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Volume 4, Number 14
July 19, 2006
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NTSB Lending a Hand to ATCback to top 
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Among the air traffic controller's many tasks is to monitor aircraft and issue safety alerts if it appears they might be too low, or flying toward rising terrain. Controllers generally have some help with this task — the minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) and conflict alert systems installed at terminal and en route facilities. Together with some training and standards, the MSAW system is designed, in part, to help prevent accidents involving controlled flight into terrain, or CFIT. But according to a series of recommendations [See PDF] made last week by the National Transportation Safety Board, changes in the existing MSAW and conflict alert systems are necessary "to direct controller attention to CFIT hazards or impending collision." The recommendations come on the heels of NTSB investigations into 10 CFIT accidents and one midair collision the NTSB says "have caused serious concern" about the MSAW and conflict alert systems' effectiveness. Accidents examined by the NTSB include the Dec. 17, 2002, near-disaster on Guam involving a Philippine Airlines Airbus A330; the May 10, 2004, fatal crash of a Piper PA-44 Seminole near Julian, Calif.; and the Nov. 22, 2004, accident involving a Gulfstream G-1159A, which struck a light pole adjacent to a roadway and crashed in IMC while on an ILS approach to the Houston (Texas) Hobby Airport. In investigating these and other accidents, the NTSB said it believes changes to the MSAW and conflict alert systems — as well as better controller training — may have prevented them. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE: http://www.ntsb.gov/recs/letters/2006/A06_44_47.pdf More...

Cessna this week updated attendees at the Farnborough International Airshow 2006 on its progress toward bring the Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ) to FAA certification later this year. According to the company, the three Mustang prototypes participating in the flight test program have accumulated more than 1,400 total flight hours spread among more than 850 flights. Fifteen Mustangs are currently on the production line in Independence, Kan., Cessna added, with the first flight of the fourth Mustang occurring June 15, two weeks ahead of schedule. This jet will enter service as a marketing demonstration aircraft later this year. The Citation Mustang will be certified as a FAR Part 23 aircraft, with a cruise speed of 340 KTAS and maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet. With all that activity, it's no surprise the company says the Citation Mustang remains on track for FAA certification later this year and EASA approval during the second quarter 2007. With nearly 250 orders, the Mustang is sold out into the third quarter of 2009. More...

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Bombardier Moving Challenger Jetsback to top 

Bombardier Aerospace said yesterday it took a firm order for three of its forthcoming Challenger 605 business jets, plus options for two more copies, from the same European operator, VistaJet, a premier business jet charter operation, financing and brokerage company. The company said it is the first and largest multiple aircraft order placed by a European company for the new jet. VistaJet, headquartered in Switzerland with an operations base in Salzburg, Austria, currently has 11 jets in operation or on order. The company will take delivery of its first new Challenger 605 aircraft in late 2007, shortly after the aircraft’s scheduled entry into service. The list price for the typically equipped aircraft, excluding options, is approximately $81 million. VistaJet will also take delivery of one additional Global Express XRS ultra-long-range aircraft and two Challenger 604 business jets. “This latest order further demonstrates VistaJet’s commitment to offer the newest fleet, coupled with the finest services to satisfy customers who demand the very best,” said Bing Chen, chief executive officer, VistaJet. VistaJet currently operates two Bombardier Learjet 60 midsize jets, two Challenger 604 widebody aircraft and one ultra-long-range Global Express XRS business jet. More...

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Innovations and Advancesback to top 

Gulfstream Aerospace on Monday said its Synthetic Vision – Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) upgrade to current operators of PlaneView-equipped Gulfstreams will make it the first business jet manufacturer to offer synthetic vision technology for new production and in-service aircraft. The company will offer the system as an optional upgrade to current G550, G500, G450 and G350 operators with the PlaneView system and, following FAA certification in 2007, will begin offering the optional upgrade to current and future customers. Gulfstream said its SV-PFD features a three-dimensional color image of terrain overlaid with the PFD instrument readings. The system combines previously certified terrain data from Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) with obstacle data, and using a new state-of-the-art graphics processor, SV-PFD accurately depicts terrain, obstacles, runways and approaches at locations throughout the world. "With its real-time, pilot’s view of the world beyond the cockpit windshield, SV-PFD increases a pilot’s ability to accurately interpret the depth and texture of terrain, obstacles, runways and approaches,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programs, engineering and test, Gulfstream. More...

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) on June 29 successfully conducted the first run of its new PW617F engine, which is slated to power Embraer's forthcoming Phenom 100 light jet when it makes its first flight in mid-2007. The PW617F leverages the extensive testing already accumulated by the PW600 family, which will also power the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Mustang very light jets. In its PW617F configuration, the engine features a dual-channel full authority digital electronic control "best-in-class" environmental friendliness. The engine has now entered into an extensive test program, from individual component rig testing to complete in-flight performance demonstrations leading to engine certification in the fourth quarter 2007. "This milestone is a big step toward the first flight of the first Phenom 100 in mid-2007," said Hermann Ponte e Silva, Embraer Vice-President, Programs — Executive Jets. "We are very pleased with the partnership we have developed with Pratt & Whitney Canada for the Phenom jets." 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.
VLJ Certs a Theme of 2006back to top 

With FAA certification of the Eclipse 500 imminent, and Cessna saying it still plans to get its paperwork later this year, other manufacturers wanting to compete in that market are racing to get their aircraft approved. For its part, Adam Aircraft last month said it has begun systems and flight testing for the A700 VLJ, with flights of the prototype jet taking place virtually every day. The company said it continues to add experienced test pilots, demonstration pilots, and other flight department professionals, increasing its ability to keep planes in the air, check off required flight hours for certification, and complete necessary certification summaries and reports. Currently, two A700 examples are flying, s/n 001 and 002, with 576 and 45 hours of flight time, respectively. More...

Ultra-Comfort from LightSPEED Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED Headsets:
"Custom ear molds made my Mach 1 as quiet as any headset I've tried." — Bing Lantis, President of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing. Discover what thousands of pilots already have: the most comfortable headsets in the industry. The in-the-ear Mach 1 weighs less than 1 oz.; the full-size Thirty 3G, just under 16 ounces and uses soft conform-foam ear cushions. Try a LightSPEED headset with a 30-day money back guarantee. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST, business hours). View the 60-second video clip!

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Hires, Hires ...back to top 

Bombardier Aerospace earlier this month announced appointing Pierre Gabriel Côté as its new president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. The move became effective July 10. Côté comes to Bombardier's bizjet unit experienced in executive leadership positions nationally and internationally in operations, sales and marketing. His previous positions include service as president and chief executive officer at Rogers Sugar Income Fund, as senior vice-president, international operations and energy at Abitibi Consolidated Inc. as well as executive vice-president at Kruger Inc. In his new position Mr. Côté will head the team responsible for profit, cost, quality and customer management from order to delivery of Bombardier business aircraft. More...

Raytheon Aircraft Company last week said it named Randy Nelson as its new vice president, product development and engineering. Nelson joins the company from Cessna Aircraft Company, where he recently held the position of vice president, research and advanced technology. A 28-year industry veteran, Nelson joined Cessna’s technical engineering department in 1978, holding various positions. He served as section chief of Aerodynamics in charge of developing the aerodynamic configuration of the Citation X, and was also the director of CJ2 and Sovereign development programs. More...

Pilot Insurance 
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In addition to Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)'s exclusive life insurance rates for pilots they also offer excellent insurance & pension solutions to small business owners. American National’s 401(k)Retirement Plan Solution offers low administration fees and expense charges, large variety of investment options, and total ongoing service for the life of the plan direct from American National, not a third party administrator. Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) specializes in providing pilots and their families with insurance products. Call (800) 380-8376, or visit online.

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... And More Hiresback to top 

Aerion, the startup airframer working on the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, said Monday it hired James Stewart, former chief financial officer (CFO) at Bombardier Aerospace, as its new CFO. In his new position, Stewart will lead the company's effort to lure potential OEM partners and refine its business case. Stewart has served in a number of senior financial positions at Bombardier units or divisions. He has been CFO of Learjet and Short Brothers, vice president of specialized finance for Bombardier’s commercial aircraft programs and CFO of Bombardier Aerospace. 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.

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Hiring Announcementback to top 

Belvoir Media Group is seeking an aviation writer/editor to staff the expansion of its Sarasota-based print magazine division, including Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, IFR, IFR Refresher and Light Plane Maintenance. We're looking for someone with a proven track record in writing, reporting and editing. Electronic page make-up and Web skills plus higher flight ratings are a plus. Contact us. More...



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Watch Your Inbox ...back to top 

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