AVwebBiz - Volume 10, Number 6

February 8, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Hawker Beechcraft's board of directors has named high-profile corporate fix-it man Steve Miller as new CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Inc., shifting former CEO Bill Boisture to the role of chairman of the company's operating subsidiary Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Miller was tapped to take over as chairman of American International Group (AIG) 18 months ago to help it continue its return to profitability and pay back more than $130 billion bailout money to the U.S. government. Known as "The Turnaround Kid" on Wall Street (he's 70), Miller has headed up companies like Bethlehem Steel and Delphi Corp. as they emerged from bankruptcy. Hawker Beech is still solvent but it has asked creditors for concessions on the terms of its operating line of credit.

As we reported in December, the company announced it was close to breaching terms that require its cash flow to increase during the term of the loan. Tough times have strangled cash flow at many aircraft manufacturers and analysts expected Hawker Beech to get those concessions. Boisture has also led a high-profile campaign to get the Air Force to reconsider its decision to go with Embraer's Super Tucano over the Beech AT-6B as its new light air support aircraft.

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FAA Funding Bill Nears the Finish Line back to top 

Congress OKs Long-Term FAA Funding

The Senate on Monday voted to pass a four-year FAA funding bill that just last week was agreed on by a joint committee and then passed in the House on Friday. The bill now goes to President Obama. General aviation advocacy groups were united in applauding the bill. AOPA President Craig Fuller said the $63 billion in funding provides a "vital step" toward modernizing our air traffic system and improving our airports. Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, said, "The policies contained in this bill are critical to the health of general aviation manufacturing." For about five years, the FAA has operated on short-term funding appropriations from Congress while waiting for a full reauthorization bill to be hashed out in Congress.

There are no new GA user fees in the bill, according to AOPA. The bill endorses changes in FAA certification that will make it easier for new aviation products to reach the market, GAMA said. About $3 billion per year will be spent to implement the NextGen air traffic system. The bill sets a deadline of June 2015 for the FAA to start using NextGen arrival procedures at the nation's 35 busiest airports, The Associated Press reported. The bill also requires the FAA to provide access to the National Airspace System for remotely operated aerial vehicles by October 2015. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association was pleased with changes in labor rules that they say will benefit workers. But while GA groups were generally happy to finally have a bill, not everyone was pleased with the final result. Labor groups worry that a provision making it harder to unionize workers is an "attack on workplace rights," according to Politico. And Flyers Rights, a group lobbying for airline passengers, was disappointed that a three-hour limit on ramp delays was not included. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

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Cessna Latitude Goes Long back to top 

Cessna Matches Embraer With Latitude Range Increase

Cessna has increased the range of its new Latitude midsize business jet, leaving little doubt the new aircraft is a direct response to Embraer's entry to that market. When it was introduced at NBAA last October the 2,000-nm range raised eyebrows as it was the shortest of any in that segment. In a news release last week, Cessna said the new number is 2,300 nm, matching the Embraer Legacy 450 and a little better than others in that slot.

The Embraer influence is evident in other aspects of the Latitude design. For instance, the Latitude, although it's smaller than the Sovereign and Citation Ten, is much roomier in the cabin, matching the 450's standup cabin height (six-foot) and more than six-foot width. Where the Latitude has the 450 beat is in short-field performance. The Embraer lists a takeoff distance of 5,000 while the Latitude is expected to need just 3,900. The Cessna is $14.9 million and the Embraer $15.25 million.

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And the Nominees Are ... back to top 

Nominees Announced For Collier Trophy

Four nominees were named last week by the National Aeronautic Association for the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which honors the "greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America." The nominees are: Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera human-powered helicopter, and Pipistrel's Taurus G4 electric-powered airplane. "We are very proud of the nominations we received for the 2011 Collier Trophy," said NAA Chairman Walter J. Boyne.  "Each of them -- in their own way -- mark significant progress in the advancement of aviation and aerospace on the planet, and we certainly welcome them to the Collier selection process."

Boeing's 787 is a clean-sheet design launched in 2004, with first delivery in September 2011. Composite materials are used for 50 percent of the structure, and it runs on all-new jet engines that contribute to its fuel efficiency. The Super Galaxy is an upgraded version of the C-5, with a digital avionics suite and more than 70 improvements to the airframe and systems, including new F138-GE-100 engines. The airplane set 41 world aeronautical records in one flight in 2009, when it carried a payload of 176,610 pounds to an altitude of more than 41,100 feet in 23 minutes, 59 seconds. The Gamera, designed and built by students at the University of Maryland, lifted off and hovered for 11.4 seconds in July 2011, setting a new world record for duration of a human-powered helicopter flight. The twin-fuselage Taurus G4 won NASA's $1.35 million prize last year in the Green Flight Challenge. The winner will be selected by a panel of 31 leaders from the aviation and aerospace industry, and the announcement will be made at an awards ceremony on March 13.

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News Briefs back to top 

Pilot Sues For Lack Of IPad

A Virgin Australia pilot is suing the airline for almost $1 million, claiming he hurt his back hoisting a flight bag stuffed with 40 pounds of charts and manuals. David Kloster, 57, says it never would have happened if the airline had given him an iPad instead. In a filing with the Queensland Supreme Court, Kloster said the airline had an obligation to provide him (and presumably other pilots) with an alternative to lugging around the information he needed to do his job. "The defendant (Virgin Australia) exposed the plaintiff (Mr. Kloster) to a risk of injury which could have been avoided by the exercise of reasonable care," court documents said. "(Virgin Australia) failed to have in place a system of work whereby charts and rules could have been left on board its aircraft or kept electronically on an iPad."

Virgin Australia has not formally responded to the claim but issued a statement saying it takes protection of the health and safety of its employees seriously. It's also planning to switch to iPads for document storage this year. Kloster was taking the airline shuttle bus to work on Dec. 29, 2009, when the mishap occurred. It laid him up for much of 2010 and it appears he hasn't been able to return to work based on the claim, which includes more than $800,000 (Australian dollars) for loss of future earnings.

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Who's Where back to top 

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Gippsland's Airvan -- What "Nice Flying" Really Means

Experienced airplane people say FAR 23 is a good guideline to build safe, flyable airplanes. If the Gippsland GA8 is an example of that, they're right. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli offers some thoughts on why the Airvan is such a nice flying airplane.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Three Wishes -- Which Aviation Historical Events Would You Elect to See?

If the genie popped out the bottle and granted you three wishes to witness three events in aviation history, which three would you pick? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli offers his choices. Plus, there's a link to a cool 3-D video.

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

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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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Scott Simmons

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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