AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 9, Number 3

January 19, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! One Jet in Many Different Hands ... back to top 

Phenom 100 'Most-Delivered' Bizjet

Embraer says its Phenom 100 was the most-delivered business jet of 2010 with 100 aircraft placed in customers' hands. The plane was first certified in late 2008 and it wasn't until early 2009 that a customer aircraft was displayed at Sun 'n Fun. The Phenom 100 had its roots in the VLJ movement of a few years ago but Embraer has taken pains to distance itself from that market and now simply calls the aircraft a business jet. "Its clean-sheet design, superior cabin comfort, amazing performance, low operating cost, as well as the jet's great looks, have thrilled our customers," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer's Executive Vice President, Executive Jets.

The Phenom 100's competition is the Citation Mustang. The General Aviation Manufacturers' Association hasn't released its final tally of shipments for 2010 but by the end of the third quarter (PDF), the Phenom was ahead of the Mustang by a margin of 67-48, perhaps reflecting the pent-up demand for the Phenom, since the Mustang has been on the market for about five years. Nevertheless, Embraer has been a company to watch in all sectors of the business jet market. Its Legacy 650 has been certified in Brazil and Europe and the GAMA numbers show 11 of the newly-certified Phenom 300s were delivered by the end of September.

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... And Another Jet on Many Different Minds back to top 

Dreamliner Delivery Delayed Again

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, already many-times delayed, will start deliveries in the third quarter of this year, Boeing said on Tuesday, instead of in February, as previously announced. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight electrical fire in November that grounded the test fleet. Extra time is needed to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels, the company said. "We've also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities," said Scott Fancher, general manager of the 787 program. The announcement drew some skepticism. Seattle Times analyst Jon Talton asked, "Shall we take bets as to whether the latest firm date is met?"

The program, which launched in 2004, is already three years behind schedule and the delivery date has changed at least seven times. In The Wall Street Journal, Marketbeat blogger Dave Kansas said, "The plane of tomorrow may become the plane of today this year. Maybe." At the Wichita Business Journal, reporter Daniel McCoy wonders, "Will Boeing actually deliver a Dreamliner this year?" Some analysts told him it will happen, but Richard Aboulafia, of the Teal Group, said it may get pushed to 2012. Boeing has 847 orders in hand for the 250-seat 787, with All Nippon Airways of Japan in line for the first one out the door.

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2011: Bonus Depreciation in Overtime back to top 

Bonus Depreciation More Generous

An unusually generous tax break aimed squarely at general aviation aircraft manufacturers and their business customers is now in effect and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is advising those with aircraft acquisition plans to act within its fairly broad parameters. In a podcast interview, GAMA spokesman Paul Feldman suggested the bonus depreciation measure signed into law by President Barack Obama in December might be a rare tax break that may not be repeated anytime soon. "I would act on it," he said.

In case you missed it, the measure allows a 100-percent depreciation write-off for new aircraft and many parts and modifications in 2011. It also recognizes the long production cycle of aircraft and will allow 2012 deliveries of aircraft ordered in 2011. Feldman said the impact of bonus depreciation is considerable and OEMs report as much as half their business is directly related to measures like this when they're in force.

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Everything Old Is New Again back to top 

Waco Revives Great Lakes Biplane

Waco Classic, of Battle Creek, Mich., is adding to its product line with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Model 2T-1A-1/2, a fully aerobatic 180-hp biplane, which has been out of production since 1980. The two-seat airplane is smaller than Waco's YMF-5D biplane, with simpler avionics and systems. Several changes have been made from the 1980 model, the company said this week, such as using aluminum instead of wood for the spar, upgrading the brakes and updating the avionics. Preliminary prices are set at $219,000 for the Touring model, with a Lycoming IO-360-B1F6 engine, and $239,000 for the higher-performance Sport model, with a Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F6 engine.

The open-cockpit airplane cruises at 105 knots and comes with an optional pilot canopy. The Great Lakes is a good choice for pilots and flight schools who want aerobatic capabilities plus docile handling, the company said. The airplane will debut at the Sun 'n Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., in April. Production will start in late summer, and first deliveries are expected early next year, the company said. About 20 new staffers will be hired with the expectation that sales will run about 10 to 12 airplanes per year.

AVweb's Paul Bertorelli went flying in Waco's YMF-5D last April; click here for his video report.

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New Briefs back to top 

South Dakota Luring Aerospace

Add South Dakota to the list of states determined to attract aerospace business. Gov. Dennis Daugaard told the Rapid City Journal he intends to introduce legislation that would limit the liability of aircraft manufacturers beyond 10 years from the date of manufacture so the state can compete with others that have airplane businesses. Like other freshly minted governors, Daugaard is looking for the good-paying jobs that airplane makers typically provide and he has an ally in the Air Force.

It seems the folks running Ellsworth Air Force Base would like to raise a little extra cash by opening up room on the sprawling base for private enterprise. "I've become aware that there is an increasing interest by the Air Force in attracting private industry that could complement their military mission, especially in those bases where there is underutilized space," Daugaard told the Journal. "The Air Force sees an opportunity to make use of that space by renting it to private enterprise, even within the base perimeter."

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

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Aviation Biofuels — The Real Deal or Greenwash Fantasy?

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that it's hard to tell at this juncture, but news stories on the topic tend to suggest the equation is more proven out than it actually is. Turbine biofuels work well, and the military is all over them, but until we see the price at the pump, call us skeptical.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Piper Exits the LSA Market

As Piper exits the LSA field, AVweb Insider blogger Paul Bertorelli finds himself wondering if this is the leading edge of the long-awaited shakeout in an over-supplied industry.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Bonus Depreciation Like We've Never Seen It

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The new law on bonus depreciation is generous, and there is a time limit. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Paul Feldman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) about how aircraft owners can capitalize on it.

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

Video: First Flight of Chinese J-20 'Stealth Fighter'

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A collection of video clips from Chinese media outlets including: the J-20 fifth-generation "stealth" fighter jet's first flight, taxi and flight control tests, a size and planform comparison with other contemporary aircraft (F-22 and T-50), and brief images that may suggest the aircraft's avionics package.

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Video: Canopy Covers Reviewed by 'Aviation Consumer'

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If you park your aircraft outside, you need a cover. Jeff Van West shows the pros and cons of Aviation Consumer's top picks.

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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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