AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 9, Number 34

September 7, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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China's First GA Fly-In Postponed

The first-ever general aviation fly-in in China, which was set for later this month, has been postponed indefinitely, according to AOPA. The event was scheduled for Sept. 22 to 24, with about 20 privately owned helicopters from around the country expected to gather at an airport outside Beijing. However, a helicopter operated by the Beijing Police Department crashed last month into a reservoir near the fly-in site, killing four of the five people on board. AOPA China said the crash drew "attention and safety concerns from the public and the authorities," and the ongoing investigation has raised questions about whether the airspace will continue to be accessible. The first-ever AOPA Summit in China, which is scheduled to take place the same weekend in Beijing, will go on as scheduled.

The Agusta-Westland AW139 helicopter was operated by a new police aviation unit that had been formed just a month earlier, according to NBAA, and was returning to home base after search-and-rescue training. The fly-in events were scheduled to include sightseeing aerial tours of the reservoir where the crash occurred. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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How's the Market? Depends on Who You Ask back to top 

Bizjet Market Gets Mixed Reviews

Raleigh, N.C.-based aircraft broker Jetcraft Corporation says those in the market for a business aircraft are looking beyond the current economic uncertainty, and demand for certain types of planes remains steady. In a statement issued last week. the company says the market seems largely unaffected by the "macroeconomic events" of the past few months and the company is "guardedly optimistic" the current strong sales will be maintained. "We believe that confidence in the business jet market is holding because the volume of transactions has remained quite stable," said Jetcraft spokesman Jahid Fazal-Karim. "Business jet purchasers are generally acquiring aircraft based on anticipated lift requirements six to 18 months from today. This trend illustrates continued confidence as globalization of business continues. The need for long range business jets, particularly in emerging markets, is here to stay." Dassault isn't quite so sure of the strength of the market, however.

In an interview with Reuters, Dassault CEO Charles Edelstenne said that while the used market is looking a little better, he thinks the current economic issues are hurting business jet sales. "The climate is not very favourable, there is such international economic uncertainty."

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Boeing 747-8 Reporting for Work back to top 

Boeing's Newest Freighter Ready To Fly

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Boeing will deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux on Sept. 19, the company said on Friday. Cargolux will fly the airplane away from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., that morning and put the airplane into revenue service. The second freighter out of the hangar also will go to Cargolux, with delivery set for Sept. 21. The carrier has a total of 13 of the new airplanes on order. The 747-8 is 250 feet, 2 inches long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches longer than the 747-400 freighter, with the capability to carry an additional 22 tons and adding more than 4,000 cubic feet of volume. Cargolux also took delivery of the first 747-400 freighter, in 1993.

"In a sense, history is repeating itself," said Frank Reimen, CEO of Cargolux. "We were pioneering the cargo industry when we put the first 747-400 freighter into revenue service in 1993. This is what we do once again with the 747-8 Freighter, which is ultimately a testimony of our good and long-standing partnership with Boeing." The additional volume adds space for up to four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets, Boeing said.

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Fractional Ownership for the Indian Market back to top 

Indian Company Looks At Frax

A giant Indian corporation is reportedly in talks with Florida-based Avantair to establish a fractional business aircraft operation in India. Tata Group, one of India's largest conglomerates, is said by the Times of India to be in the early stages of negotiations with Avantair, which is based in Clearwater, Fla., and flies a fractional fleet of Piaggio Avanti twin pusher turboprops. The Times says Tata intends to model the Indian operation after the U.S. fractional program.

The Times also said Tata is looking at establishing helicopter operations, aircraft management and maintenance facilities in India in cooperation with international partners. It's already involved with Singapore-based BJETS. Tata had been considering jumping into the airline business in India but backed off.

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Who's Where back to top 

Stangarone Joins Embraer

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Robert Stangarone is the new VP of Corporate Communications for Embraer North America. He recently left Cessna as VP of Corporate Communications.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: 9/11 Week -- Yes to Commemoration, No to Commiseration

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, it was inevitable that the media would be filled with retrospectives and reports. We are right to remember the victims who died in the attacks and the servicemen and women who have died since. But we owe it to ourselves not to wallow in the past and to put the risk of terrorism where it belongs -- a worry, yes, but not one that threatens the Republic and far, far down the list of hazards we all face every day. It's time to move on, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

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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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