Volume 2, Number 16 -- August 25, 2004

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BOB BLOUIN TO LEAVE NBAA...
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced earlier this week that Senior Vice President, Operations, Robert P. Blouin would resign from the organization effective Aug. 31, 2004. Blouin's departure comes in the same month the NBAA announced its selection of General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President Ed Bolen as its new leader. The two developments -- and the short fuse between Blouin's announcement and his scheduled departure date -- fueled speculation that his decision was somehow related. However, Blouin told AVweb yesterday that his decision had nothing to do with Bolen's pending arrival. Instead, Blouin said his decision to leave the NBAA has been "in the works for some time" and that the timing was related more to his scheduled vacation than to any other factor. According to the NBAA, Jay Evans, the association's director of operations, will serve as acting vice president of operations, until a replacement for Blouin is found. More...

...ON GOOD TERMS
For the association's part, Blouin's departure seems to be on good terms. "Bob has made enormous contributions to NBAA and the business aviation community in his seven years with the Association," said Don Baldwin, NBAA board of directors chairman and interim president and CEO. "We are sorry to see Bob leave, but we wish him all the best in his new endeavors." In another sense, however, Blouin's departure was expected. In fact, the announcement followed one from March 30, 2004, which occurred near the beginning of a sequence of events leading to then-President and CEO Shelley Longmuir's departure from the NBAA after only nine months on the job. Of course, Blouin subsequently decided to remain with the NBAA after Longmuir left. That episode, among other events, led to Bolen's being named the association's incoming president earlier this month. In fact, Blouin jokingly referred to that resignation this week with AVweb when he noted that his decision had been some five months in the making. More...

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GULFSTREAM G450 RECEIVES FAA TYPE CERTIFICATE
Gulfstream Aerospace earlier this month was awarded a Type Certificate by the FAA for its new large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450 bizjet. Receipt of the paperwork for the latest in the company's stable of sought-after jets -- introduced less than a year ago -- means Gulfstream is on schedule to begin customer deliveries in the second quarter of 2005. According to Gulfstream, the same internal team that developed the G550 -- which earlier this year was named the recipient of the 2003 Collier Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association -- and the G500 developed the G450. All three aircraft, plus the to-be-certificated G350, include the highly automated PlaneView cockpit, which presents an advanced flight deck designed to significantly reduce pilot workload. More...

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RAYTHEON OFFERS NEW RVSM PACKAGE
Raytheon and D&D Aviation Services of Marietta, Ga., announced this month a service allowing business aircraft owners to obtain operational DRVSM (Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums) approval for Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. The service revolves around D&D's Domestic RVSM Procedures and International Operations manuals and joint development of an application data package for submission to the FAA or appropriate international regulatory authority. According to Raytheon, once the packages are approved by the FAA, the operator receives a Minimum Equipment List (MEL) specific to their aircraft and operating and placarding procedures, as well as the required control pages in a computerized format. According to Raytheon, it can also provide the required RVSM altitude monitoring services to ensure the aircraft’s performance meets all RVSM flight requirements. Raytheon Aircraft Services’ GPS-Based Monitoring Unit (GMU) Data Collection service includes collection of the flight data during one GMU flight, which will then be forwarded for evaluation. More...

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INDIA FLIES BUSINESS TURBOPROP PROTOTYPE
It looks kind of like the results of an immoral mating between a Hawker and a Starship, but it didn't come from Beech/Raytheon. Further, it's apparently not the result of any U.S. aerospace jobs being exported to India. Instead, the latest project to come out of that country's fledgling aircraft manufacturing industry -- dubbed "Saras," for crane -- is billed as an all-original 14-seat executive transport with both military and civilian missions in mind. The design made its first flight on May 29, 2004, when an experimental version flew for 25 minutes. This week, what is apparently a production prototype aircraft first flew for 20 minutes, culminating an effort involving as many as 700 designers and engineers since 1990, according to published reports. The Saras, with two Pratt and Whitney of Canada PT6A-66 turboprop engines mounted on its tail in a pusher configuration, is a brainchild of the National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL), a subsidiary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in Bangalore. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. is also participating in the project. More...

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WILL NEW MEXICO'S GOVERNOR GET A NEW PLANE?
Speaking of politics, that's what appears to stand in the way of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's (D) getting a new King Air. And the details won't surprise the average corporate aviation manager who has to deal with his own internal bureaucracy. After soliciting as many as six bids, Richardson's administration is in the throes of completing a deal to buy a new plane as early as next week. But Republicans in the state legislature, which must approve the deal since it would be funded with as much as $4 million in state highway money, are balking. More...

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RAYTHEON ADDS TWO AUTHORIZED HAWKER SERVICE CENTERS
Raytheon this week announced that two of its Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) locations were designated as authorized Hawker Service Center facilities. By adding the two facilities -- RAS San Antonio and RAS Indianapolis -- to its list of authorized Hawker service centers, Raytheon has upgraded nine of the 10 U.S.-based RAS facilities to authorized Hawker Service Centers. Additional facilities include Hawker Aircraft Services in Little Rock, Ark., and in Chester, U.K. More...

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CESSNA NAMES NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE VICE PRESIDENTS
Cessna Aircraft Company this week announced the promotion of two long-term employees to its customer services operation as vice presidents. Jack Stiffler has been named vice president of Citation parts distribution and Peter Wilkinson has been named vice president of Cessna parts distribution. Both Stiffler and Wilkinson will report directly to Ron Chapman, senior vice president of customer service. More...

TSA WATCH: "ROBOLANDER?"
It's baaaaack. "It" is something dubbed "Robolander," variously described as a device or a software package ultimately designed to allow ATC to take control of an aircraft and land it in the event of, ummm, "trouble." Systems like it were widely proposed in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, although it quickly fell out of favor once the reality of the costs and logistics of fitting it to every airliner sunk in. Similarly, the possibility that a "system" could inadvertently take a crew and passengers for an excursion to the nearest airport has meant the idea hasn't really caught on. We can't imagine why. More...

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