Volume 3, Number 6 March 30, 2005

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CESSNA MUSTANG READIES FOR THE RODEO
Cessna hit another milestone last week in the development of its newest entry-level business jet, the Citation Mustang. The Wichita, Kan.-based company completed a successful first run of the Mustang's Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F engines, which is another step leading toward a hoped-for first flight this summer. Cessna is more than ready for things to happen. It has 230 firm, non-refundable orders for the $2.4 million, 340-knot, 41,000-foot jet. More...

ONE MORE SERVICE CENTER MAKES ONE-HALF (DOZEN)
West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., has been named the latest -- and only the sixth non-factory-owned -- Authorized Citation Service Center. West Star has the factory's blessing to perform warranty work and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on all Citation model 500 aircraft. West Star Aviation was purchased by Premier Air Center in December 2004. Premier is also an authorized service center at the St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, Ill. More...

FROM PORTABLE TO PANEL MOUNT — JA AIR CENTER IS THE PLACE TO BUY GARMIN
If you're thinking of purchasing Garmin GPSMap 296, 96C, or 96 or installing a GNS-530 avionics package, now is the time to contact JA Air Center.  Established in 1965, JA Air Center prides themselves on being Garmin's largest aviation dealer.  With exceptional customer service and the finest Garmin Avionics installations, JA Air Center is the place to purchase your next Garmin product.  Extensive inventory of all Garmin units and accessories.  Contact JA Air Center at (800) 323-5966 and mention this AVflash, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ja/biz.

SINO SWEARINGEN TAKES FLIGHT ... AGAIN
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp.'s (SSAC's) new SJ30-2 twinjet has overcome yet another of the FAA's testing hurdles. The aircraft is one step closer to FAA certification after the first flight of the third and final conformed flight-test aircraft. Afterward, SJ30-2 serial number 0005 joined S/N 0004 and 0003 in the company history. SSAC sources say the aircraft are flying aggressively as often as seven days per week. One of the planes is being used for systems testing, one for aerodynamics and performance, the third for function and reliability. Some days all three airplanes are in the sky together. More...

ADAM AIRCRAFT GOES NORTH BY NORTHWEST
An expansion being discussed for months is now final. Adam Aircraft, headquartered at Centennial Airport outside Denver, Colo., is putting their A500 and A700 manufacturing facility at the Kemp Ogden (Utah) Gateway Center. "We believe Utah will be an excellent location for adding to our existing capacity in Colorado. The quality of the workforce in Utah, the capabilities of the airport facility, and the superior design of the Kemp development were key motivators in our decision process," said Adam CEO Rick Adam. That Utah offered up to 30-percent rebates on income, employee and sales taxes -- possibly worth $10 million -- was no small motivator, either. 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.

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE OFFERS SCI-FI TECHNOLOGY TODAY
101 Gulfstream bizjets have been retrofitted with technology once in the realm of fiction writers. Several of Gulfstream's models can now be purchased with an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) that allows the pilot to "see" down to an altitude of just 100 feet above a runway's touchdown zone. The FAA-certified equipment includes a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera that projects an infrared real-world image onto the pilot's Honeywell Head-Up Display. A cryogenically cooled detector (James T. Kirk, eat your heart out) helps identify runway lights during an approach. More...

CITATIONSHARES: YOUR TICKET TO RIDE
CitationShares says it is taking a leap in going where no fractional aircraft business has gone before. The company, co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering private jet accessibility in the form of a 20-hour jet card instead of the industry-standard 25. What that means is that customers can purchase just 20 hours of flight time at a beginning price of $75,995 (roughly $3,800 per hour) with no other costs. No fuel surcharges, positioning, international or landing fees will apply. CitationShares will accept payment by credit card. More...

THE BOSE® AVIATION HEADSET X DELIVERS AN UNMATCHED COMBINATION
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CHINA LOOKS TO THE FUTURE, AND THE FUTURE IS BIZ
The next frontier ... the brave, new land for bizjet makers could soon be opening up in a big way. Business jet manufacturers are readying for China's first international business aviation conference in August, wanting to get in on the ground floor of a predicted aviation boom. There are fewer than 500 commercial aircraft licensed in China, but industry experts believe the as-yet vastly untapped market could be worth many billions of dollars. Gulfstream, Raytheon and Bombardier are just three of the U.S. companies boning up on their Chinese for a trip over the pond. More...

AVIATION ACCIDENTS DECLINE IN '04
If flying in 2004 "felt" safer to you, there was a reason, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Just-released NTSB figures show that fewer accidents in air taxi, general aviation and scheduled airliner categories helped lower the number of fatalities, which fell from 695 in 2003 to 635 in 2004. Overall good news, yes, but the majority of the fatalities still occurred in general aviation and air taxi operations. 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.

FEDS DIG DEEPER INTO CHALLENGER CRASH ...
On Feb. 2 of this year, a Bombardier Challenger CL-600 ran off Runway 6 while attempting to take off from the Teterboro, N.J., airport. The ensuing crash involved a fence, two cars, a warehouse and a fire ... but though four people were seriously hurt, no one, amazingly, was killed. Speculation immediately afterward focused on what role icing might have played in the plane's inability to become airborne. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, it appears the answer is none. More...

... TETERBORO WRECKAGE TELLS A CG STORY
After weighing aircraft wreckage and contents, the NTSB has determined the Challenger's center of gravity was well forward of the allowable limit. The NTSB took into account the interior cabin configuration combined with full or nearly full fuel tanks, a full or nearly full passenger load and minimal passenger baggage. The horizontal stabilizer was set to a normal position. However, after plugging all of the data into a simulator, the aircraft would not rotate at the defined rotation speeds. More...

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BRS: TIME TO FLY AND BUY
Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. President Larry E. Williams sees a bright future ahead for his company, and he is encouraging investors to share the vision. Williams told stockholders at a meeting Monday that BRS is profitable now, but not nearly as profitable as it is going to be. Williams predicts that the airplane parachute company will double in value every five years. "Overall the outlook is very bright," he told stockholders. That's certainly so if his prediction stands. More...

RAYTHEON, NETJETS CEMENT THE RELATIONSHIP
In a deal worth multiple millions (neither side is saying just how many yet), Wichita, Kan.-based Raytheon Aircraft Company and NetJets have reached a tentative agreement on the sale of a number of Hawker Horizon bizjets. NetJets plans to purchase 50 of the $18.45 million jets for its ever-expanding fractional fleet. $18.45 million is the list price for the jets, but it is safe to bet that NetJets will get a rather sizeable bulk-rate discount for its purchase. The agreement also includes a 10-year maintenance program and should be finalized in 30 days. More...

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BOEING AND AIR FRANCE ROMANCE, ANOTHER SUITOR LURKS
A distinctly American product appears to be making additional inroads in Europe. Boeing's new 777 freighter is being mentioned as the heir apparent to the Boeing 747-200s currently in use by Air France. The 777 freighter is the load-hauling version -- 222,000 pounds up to 6,500 miles -- of the long-range 777-200LR (long range) passenger jet, which is scheduled to enter service in early 2006. The freighter would be ready to fly about two years later. But it is said that timing is everything, and the timing in this multinational couple's relationship may be off. More...

FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES OF DUBAI
Boeing, meanwhile, has found a presence in the skies over the Gulf state of Dubai. Emirates Airline has begun taking delivery of 30 new Boeing 777-3000ERs (extended range) aircraft, part of a $30 billion fleet expansion. Emirates has also ordered 45 Airbus A380 super jumbos, so from now through 2012 the airline will be receiving, on average, one new aircraft per month. The keys to the newest Boeing product were handed over at a ceremony in Seattle, Wash., last week, and 14 hours after takeoff, the jet was in its new home in the Middle East. More...

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