AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 10, Number 46

December 5, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Dreamliner Double-Check back to top 
 

Fuel Leaks Reported In Dreamliners

The FAA has ordered inspections of Boeing 787 aircraft after improperly installed fuel line hardware was discovered on in-service aircraft and on the production line. The inspections were ordered after two airlines reported fuel leaks on their Dreamliners. The agency gave airlines a week to check the lockwires and another two weeks to look at the connectors. Boeing said half of the 38 airplanes that have been delivered have been checked and they're working on a production-line fix.

"Certainly we would prefer not to have workmanship issues," Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter told the Seattle Times. "But the system finds them, we report them and we develop a solution." The inspections came as the FAA was investigating an emergency landing of a United Airlines 787 in New Orleans on Tuesday. The aircraft was on its way to Newark when it diverted to New Orleans with an undisclosed "mechanical problem." Gunter said the diversion had nothing to do with the fuel issue, however.

 
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit AEAPilotsGuide.net.

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
 
Bizav Gathers in Dubai back to top 
 

MEBA Next Week In Dubai

The Middle East Business Aviation show starts Dec. 11 in Dubai and while the market has cooled in that part of the world it's still expected to be a big show. There are still plenty of people in that part of the world with the resources to buy or replace aircraft and the show organizers make a point of stressing that they're attracting high-net-worth individuals, government reps and corporate decision-makers. Hundreds of exhibitors will have booths at the show and there will be about 30 aircraft in the static display. For the first time this year there will be a U.S. Pavilion and there is a strong U.S. presence at the show.

Hawker Beechcraft, Eclipse and Cirrus will all be there, along with dozens of service and support businesses. Neither Piper nor Cessna are listed among the exhibitors. The static display will be dominated by heavy iron. Airbus will have three airliner-based bizjets on the ramp, including ACJ318, 319 and 320 models. Boeing will have a BBJ and Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer will have all their biggest models there.

 
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WAM Deployed in Mountainous Colorado back to top 
 

FAA NextGen Technology Expands In Colorado

New technology now available will help pilots better cope with bad weather in the mountains near Montrose, in the western part of Colorado, the FAA said this week. The Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system makes it possible for air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that lack radar coverage, the FAA said. "This system will allow pilots to fly search and rescue missions in weather conditions that would have previously kept them grounded," said Michael Huerta, acting FAA administrator. The system also will enable pilots to land in conditions that previously caused diversions or flight delays, Huerta said.

WAM is a NextGen technology that tracks aircraft using a network of small sensors deployed in remote areas, the FAA said. Aircraft transponders receive and send back signals to these sensors. System computers immediately analyze those signals and determine the aircraft's precise location. The system has also been deployed in Alaska and in Canada. WAM is being used in the near-term until ADS-B is fully deployed, according to the FAA. WAM will then serve as a backup to ADS-B in case of a GPS outage, and also will provide an additional surveillance source for ADS-B traffic broadcasts.

 
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The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators is back for an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and countless more worldwide.

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Good for Africa, Good for China, Good for Bizjets back to top 
 

Africa Fuels Big Bizjet Sales

Growing trade ties between African countries and China may further fuel the already-buoyant market for long-range business jets. As oil- and resource-rich areas in Africa like Nigeria and Mozambique develop their economies, the demand for consumer goods made in China is on the increase. However, airline service between Africa and China is an expensive and time-consuming process, creating the perfect set of circumstances for the right aircraft.

For instance, it's about 6,100 nautical miles between Matola, Mozambique, on the great circle route and that's just within reach of the largest Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream aircraft, not to mention airliner-based bizjets. VistaJet's announced purchase of up to 142 Bombardier Global business jets last week was made with those types of markets in mind. "A fair amount of the [aircraft] order is allocated to the Asian market," VistaJet Chairman Thomas Flohr said.

 
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Solar Impulse on 60 Minutes back to top 
 

Solar Impulse To Visit U.S.

Solar Impulse, the record-setting solar-electric aircraft built by Bertrand Piccard and his team in Switzerland, will visit the U.S. next year, according to a 60 Minutes report that aired on Sunday. The aircraft will launch from California and fly across the country to Virginia. No details have been released about the planned itinerary or public displays. Piccard's team is on track to attempt an around-the-world solar-powered flight in 2015, according to the report. That flight will take 20 days and 20 nights, in a new second-generation aircraft now under construction.

Solar Impulse flew about 1,500 miles from Switzerland to Morocco in June, and in 2011 the aircraft visited the Paris Air Show. Sunday's 60 Minutes report, hosted by correspondent Bob Simon, stumbled over aviation minutiae in the opening remarks. As all AVweb readers surely know, Charles Lindbergh was not "the first to fly over the Atlantic." Many also would dispute the statement that "the Wright brothers [were] the first men to fly," since that overlooks more than 100 years of lighter-than-air flights.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Hill New Quest CEO

Sam Hill

Sam Hill is the new CEO at Quest Aircraft. Hill has been in the industry for 40 years and recently retired from Honda Aircraft after a stint as president of Embraer Aircraft Corp.


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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Powerball Airplane Fantasies

Resident blogger Paul Bertorelli admits that he's such an unimaginative laggard — not to mention cheap — that he struggled for days to decide what would be in his hangar when the Powerball numbers hit. Read his surprise answer on the AVweb Insider blog.

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

Video: Flying the B-17 Flying Fortress

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

The Collings Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and flight characteristics.

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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:

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Tom Bliss

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Paul Bertorelli

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Contributors
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Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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