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Volume 4, Number 10
May 24, 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.

German airframer GROB is still in the testing and pre-certification phases of developing its planned SPn Utility Jet, but the company recently announced a series of upgrades -- to the light jet's interior, equipment and avionics -- designed to increase the type's flexibility and capability. GROB says its customers can now choose a new six-seat "executive" interior configuration including a full lavatory and galley, an auxiliary power unit (APU) and an enhanced vision system (EVS). Separately, both GROB and Honeywell announced enhancements to the jet's APEX Integrated Avionics suite for the GROB SPn cockpit, which Honeywell says offers "pilots the most user-friendly, intuitive displays available in business aviation." GROB's new interior configuration comprises four 18-inch single club seats plus two front-facing seats located in the aft cabin. All seats feature adjustable armrests and headrests, and can be reclined and rotated plus moved forward and aft. Other cabin appointments include four fold-out tables, six 110-volt outlets and LED lighting. The toilet or the galley can be located either front or aft in the cabin. More...

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Cessna said this month it is developing a proprietary, interactive, 3-D aircraft specification software system combining engineering data with customer configuration options to provide real-time visualization of proposed changes to the customer, as well as cost and weight changes to the aircraft. Working in cooperation with Anark Corporation, a leading 3-D application solution provider, Cessna plans to launch the new system by the end of the year. It will be available first at Cessna’s customer spec centers in Wichita and in its new Farnborough office, and then have portable applications soon after. “Digital, 3-D systems for basic product specification applications are not new, but most of the current systems on the Internet -- particularly the auto spec tools – are really just digital brochures that are fairly static in what they can do for the customer,” said Cynthia Halsey, vice president of interior design, engineering and development. “The Cessna system will be 100 percent real time and will provide all the information a customer needs to make an informed decision about outfitting an aircraft.” More...

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) last week announced it has opened a temporary maintenance station at the historic Berlin-Tempelhof Airport and is now offering line maintenance services for all Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business jet operators, including base maintenance for Learjet aircraft, at the city’s downtown airport. The new maintenance and service station -- located in one of the airport’s impressive hangars -- began operation in early May, in anticipation of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 tournament. Originally founded in 1923, Berlin-Tempelhof is recognized internationally for its strategic role in the Berlin Airlift, which operated in 1948 and 1949. More...

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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.

Gulfstream Aerospace last week officially opened its new Research and Development Center near its Savannah, Ga., headquarters. The new facility is part of the seven-year, $300 million, long-range expansion plan the company announced March 6, and is expected to generate 1,100 additional jobs. To meet an immediate need for office space, Gulfstream is leasing the Research and Development Center. Gulfstream departments assigned to the new R&D center include Flight Sciences; Preliminary Design; New Program Development; and G100, G150 and G200 Program Offices. When the building was completed in March, Gulfstream personnel from Engineering, Manufacturing, Planning, Product Support and Material, many of whom were housed in temporary trailers, began moving into the office space. Gulfstream President Bryan Moss said, “What I think March 6th and today represent more than anything else are the following two facts. First, Gulfstream intends to remain a major force in the local and state economies and second, Gulfstream intends to retain and protect its leadership position in the business aviation industry." More...

Bombardier announced last week it has completed relocating two of its strategic business jet operations to London Farnborough Airport. According to the announcement, the company's regional sales headquarters for Europe, as well as its Skyjet International headquarters, began operations within TAG Aviation’s new Farnborough facilities in mid-March 2006. In addition, the company has also moved its Middle East and African sales operation and Skyjet International Middle East office to Dubai International Airport. It is located within ExecuJet’s new facility, which also houses a Bombardier authorized service facility and parts depot. More...

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Raytheon last week said it has appointed Banyan Air Service as an Authorized Service Center for its Bonanza, Baron and King Air series airplanes. Banyan, located at the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), is a full-service FBO specializing in airframe maintenance, engine repair and avionics upgrades for many corporate and general aviation aircraft. Banyan Air Service, with more than 130 employees, is the largest FBO at FXE with approximately 400 based aircraft. The facility currently occupies 210,000 square feet of hangar and office space. “This addition to our network of Authorized Service Centers emphasizes our commitment to our growing number of Beechcraft customers,” said Randy Groom, president, Global Customer Service and Support. “The establishment of an authorized service center at the Banyan Air Service facility ensures that we can achieve this requirement and meet our customers’ expectations.” More...

Eurocopter, which says its order book for the EC 135 has reached more than 550 units, said it has executed agreements in Switzerland and Spain for new helicopters, agreeing to set up assembly lines in the two countries. The agreement with Switzerland calls for 18 EC635s plus two EC135s for the Armed Forces while Spain wants 48 EC135 law-enforcement helicopters. Beginning in 2007, Swiss company RUAG will assemble 16 of the 18 EC635s while final assembly of Spain's EC135 order will take place at Eurocopter’s newly established Albacete facility. Eurocopter says its new facility in Spain recognizes the large Spanish law-enforcement requirement and further sales potential in that country. Meanwhile, the company added that substantial upgrades to the EC135, including an increase in takeoff weight to 6,415 lbs. -- up from 5,694 lbs. -- were granted EASA certification on Feb. 21, 2006. Deliveries of the upgraded version, designated the EC 135 T2i or P2i, will start in late September 2006. More...

Don't Leave the Financing of Your Airplane to Chance!
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Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. and CAMP Systems International recently announced an agreement making CAMP the exclusive factory-recommended maintenance-tracking service for all PC-12 aircraft. As one result, all new PC-12 aircraft deliveries will include a year of CAMP services at no cost to the new owner. CAMP Systems International is the largest independent provider of aircraft maintenance tracking services to the business aviation market, with over 4,000 aircraft on its Web-based system spread among 130 makes and models. Commenting on the agreement, Piotr Wolak, vice president of Customer Services for Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd., said, “Through CAMP, Pilatus customers will now receive the best maintenance tracking tool available. Subscribers will have 24/7 access to their maintenance tracking information and an electronic logbook via the Internet.” More...

NetJets announced earlier this month that Bill Noe, who has served as a pilot, director of operations and vice president of operations since joining the company in 1993, was appointed president of NetJets International Inc. (NJI). Noe will assume all day-to-day responsibility for the operations and administrative functions of NJI. “We are pleased that Bill has agreed to take on this new responsibility,” said Richard T. Santulli, chairman and chief executive officer of NetJets. “Bill has been intimately involved in NJI since its inception and is uniquely qualified to help guide the company in the years ahead.” 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.

Signature Flight Support last week named Mike Bennett as general manager of its operation at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). An industry veteran of more than twenty (20) years, Mr. Bennett has served a variety of operational, safety and training roles within Signature and other FBO organizations. Most recently, he was assistant general manager of the IAD facility. Commenting on Mr. Bennett's appointment, Signature Regional Vice President Doug Crowther said, "Signature's FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport is a key location within our global network and a frequent destination for business and government leaders from around the world. Mike has the experience and skill necessary to ensure our unique customer base in Washington receives the top-notch service that is Signature's hallmark." More...

Raytheon Aircraft Company earlier this month announced appointing Doug Brantner as vice president, Raytheon Aircraft Services. Reporting to Randy Groom, president, Global Service and Support, Brantner assumed his new position immediately and will be responsible for all ten Raytheon Aircraft Services fixed-base operations in the U.S. and Mexico. Brantner is tasked with transforming Raytheon Aircraft Services to deliver world-class solutions to existing and new customers as the company focuses on growing its position in the intensely competitive aircraft servicing markets. The Hawker Aircraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Chester, U.K., will continue to report to Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Aircraft. 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.

Former senior vice president of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Bob Blouin last week officially announced forming Sky Group Associates Inc., an aviation management services company based at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA). According to the company, SkyGroup specializes in a wide variety of aviation management services, including Part 135 and 121 certifications, personnel searches, safety and security audits, flight operations and maintenance manuals, litigation support and commercial and government contracting SkyGroup says its mandate is to explore and develop products and services for the aviation community and government operations. More...

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