Volume 3, Number 5 March 16, 2005

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BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL? PAYING ATTENTION TO PARTS
Once you buy the airplane and put it into operation, that's only half the battle: You still have to maintain it. Getting parts for a broken aircraft can be excruciating, especially if it's out of production. And for some aircraft from some manufacturers, paying for the parts can be as expensive a proposition as acquisition. Now, two companies -- Bombardier and Raytheon -- are working to take the sting and the wait time out of getting and paying for parts. Bombardier Aerospace last week announced launching a "new high-priority parts delivery program" designed for aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations. The program is designed to deliver much-needed parts to North American business aircraft operators within 12 hours, compared with the 24-hour industry standard. Bombardier is centralizing all AOG parts deliveries with Expeditors International, a global freight forwarder with 170 offices worldwide. More...

LOOK TO THE PIEDMONT HAWTHORNE AIRCRAFT SALES TEAM WHEN YOU'RE BUYING or SELLING YOUR NEXT AIRCRAFT
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ECLIPSE UPDATE
Eclipse Aviation Corporation last week announced reaching a series of milestones in the company’s march toward certification of its first very-light jet (VLJ) sometime next year. According to the company, its test aircraft fleet -- seven Eclipse 500 aircraft -- is nearing completion. Five of the seven test aircraft are presently in final assembly positions. Eclipse also announced that its second piece of friction stir welding equipment is operational, providing an additional 24 inches of height over the first one. According to Eclipse, the new piece of equipment, called a gantry, provides greater flexibility in joining parts. The new equipment also features upgraded software for improved control of the welding process. More...

SINO SWEARINGEN MAKES MILESTONES
Another entry in the very-light jet market is the Sino Swearingen SJ-30, which recently achieved two milestones in the process leading to the jet's certification. Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation's (SSAC) receipt of FAA type inspection authorization allows Sino Swearingen to move to the next phase of testing for the items passed. Additionally, the San Antonio, Texas-based company announced late last month it had completed all required static testing for FAA certification of the twinjet's airframe. The completed testing includes pressurization, ultimate wing loading, landing gear drop testing and other airframe tests. More...

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LUFTHANSA, NETJETS LINK UP
Lufthansa Private Jet is the name; flexibility and comfort for the German carrier's customers is the game. The new service is a partnership with U.S.-based NetJets and its European operation to provide private jets from more than 1,000 airports around Europe to Lufthansa’s Munich hub to board connecting flights there in first or business class to destinations around the globe. Similarly, passengers arriving in Munich can take a NetJets plane to their final destination. The new service goes into effect March 29. “Business travellers are attaching a growing importance to sovereign command of their time. Many of our customers want maximum flexibility in their travel planning. In NetJets, we have found an ideal partner for this segment," said Lufthansa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Mayrhuber on inking the agreement with the fractional operator. More...

SCHEDULED BIZJET SERVICE?
It was just a matter of time: Executive Jet Management (EJM) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer business jet service between Chicago and New York, and New York and Los Angeles. According to published reports, the carrier plans to use Chicago's Midway Airport (MDW) and Westchester County Airport (HPN, outside of New York City) as two service points. There was no immediate word from the DOT on whether or when the operator's application -- which called for some 30 round-trip flights each week in the Chicago/New York market and 10 between New York and Los Angeles -- would be approved. More...

PAYING TOO MUCH FOR LIFE INSURANCE?
If you are a pilot who currently has or is applying for a life insurance policy with anyone other than the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC), STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING! You are probably overpaying for your insurance or awaiting a higher premium once you are approved. PIC assures you the best policy at the best price from an agent who knows aviation and won't send your rate into a flat spin after underwriting. You have nothing to lose, and it might be the most profitable five minutes of your day. Call PIC at (800) 380-8376 to get an instant quote, or visit PIC at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife/biz.

FAA'S DIAMOND AWARD GOES TO RAS
The FAA this month named Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) recipient of the agency's highest award for maintenance excellence, the Diamond Award. The recognition was presented to nine RAS service centers. Additionally, some 278 employees earned awards of their own ranging from Bronze to Diamond. The individual awards are based on how many hours of FAA-approved training a technician has received during a calendar year. For example, in order to qualify for an individual Diamond Award, a technician must receive 100 hours of FAA-approved training. Part of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program, the awards highlight the importance of aviation safety and education for professionals working within the industry, and specifically focus on training. More...

JETS VS. AIRPORTS I
The battle between communities, airports and the operators that use the facilities shows no signs of abating. In Bucks County, Penn., near New Jersey's Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN), local residents are taking on a new strategy in their ongoing attempts to fight back against noise. A local activist, Paul Krupp, has begun a letter-writing campaign, according to published reports, among area companies using the airport. Krupp is urging companies like General Electric, Johnson and Johnson, and Merrill Lynch to cut back on noise. More...

CHICAGO BIZAV AIRPORT RFP
Chicago Palwaukee Municipal Airport, the region's premier business-aviation facility, is seeking industry proposals that require hangars (36,000 sq. ft. approx.) and adjacent offices and shops (14,000 sq. ft. approx.). The airport will consider a variety of business possibilities to complement the airport's predicted growth, including aircraft charter, maintenance, flight training, aircraft sales, or aviation manufacturing. Contact Airport Manager Dennis G. Rouleau, C.M., at (847) 537-2580 ext. 114 for complete proposal materials. An Executive Summary is available at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/rfp/biz.

JETS VS. AIRPORTS II
At the other end of the spectrum, a Florida airport is seemingly gearing up to accept larger and noisier jets. According to published reports, the Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway Airport (ISM) could soon be accommodating aircraft as large as the Boeing 737, all of which comes about as airport officials announced that engineers had discovered the runway pavement is thicker than previously thought. The thicker pavement allows heavier aircraft, like the 737 and/or its Boeing Business Jet cousin, to safely operate from the facility. More...

RAYTHEON'S FREQUENT-FLYER PROGRAMS
Airlines are not the only aviation industry participants that have their own frequent-flyer programs. Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) this month announced it has launched two new programs -- dubbed MaxPower and MaxServices -- to help reduce costs and build brand loyalty among operators using its FBO facilities throughout the U.S. The new, simplified MaxPower program is an enhanced version of the company’s existing fuel-purchasing program. According to RAC, it features better benefits and lower thresholds for customers to earn discounts and rewards. More...

LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 — NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000 feet. With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia 400 gives pilots even more flexibility than before. Set the throttle to 80% power and cruise at 235 knots — that's faster than any other piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease the power back and increase range to standard-setting levels. A company official recently flew an unmodified Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to Fort Worth, Texas (a distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging 200 kts. Find out what a Columbia 400 can do for you at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/lancair/biz.

TRANSPORT CANADA PROPOSES NEW BIZJET RULES
Canadian business jet operators may soon be operating under new rules, Transport Canada announced this week. The new rules would include regulations on such operations as "visual and instrument flight rules; weather, weight and balance and airworthiness standards; and licensing and medical requirements," according to the department. However, instead of being regulated by the government directly, Transport Canada will be delegating certification and monitoring duties to the Canadian Business Aviation Association. More...

AVIDYNE'S CMAX™ APPROACH CHARTS TAKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
CMax™ Approach Charts, which can be displayed on Avidyne's FlightMax EX500 or Entegra/EX5000 MFDs, provide geo-referenced approach charts and airport diagrams. CMax™ reduces the amount of paper in your cockpit and allows you to access critical chart data more quickly and easily. CMax™ overlays your flight plan and aircraft position for optimum orientation. CMax™ even shows runway incursion hot spots and improves taxiway awareness, reducing the need for "progressives" at unfamiliar airports. With CMax™, you'll know exactly where you are on the approach or on the field. http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/biz

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