AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 10, Number 27

July 11, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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If Garmin is feeling the heat from GPS-enabled tablets and smartphones, it's not taking the competition lying down. This week Garmin rolls out the GLO, a new self-contained GPS receiver that links to Android and iPad tablets via Bluetooth, wirelessly providing position updates up to 10 times a second. Remote GPS gadgets for tablets aren't new, but Garmin equipped GLO not just with GPS, but with a receiver for Russia's GLONASS system. That puts another 24 satellites on the table for rapid time to first fix and more robust position sensing once the location is calculated.

"Whether you're driving through an urban canyon or flying an airplane at any altitude, GLO ensures that your mobile device maintains a strong, reliable GPS signal," says Garmin's Dan Bartel, VP of worldwide sales. Garmin is clearly targeting the tablet market, which have siphoned at least some sales from Garmin's line of dedicated portable GPS navigators. The company is offering a GLO-for-aviation package that includes a mount, power cable and free six-month trial of Garmin's recently updated Pilot app for iPad and Android tablets. The GLO itself can be powered from ship's power or an internal battery with a 12-hour duration. Garmin says GLO will be available in August for $99 and the GLO for Aviation package is available immediately at a suggested retail of $129.

 
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Inside the Sale of Hawker Beechcraft back to top 
 

Hawker Beech Deal Has Pitfalls

Although Superior Air Parts may well end up as the owner of most of Hawker Beechcraft, analysts who've now had a chance to sort through the issues facing the Chinese owners of Superior are cautioning that it's anything but a done deal. Possibly the biggest stumbling block is that there's a significant defense business embedded in Hawker Beechcraft as a whole and the federal government will demand assurances that no militarily sensitive technology or information is compromised. To accommodate that reality in the "exclusivity agreement" that was announced Monday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Superior will initially buy all of the company for $1.79 billion and then be "refunded" about $400 million representing the military business.

Because Hawker Beechcraft is in bankruptcy, there must be a competitive bidding process for the acquisition of its assets. Under this deal, Superior has 45 days to hammer out the details, while paying to keep production of business jets and propeller-driven aircraft going. Assuming the deal is done, Superior will be the opening bidder and other potential buyers will have the opportunity to outbid Superior. Among those who have been interested in Hawker Beechcraft are Cessna parent company Textron, the Carlyle Group, Embraer, Mahindra (of India), and another Chinese firm, New United. Political response has been muted so far, perhaps because of pre-emptive assurances from Hawker Beechcraft officials that Superior intends to maintain the facilities and jobs in Wichita and other U.S. cities. Some analysts questioned those assurances and Richard Aboulafia, of the Teal Group, said the notion of Superior, which currently builds piston engines and other aircraft parts, building business jets was "farfetched."

Hawker Beechcraft Agrees To Offer From Chinese Company

Hawker Beechcraft will be sold to Superior Aviation Beijing Co. for $1.79 billion, the company announced on Monday, assuming that a final agreement is worked out over the next 45 days. The transaction will not include the Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co., which produces the T-6 trainer and is developing the AT-6 light attack aircraft. "The decision to move forward with Superior was based on two key factors," said Chairman Bill Boisture. "The bid for the company was the most attractive we received during the strategic review process and the going-forward plan offered the most continuity for our business, allowing us to preserve jobs, product lines and our ability to maintain our commitments to our customers." The company will maintain a "strong presence" in the U.S., Boisture said, retaining its current employee base and management team.

Superior Aviation Beijing intends to make Hawker Beechcraft its "flagship investment," the company said in a news release. During the 45-day review period, the companies will negotiate a "definitive agreement," which would be subject to various regulatory reviews and approval processes both in the U.S. and in China. Superior will start to make payments to Hawker over the next six weeks to "support ongoing jet-related operations" and help Hawker keep the business going until the close of the transaction. Hawker CEO Steve Miller says the agreement will give the company greater access to the Chinese business and general aviation marketplace, which is forecast to grow more than 10 percent a year for the next 10 to 15 years.

 
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Another Chance to Chime In back to top 
 

Comment Period Extended For Medical Proposal

The FAA will extend its comment period on a proposal to make it easier to fly without a third-class medical certificate, EAA and AOPA said on Monday. Pilots now have another 70 days -- until September 14 -- to add to the more than 14,000 comments that were already filed in the initial 20-day comment period. The proposal would allow pilots to fly some GA aircraft without a third-class medical if they take an online course, self-certify, and hold a driver's license. AOPA and EAA requested the extension, noting that the exemption would likely affect more than 39,000 pilots and impact the operations of up to 114,333 single-engine piston airplanes.

"The number of comments received by the FAA to the medical exemption request is nearly unprecedented for any aviation issue," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. However, he said, the short comment period prevented some people from filing comments before the deadline. "The extension will supply additional time for people to support this important measure for the future of aviation," Macnair said. Last month, AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Kristine Hartzell, AOPA's manager of regulatory affairs, for more details about the plan and the strategy behind it. Click here for a link to that podcast and for more details about the proposal and how to file comments.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

ACR Electronics Sold To J.F. Lehman

ACR Electronics, which makes the ACR and Artex lines of ELTS, PLBs and related safety and rescue equipment, has been sold to J.F. Lehman and Company, a private equity firm that invests in defense, aerospace and maritime sectors. ACR is based in Fort Lauderdale and employs 180 people. It has been in operation since 1956 and helped pioneer ELTs and the related items the technology spawned.

ACR has most recently operated as a unit of Cobham Commercial Systems and the recent emphasis has been on consolidating more business into the Fort Lauderdale facility. "This marks a new chapter in the long and proud history of ACR Electronics," said Michael Wilkerson, who will continue on as general manager.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Jordan Gets His Wings

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli talks with his student, Jordan Nations, whose Private Pilot Certificate is less than 24 hours old. Jordan had the rare opportunity to learn flying in both a vintage Piper J-3 Cub and a Cessna 150. Paul and Jordan took a victory lap around the Florida beaches savoring the unique satisfaction that only students and instructors share -- and we share it with readers in this special vlog.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Pribyl Moves to AOPA

Katie Pribyl

Katie Pribyl is the new vice president of communications for AOPA. She was formerly director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.


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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.

 
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What Have You Missed on AVwebcom? back to top 
 

Forty-Seven Years In Aviation: A Memoir; Chapter 15: A Year In Korea, Then Back To OSU

The USS Pueblo incident near North Korea inspired a show of force requiring many reservists, including Richard Taylor, to drop what they were doing (teaching, in Richard's case) and head off to Korea. Along the way, he got to do a little bit of flying and practicing water landings with a parachute. Back in the States after a year, Richard went back to the classroom, but also flew the Ohio Army National Guard's Bird Dog and Beaver.

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Video: 'Aviation Consumer' Takes the Show on the Road with Five Folding Bicycle Reviews

The July issue of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, features a blow-by-blow comparison of some of the best folding bikes for pilots we could find. See them in action in these five video reviews by Consumer's Jeff Van West.

 
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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:

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Paul Bertorelli

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Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Contributors
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Jeff Van West

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