Volume 2, Number 21 -- November 10, 2004

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GULFSTREAM GETS G350 TYPE CERTIFICATE
Gulfstream Aerospace announced last week it has received its FAA type certificate for the Gulfstream G350, the company's latest large-cabin, mid-range business jet. The G350 was introduced eight months ago and is expected to enter service during the third quarter next year. The G350 is similar to its stable-mate, the G450, but has slightly (550 nm) shorter legs. The G450 was introduced October 2003 and received its FAA Type Certificate in August. In addition to their similar appearance, the G450 and G350 share the same flight control systems, engines, PlaneView flight deck, Honeywell Primus Epic avionics architecture and numerous upgraded systems. Because the G350 and G450, plus the ultra-long-range G500 and G550, all use Gulfstream's highly automated PlaneView cockpit, all models share the same type rating. Unsurprisingly, the G350 was developed by the same internal team that developed the G550 and the G500 which, earlier this year, was awarded the 2003 Collier Trophy. More...

LOOK TO THE PIEDMONT HAWTHORNE AIRCRAFT SALES TEAM WHEN YOU’RE BUYING or SELLING YOUR NEXT AIRCRAFT
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BELL PREPS CIVIL HUEY FOR DECEMBER FIRST FLIGHT
Bell Helicopter Textron said last month its latest civilian helicopter, the model 210, will be ready for its first flight next month, with FAA certification expected to follow in January. The Bell 210 is a civil certified version of the company's venerable UH-1H Huey, albeit with a few upgrades. For example, the 210 starts with a refurbished UH-1H fuselage and then adds main rotor hub and blades, tail rotor, main and tail rotor support structure, transmission, rotating controls, and tail boom from the Bell 212. A single FAA-certified Honeywell T5317B engine will power the 210. According to Bell, the combination of dynamic components and engine produces a zero-time airframe, FAA-certified single-engine light utility helicopter. More...

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BRITISH FIRM PROMOTES LATEST TWIST ON AIRBORNE TAXI CONCEPT
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, many thought there would be an airplane in every garage. When that didn't happen, hybrids capable of using the highways and the airways appeared, then all but disappeared. Many other attempts to come up with the right mix of technology and operational flexibility leading to a sky darkened by airborne vehicles of one type or another have similarly failed. Now comes the British firm Avcen, which has developed the "Jetpod" taxi with the hope it can be used to "offer a flying taxi service at little more than the cost of ... cab fare." One of the keys to the company's hoped-for success is a planned runway requirement of only 400 feet, using a jet engine exhaust design reminiscent of the AV-8 Harrier V/STOL fighter-bomber. According to the company, thrust would be directed down through the wings, both to reduce noise and provide the aircraft's short takeoff and landing capability. More...

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GROEN BROTHERS CONSOLIDATES SUBSIDIARIES
Groen Brothers Aviation Inc. announced the Nov. 1 merger of its two wholly owned subsidiaries, American Autogyro Inc. (AAI) and Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. (GBA-USA). GBA-USA, which developed the first turbine-powered autogiro, the Hawk 4 Gyroplane, will take on the manufacturing, sales and marketing functions of AAI's SparrowHawk Gyroplane. Groen Brothers Aviation USA Inc. will do business as American Autogyro, for all of its SparrowHawk operations. According to the company, the merger will allow GBA to optimize its operations and emphasize the SparrowHawk. More...

THE PILOT INSURANCE CHALLENGE
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CH-CH-CHANGES
Many changes in personnel and their roles have occurred within the business aviation industry in the last few months. While the National Business Aviation Association has arguably seen the most of them, a few notable others have occurred. Among them is the departure of Shelly S. Simi from her position as vice president of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), where she has helped lead that organization's public relations effort for more than 15 years. Simi last month announced her pending departure -- scheduled for Dec. 31 -- saying she wants to spend more time with her family. No successor has yet been named. More...

STOP!  DON'T TRUST JUST ANYONE WITH YOUR COMPANY'S AIRCRAFT INSURANCE
Go to the professionals at CS&A.  They insure all types of corporate aircraft (including rotor) and will work to find your company the right insurance at the right price.  Call (800) 761-2557 and mention this Business AVflash, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/csa/biz.

RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT SERVICES COPS FAA MAINTENANCE AWARD
Raytheon Aircraft Services -- the airframe manufacturer's network of FBOs and maintenance operations in the U.S. -- announced last week that its Indianapolis, Ind., facility received the FAA’s Diamond Award. To receive the award, which recognizes ongoing training efforts and maintenance-technician professionalism, a facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees participating in the FAA’s Maintenance Technician Program. A total of 15 of the 18 RAS employees, or 83 percent, will qualify for an individual award. More...

LIGHTSPEED AVIATION INTRODUCES NEW LINE OF HEADSETS
LightSPEED's new LightFlight L-1 ultra-lightweight aviation headset weighs in at only .5 ounces but is a heavyweight in features. Their in-the-ear technology attenuates 35-45 dB of noise and features the same standard features as their premium headsets: High-fidelity stereo speakers, electret mic, cell/satellite phone and music input, carry case, and a 3-year warranty. Orders are being taken now for shipping in December. Retail price: $429 USD. For more information and to place an order, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/L1/biz.

SIGNATURE ADDS HEATHROW FBO
Signature Flight Support announced last month the acquisition of Executive Aircraft Services (EAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Group4Securicor PLC, headquartered at London's Heathrow Airport. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Signature said the EAS facility is a traditional FBO and that the latest acquisition increases its FBO network to more than 60 locations worldwide, including 42 in the U.S. and 17 in Europe. More...

"YEAH, WE KNEW THAT..." DEPARTMENT
Apologies to those in both Philadelphia and Chicago for the faux pas published in this space last month that referred to Chicago as the "city of brotherly love." We know that reference applies only to Philly -- though it's sometimes hard to tell, what with the treatment we get from your TRACON. More...

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