Volume 3, Number 15 September 14, 2005

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NBAA MOVES 2005 ANNUAL MEETING TO ORLANDO
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced earlier this month its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention will move from New Orleans, La., to Orlando, Fla. The announcement came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, the dates for this year's convention have changed; it will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 11, a week earlier than originally planned and on different days than the normal Tuesday-through-Thursday. The Orlando Orange County Convention Center and nearby Orlando Executive Airport in Orlando, Fla., are the new venues. Importantly, the Orlando location is the correct one, not Las Vegas, as USA Today recently printed. According to NBAA, neither the location nor the date cited in the newspaper's article is correct. More...

HONDA VIDEO FEATURES EXPERIMENTAL JET
The experimental HondaJet created a great deal of interest and speculation when it made its first public appearance this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, as we've reported. Now, with release of a video designed to enhance the company's branding throughout the world, speculation on whether the company will build, certify and market the innovative bizjet can really take off. The new video, one of the company's so-called "global ads," depicts two blue-jumpsuited men arriving at a hangar aboard a classic small-bore Honda motorcycle and checking out the jet before taking it for a spin. More...

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SINO SWEARINGEN SJ30 COMPLETES ANOTHER CERTIFICATION MILESTONE
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) last week announced reaching another milestone en route to FAA certification of its SJ30 medium-size business jet as Flight Test Aircraft serial number 0003 completed all of its required flight testing. Serial number 0003 is the youngest in the company's fleet of three flight-test aircraft, and has accumulated more than 725 actual flight-test hours. Test cards accomplished by s/n 0003 include high-Mach lateral directional tests, engine-fire suppression tests, unusable fuel tests, engine operating characteristics and engine-out conditions, air-starts, noise compliance, extreme cold and severe hot weather operations, engine-airframe natural icing tests and more. More...

BOMBARDIER DELIVERS 150TH GLOBAL
Bombardier late last month placed into service its 150th Global long-range business jet with the delivery of a Global 5000 on Aug. 26 to Dwight Management of St Paul, Minn. The airframe was the third Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft placed in service. "The aircraft's spacious, wide and comfortable cabin combined with its outstanding speed and impressive range made it the right choice to meet our corporate travel requirements," said Dwight Opperman, chairman, Dwight Management, a longstanding Bombardier customer. Bombardier's Global program, launched in February 2002, presently includes the Global 5000 business and will soon be followed with the Global Express XRS, which is scheduled to enter service in January. More...

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CESSNA FLIES FIRST PRODUCTION CITATION MUSTANG AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Cessna earlier this month announced its first production Citation Mustang (s/n 0001) took off for its first flight Monday, Aug. 29. The flight occurred a month ahead of a schedule Cessna established some time ago; the Mustang prototype made its maiden flight on April 23. The first production Mustang flew exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing the airplane’s handling characteristics, performing operative gear and flap tests, activating the de-ice system and evaluating engine response and performance. “We have a strong team working on the Mustang program, and they’ve achieved a major milestone by getting production unit one off the ground a month early,” said Russ Meyer III, Mustang program manager. More...

BOMBARDIER INAUGURATES NEW WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Bombardier Aerospace earlier this month marked the grand opening of its high-volume 238,000-square-foot aircraft parts distribution warehouse in Chicago, Ill. The company said the new facility offers operators of both Bombardier business jets and regional airliners worldwide greater speed, accuracy and quality of service than ever before. "The inauguration of our Chicago parts distribution hub is the result of a significant investment in systems and infrastructure over the past 18 months designed to provide our customers with an industry-leading level of service," said Desmond Bell, vice-president, parts logistics, Bombardier Aerospace. The facility is strategically located at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, operates around the clock and features an inventory of over 120,000 unique parts. "This is a major step in our drive to improve parts availability, quality and delivery speed, and, rather than an end point, it's just the beginning," Bell added. More...

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PILOT ERROR BLAMED IN ECLIPSE 500 GEAR-UP LANDING
As AVweb reported last week, Eclipse Aviation Corporation's fourth FAA-conforming flight-test aircraft, N505EA, experienced a gear-up landing on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Albuquerque International Sunport. There were no injuries to the two pilots aboard the aircraft, which was landing at the conclusion of a test flight. The company said the incident resulted from pilot error -- Eclipse did not name the crew -- and that no aircraft mechanical or electrical problems contributed to it. The flight-test aircraft was attempting to land on Runway 3. More...

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SECOND GULFSTREAM G150 FLIES TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Gulfstream Aerospace last week announced it added a second G150 business jet test aircraft, s/n 202, to its flight-test program two weeks ahead of schedule. The second production G150 aircraft completed its first flight Sept. 2 in Tel Aviv, Israel, flying for five hours and 30 minutes. During the flight, all aircraft systems were cycled and the test aircraft reached a maximum altitude of FL450 and flew at a maximum speed of Mach 0.865. Gulfstream will use this second aircraft for function and reliability testing, which started on Sept. 4. Gulfstream and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) are developing the wide-cabin, high-speed G150 business jet. It is being built through its Certificate of Airworthiness at IAI’s facility in Tel Aviv and then flown to Gulfstream’s Dallas completions facility for its final phase of manufacturing. Gulfstream’s G150, the company's newest offering, is expected to enter service in the third quarter of 2006. More...

SIGNATURE ACQUIRES AGAIN
And the big get bigger. Signature Flight Support earlier this month said it acquired the PrivatAir FBO facility at Paris' Le Bourget Airport in August. After renovation this fall, the facility will be Signature's primary transient terminal at the airport. Additionally, Signature also said it has acquired Cape Aviation Business Centre at Cape Town International Airport, in South Africa. National Airways Corporation (NAC), a South African company operating a fleet of managed business aircraft, formerly owned that facility. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. With these latest two FBO acquisitions, Signature currently operates at more than 60 locations in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. "This acquisition represents an opportunity to increase our capacity at the busy Le Bourget Airport," Signature President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Haskins said of the PrivatAir FBO. More...

WATCH IT NOW: LIGHTSPEED'S MACH 1 HEADSET VIDEO IS ONLINE
The Mach 1 in-the-ear (ITE) headset offers up to 40dB of passive hearing protection and a clean-sheet design that is loaded with features and style. The magnesium alloy headset weighs in at around one ounce and is equipped with a feather-weight gooseneck boom and noise-canceling electret mic. Specially designed ear plugs comfortably block noise before it has an opportunity to enter the ear canal, and miniature high-fidelity speakers inside the plug deliver crisp, clear voice and stereo music. The streamlined magnesium alloy control box secures with a belt clip and provides cell/satellite phone and music interface, stereo/mono options, and volume control. The first units will begin shipping later in September. To check availability and place an order for LightSPEED's new Mach 1 headset, visit a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 today. Watch the video at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/video/biz.

BOEING'S BBJ PROGRAM INCHES CLOSER TO 100-AIRFRAME MARK
Boeing Business Jets this week announced that the latest order for the company's VIP-configured 737 airliner brought its total sales of the ber bizjet to 98 since its inception. The latest BBJ sale was to a Hong Kong-based operator in the People's Republic of China. Boeing did not reveal the identity of the operator at the customer's request. Of the 57 customers who have ordered BBJs, 39 percent are private individuals, 38 percent are governments, 13 percent are corporate operators and 10 percent are charter companies. Currently, there are 84 BBJs in service around the world. About 10 percent of BBJs delivered are based in the Asia Pacific region. "We are absolutely thrilled and confident that this order will be the first of many in the growing China market for VIP airplanes," said Steven Hill, BBJ president. "The order also brings us closer to our 100th sales order, which we hope to achieve before the end of the year." More...

NBAA OFFERS AIRSPACE STATUS BRIEFING
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) this week announced releasing its National Airspace System Status Briefing (NASSB), which it bills as a "user-friendly," Web-based product providing "valuable, real-time information for anyone involved in flight operations." The NASSB is available only to NBAA members, as an extra-cost service, and gives operators an instant snapshot of domestic ATC traffic management initiatives and restrictions. Using the information provided, NBAA says operators can quickly generate information making U.S. flight operations more manageable and efficient. More...

THE COLUMBIA 350 & COLUMBIA 400 HAVE A NEW CORPORATE NAME
The Lancair Company has re-branded itself as Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The manufacturers of the Columbia 350 and Columbia 400, the world's fastest certified piston aircraft, made the change as part of an ongoing campaign to develop a unique identity for these premium aircraft. The schedule for the Fly Columbia Tour, an interactive Columbia experience, is posted online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/columbia/biz.

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