AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 33

August 31, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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NBAA, AOPA Take BARR Fight To Court

The FAA acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" when it reversed a longstanding policy and refused to allow aircraft owners to block their flight information from the public, NBAA and AOPA argue in a court brief (PDF) filed this week. "Very real concerns about safety, security and competitiveness justify giving aircraft owners and operators a way to 'opt-out' of having their flights tracked by anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. "The government ignored these concerns, but we believe the court will not be so dismissive." In their brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, NBAA and AOPA argue that the FAA's recent revisions to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program are unlawful and should be invalidated.

The FAA has failed to "offer any explanation" for its decision to change the policy, which had been in effect for over a decade, according to the brief. The need for "government openness and transparency" must be weighed against personal privacy concerns, NBAA and AOPA said, which the FAA also failed to do. The FAA has until Sept. 28 to file a brief in response to NBAA and AOPA. The two associations will then have an opportunity to file a final brief on Oct. 12. The Court of Appeals will hear arguments shortly thereafter. EAA filed a "friend of the court" brief in support of the suit.

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The New Normal: Quarterly Reports, Job Speculation back to top 

Bombardier Layoffs Looming?

Analysts are predicting Bombardier will announce layoffs and production slowdowns this week as part of its quarterly reporting. The Montreal-based company is doing well with its business jet division but has seen only a trickle of orders for its regional airliners this year. There were no orders in Q2 and only five in Q1. The order backlog is also creeping down and is at an uncomfortably low 11 months for the Q400 line and a slowdown has already been put in place at that operation. The CRJ line backlog is at 18 months, the low end of the company's backlog comfort zone.

Slowing down a production line is a costly business but may be necessary. Ironically, however, a lot of airlines are getting ready to retire older regional airliners and it could be only a matter of months before the company would be forced to ramp up production. On the other hand, the business jet market is acutely affected by overall business conditions and a close eye is being kept on that market for signs of weakening.

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China's Deer Jet Goes Platinum back to top 

Deer Jet Gets ARGUS Platinum

Deer Jet, China's largest business jet operator, has become the only one with an ARGUS Platinum Rating. The designation, the most prestigious awarded by the independent audit organization, is reserved for the best of the best in terms of service, safety and equipment. Of 2,000 operators that have submitted to the voluntary audit, only 87, most of them in the U.S., have received the Platinum ranking. "The award means Deer Jet has reached the highest operational level of the industry. It will be more trusted by the top 1,000 enterprises of the world, given more business opportunities," said ARGUS CEO Joseph Moeggenberg.

Deer Jet is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, China's fourth largest airline, and is based in Beijing. It currently has 39 of the country's roughly 70 business aircraft and just welcomed a big addition to its stable. On the 15th anniversary of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), Deer Jet accepted a new BBJ. It also flies the Airbus ACJ 319, along with a range of Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft models.

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New Lease on Life: Remanned 737 Engines back to top 

Boeing Launches 737MAX Re-Engine Program

Boeing's board of directors has approved the executive plan to re-engine existing models of the Boeing 737 in response to Airbus's similar plan for its A320. The "new" aircraft will be called the 737 MAX and the zeroes will be dropped from the current 700, 800 and 900 model numbers in the new designations. The aircraft will be powered by CFM Leap-1B engines that Boeing says will make the new 737 4 percent more efficient than the new model A320neo. Boeing wants first deliveries no later than 2017 and is suggesting, but not promising, that it might be ready earlier. Both of its most recent development projects, the 787 and 747-8, are years behind schedule. "Given our recent track record, we are being very prudent and disciplined to make sure that whatever we talk to our customers about, we actually have a plan to deliver on," Nicole Piasecki, the company's head of business development, told Bloomberg.

Landing-gear height was an issue with the engine upgrade, and the fan size of the new engines is marginally bigger than the current 61 inches. Engineers are apparently deciding whether 66 inches is enough or whether to push it to 68 inches. Whatever the decision, it must meet Boeing brass's requirement that no substantial redesign of the airframe be necessary. Boeing had been leaning toward a new design to replace the 737 but risked losing market share during the long development phase. It said it already has commitments for 496 of the new variant. Don't say good-bye to the legacy 737 just yet, though. Boeing has a backlog of 2,100 orders for it and will be building them until at least 2020.

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Safety & Security back to top 

Research Aims To Identify GA Airport Threats

New research supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security aims to help officials detect unusual activity or behavior at general aviation airports. "We want to understand the variation associated with usual general-aviation activity and operations, so unusual activity can be detected, analyzed and resolved," said Justin Chimka, a researcher at the University of Arkansas. "Based on historical data, there are basic assumptions or expectations about what should be going on at these airports," he said. Chimka and his research team analyzed data such as the annual number of landings and takeoffs, the number of aircraft and flight schools based at the airport, population within a 100-mile radius, and whether the airport has a control tower, to determine typical activity for the airport. Then any current data that reveals a deviation from the norm can be investigated.

"We have to ask ourselves if reality -- what's really going on -- meets these statistical expectations," said Chimka. "If not, then we probably should look at it." Chimka and student Ryan Black based their work on existing models that were developed to predict growth at general aviation airports.

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Who's Where back to top 

Zimmerman to Gulfstream

Derek Zimmerman

Derek Zimmerman is Gulfstream's new VP of product support materials. He was previously VP of supply chain and aftermarket development for Piper Aircraft.

Sekles New Embraer Communications Director

Flavia Sekles

Flavia Sekles has been appointed the external communications director for Embraer. She's been with the company for four years, most recently at the São Paulo office.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Tackling Weather in LSAs

LSAs were never intended to be heavy weather airplanes, yet you can equip them with the latest datalink weather capability. Whether you choose to depends a lot on your previous experience, as Paul Bertorelli discusses in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Sukhoi's T-50 -- The End of U.S. Dominance?

Maybe, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog -- but the real threat isn't whether the T-50 is competitor to the F-22 but whether the panic that is could set off a cascade of political overreaction.

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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
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Glenn Pew

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