Volume 2, Number 15 -- August 11, 2004

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BOLEN'S TRANSITION TO NBAA SHOULD BE SMOOTH...
As AVweb reported Monday, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) last week named current General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President Ed Bolen as its new leader, effective Sept. 7. Bolen's appointment as NBAA's next president comes after the tumultuous departure of the association's previous leader, Shelley Longmuir, and a lengthy search, described by the organization in a press release as "thorough and deliberative." It also comes with barely enough time remaining for Bolen to get spooled up in advance of NBAA's 57th Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled for Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 12 through 14. However, Bolen -- an eight-year veteran at GAMA's helm -- will likely need little handholding to prepare for that event since his old employer is and has been closely aligned with his new one. All of which means that NBAA's announcement of Bolen as Longmuir's permanent successor didn't create much of a stir among Washington's aviation-related alphabet soup. More...

...BUT LEAVES SOME LOOSE ENDS
Some loose ends remain to be tied up, however. One of the first is what will happen at GAMA. Ron Swanda, a well-respected 20-plus-year veteran at the association currently serving as its senior vice president of operations, "will manage the association's day-to-day affairs until the Board of Directors names a new President and CEO," according to a GAMA press release. Unknown at this time is whether Swanda will be considered for GAMA's top spot or if the organization will engage in a full-blown search for Bolen's replacement. For his part, Swanda told AVweb, "I am honored that the GAMA board has asked me to take on these new responsibilities and excited about this opportunity to serve the board as interim president. I especially look forward to leading GAMA's staff, some of the most effective and knowledgeable professionals I have ever known. I cannot speculate on what the board may conclude it needs in the way of permanent leadership. My job is to be the best interim president possible." More...

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RAAS FOR THE MASSES
Honeywell's runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS) will soon be popping up in more and more corporate and charter cockpits. The system is a software-based solution to runway incursions developed as an add-on for the company’s enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), currently deployed on over 20,000 aircraft. According to Honeywell, the RAAS function can typically be added with no new hardware or wiring changes needed, just a software upgrade. While the FAA approved the system earlier this year, few aircraft have received the upgrade. Now, according to both Gulfstream and Cessna, that's about to change. Recently, both companies announced availability of upgrades to Honeywell's EGPWS installations enabling RAAS approvals. Using GPS data, RAAS provides advisories based on aircraft position as compared to runway locations stored in the EGPWS database. To accomplish this, the RAAS software upgrade will activate additional features in the existing Mk V and Mk VII EGPWS computer with 219-219 software or in those in-service units for which an upgrade to the 219-219 software is available. More...

TSA WATCH: COPTER CLAMPDOWN?
Hidden amid last week's Tom Ridge announcement that financial centers in New York, Washington and Newark might be attacked was "intelligence" that helicopter tour operators in Manhattan had been surveilled by al-Qaida as a possible alternative to fixed-wing aircraft for terrorist attacks. This news generated a flurry of security clampdowns at heliports throughout the New York City area and was in addition to an Aug. 5 TSA "Information Bulletin" alerting recipients to the possibility that rental vehicles, including (gasp!) Ryder trucks, might be converted into "vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) as a method of attack." While the TSA issued a security directive mandating federal employees to do pre-boarding screening at the heliports, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg downplayed any threat. Omitted from any public discussion was the suitability of a helicopter to commit a terrorist act of any consequence. More...

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CITATION UPDATE: CJ3 INTEGRATES ELECTRONIC CHARTS...
Even though Cessna's Citation CJ3 is not yet FAA-certified, the manufacturer says it will be the first aircraft in its class to integrate electronic charts with its flight management system (FMS) performance database. According to Cessna, the CJ3's Collins Pro Line 21 system will display the airplane’s position on approach and airport diagrams while also showing departure and arrival procedures as well as enhanced map overlays with airspace boundaries and high and low federal airways. In other words, the CJ3's avionics system will display current aeronautical charts and airways, as an option, on an 8-inch by 10-inch multi-function display (MFD). First flight of the CJ3 prototype was on April 17, 2004; FAA certification and first deliveries are expected during the fourth quarter of 2004. More...

...WHILE MUSTANG PROTOTYPE TAKES SHAPE
Meanwhile, Cessna has begun building the Citation Mustang prototype’s tooling and parts. According to the company, more than 3,600 parts have been produced for the prototype and ground test articles. Cessna anticipates the first Citation Mustang prototype to be completed next year, with the first flight in the second quarter of 2005. "The Citation Mustang program is on schedule," said Program Manager Russ Meyer III. More...

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ECLIPSE UPDATE: A DECORATOR'S DELIGHT...
Even though Eclipse Aviation hasn't completed building all of its certification and production prototypes, it has gone so far as to detail the interior designs and optional furnishings for the forthcoming Eclipse 500. According to a company press release, its recent decisions "reflect the company's unmatched ability to deliver personal aircraft to suit owners' needs from practical to luxury, all at a breakthrough price." Eclipse purchasers will be able to choose from four interior color schemes, designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA exclusively for Eclipse for the company. Using names like "Diablo," "Sahara," "Slate" and "Cayenne," Eclipse described its interior designs in tones worthy of home decorating and lifestyle maven Martha Stewart -- if Stewart did airplanes and if she wasn't awaiting results of her appeal on a conviction of lying to investigators. More...

...AND OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT LISTED
Meanwhile, Eclipse Aviation also listed some of the optional equipment it plans to offer for the Eclipse 500, noting that its list of standard features like autothrottle, a two-zone vapor cycle air conditioning system and a third EFIS display are options on competitor's products. Options available on the Eclipse 500 will include a Part 135 package, an international operations package and a copilot package -- copilot not included. Avionics available optionally in addition to the MFD-based standard equipment will include L3’s Stormscope WX–500 and SkyWatch HP bundle, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS–B) equipment, a Class B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) installation and taxi/recognition lights, with pulse-recognition capability. More...

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DASSAULT FALCON JET OPENS PAINT FACILITY
Dassault Falcon Jet expanded again its Wilmington, Del., facility with the recent opening of a new 40,000-square-foot paint hangar able to coat some of the world's largest business jets. According to the company, the new hangar is an EPA-approved facility, including a virtually pollution-free environment for paint personnel to apply coatings. A lighting system is configured to provide a brighter surface for paint applications and side lighting can be adjusted for proper lighting of bottom surfaces and to control any shadowing effects. More...

CAN BREAKS OWN RECORD, SETS NEW MILESTONE
Corporate Angel Network (CAN) last month broke its own record for the number of cancer patients flown to treatment, with a total of 217 patients transported in July, up from the previous record of 210, set in October 2003. The national public charity that provides free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment by using the empty seats on corporate jets set another milestone within a few days -- flying its 19,000th cancer patient, a 39-year-old woman with thyroid cancer, to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for specialized treatment. More...

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SEE IN THE DARK: HONEYWELL'S EHSI NIGHT VISION-ENABLED
Honeywell announced today it obtained FAA certification for its new, night vision-enabled KI 825 Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator (EHSI). According to the company, the KI 825 combines traditional heading and navigation functionality with a moving map display in a 3 ATI format (3.26 inches by 3.26 inches) visible in darkness or bright daylight. Honeywell said the new instrument "is ideal for military and law enforcement organizations that utilize night vision goggles." More...

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