, who won an AV8OR handheld GPS in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from Bendix/King by Honeywell)

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

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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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