AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 9, Number 8

February 23, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Embraer Colonizes America back to top 
 
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Embraer Florida Plant A Beginning?

Embraer CEO Fred Curado says the Brazilian company now has a "industrial footprint" in the U.S. and future expansion will depend on developing new products and markets. Curado told AVweb in a video interview at the ribbon cutting for its new Phenom final assembly plant in Melbourne, FL that while there are no firm plans for expansion, there's room to grow in the U.S. and particularly in Melbourne. The central Florida town will be hard hit by cutbacks at NASA and the Embraer plant has been welcomed with open arms by a community that has a strong aerospace base.

The new plant is designed to build up to 100 entry-level jets a year. Completed fuselages and wings will be shipped to Melbourne from Brazil and all the systems will be installed and tested in Melbourne. The plan is to build a single airplane in 2011, 30 in 2012 and 60 in 2013. The market will dictate further expansion but Curado says Embraer has the land and Melbourne has the skilled workforce to support that expansion.

 
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Boeing or EADS? We'll Know Thursday back to top 
 

$35 Billion Tanker Choice Expected Soon

The Air Force is expected to announce the winner of a $35 billion contract to build 179 military tanker aircraft this Thursday. The two contenders for the contract are Boeing, with a 767 derivative, and EADS, with a design based on the Airbus A330. EADS has said if it wins the competition, it will assemble the airplanes in Mobile, Ala., although many of the parts will be built in France. Both companies have won previous versions of the contract, but those decisions were overturned. The new airplanes, to be built over the next 20 to 30 years, will replace the aging KC-135 and KC-10 fleet, some of which are 50 years old.

George Behan, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), told the Puget Sound Business Journal that as of Tuesday, the Thursday date was set for the announcement, but it could be pushed back. "Everything associated with this contract has been changed, slipped and altered," he said. "[A Thursday announcement] is what we're hearing as of Tuesday afternoon, but anything could change." As of Tuesday, various online pundits were speculating that the long-contested contract, which has been in play for about a decade, might go to either party, or to neither one.

 
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All Eyes on the Horizon back to top 
 

GAMA: No Turnaround In 2010, But Maybe This Year

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released its annual industry report (PDF) on Tuesday, showing that aircraft deliveries continued to fall in 2010 despite improvements in the global and U.S. economies. Deliveries of GA aircraft fell by 11.4 percent overall in 2010 compared to the year before. Piston deliveries were down by 7.7 percent, from 963 units to 889; turboprops declined 17.7 percent, from 441 units to 363; and business jets fell from 870 deliveries in 2009 to 763 last year, a drop of 12.3 percent. John Rosanvallon, CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet and chairman of GAMA, said shipments traditionally lag an economic recovery by one to two years, and signs are good for the industry to start a rebound in 2011.

Among the positive signs, Rosanvallon said, flight activity is recovering, tax policies are favorable, and corporate profits were up 26 percent last year, which usually indicates a willingness to spend is imminent. However, credit scarcity continues to be an issue, and an excess of aircraft in the used market at depressed prices continues to affect new sales. In the GA piston/turboprop sector, Piper Aircraft showed signs of recovery, citing increased sales globally. In 2010, Piper delivered 160 new aircraft, an increase of 75 percent over 90 deliveries in 2009. In the same turboprop/piston sector, Cessna delivered 451 aircraft in 2009 and 334 in 2010. Cirrus stayed close to level in piston deliveries, with 264 in 2009 and 266 in 2010. Pete Bunce, CEO of GAMA, said advocacy groups are working on several fronts to improve the outlook for GA, including efforts to improve flight training and rewrite Part 23 rules to bring down the cost of aircraft. He added that GAMA is closely watching the FAA reauthorization bill as it continues to move through House committees to ensure that a "greater regulatory burden" doesn't creep into the legislation. And on March 21, GAMA and other industry groups will host Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Wichita, Kan., for a "GA Jobs Rally" in support of manufacturers.

 
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FAA Turns to the Experts back to top 
 

FAA Seeks Input On Helicopter Safety

Safety specialists from the FAA will host a meeting on March 22 and 23 in Portland, Ore., to address issues particular to helicopters. Pilots, instructors, mechanics, operators, manufacturers and insurers are urged to attend. The regional FAA Safety Team, Helicopter Association International and the International Helicopter Safety Team are hosting the event. Mornings will feature several nationally recognized speakers and afternoon breakout sessions provide the opportunity to exchange ideas. The hosts will seek input from helicopter users about the safety challenges they confront and how best to meet them. Issues on the agenda include hazards posed by met towers, emergency medical operations, flight training and more.

Speakers will include Matthew Zuccaro and Stan Rose of HAI, Christopher Eastlee from the Air Medical Operators Association, and a representative of IHST. Pre-registration is free and available online. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower/Downtown Portland, 921 SW Sixth Ave. At the same venue, a separate safety seminar, "Rotorwing Gotchas for GA Helicopter Pilots and Instructors," will be held on March 22 at 7 p.m. Registration for that event is also available online.

 
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... And We Turn to Our Experts back to top 
 

An AVweb Survey: Tell Us What You Think About Avgas Replacements

The FAA just announced that it will convene a special committee to investigate an unleaded replacement for 100LL avgas. This committee will hear from the alphabets, aircraft manufacturers and users of avgas. AVweb would like to know your opinions on the current state of affairs in the search for an unleaded replacement for 100LL.

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If you have questions or comments on the subject, you can contact us through the survey or e-mail us directly.

Have You Used Oil Additives? 'Aviation Consumer' Could Use Your Insight

Have you added more than oil to your engine? If you've tried oil additives like CamGuard or AVblend, Aviation Consumer wants to know how it worked out. Whether your experience was good, bad or of no consequence whatsoever, they want to know. Please take a moment to fill out their survey to help the research effort for an upcoming, in-depth review.

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The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: And Stop Telling Me to Be Careful!

Geez, some well-meaning geezer tells Paul Bertorelli to "be careful," and he goes off the deep end. But he does have a point. What does this banal statement mean relative to aviation risk? After 500 words on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul has the conclusive answer: Not much, it turns out.

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: Pilot Fatigue — Bunk or Real?

That's the question for the latest installment of our blog, as ABC reports that pilots too poorly paid to afford hotels are bunking in the pilot lounge or concourse and showing up in the cockpit exhausted. But FAA Adminstrator Randy Babbitt says it's not happening. Who's right? You tell us, says Paul Bertorelli, on the AVweb Insider.

Read more and join the conversation.

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

Video: Embraer Comes to the U.S.

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

Brazil's Embraer held the ribbon-cutting for its first U.S. assembly plant in Melbourne, FL on Feb. 21. Embraer CEO Fred Curado says the plant, which is designed to build as many as 100 Phenom 100 and 300 light business jets a year, may not be the end of the company's investment in the U.S.

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Video: U Fly It Aircraft Introduces the Sport Storch

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In the 1930s, the German war machine created an amazing STOL aircraft called the Storch. A 3:4 scale version of the aircraft is now available as an LSA or experimental amateur-built plane through U Fly It Sport Aircraft.

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Who's Where back to top 
 

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

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Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

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