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Volume 4, Number 8
April 26, 2006

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SJ30-2 Business Jet The SJ30-2 Is the World's Fastest Light Business Jet
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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.

One of the business aviation industry's most anticipated new-service launches in recent memory edged closer to becoming a reality this week. DayJet, the start-up "per-seat, on-demand" operation based on what many believe will be the coming horde of very light jets (VLJs), announced Monday its first regional service area would encompass Florida and the southeast U.S. The announcement, by DayJet President and CEO Ed Iacobucci, came at a press conference with Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R.), Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) President and CEO John Adams, Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn, plus state and local officials, and involved the company's naming Tallahassee, Fla., as the location of DayJet's first Very Light Jet Center of Excellence. According to the company, that means the new facility will be dedicated to VLJ service education. As part of the announcement, DayJet said it will first provide its non-scheduled, per-seat service to locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. DayJet's business model is based, in part, on providing point-to-point, on-demand air service connecting communities that today have little or no scheduled air service. Essentially, DayJet is marketing its operations to small businesses and mid-level managers who travel to or from communities without frequent scheduled service. DayJet is basing its operations around the to-be-certified Eclipse 500, which is expected to obtain FAA approval by late June. More...

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Just when you thought it was safe and secure to fly your bizjet, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week decided to let the air out of your tires. According to the TSA -- which only rarely has been associated with false alarms -- "On April 13, 2006, a message posted in Arabic on a Web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft." The TSA's security advisory stated the Muslim Web site's message also advised "how to identify American aircraft and provided the tail number of a private aircraft allegedly used by the CIA." The TSA's advisory then went on to reiterate a series of guidelines the federal agency developed and distributed a few years ago. More...

Saying it will add some 300 engineers to its design team, Embraer last week announced it has begun what it terms the "joint definition phase" (JDP) of its efforts to bring the Phenom 300 light business jet to market. “The Phenom 300 is the first clean-sheet design of its category in over two decades,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, senior vice president, Executive Aviation Market. “This collaborative initiative with our suppliers gathers another 300 engineers from Embraer, in addition to those allocated to the Phenom 100 program, and will enable us to deliver best-of-breed light jets in mid-2009.” The design and engineering effort comes at the same time Embraer is working through what it calls the "Phenom Tour," a road show featuring a full-scale mock-up of the Phenom 300 through North America, Europe and Latin America. 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.

Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A., manufacturer of the Avanti and Avanti II twin pusher turboprops, last week announced that Mubadala Development, a principal investment company wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, has acquired 35 percent of the Italian airframer's equity. According to Piaggio, the transaction is based on the two companies' "shared belief ... that the business aviation segment will continue to expand significantly over the foreseeable future." The working capital coming into Piaggio will enable it to benefit from that opportunity, while Mubadala Development expects that same expanding market to produce favorable returns on its investment. Piaggio says its current order book numbers more than 100 airframes valued at more than $820 million. "We have had extraordinary success in both the European and North American business aviation markets," said Piero Ferrari, chairman of Piaggio Aero S.p.A., on announcing the investment. "This deal places us in a position to further grow our position in those markets whilst beginning to explore new markets, including the Middle East, Far East and South America - each of which offers high potential for sales." More...

Adam Aircraft last week named Rob Penrod as its vice president of manufacturing, as it continues to add staff and resources in efforts to bring its two main designs -- the A500 piston twin and the A700 AdamJet -- to full certification and market. Penrod joins the Adam Aircraft team from Bell Helicopter where, as director of operations, he led more than 400 employees producing annual sales of $600 million, including efforts to transition the V-22 Osprey composite tiltrotor from development into full-rate production. According to Adam, Penrod's tenure at Bell included "cross-functional" oversight of manufacturing, tooling, industrial engineering and quality control. Prior to joining Bell Helicopter, Penrod spent 19 years with the Aerostructures Corporation of Nashville, Tenn., helping him to amass more than 27 years of experience in aerospace industry manufacturing, quality assurance, program management, marketing, inventory management and lean methodologies. More...

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In addition to the incredible savings pilots get when purchasing life insurance from the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC), PIC offers a wide variety of insurance products. The most popular is the Return of Premium (ROP) term policy. The ROP policy is a hybrid between universal life and term insurance. At the end of the ROP policy term, you get all of your premiums back, and it offers convertibility options. For more information on ROP benefits and features, or any other coverage, call PIC at (800) 380-8376, or visit online.

French airframer EADS Socata last week announced it promoted two of its executives to worldwide responsibilities. The company named Nicolas Chabbert as vice president of sales and marketing, reporting directly to EADS Socata’s Chairman and CEO, Stéphane Mayer, while Raphaël Maître, previously deputy vice president of customer service, was promoted to the position of vice president of customer service. Maître will report to Jacques Lordon, EADS Socata’s vice president of general aviation. Based in France, with North American operations in Pembroke Pines, Fla., EADS Socata is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, the second-largest aerospace and defense company in the world. 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.

US Helicopter, billed as the only certified scheduled helicopter service in the U.S., launched its inaugural flights on March 27, serving JFK International Airport (JFK) and the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (JRB), at Wall Street, with Sikorsky S-76Bs. The operator has a dedicated gate at JFK, in the new American Airlines Terminal 9, and plans to add four new Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters to its fleet beginning in 2007. "We are thrilled to see the service take off, providing travelers with a simple solution to the aggravation of travel to and from their airport," said Jerry Murphy, president and CEO of US Helicopter. The first day of regular service included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the operator's JFK gate. US Helicopter plans to include flights from the East 34th Street Heliport to JFK in the near future, with service to and from LaGuardia and Newark Airports commencing in the second and third quarters of 2006, respectively. More...

Signature Flight Support this month said it has won a competition to operate a new FBO at the Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (RHADS), in England. The airport, located on the site of the former RAF Finningley airbase, serves central and northern England. Signature said its facility at the airport will be RHADS's first business aviation center offering dedicated parking for passengers and aircrew, separate lounges and a fully equipped operations room. The FBO also will provide Customs, Immigration and Special Branch assistance. Operational support will include fueling, flight planning, meteorological reports and slot acquisition. Catering, cleaning, lavatory and water service will also be available. More...

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Eurocopter this month said it officially opened its new Moscow-based subsidiary, Eurocopter Vostok, which it created to market Eurocopter products and services in Russia as well as monitor the company's products operated in Russia. The new subsidiary's creation was accompanied by a network of regional maintenance centers in Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, and Sakhalin, as well as in Moscow. The eight-person organization will also include a regional training center for pilots and maintenance technicians. Xavier Poupardin, Eurocopter vice-president for subsidiaries and participation, explained, "This new subsidiary reflects Eurocopter’s unfailing determination to better serve its Russian customers in an atmosphere of partnership and mutual trust." More...

Honeywell last week announced it has entered into an agreement with Airservices Australia to develop and certify a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) and a ground-based regional augmentation system (GRAS) designed to enhance precision of GPS-based aircraft navigation for all phases of flight. Looking a lot like the FAA's wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) and local-area augmentation system (LAAS), both GBAS and GRAS are ground-based systems which monitor the accuracy of navigation signals from GPS satellites and transmit a correction signal to compatible receivers in nearby aircraft, allowing Category 1 precision landing capability. When GBAS-corrected GPS navigation systems are integrated with inertial navigation or other avionics sensors generally available on most commercial airlines, a GBAS is expected to eventually provide Category 2 and 3 landing capability. More...

Isn't It About Time You Chose Something Extra?
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Sikorsky Aircraft last week said it is kicking off a nationwide effort to recruit more than 300 engineers to meet what it calls a growing demand for the company's military and civil helicopter product lines and related services. Over the next few months, Sikorsky plans job fairs in several states to fill engineering positions at company and subsidiary facilities in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Alabama and New York. The company's hiring efforts are part of what it says are plans to double revenue between 2003-2008 and significantly increase aircraft deliveries across the company product lines over the same time period. Sikorsky is conducting job fairs in regions with sizeable populations of engineers from both within and outside the aerospace industry. Particular skills in demand by Sikorsky are system engineers, flight controls design and analysis engineers, structural analysts, air vehicle design engineers with CATIA experience, electrical engineers and avionics engineers. More...

...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you on May 10. More...



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