AVwebBiz - Volume 10, Number 45

November 28, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Embraer's Legacy 500 Takes Flight back to top 

First Flight For Legacy 500

Embraer flew its all-new midsize Legacy 500 jet for the first time on Tuesday, for an hour and 45 minutes. It's the first jet in its class to use a fly-by-wire control system, according to Embraer. It also features a large cabin for up to 12 passengers with six feet of headroom. Two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines drive the jet at up to Mach .82 for 3,000 miles. The flight was "flawless," the company said. First deliveries are expected in 2014.

The cockpit also features sidestick controllers and Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics with synthetic vision. The jet is aimed to fill the gap between the light Phenom models and the big-cabin 600 and 650. The company has two other prototypes in the works for the flight-test program.

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Bombardier's Holiday Comes Early back to top 

A Record Jet Order For Bombardier

Bombardier has agreed to sell 56 Global jets to VistaJet, with options for 86 more, constituting the biggest business jet sale in its history, the company said on Tuesday. If all options are exercised, the sale would total $7.8 billion. "By any standard, this is a historic order for Bombardier," said Steve Ridolfi, president of the company's business aircraft division. The jets seat 8 to 10 passengers and can fly up to 7,900 nm nonstop. VistaJet recently signed deals with partners in China and Russia and plans to expand globally. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2014.

The firm order comprises 25 each of the Global 5000 and 6000 jets, as well as six Global 8000 jets, which are still under development and not yet certified. The agreement also includes options for 40 Global 5000, 40 Global 6000 and six Global 8000 jets. "These orders reinforce the outlook for solid growth in production rates in the large-cabin business aircraft segment over the next several years," financial analyst Fadi Chamoun told Reuters. NetJets placed a larger order with Bombardier in June, for up to 275 Challenger jets, but that deal was valued at just $7.3 billion.

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The Future of the Caravan back to top 

Cessna, CAIGA Finalize Caravan Deal

Cessna has finalized a deal to build Caravan turboprops in China under a contract signed between the Wichita mainstay and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd, which is the same company that owns Cirrus Aircraft. The deal may be the vanguard of a larger presence in what has long been predicted to be the next big thing in the GA marketplace. "The joint venture contract also contemplates the possibility of designing and assembling new models of utility turboprop aircraft in the future," the release said. "Formation of the joint venture company remains subject to various government approvals and customary conditions."

The deal to build Caravans in China was announced earlier this year but the contemplation of new designs was absent from that announcement. Under the deal, Cessna will essentially send Caravan kits to the CAIGA plant in Shijiazhuang where the aircraft will be put together, painted and prepped for customer delivery.

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Avionics and the Law back to top 

L-3, Avidyne Headed For Court

Avionics companies L-3 and Avidyne will square off in court in February over L-3's claim that Avidyne copied some of its technology in the Entegra glass cockpit system. According to an Avidyne news release, the issue boils down to the method used to calibrate an electronic attitude indicator to correct for the alignment of the device in the aircraft. Avidyne denies the allegation and has countered that attitude indicator calibration was not a new technology.

L-3 first leveled the charge seven years ago and no longer has the rights to produce SmartDeck. It sold an exclusive license to Canada's Esterline CMC in 2010 to use the technology. Avidyne says that regardless of the outcome of the trial, the effect on customers will be minimal because only early model Entegra systems produced in 2004 and early 2005 are affected.

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What You Missed in AVwebFlash Friday Features back to top 

Q&A With ForeFlight's Tyson Weihs

The apps market is a young, fast-paced, booming, and rapidly evolving segment of the aviation industry that isn't just transforming how pilots get information, it's starting to affect how manufacturers build their products. Some of today's most popular apps include Garmin Pilot, WingX Pro, and ForeFlight, which produces popular flight planning and in-flight support apps for the iPad. We sat down this week with Tyson Weihs, the thirty-six-year-old co-founder of ForeFlight and asked how things are changing at his company, where they're headed, and why.

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Who's Where back to top 

Goyco New Baker COO

Ray Goyco

Ray Goyco has been named the chief operating officer of Baker Aviation. He was formerly the chief strategy officer for Ship It AOG.

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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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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: IPad Mini -- Would Steve Jobs Have Approved?

For cockpit use, Apple's new iPad Mini is a considerable improvement over the original iPad, which is just a little too big and heavy to be the perfect all-purpose cockpit device. Not that the Mini is exactly perfect, mind you. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders if Steve Jobs would approve.

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

Video: Piper Matrix Flight Trial

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Piper's Matrix — an unpressurized version of its Mirage — has proven a popular seller and a stalwart of the company's M-class product line. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight in the airplane for this video report.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! 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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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