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Volume 4, Number 7
April 12, 2006

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ATG - A New Dawn of Business Jets

The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated Business News Coverage At AVweb's Business NewsWire.

Bombardier flew the newest addition to its Learjet fleet for the first time last week, taking the Learjet 60XR for a 2-plus-20 hop out of the Rockwell Collins facility at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. According to the company, the first flight was "rigorous," and took place under sunny and windy conditions at 1:47 p.m. The first Learjet 60 XR (serial number 60-294) returned on schedule at 4:07 p.m. local time, after climbing to 17,500 feet and accelerating to a maximum true airspeed of 310 knots; its takeoff weight was 20,000 pounds. The three crewmembers -- PIC Douglas May, a 15-year career pilot, flight test engineer Bernie Hayes and SIC Keith Kankelfitz of Rockwell Collins -- conducted specific testing to evaluate the new model's Pro Line 21 integrated displays, including the edge-to-edge ADIs (Attitude Deviation Indicators), and the FMS (Flight Management Systems)-to-avionics interface. In fact, you could say the 60XR is all about the avionics, which also includes integrated electronic charting features, and which were evaluated during the approaches back into the Eastern Iowa Airport. In addition to the newly installed "magic," the Learjet 60XR also features a redesigned cabin with five different floorplans, a larger galley and lavatory, plus a new cabin management system with 3-inch LCD control modules and ports for laptops, iPods and other audio/video equipment. New-tech LED lighting is featured throughout the cabin. More...

LightSPEED's LightFlight Mach 1 Headset New Mach 1 Headset by LightSPEED: Smaller Can Be Better
The "born to be worn" Mach 1 packs a lot for its size. After years of pilot input, LightSPEED has introduced the Mach 1, a high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset. Connect to cell phone and music interfaces. Get supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST business hours). View the 60-second Mach 1 video here.

If you're lucky enough to have the ability to stroke a check for a new Embraer Phenom 10, you'd better hurry: The price will go up soon. Embraer said last week it will be ending its introductory pricing of the four-passenger light jet. Effective June 1, 2006, the price of the to-be-FAA-certified jet will be $2.85 million (in 2005 economic conditions), up from $ 2.75 million. Embraer says the Phenom 100 will have a range of 1,160 nm with NBAA IFR reserves with all four passenger seats filled and will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.7. The airplane will be optimized for short-field takeoff performance, according to the company, and be certified to FL410. The Phenom 100 is expected to enter service in mid-2008. More...

Last week at the annual Sun 'n Fun fly-in extravaganza at Lakeland, Fla., Cessna updated the industry on the progress it is making toward bringing to market its contender in the very light jet (VLJ) sweepstakes. The company said its Citation Mustang program continues to move toward certification and first delivery, both of which are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006. If current and announced certification schedules for both the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Eclipse 500 hold, that means as little as a bit more than three months could separate FAA certification of the two newest -- and perhaps most anticipated -- business jets. Most recently, according to Cessna, the Mustang prototype, serial number 0001, along with serial number 0002, have accumulated more than 850 total flight hours. Currently, the company's focus is to work its way through the certification flights proving the avionics and autopilot, systems, and aerodynamics -- including stability and control -- meet FAA certification standards. Cessna reports that all major airframe static tests are complete, and that fatigue testing is more than 80 percent complete. More...


Sino Swearingen's SJ30-2 Business Jet The 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, visit Sino Swearingen online.


Bombardier said late last month that its first Challenger 850 corporate shuttle has entered service. The 50-passenger, regional-jet-derived, high-utilization airframe is to be used by Suncor Energy Inc., a Western Canada energy concern, which will use it to fly the operator's personnel and contractors between its Calgary headquarters and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta six days a week. Launched in May 2005, the Bombardier Challenger 850 corporate shuttle is based on the company's CRJ200 regional airliner and builds on that market's demand for low direct operating costs, high-percentage dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance, if not cabin amenities and luxury. Other corporate shuttles Bombardier would like to sell you include the Challenger 870 and Challenger 890. More...

For most people with the potential to buy all or part of a business jet, safety is a paramount concern. Realizing this, fractional operator Flight Options may have something of an advantage over some of its competition: The company said yesterday it had been rated Platinum by the Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US), the highest status rating given by the aviation researchfirm, an achievement closely following the company's becoming the first fractional operator approved by the FAA to participate in an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The ARG/US rating recognizes the company as adhering to the same safety standards as the UnitedStates Department of Defense and the commercial airlines, and includes an on-site audit of its operation, aircraft and pilots. The company's approval in the FAA's ASAP program, which was originally designed only for scheduled carriers, enhances aviation safety by encouraging flight crews to voluntarily report critical safety information, helping to proactively identify and correct hazards. More...

Pilots Know They Need to Protect & Improve Their Eyes
As a pilot, Brian Grote knows that visual acuity is an asset he can't afford to lose. After years of declining vision, he's finally found an all-natural supplement that may help protect and improve the health of his eyes for years to come. Click here to find out more about Claroxan, an all-natural supplement for your eyes.

Eclipse Aviation and the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority in Florida broke ground last week in a ceremony marking the start of construction of an Eclipse Aviation factory service center. When completed, the new facility will be part of a network of seven U.S. installations dedicated to Eclipse 500 maintenance and support. The 61,000-square-foot facility will be complete in early 2007 and will initially house 15 Eclipse employees, with the ability to expand to over 160. The factory service center will consist of 45,000 square feet of hangar space accommodating up to 12 Eclipse 500 aircraft at a time. Additional support areas include a 10,800-square-foot maintenance section and a 5,400-square-foot customer service area. Plans for staffing the service center include multiple shift operations. Eclipse technicians at this facility will be able to accomplish all Eclipse 500 scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including work on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines. More...

Bombardier Skyjet -- the on-demand charter operation affiliated with the airframe manufacturer -- announced this month it is relocating its headquarters from Fairfax, Va., to the Dallas metro area. The move will be completed in June. Skyjet will co-locate its headquarters' office with Bombardier Flexjet -- the parent company's fractional ownership program -- in Richardson, Texas, to accommodate its growth and further leverage synergies with Flexjet. Some functions of the Virginia office will begin to transition to Dallas this month and in May, with the final relocation scheduled for in June. 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. To find out more about Extra's EA-500, click here.

If the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) approves it, Gulfstream may have started the speed record wars again in 2006. In recent years, Gulfstream and Bombardier have seemingly played the records game, with the Savannah, Ga.-based airframer sending one of its Gs off on extremely long legs, only to be followed soon thereafter by some flavor of a Bombardier Global doing the same thing between two different locations. The latest play in this game came early last month when a Gulfstream G550 flew 4,082 nm between Hong Kong and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 8 hours and 29 minutes. The G550 flew at an average airspeed of Mach 0.86 into an average headwind in excess of 80 knots. More...

Jet Aviation announced it has named Richard Kunert vice president of safety, standards, and regulatory affairs. Kunert will be responsible for overseeing Jet Aviation’s U.S. safety programs, company standards and regulatory affairs. He will be based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Teterboro, N.J., reporting to Theo Staub, president and COO of Jet Aviation North America. Kunert's more than 30 years of aviation safety, security and management expertise includes developing safety program manuals for large aviation companies, creating computerized safety protocols, and business development. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in facilitating FAA/DOT interaction, and he worked closely with the TSA and FAA to develop the regulations for Part 135 access to Reagan Nationa More...

Pilot Insurance 
Center In a Group Plan & Think You're Getting the Best Deal on Life Insurance?
The Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) finds many people believe this is the case. Unfortunately, in some group plans you're only as good as your weakest link. Meaning, while you may be in excellent health, you may be paying a higher premium due to those in the group that aren't as healthy. From airline pilots to weekend warriors, PIC has saved pilots 30-60% on coverage through A+ rated carriers or better. Find out if you are getting the best deal. Call PIC today at (800) 380-8376, or visit online.

Meanwhile, Pilatus announced three personnel changes of its own. Thomas Bosshard, since 2002 president & CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. (PilBAL), based in Broomfield, Colo., has been named chief operating officer of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Stans, Switzerland. He will relocate back to Switzerland to take over his new position. To replace him, Thomas Hunziker has been named president & CEO of the company’s U.S. arm. Also, Mike Rector has been named vice president of production at PilBAL. More...

Columbia Simplifies Buying & Selling All Aircraft Brands
Selling an aircraft can be a challenging odyssey. Aircraft owners need to: locate a broker with national resources to sell for top dollar; select and utilize the most effective advertising; access no-cost, no-obligation finance pre-qualification; consult aviation tax experts; and obtain insurance quotes with higher liability limits. Columbia Aircraft has created a tool to assist pilots and aircraft owners of all brands. Check out their web site.

It's not every day a personal airplane gets a parking ticket. It's especially rare when the aircraft in question is a Gulfstream bizjet. But that's apparently what happened recently in Honduras, according to the Miami Herald newspaper. Back in February, a Gulfstream GII landed at the capital's Toncontín airport outside Tegucigalpa shortly after 11:00 pm local time. Its crew left the big bird sitting among a few Cessnas and near the U.S. embassy's Beech King Air. Dubbed the "jet misterioso" by local media, according to the Herald, the pilots have not been seen since but others are using the episode as evidence that the country's airspace is porous and being used to transport illegal drugs. "This is an indicator that there is a constant violation of our airspace," Honduran President Manuel Zelaya told newspaper. "There are regions of this country that are dominated by drug cartels," no matter how unlikely it is for someone to use a Gulfstream as a drug transport. Indeed, the Herald reported that local law enforcement used drug-sniffing dogs to search the jet but found no evidence. Meanwhile, whoever wants to fly it out of Honduras must first pony up some $265,000 in parking fees and fines. More...

...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you on April 26. More...



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