AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 9, Number 37

September 28, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Cessna's New Citation Jet back to top 
 

Cessna Targets Phenom With M2

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In a move that caught most in the aviation industry flat-footed, Cessna announced a new bizjet model late Monday. The Citation M2 is said to bridge the gap between the $3 million Mustang entry-level jet and the $7 million CJ series and it will compete directly with the Embraer Phenom 100, offering a little more range and speed. Cessna is putting the M2 on the market at $4.195 million, about $500,000 more than the Phenom 100. "Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a Citation with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2. We expect to see customers new to the Citation family, Mustang owners looking for a logical next step or CJ1+ operators who want a new, more advanced Citation," said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO.

What that $4.2 million gets you is what appears to be a four-passenger aircraft that Cessna says can seat "up to six passengers" with two crew, 1,300 nm range, a 400-knot cruise and 41,000 feet. It's powered by Williams FJ-44 1AP-21 engines that offer improved range over earlier models. Cockpit is based on the Garmin G3000 with whopping 14-inch PFD and MFD displays and infrared touch-screen controls. Cessna will have a mock-up on display at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas later this month.

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China Adjusts to GA back to top 
 

AOPA China Summit: An Earful For Government

Parallel to AOPA Summit in Hartford last week, AOPA China held its own first summit in Beijing last week. More than 400 people attended the two-day event. This year's AOPA China Summit was in the form of convention and focused on the mission of providing prime opportunities for dialogues and networking among the Chinese government, general aviation organizations and industry members worldwide. Officials from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB), Beijing City Government as well as a number of provincial governments joined the convention and heard a straightforward message from Feng Zhang, Deputy Director General of AOPA China. "The nation's airspace is a public domain." Zhang said in his speech, "Therefore our government should relax its control to allow the general public access to their own sky. It is the authorities' duty to assist the people with better utilizing our airspace by introducing favorable regulations, building infrastructure and reducing taxes on aircraft purchases, etc." John Sheehan, IAOPA's Secretary General, said he was impressed by Zhang's direct and blunt public message.

Mr. Wei Dai, Deputy Secretary General of the Beijing City Government, revealed the city's comprehensive plan to develop GA in the next five to ten years. He anticipated the city's GA industry to reach a scale of $50 billion U.S. dollars within that time frame. A series of private meetings were held for key individuals. The Deputy Mayor of Ordos, Inner Mongolia expressed their city's strong interest in general aviation to Sheehan during one such meetings. Officials from CAAC's Flight Standard Office commented to Mr. Sheehan that they would like to learn and borrow from western experience to assist the government's GA planning. They also stated that CAAC needed AOPA China as a strategic partner for every step of the nation's GA development.

 
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The New User Fee Battle back to top 
 

White House Petition: No GA User Fees

Kevin Mossey, a private pilot living in Marion, Iowa, has posted a petition on the White House website asking the Obama administration to "take aviation user fees off the table." Last week's proposal to charge $100 per flight for some general aviation operations is too complex, according to Mossey. "We should be working to simplify the tax codes," he wrote. "A tax on fuel more accurately reflects the ATC services used." As of Tuesday, the petition had attracted over 2,600 online signatures. If the petition logs 5,000 signatures by October 23, it will be reviewed by the White House for an official response.

Last week's user-fee proposal was part of a deficit-reduction plan. GA advocacy groups quickly expressed "unified opposition." The proposal exempts military aircraft, recreational piston aircraft, air ambulances, aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace, aircraft operated by the federal government, and Canada-to-Canada flights. The revenues generated by the surcharge would be deposited into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund to help pay the costs of maintaining the country's airports and the air-traffic-control system. The fee would generate an estimated $11 billion over 10 years, according to the proposal.

 
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Judges to Hear Privacy/Transparency Arguments back to top 
 

Court Date Set For BARR Dispute

On December 2, a federal court will hear AOPA and NBAA argue in support of their position that airplane operators should have the option to keep their flight data private. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will preside over the case. AOPA and NBAA said on Tuesday they hope to convince the court to overturn changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program that were imposed earlier this year, which make it harder for operators to block their flight info on public websites.

"We look forward to explaining to the Court of Appeals why the government's move to severely limit the BARR program represents an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies and a potential security risk to the persons aboard aircraft," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. "We are pleased that the general aviation community will soon have its day in court." The BARR program used to block flight info for anyone who asked, but faced with a Freedom of Information request, the government has taken the position that only a serious security concern can justify keeping the data out of the public domain.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: How Old Is Too Old?

Jimmy Leeward's tragic P-51 crash at Reno last week raised the emotional issue of age and piloting abilities. We might not like to hear it asked, but it's a fair question even if the pilot's age had no bearing on the accident. There's no easy answer, either, other than to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli shares some reflections of his own.

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: ARC Committee -- Progress, Yes; Clarity, No

The FAA's ARC Committee gave a briefing of sorts at AOPA Summit in Hartford, Connecticut last week. It dealt mostly with process and little with substance. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli again argues for a more transparent process.

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: Air Show Crashes -- An Outsider View

In the aviation biz, we like air shows because they promote the industry -- but after a season of bad crashes, have we actually gone backwards in terms of public image? How are non-aviation people impacted by witnessing a crash? We decided to ask. Chloe Barkdoll was present when a T-28 Trojan crashed at Martinsburg Air Show in West Virgina on September 17; she shares her reactions in a guest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

McClellan Promoted at EAA

J. Mac McClellan

J. Mac McClellan has been named the director of publications for EAA. He was contributing to the publications for the previous year after a long career as editor-in-chief of Flying magazine.


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

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AOPA Summit Recap back to top 
 

AOPA Summit 2011: Complete Coverage Round-Up

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

Video: Bristell LSA Makes Its Debut

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AVweb found a new LSA at AOPA Summit last week. It's called the Bristell, and its main selling point is a super-wide cabin. Here's Mary Grady's video report on the new model.

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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.

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Publisher
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Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
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Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Contributors
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