Volume 3, Number 21 December 7, 2005

Email this Business AVflash to a friend
Having trouble viewing this AVflash? View it online. To ensure that you continue to receive this newsletter, please add avweb@homer.belvoir.com to your address book.

Sino Swearingen's SJ30-2 Business 
JetTHE SJ30-2 IS THE WORLD'S FASTEST LIGHT BUSINESS JET
Not only is it fast; it has intercontinental range — 560 mph and over 2800 sm range. The SJ30-2 is the most advanced light business jet in the sky today — the perfect package of speed, range, and good looks. For details, go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/sino/biz.


AS3 - The Aviation Industry Expo

LightSPEED Thirty 3GLIGHTSPEED'S THIRTY 3G HEADSET COMBINES
TOP FEATURES TO DELIVER THE BEST VALUE

The Thirty 3G headset, known for supreme comfort and hearing protection, offers 28-30dB of Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and weighs in at just 16 ounces.  LightSPEED integrates top accessories as standard equipment — including cell phone/music adapter with patch cords, auto shut-off, treble/bass controls, stereo/mono capabilities, independent volume controls, and up to 30 hours of ANR with only two AA batteries. The Thirty 3G is retail-priced at $599 and comes with a padded LightSPEED headset bag and a five-year warranty.  To discuss your headset needs, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 during business hours (PST). For more information, go online to LightSPEED's web site at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/biz.

FAA'S ATO TO REORGANIZE
The FAA's Air Traffic Organization -- that branch of AVweb's Favorite Aviation Agency responsible for the nation's air traffic control system -- will soon see a major reorganization, according to a letter its Chief Operating Officer Russell Chew published yesterday on the organization's Web site. While details of the reorganization plan won't be available until this Friday afternoon, Chew's letter to ATO employees makes it clear the agency is responding to what it perceives as the dwindling resources available. Wrote Chew, "Rising operating costs continue to leave a smaller and smaller share of our limited funds available to invest in people, facilities, and to modernize our aging infrastructure." Chew labeled his reorganization effort as the "next important step" in transitioning his ATO into the performance-based organization sought by Congress. The good news is that, for most operators, the coming changes will be mostly transparent. That's because Chew's plans mainly focus on administrative and staff support functions, not moving metal. More...

Happy Holidays from JA Air CenterNEW GARMIN GPSMAP 396 WITH TERRAIN, XM WEATHER, AND MUSIC
PLUS FREE AUTO KIT ($239 Value)!

From the sled to the car to the boat — this year, put a Garmin GPSMap 396 under the tree! In stock at JA Air! 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 AVflash, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ja/biz.

ECLIPSE 500 RECEIVES FAA TYPE INSPECTION AUTHORIZATION
Eclipse Aviation announced yesterday it has received Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA for its forthcoming Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ). With this authorization, the FAA is saying the technical data required for Type Certification have reached a point where it appears to the agency the aircraft will meet FAA certification regulations. The practical effect is approving Eclipse's on-board aircraft testing of the Eclipse 500 for certification credit. According to Eclipse, it "demonstrated to the FAA that adequate development testing, analyses and design assurance have been achieved to allow formal entry into FAA certification testing." The company anticipates that, in coming months, the FAA will approve a series of TIAs allowing FAA engineers and test pilots to explore every facet of flying and operating the Eclipse 500. More...

NETJETS TO BUY 50 HAWKERS
Last week, the Raytheon Aircraft Company and NetJets announced an agreement for the airframer to supply 50 medium-sized Hawker 4000 aircraft to supplement the fractional operator's global fleet. The combined total value of the deal -- a 10-year guaranteed maintenance program was also negotiated -- will exceed $1 billion, making it the largest single non-military order in Raytheon Aircraft's history. Deliveries will begin in 2007 and continue through 2013. The Hawker 4000 is Raytheon's new name for the Hawker Horizon, which the company labels as the "flagship" of its bizjet line. “In addition to the innovative design and superior performance of the Hawker 4000, Raytheon Aircraft Company’s commitment to customer service and quality aircraft were key factors in our decision to purchase the aircraft,” said Richard Santulli, chairman of NetJets Inc More...

FLY WITH BOSE® AVIATION HEADSET X
Enjoy an unmatched combination of benefits: Full-spectrum noise reduction, clear sound, and comfortable fit. Purchase by 12/31/05 and receive an INOVA® T2™ Tactical LED flashlight as our gift. Use the Bose Payment Plan. Learn more or order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/bose/biz.

SHHH...: GULFSTREAM RESEARCHING SONIC BOOM SUPPRESSION
Can a supersonic bizjet be in our future? If Gulfstream Aerospace's ongoing roadshow, demonstrating what it calls its Supersonic Acoustic Signature Simulator II ™ (SASSII) in an apparent attempt to change existing federal regulation on supersonic flight over the U.S. is any indication, an SSBJ might be close than we think. According to Gulftream, its research into suppressing sonic booms caused by supersonic aircraft has led to SASSII's development, allowing it to demonstrate the results of its research by simulating the sound of supersonic flight: the “Gulfstream Whisper.” Gulfstream says its SASSII demonstrator has traveled extensively -- from Savannah to California to Washington, D.C. The 7-by-11-foot audio booth comprising SASSII, featuring a custom arrangement of high-fidelity speakers and housed in a 32-foot-long trailer, allows comparing the sound of traditional sonic booms to the Gulfstream Whisper. To date, more than 600 individuals have participated in the demonstration. More...

PIAGGIO AND AVANTAIR CONTRACT FOR 36 AIRCRAFT
Piaggio America and Avantair last month inked a deal calling for 36 of the distinctive Italian-made Piaggio Avanti II aircraft to be delivered to the fractional operator beginning in 2008 and continuing through 2010. The deal is worth more than $230 million and represents the largest single order in the airframer's history. "The demand for Avanti II aircraft continues to increase and this agreement will assure Avantair of a steady stream of aircraft for its fractional fleet through 2010,” said Tom Appleton, Piaggio America president and CEO. The first Piaggio P.180 Avanti production model flew in May 1990, and was certified in October 1990. The first Avanti II was certified in October 2005, and is scheduled to be delivered in early 2006. The Avanti II features enhanced avionics, engines, speed, payload and cabin comfort. More...

ZuluworksZULUWORKS IS NEW AND IMPROVED!
Zuluworks has not only treated themselves to a little digital makeover, but have re-tooled their product line as well. The new Gazelle is the ultimate flight bag with 3,200 cubic inches of versatility and style. Zuluworks has also added the super-popular Mimi-Z kneeboard at 50% smaller than the original Zuluboard, but still packing the same punch. And the original Zuluboard has never looked so good, with new styling and sixteen new color choices. Click on the web site and take a look at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/zulu/biz.

GROB SPN UTILITY JET UPDATE
GROB Aerospace recently provided an update on the flight-test program being conducted on the company's SPn Utility Jet, a lightweight jet announced earlier this year at the Paris Air Show. Unsurprisingly, GROB says its program -- and the airplane's performance -- continues to progress according to plans. So far, total test flights have numbered 46 since the new design first flew in July 2005. Tests have focused on "flight dynamics and performance, and included forward centre of gravity (CG) tests, initial Vmca flights, airflow visualization and tests of the airbrake and trim system," the company added. A second copy of the new jet is scheduled to join the flight-test program early next year. More...

P&WC EXPANDS RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced it is expanding its U.S.-based network of rapid response Mobile Repair Teams (MRTs) "to provide faster support to its engine customers." According to the company, five additional teams will be strategically located throughout the country to minimize any downtime, regardless of an operator's location. Each of the company's MRTs is composed of two specialists who are trained and equipped to perform 24/7 on-site work on P&WC powerplants, including the PW300, PW500, JT15D and PT6 engine series. Each team's capabilities include performing hot section inspections on the company's PW500, JT15D and PT6 engine families. More...

ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME YOU CHOSE SOMETHING EXTRA?
Pilot-inspired, German-engineered, and internationally renowned — that's the difference in Extra Aircraft's EA-500. Extra's certified, Rolls Royce-powered, 6-seat turboprop EA-500 is in a class all by itself. The only new-technology cabin-class airplane, the EA-500 averages 220 kts, gets 11 mpg, and costs less than $200/hr to operate. Find out more about Extra's EA-500 at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/extra/biz.

TEB PLANS FEE INCREASES
If the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. has its way -- and it usually does -- the so-called "flight" fees imposed at Teterboro (TEB) will go up as of Jan. 1. The fee increases are being imposed, says the authority, to help cover the costs of "increased operating, capital and safety improvement expenditures at the airport." Among the improvements for which the authority is seeking additional monies are taxiway pavement and edge lighting, plus enhancing the airport's drainage systems and new fire/rescue vehicles. Interested parties will have the opportunity to comment on the increased fees at the Port Authority's monthly airport manager's meeting, set for 10:00 am on Dec. 14. More...

WHILE NAVCANADA PROPOSING ITS OWN CHANGES
Meanwhile, ATC services provider NavCanada this month formally notified operators and the public of its proposed new and revised service charges for air navigation services. NavCanada said its new fee structure would become effective on March 1, 2006, and results from a review of its rate stabilization account and aeronautical publications plus the charging and cost-allocation methodologies it uses begun in January. According to the company, the proposed revisions represent changes in methodology only and are designed to result in the same total revenue for NavCanada, if not changes in costs for some operators. Under the proposed changes, NavCanada will be tweaking many of the fees it imposes, including the terminal services charge, the daily charges and the international communication services charge. Additionally, the organization is proposing increases in its rate stabilization account and changing its credit terms and conditions. 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.

SIGNATURE CONTINUES ACQUISITIONS
Three new acquisitions in California in recent weeks have brought the Signature Flight Support FBO chain to a total of 66 wholly owned facilities worldwide. The newest additions -- Long Beach Million Air Inc., at Long Beach Airport / Daugherty Field and at the Oxnard Airport near Santa Barbara, plus Million Air La Quinta at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM) in Riverside County, Calif. -- cements the chain's position at the top of the FBO ladder. As if there were any questions. In fact, the number of wholly owned FBOs does not include joint-venture FBOs, in Brazil (13) and Hong Kong. More...

WATCH YOUR INBOX...
...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you on Dec. 21. More...



LOOKING FOR PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFTS?
Look to AVweb's Holiday Shopping Page

for everything from new aircraft to avionics, pilot
supplies, and publications.  Find it all at:
http://www.avweb.com/shopping

Sponsor News and Special Offers

Access to AVweb and AVflash is provided by the support of our fine sponsors. We appreciate your patronage.

SHOPPING DEALS  
IF YOU THINK YOUR CURRENT LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE IS GOOD ENOUGH ...
you might be surprised after speaking with the life insurance professionals at Pilot Insurance Center (PIC). Pilot Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots — from student to ATP — with premium rates that are not available through other agents. A+ RATED CARRIERS — NO AVIATION EXCLUSIONS — fast and easy application process. Call PIC's professionals at (800) 380-8376, or for a complimentary quote, visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife/biz.
A NEW RELEASE OF THE BEST
AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE FOR CELL PHONES

Version 6 of WxServer just hit the 'net, and it's chock full of new features.  A simpler, more powerful menu structure makes WxServer easier to use than ever before.  NexRad radar maps and satellite pictures are now zoomable. And the new WxServer takes maximum advantage of whatever screen size your phone has available.  Put NexRad maps centered on every U.S. airport, satellite pictures centered on more than 95% of airports worldwide, METARs, TAFs, and even Winds Aloft maps in your pocket. Aviation weather that's ready when you need it — on the tarmac, in the run-up area, or at unattended grass strips.  AVweb readers receive $10 off the regular annual subscription rate at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wxserver/biz.
NEW ADVANCED GARMIN GNS 530/430 COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING
The new VFlite GNS 530/430 Advanced Training Series, now FAA FITS-accepted, uses the award-winning VFlite training process to teach challenging tasks on the GNS 530 & 430. Developed with input from Garmin, FAA, and top CFIIs, the program builds confidence on a wide variety of complicated IFR procedures. The solution for both initial and recurrent training for only $99 — and available on PC- and Mac-compatible CD-ROM. Learn more at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/vflite/biz.
LOW-COST DIGITAL REPLACEMENT TRANSPONDERS!
Narco Avionics announces the availability of their all-new Value Series plug-and-play line of digital transponders for the cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series line of plug-and-play transponders includes the AT165/VS (a replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a replacement for the KT76/78). Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS, plug-and-play replacements for the ARC (Cessna) RT359A/RT459A. SPECIAL: Purchase an AT165 and get an AR850 for $99. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/biz.
GET IMMEDIATE NO-COST ACCESS TO MORE THAN 75 OF AVIATION CONSUMER'S
acclaimed Used Aircraft Guides plus reviews of hundreds of aviation products when you enter a money-saving subscription to Aviation Consumer today. As an Aviation Consumer subscriber, you'll have unlimited no-cost use of the ratings-packed AviationConsumer.com archives. Aviation Consumer has been helping pilots buy smart for more than 30 years. Don't wait any longer to start your subscription! http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avcons/biz
SUBSCRIBE TO AVIATION SAFETY NOW AND SAVE!
You spent thousands to earn your license. Now you can safeguard it for just pennies a day. Aviation Safety helps pilots stay ready for the realities of today's demanding flight environment with instructive articles to keep your decision-making skills sharp. Subscribe now and save big at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avsafe/biz.
HASSLE-FREE AUTO BUYING FROM CREWCAR & CONSUMER GUIDES
Don't go blindly into a dealership when purchasing a vehicle; look to CrewCar.  CrewCar is a car-buying service formed by aviation professionals providing shoppers with a complimentary integrated phone and electronic concierge-level buying service offering value nationwide.  The service is provided gratis and meets the Consumer Guide dealership network standards.  For information, visit CrewCar at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/crewcar/biz.
_____________________________________
We Welcome Your Feedback!

Business AVflash is a twice-monthly summary of the latest business aviation
news, articles, products, features and events featured on AVweb, the
Internet's Aviation Magazine and News Service. http://www.avweb.com

Have a comment or question? Send it to mailto:newsteam@avweb.com.

Today's issue written by Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside:
http://www.avweb.com/contact/authors.html#jburnside
AVweb's editorial team: http://avweb.com/contact/authors.html.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing?
Send it to AVweb's sales team: mailto:sales@avweb.com.

Shiny side up, okay?



LOOKING FOR PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFTS?
Look to AVweb's Holiday Shopping Page

for everything from new aircraft to avionics, pilot
supplies, and publications.  Find it all at:
http://www.avweb.com/shopping

Sponsor News and Special Offers

Access to AVweb and AVflash is provided by the support of our fine sponsors. We appreciate your patronage.

SHOPPING DEALS  
IF YOU THINK YOUR CURRENT LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE IS GOOD ENOUGH ...
you might be surprised after speaking with the life insurance professionals at Pilot Insurance Center (PIC). Pilot Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots — from student to ATP — with premium rates that are not available through other agents. A+ RATED CARRIERS — NO AVIATION EXCLUSIONS — fast and easy application process. Call PIC's professionals at (800) 380-8376, or for a complimentary quote, visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife/biz.
A NEW RELEASE OF THE BEST
AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE FOR CELL PHONES

Version 6 of WxServer just hit the 'net, and it's chock full of new features.  A simpler, more powerful menu structure makes WxServer easier to use than ever before.  NexRad radar maps and satellite pictures are now zoomable. And the new WxServer takes maximum advantage of whatever screen size your phone has available.  Put NexRad maps centered on every U.S. airport, satellite pictures centered on more than 95% of airports worldwide, METARs, TAFs, and even Winds Aloft maps in your pocket. Aviation weather that's ready when you need it — on the tarmac, in the run-up area, or at unattended grass strips.  AVweb readers receive $10 off the regular annual subscription rate at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wxserver/biz.
NEW ADVANCED GARMIN GNS 530/430 COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING
The new VFlite GNS 530/430 Advanced Training Series, now FAA FITS-accepted, uses the award-winning VFlite training process to teach challenging tasks on the GNS 530 & 430. Developed with input from Garmin, FAA, and top CFIIs, the program builds confidence on a wide variety of complicated IFR procedures. The solution for both initial and recurrent training for only $99 — and available on PC- and Mac-compatible CD-ROM. Learn more at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/vflite/biz.
LOW-COST DIGITAL REPLACEMENT TRANSPONDERS!
Narco Avionics announces the availability of their all-new Value Series plug-and-play line of digital transponders for the cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series line of plug-and-play transponders includes the AT165/VS (a replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a replacement for the KT76/78). Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS, plug-and-play replacements for the ARC (Cessna) RT359A/RT459A. SPECIAL: Purchase an AT165 and get an AR850 for $99. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/biz.
GET IMMEDIATE NO-COST ACCESS TO MORE THAN 75 OF AVIATION CONSUMER'S
acclaimed Used Aircraft Guides plus reviews of hundreds of aviation products when you enter a money-saving subscription to Aviation Consumer today. As an Aviation Consumer subscriber, you'll have unlimited no-cost use of the ratings-packed AviationConsumer.com archives. Aviation Consumer has been helping pilots buy smart for more than 30 years. Don't wait any longer to start your subscription! http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avcons/biz
SUBSCRIBE TO AVIATION SAFETY NOW AND SAVE!
You spent thousands to earn your license. Now you can safeguard it for just pennies a day. Aviation Safety helps pilots stay ready for the realities of today's demanding flight environment with instructive articles to keep your decision-making skills sharp. Subscribe now and save big at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avsafe/biz.
HASSLE-FREE AUTO BUYING FROM CREWCAR & CONSUMER GUIDES
Don't go blindly into a dealership when purchasing a vehicle; look to CrewCar.  CrewCar is a car-buying service formed by aviation professionals providing shoppers with a complimentary integrated phone and electronic concierge-level buying service offering value nationwide.  The service is provided gratis and meets the Consumer Guide dealership network standards.  For information, visit CrewCar at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/crewcar/biz.

Want to subscribe or unsubscribe? Review/update your AVweb Account? Forgot your password? No problem! Simply go to our friendly Member Services menu.


AVweb | Free Sign Up | Advertise | Help | Contact Us | Privacy Policy

Copyright 2005, Aviation Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
--BoUnDaRyCbizavM520D120605T8280--