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ACQUIRED BY CHINESE COMPANY
Cirrus Industries Inc., parent
company of Cirrus Aircraft, has been sold to China Aviation Industry
General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) of Zhuhai, China, but it appears the
company will continue to build parts in Grand Forks, N.D., and assemble
airplanes in Duluth, Minn. It has long been rumored that a Chinese
company would acquire Cirrus and the final announcement was made Monday
morning. CAIGA is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC),
the state-owned aviation company of China that makes everything from
military jets to airliners. In a news release, Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters
says the deal will be a shot in the arm for the company and for its
employees in Grand Forks and Duluth. "CAIGA understands the strength and
the talent of Cirrus's workforce and the prominence of the Cirrus brand
in general aviation," Wouters said. "Through this transaction, CAIGA
will invest in our employees in both Minnesota and North Dakota by
committing to the continued use of our world-class production
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FOCUS OF ASIA CONFERENCE
China is seen as the market with
most potential for general aviation in the eyes of organizers of the Asian Aerospace
International Congress and Expo, which runs next week in Hong Kong.
Most of the major players in the bizjet industry are expected to be
there and the focus will be on China, which is making all kinds of moves
in the direction of becoming a major GA market. In fact, convention
organizers have billed the event as "buyer's guide" to business aircraft
and will feature speakers from most of the major manufacturers.
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BOLEN URGES AVIATION INVESTMENT
The U.S. must invest in
aviation to ensure future economic growth, National Business Aviation
Association CEO Ed Bolen told the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., this
week. Aviation will be key to ensuring America's leadership in an
increasingly global economy, he said. "Throughout history, great
economies and great countries have been defined by their transportation
systems," Bolen said. "In America, the 21st Century will also be defined
by transportation, and the key mode will be aviation." Bolen outlined
five priorities he felt the aviation community must support: FAA
reauthorization, funding for NextGen, reduction in aircraft emissions, a
continued emphasis on security, and a robust General Fund for aviation.
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POINTING MIGHT BE FEDERAL CRIME
It may soon be a federal
crime to point a laser at an airplane. The House passed the Securing
Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 on Monday (PDF) and it calls for prison sentences of up to
five years and fines. The Senate included an identical provision in its
FAA reauthorization bill. A combined bill has to be drafted for
presidential approval. The House bill was championed by California
Republican Dan Lungren who noted that up until 2005 there had been less
than 400 laser incidents in the previous 15 years. Last year, the FAA
received 2,836 reports of laser pointing. Not all people pointing lasers
at the sky are targeting aircraft, however. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: SILLINESS IN THE PATTERN
When the local
homebuilt contingent goes rogue and does pretend fighter pilot jargon on
the CTAF, is it time to pull them aside and have a little talk? Not
really. Boys will be boys. But when that sort of thing confuses intent
in the pattern, it's time to reconsider. Some poor student in an LSA
isn't going to know what "initial for the break" means, and the next he
knows, his windshield is full of RV-4 prop. That's the kind of nonsense
Paul Bertorelli's coping with in the latest installment of the AVweb
Insider blog. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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PARADISE P1 FLIGHT TRIAL
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a spin in this
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