Volume 2, Issue 1 January 7, 2004

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded Business News Coverage At AVweb's Business NewsWire.

The past 12 months offered our readers a host of business aviation headlines. In addition to the news, the monthly business aviation feature originally called BizAV was replaced in November by Business Avflash, the new biweekly business aviation news product. As we prepare for the future, let’s take a look at some of BizAV’s highlights from 2003. More...

On Jan. 9, Pratt and Whitney Canada announced it would build a new type of small, efficient turbofan to power Cessna's new entry-level Mustang, which was introduced at last year's NBAA Convention. Trying to beat Eclipse at its own game, Cessna heavily promoted its smallest jet ever and chose the PW615F to power the new Mustang. Rated at 1,350 pounds of takeoff thrust, the engine also offers a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system. More...

In early February, in St. Cloud, France, Dassault performed the first simulated flight of the Falcon 7X, establishing a preliminary standard for its fly-by-wire controls. And on Jan. 29, at Dassault Aviation's facility in Mérignac, France, 2000EX EASy serial number 6 took to the skies for the first time. Dassault's EASy flight deck, a fully integrated cockpit-management system, has been in development since the mid-1990s. More...

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The first annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) was held in mid-March amid much fanfare. The exhibition featured nearly 80 exhibitors in 185 booth spaces at the Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil, and 16 aircraft on static display at the Congonhas Airport. More...

Reacting to "uncertain worldwide economic conditions," Cessna Aircraft announced a series of measures in late March to reduce production of its turbine-powered aircraft models and cut personnel costs through furloughs and layoffs. Acting to offset the effect of lower earnings, Cessna said it was also looking at outsourcing activities not related to building airframes. Aside from the economic downturn, Cessna had to deal with a slew of cancelled orders for aircraft. More...

With the U.S. economy in the dumps and aircraft sales almost nil, several general aviation manufacturers hoped to turn the tide in May by showcasing their product lines overseas at the largest European business aircraft event. Held from May 7 to 9 in Geneva, Switzerland, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, or EBACE 2003, attracted thousands of attendees and more than 600 business aviation exhibitors. Raytheon Aircraft introduced the Hawker 400XP at the show amid much fanfare, and Eclipse Aviation Corporation announced it has applied for certification of the Eclipse 500 jet with the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA). More...

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The investigation into the May crash of a Sino Swearingen test aircraft continued in June, as additional details were publicly disclosed. The manufacturer lost its chief test pilot, Carroll Beeler, when the SJ30-2 twinjet he was flying crashed in rugged terrain north of Del Rio, Texas. Beeler, 59, had taken off from San Antonio, and was alone in the airplane at the time of the accident. The preliminary NTSB report included comments from the chase-plane pilot who witnessed the event and communicated with Beeler during the accident. More...

OurPLANE Inc., a four-year-old company targeting the owner-flown fractional aircraft ownership market, announced it added two new aircraft to its North American fleet. A new Cirrus SR22 was positioned at John Wayne Airport (KSNA) in Orange County, Calif., while a new Cessna 182T was scheduled for arrival at Toronto's Brampton Airport June 16. At the same time, company President and CEO Graham Casson announced the expansion of the OurPLANE network with a September opening of an operating base at Hooks Airport in Houston, Texas. The new facility would initially offer shares in Cirrus aircraft. More...

August was known as a month of “firsts,” when Avocet Aircraft LLC and Israel Aircraft Industries LTD (IAI) announced their signed agreement to jointly develop and market the Avocet Professional Jet , a next-generation jet designed specifically for the requirements of the air-taxi and fractional-operator markets. The company claims the Avocet ProJet "will have an acquisition price and operating costs substantially lower than today's private aircraft." A six-seat, twin-engine jet, the ProJet will sell for approximately $2 million. More...

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) voiced its opposition to the European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) proposal to require all European corporate aviation operators to register with their National Aviation Authority (NAA). The Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA), designated JAR OPS-2, would require corporations with a European operating base to register with their NAA as a non-commercial operator. The proposed regulation defined an operating base as any location where operational control of flights is exercised, including scheduling and flight planning. More...

The business aviation event of the year kicked into full gear, as the NBAA's 2003 and 56th Annual Meeting & Convention was held Oct. 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The event featured close to 30,000 attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors, 75 informational sessions and 135 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan joined business aviation legend Harry B. Combs in presenting the first annual Combs Award to photographer Dan Patterson during the opening general session on Tuesday, Oct. 7. More...

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said deliveries of business jets were 32 percent lower than the same period a year ago. According to the organization's shipment report for the third quarter of 2003, the fall in business-jet deliveries contributed to an overall 9-percent decrease in shipments of general aviation aircraft for the quarter. For the quarter, the industry delivered 338 business jets compared to 498 in the same quarter a year ago. More...

The news from NBAA 2003 spilled over into November’s BizAV cycle. Without a doubt, Bombardier Aerospace made the most noise with a slew of product and service announcements throughout the busy NBAA event week. The manufacturer made three aircraft-related announcements at the show, including its biggest headline of the year: the official launch of the Ultra-Long Range XRS Global Express XRS business jet. In addition, the new Bombardier Global 5000 arrived at Orlando Executive Airport for its first-ever appearance at NBAA, where company officials proclaimed the super-large business jet is capable of flying nonstop from continental Europe to central North America at Mach 0.85 (562 mph) with eight passengers and a crew of three. More...

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Several indicators point to a gradual stabilization and some growth in the business aviation market. AVweb’s Business AVflash will be sure to keep tabs on these developments throughout 2004. More...

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