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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded
Business News Coverage At AVweb's
YEAR IN REVIEW
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, lets take a look at some of BizAVs
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).
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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
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 Novembers 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
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
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Several indicators point to a gradual stabilization and some growth in
the business aviation market. AVwebs Business AVflash will be sure
to keep tabs on these developments throughout 2004. More...
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