AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 29

August 4, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Kansas Keeps Bombardier In Wichita

The State of Kansas has ensured Bombardier's Lear 85 composite business jet will be assembled, painted and prepared for customers in Wichita by lending the Canadian planemaker $27 million in bond financing to build the facilities necessary to carry out the work. The new facilities will support 600 jobs, of which 300 will be new hires. As part of the deal, Bombardier can't shift any existing plant functions or the new ones from Wichita for the life of the bond. "We've tied the $27 million in incentives not just to the new jobs, but to keeping those operations here," Gov. Mark Parkinson said. Under the deal, income tax collected from employees will be used to pay back the loan, rather than going into general revenue. The fuselage for the Lear 85 will be made in Mexico and shipped to Wichita for final assembly, paint and customer prep.

Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Jets, said that while the company looked at other proposals for finishing Lear 85s, Wichita had the inside track and the bond financing was an extra incentive. "We wanted to build the airplane here," Ridolfi said. "Wichita was our first choice." Bombardier will build a total of 131,500 square feet of buildings to house the various functions and construction on the first phase, the expansion of the final assembly building will begin shortly in anticipation of the first aircraft assembly beginning early next year.

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Grounded! back to top 

Flight School Closes, 60 Chinese Students Affected

About 60 Chinese student pilots face an uncertain future after the abrupt closure of a London, Ontario flight school that took their $55,000 tuition up front and was evicted from its facilities for non-payment of rent before training was complete. The London Free Press says some of the students are also facing eviction from their apartments because accommodation was included in the fee paid to Maylan Flight Academy, which was forced from its premises more than a month ago. The students are still flying. They were transferred to another school at the London Airport and so far their lessons have been covered by Maylan. But the other school, Blue Bird Flight Academy, trains only private pilots and the Chinese students were promised multi-IFR tickets.

Maylan has not declared bankruptcy and is still considered solvent but its 15 aircraft have been secured and an interim receiver has been named to try to sort out the financial mess. In the meantime, students are worried the huge financial investment, often raised through contributions from family and friends, has been lost. "It's big money in China," said 23-year-old Bravo Chen, one of the students. Maylan is owned by Chinese-Canadian businessman Davi Joe. Those interviewed by the Free Press said they've had no recent contact with Joe and the newspaper was also not able to reach him. Tom Lawson, who owns the Maylan building and sold a 60-percent stake in his business, Empire Aviation, to Joe to start Maylan, told the newspaper there is concern for the students. "We wanted to protect the students, we wanted the business to succeed," he said.

Group Hits Charter Grounding

A major Canadian aviation industry group is accusing Transport Canada of grounding a charter operator for public relations reasons. John McKenna, president of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) called a news conference Monday to tell reporters he believes Transport Canada's decision to pull the operating certificate for Aeropro Aviation, of Quebec City, was based on public perception. "It wanted to show it was responsive to the population," McKenna said. Transport Canada says it found significant management and operational problems and repeated violations of regulations by the company during a safety audit last month. It would not reveal details of the audit. The audit was prompted by two fatal crashes in two months by Aeropro aircraft.

Seven people died in June when an Aeropro King Air went down shortly after takeoff from Quebec City in June. The pilot reported engine problems and was returning to the field when the accident occurred. In May, a Cessna 172 owned by Aeropro subsidiary Sasair crashed near Quebec city, killing the young pilot who had rented it and his three passengers. Federal authorities are investigating both accidents but it will likely be months before the cause is determined. McKenna said it's therefore premature for Transport Canada to pull Aeropro's ticket. Aeropro tried to get a court injunction against the government to prevent the revocation but the judge sided with Transport Canada. The company is appealing the Transport Canada order.

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Take the Weather Home with You back to top 

Baron Launches Internet Weather Package

Baron Services, the parent company of WxWorx, is going beyond cockpit weather and offering an Internet-based service for flight planning. Its new QuickLink service is subscription-based and provides a host of graphical weather tools covering the continental U.S. and southern Canada. "We see Baron QuickLink as the perfect pre-flight planning weather tool," said Bob Baron, president and CEO of Baron Services.

QuickLink covers the gamut of graphic weather displays and conditions can also be sorted by altitude. There's also an overlay feature. The displays are all in high resolution and can be viewed on virtually any Internet connection.

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FAA Funding Provisions back to top 

FAA Funding Bill Changes Pilot Requirements

As Congress was heading out the door last weekend for a six-week break, both houses approved an FAA bill (PDF) that extends funding for the agency only for the next two months, but they tacked on some provisions that affect pilot certification. The bill requires that every pilot flying for a commercial airline must hold an ATP certificate, effectively increasing the minimum requirement from 250 flight hours to 1,500, effective three years after the bill is enacted. The bill also requires the FAA to implement NTSB recommendations related to training for Part 121 pilots, including stall and upset recovery training. The FAA must review research on fatigue and mandate new flight and duty time rules for pilots within a year. Also, the bill says the FAA must create a database with a comprehensive training record for every pilot and require airlines to offer remedial training to pilots if needed. Laura Brown, spokeswoman for the FAA, told AVweb on Tuesday her agency is currently reviewing the bill and has no comment yet on its implications.

Chris Dancy, AOPA spokesman, told AVweb the GA pilots who will be affected most by the bill are those who are in training for Part 121 careers. "It will obviously mean more time as a flight instructor or a freight dog, or any of the other ways future airline pilots build time," he said. The safety measures have largely been driven by reaction to last year's Colgan Air crash in Buffalo. FAA funding will continue at present levels until Sept. 30, with no extra funding specified for NextGen. The FAA has been operating on short-term funding for about three years. The Helicopter Association International said it appears likely that the Sept. 30 deadline will be reached without any agreement on a new long-term funding bill, and the process will have to start all over in the next session.

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EAA AirVenture: Behind Us for Another Year back to top 

A Bright Finish For "Sploshkosh" 2010

The challenging wet weather in Oshkosh leading up to opening weekend was surely a factor in keeping this year's attendance figures about 7 percent lower than last year, but EAA President Tom Poberezny says the drop was expected after last year's "blockbuster" event. But he added that the second half of the week was "outstanding." The weather turned clear and comfortable, and the Saturday night airshow was a hit -- it will be back next year, Poberezny said. Also, commercial exhibits were up to 777 this year, compared to 750 in 2009. If you missed any part of this year's show, check AVweb's media round-up for all the news, video and podcasts from EAA AirVenture. And if you're thinking about getting there for next year, EAA has some spectacular plans already in the works.

Staffers are working to bring a space shuttle to the field, which would fly in on top of a 747. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo are expected to make an appearance. The U.S. Navy will celebrate its centennial of naval aviation at the show. And two attractions that were in the works for this year are in the works again for 2011 -- Boeing's new 787 and the world's only flying B-29, FIFI, operated by the Commemorative Air Force. Also, electric aircraft, which were popular this year, will be a focus again at next year's show. And AVweb will be there, of course, to bring you daily updates from the field.

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Who's Where back to top 

Conyers to Baldwin Aviation

Bob Conyers

Bob Conyers is the new Director of Safety Management at Baldwin Aviation in Hilton Head Island, SC. Conyers was formerly at Global Aerospace for 23 years, most recently as Manager of General Aviation Safety.

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

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

EAA AirVenture 2010 Complete Coverage Round-Up

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary 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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