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Volume 10, Number 12
March 21, 2012
 
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Signs of the Times Iback to top 
 

TEB TRAFFIC DROPS
Traffic has dropped at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and that's a quantifiable symptom of the general malaise in business aviation, according to a story in the Hackensack Record. Although movements at TEB, the busiest business airport in the U.S., were up year over year, traffic flattened and then declined in the end of the year. It was off by 3.6 percent in October and December and 1.4 percent in November. To those in the industry, it's indicative of a slowdown in the recovery that was widely hoped to be firmly established going into 2012. "We've definitely seen a flattening in the fall of 2011 and it's continued into 2012," said Ken Forester, CEO of a Teterboro-based Meridian, which manages 23 corporate and private aircraft. "I assume it's related to the overall economy. I think there is more uncertainty than there was a year ago." More...

 
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Aviation Safetyback to top 
 

10 KILLED IN TWO CITATION JET CRASHES
Fatal crashes of business jets are relatively rare, but two Citation crashes this month took 10 lives. Last week, a Citation I/SP owned by a Florida businessman crashed at Macon County Airport in western North Carolina. The airplane was reportedly on its second landing attempt when the airplane touched down nosewheel-first. A wingtip touched the ground and the airplane flipped and caught fire, according to the Associated Press. Everyone on board, two couples and an 11-year-old girl, died. On March 1, a Citation X that was registered in the U.S. to Cessna Finance Corp. and operated by Asia Today crashed in Germany, and all five on board were killed. More...

 
Safety Across High-Consequence Industries 
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Signs of the Times IIback to top 
 

MRO CLOSURE STRANDS AIRLINERS
Aveos Fleet Performance, Canada's largest maintenance, repair and overhaul company, is closing permanently, it says, because its largest customer (and former owner) Air Canada cut back on the amount of work it was having done there. Aveos was the former maintenance department of the airline but it was hived off in 2004. Air Canada remained a significant shareholder. However, Aveos claims Air Canada cancelled or deferred $16 million worth of work in the last two months, delivering "a devastating blow" that it could not recover from. Air Canada says Aveos has done more than 90 percent of its maintenance in the past year and the airline has also propped it up financially. Aveos abruptly laid off all 2,700 employees at facilities in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver on Sunday and while it initially applied for protection from creditors to attempt restructuring, it abandoned that plan and put everything on the block on Tuesday. The action has stranded about a half dozen Air Canada aircraft and that means thousands of passengers could also be affected. More...

 
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Signs of the Times IIIback to top 
 

ARCAPITA IN BANKRUPTCY
Arcapita Bank BSC, the private equity company and former majority shareholder in Cirrus Aircraft, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, saying it couldn't reach a deal with creditors on debt repayment. The company, which describes itself as a "manager of Islamic compliant investments" that manages $7 billion, says it now has only $3.06 billion in assets against $2.55 million in liabilities. "This global recession has hampered the Arcapita Group's ability to obtain liquidity from the capital markets, and has also resulted in a reduction in asset values," the company said in a statement. Just last year Arcapita sold its 58 percent stake in Cirrus to China's CAIGA after several years of turmoil at the Duluth-based company. More...

 
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Rotax Isn't the Only Engine Maker in the Newsback to top 
 

GE'S NEW TURBOPROP ENGINE FAA-CERTIFIED
GE's H80 turboprop engine, which has been in development for several years in the Czech Republic, is now certified by the FAA, the company said last week. The engine was certified by EASA in December. The engine's launch customer is the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. According to GE, the engine "combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel-nozzle inspections and no hot-section inspection." The H80 also will power the Aircraft Industries L410 twin-engine commuter aircraft, built in the Czech Republic, which has been flying since 1969, with 1,100 units produced. The new H80 version of the L410 is expected to be certified later this year. More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: GA'S FUTURE -- THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE
Wrapping up his blog-o-tour of Europe for the AVweb Insider, Paul Bertorelli offers some final thoughts on what he heard about the future of the industry. And yes, there is one. But it's time to stop whining about the fact that GA is no longer a mass market activity, if it ever was. No one is to blame for this; it's just the evolution of demographics, wealth generation and maturing markets. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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Who's Whereback to top 
 

PFLIEGER PROMOTED AT GULFSTREAM
Sharon Pflieger
Sharon Pflieger has been named Gulfstream's director of organizational effectiveness. She was previously an organizational development manager.
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WHO'S WHERE? YOU TELL US
Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: PIPISTREL VIRUS SW FLIGHT TRIAL
On AVweb's recent swing through Europe, we visited Pipistrel Aircraft, a Slovenian manufacturer that's staked out the hyper-efficient segment of the LSA world. The company demonstrated its sophisticated Virus SW, which boasts fuel economy of nearly 50 MPG. This video is worth the watch just for the spectacular mountain scenery. More...


VIDEO: ROTAX'S NEW 912IS
This week, Rotax rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen, Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume shipments as early as May of 2012. More...

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

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Names Behind the Newsback 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.

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Tom Bliss

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Paul Bertorelli

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Contributing Editors
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