Volume 3, Number 18 October 26, 2005

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FAA TECH CENTER GOES GLOBAL
Both the FAA and Bombardier this month celebrated delivery of a brand-new Global 5000 bizjet to the agency's fleet at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The new long-range jet -- which was completed by St. Louis-based Midcoast Aviation with a unique interior designed for a wide range of future special-mission workstations -- will be used in the FAA's research and development program. Why does the FAA need a special-mission-configured Global 5000? Well, according to Bombardier, the jet will serve as an airborne research and development laboratory, utilizing its "exceptional payload capacity and endurance." Additionally, the company said, "the aircraft's cockpit systems and wing design are highly compatible with the wide range of leading-edge systems and technology that the agency routinely develop[s] and test[s]." In other words, and since "leading-edge technology" and "FAA" usually aren't used in the same sentence, the answer must be that the FAA didn't have one. Now, it does. More...

THE SJ30-2 IS THE WORLD'S FASTEST LIGHT BUSINESS JET
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SJ30-2 ACHIEVES PERFORMANCE GOALS
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC) said earlier this month that its to-be-certified SJ30-2 light bizjet has met or exceeded all of the company's performance specifications. Those parameters include speed, range, altitude and pressurization. The company's numbers include high-speed cruise of Mach 0.83, which SSAC says is faster than all light business jets in production, and a maximum range of 2,512 nm -- though not both at the same time. Presently, the company says it is finalizing the FAA certification process and expects to obtain its FAA Type Certificate, as planned, later this year. John Siemens, senior engineering test pilot for the SJ30-2, commented, “It is good to know that our extensive flight test program has resulted in validation of our design goals. The SSAC test team has performed numerous tests to determine optimized performance.” More...

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ECLIPSE ANNOUNCES ROAD TRIP, PICKS NORTHEAST SERVICE CENTER
Eclipse Aviation said this week it is launching a national tour -- its first -- to showcase the company's Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). For the tour, Eclipse will take one of its prototypes, N506EA, to a series of seven cities during November. At those stops, the "FAA-conforming VLJ" will be on static display and Eclipse will host a reception at selected sites. In addition to the just-announced November tour, Eclipse said it plans to visit additional cities later this year and in 2006; the specifics will be announced later. Meanwhile, Eclipse also said it has chosen the Albany (N.Y.) International Airport (ALB) as the site for its new northeast factory service center. The to-be-built state-of-the-art maintenance and service center is one of seven planned by the company; previously announced locations include Albuquerque, N.M., and Gainesville, Fla. Construction of the Eclipse Aviation hangar at ALB is expected to begin in the spring of 2006, with completion later in the year. The facility will be built just south of the existing Million Air Terminal. A $1.5 million state grant will be used to assist the airport in building the new hangar and providing the additional infrastructure and runway access that will berequired More...

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JA Air Center, one of Garmin's largest dealers, would like to thank all customers who pre-ordered the new Garmin GPSMap 396, and we are pleased to announce limited quantities are IN STOCK and ready for immediate delivery. Also, current inventory levels allow JA to offer top dollar for used GPS, avionics, and aircraft.  JA Air Center [Dupage Airport (KDPA) in West Chicago, IL] provides the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, mail order, and aircraft sales. Also, they offer FBO services and fuel at Dekalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB) in Dekalb, IL. Please call (800) 323-5966 [after hours, (630) 306-7117] and mention this issue of Business AVflash, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ja/biz.

100TH PIAGGIO AVANTI DELIVERED
An all-but-forgotten product of the 1980s-era Burt Rutan-inspired canard-based design for business turboprops celebrated its 100th delivery this month. And, no, it wasn't a Beech/Raytheon Starship, which has since been sort of "decommissioned" by the company after only 53 examples took to the skies. Instead, it was the Piaggio Avanti P.180 that has finally achieved that milestone; the C-note aircraft was delivered on Oct. 10 to Avantair at the Piaggio America facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 100th Avanti was liveried in a customized Avantair paint scheme. “This is a proud moment for everyone at Piaggio,” said Jim Holcombe, COO and executive VP of sales and marketing of Piaggio America. “We are looking forward to delivering the next 100, and are quite confident the best is yet to come.” More...

FAA GRANTS SIKORSKY S-92 FULL ICING CERTIFICATION
Just in time for the winter flying season, Sikorsky Aircraft announced this month the FAA has certified the company's S-92 helicopter, when equipped with the new Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS), for flight in known icing conditions. According to Sikorsky, the S-92 thus becomes the first helicopter directly certified by the FAA to the newest and most stringent standards. The RIPS is an active system that determines the temperature and moisture content of ambient air and applies heat to the main and tail rotor blades to remove any ice buildup. The FAA granted the known-icing certification after the company completed final flight tests in Alaska earlier this month. Those tests also included evaluations by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and by Transport Canada, the Canadian certifying agency. Sikorsky is seeking S-92 RIPS certification from both agencies. 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.

GULFSTREAM'S NEW G550 RECORDS
Just in time for next month's National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention, Gulfstream announced earlier in October some new city-pair speed records for its G550 bizjet. The new flights bring to 18 the total number of records Gulfstream claims. For one of them, a privately owned G550 established a new record between São Paulo, Brazil, and Moscow, Russia. For the other one, between Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China and Dallas, Texas, a company-owned jet was used. Official recognition of the city-pair speed records by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is pending. There are some 60 examples making up the in-service G550 fleet; collectively they've flown more than 28,000 flight hours and completed some 11,000 takeoffs and landings. More...

ADAM AIRCRAFT NAMES SIMI AS MEDIA REP
Adam Aircraft this week announced it has named Shelly S. Simi as the company's new public affairs/media relations representative. Simi, who previously served as vice president of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), will assist Adam Aircraft in broadening the company’s communications and media relations activities. "With more than 17 years of experience in the general aviation marketplace, Shelly has built a solid reputation with the media. Her knowledge of the industry, coupled with her extensive media contacts, makes her the ideal choice to help us enhance the Adam Aircraft presence in industry publications and the mainstream business press. She will be a tremendous asset in our promotional efforts and we welcome her as a part of our team,” said Joe Walker, Adam Aircraft President and COO. More...

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FLIGHT OPTIONS NAMES TYLER VICE PRESIDENT, FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Flight Options, the fractional operator affiliated with Raytheon, this month named Bob Tyler as its new vice president, flight operations. Tyler joins Flight Options from TAG Aviation, where he most recently served as vice president, flight operations and standards. Additionally, he has held positions at Japan Airlines, Eastern Air Lines and Flight Sciences International Inc. “I am proud to welcome Bob as a member of the Flight Options team,” said Michael Scheeringa, chief operating officer, Flight Options, LLC. “His knowledge of the general aviation industry, proven leadership and vast flying experience made him the ideal candidate for this position.” More...

"YEAH, WE KNEW THAT" DEPARTMENT
In the Oct. 12 issue of AVweb's Business AVflash, we erred in our "Dude, Where's My Bizjet?" story when we listed the identifier for the Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., as "LVL." We know better -- it's "LZU" -- and can only plead having spent too much time at high altitude. More...

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