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ADDRESSES DELAYS AND PERFORMANCE GUARANTEES
complications pushing back its delivery schedule, Eclipse Aviation in
two announcements Monday disclosed plans to modify its design and offer
certain customers payment reductions. To address concerns that the
company's production schedule will not be met and that terms for
additional payment due may in that be case be premature, Eclipse is
offering the following adjustment. For customers with scheduled delivery
dates on or before Sept. 30, 2007, the company will "reduce your final
payment due at delivery by 0.5 percent per month (6 percent annual
interest rate) of the additional payment we are asking you to pay now."
Plus, the company says that because the Eclipse 500 has "fallen short of
our guaranteed performance numbers" Eclipse Aviation developed a
"Performance Improvement Program." According to a second announcement,
Monday, the promised goal of 370 knots (TAS) and 1,125-nm range has been
met through that program. Eclipse expects "to have this configuration
certified sometime between mid-March and mid-April 2007."
LETS LEGACY PILOTS GO
The Federal Regional Court of the First
Region of Brasilia said in a unanimous ruling that Joseph Lepore and Jan
Paladino have been granted permission to retrieve their passports and
leave Brazil within 72 hours, according to a report yesterday from The
Associated Press. The two pilots have been held in Brazil since Sept.
29, when the Embraer Legacy they were flying collided with a Gol
Airlines 737, resulting in the loss of all 154 aboard the Boeing. The
pilots had been held pending an investigation into the crash and
possible manslaughter charges, but a federal judge Tuesday found no
legal grounds for holding the pilots and ruled the return of their
passports -- with one condition. The pilots "must agree to return to
Brazil for any further inquiry and judicial action, the court said,"
according to the AP. More...
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LONG-TERM MARKET OUTLOOK
Embraer's market outlook sees demand for 11,115
business jets over the next 10 years. The forecast weighs heavier for
lighter jets -- with a projected 24 percent (more than 2,600) falling
into Embraer's "very light" segment and another 21 percent (more than
2,300) filling in the ranks of "light." No larger jet categories (there
are six) in Embraer's forecast claim more than 12 percent of the take.
With all eyes on the yet-to-exist-in-the-real-world VLJ market,
Embraer's projections are backed by current orders listed at more than
340. The number includes both the six-seat Phenom 100 and the eight-seat
Phenom 300. More...
TO GO ON WITH SPN AFTER LOSS
Grob Aerospace CEO Niall Olver
said his company "remains committed to the program and production of
aircraft number three will continue," following the loss of a jet
prototype. The second, newer prototype of Grob's
SPn all-composite "up to nine" passenger jet was lost Wednesday,
Nov. 29 shortly after takeoff during a demonstration flight at the Grob
facility in Mattsies Tussenhausen. The aircraft took off, appeared to
turn right to enter the pattern, but instead fell into a meadow. Chief
SPn test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud, the sole occupant, was killed in the
crash. The aircraft lost in the crash had first flown on Sept. 29 and
had accumulated 40 cycles and 28 flight hours, according to the company.
Its older sibling has to date logged some 300 flight hours and 450
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RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT'S LUCKY BUYER
Three leveraged buyout firms
have made final bids that (some believe) range near $3 billion for
Raytheon Aircraft, a company that last year claimed 416 aircraft sold
for a cumulative $2.9 billion, which along with strong forecasts may
represent a relative boom, making the company more attractive to
potential buyers. Outspoken piston pilots aware of pricing of new
Beechcraft singles have long suggested that marketers at Raytheon have
approached the market wondering just how much they have to charge before
people stop buying their aircraft. The theory may stem from Raytheon's
long-standing position that Beech Aircraft is not part of its core
business. For its part, Raytheon Aircraft added 35 positions at its
Salina manufacturing facilities and reported plans to add 55 more over
the next six months, bringing the workforce to 425 strong.
TOUTS "GREEN" BBJ
With delivery last week of its 100th
"green" Boeing Business Jet, the company claimed success in selling
empty, unpainted and largely unfinished aircraft (aesthetically, anyway)
aircraft to customers -- 35 percent of whom are heads of state -- around
the world. The program allows buyers to then "work with designers and
interior completion centers to install an interior that exactly matches
the owner's preferences and needs," according to the company. Boeing
Business Jets' order book stands at 124 jets including 99 BBJs, 14 BBJ
2s , two BBJ 3s and nine widebody VIP airplanes. Aside from the wow
factor, the BBJ offers a 6,000-nm range and 807 square feet of cabin
space that is "nearly three times the interior space of competing models
with similar range capability," according to Boeing ... and in our
experience bests many one-bedroom New York City apartments.
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EUROPE FIGHT$ TO RETAIN PILOTS
Nearly 700 pilots and flight
attendants working for NetJets Europe will see their compensation
packages improve next year after the company this year lost close to 50
employees to airlines and other suitors, according to a report by Flight
International. For starting captains, the new deal will translate to a
salary boost pushing dollars from just over $100,000 to $125,000 each
year while first officers will enjoy the bump from near $66,000 to
$75,000. Merry Christmas. But that's not all; the company's desire to
retain workers is also flowing through improved contracts and work
schedules that guarantee "six days on to five days off," according to
NetJets business development manager Robert Dranitzke.
AN IMPROVED WEATHER PRODUCT FOR ICING AWARENESS
today, Dec. 6, pilots and dispatchers will now have available improved
and cockpit-accessible graphical hourly updates on in-flight icing. The
National Weather Service will operate the service creatively called the
"Current Icing Product," or CIP, which incorporates more detailed
observations and more advanced prediction models than its previous
version (FAA approved in 2002). The new product, developed by
researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will offer
displays that rate areas by icing severity and the probability of
encountering icing conditions with selectable altitudes up to 29,000
feet. Aside from making flights safer, the product aims to reduce costs
incurred by unnecessary diversions around areas through which properly
equipped aircraft could safely fly. More...
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RELEASES REPAIR STATION PROPOSAL
Friday, the FAA released a
long-anticipated proposal "to amend the regulations for repair stations
by revising the system of ratings and requiring repair stations to
establish a quality program." The agency would require a repair station
to maintain a capability list, designate a chief inspector, and provide
permanent housing for its facilities, equipment, materials, and
personnel. The FAA proposes to revise the ratings and classes that may
be issued to certificated repair stations and combines the "instrument
rating" and "radio rating" in an "avionics rating." The FAA would also
no longer divide classes of aircraft by materials (composites or metal)
and would also make changes to size classifications. The FAA is inviting
comments, which must be received by March 1, 2007. More...
PASSING OF LEONARD GREENE
Founder of Safe Flight Instrument
Corp., inventor of the stall warning indicator in 1946, co-founder of
Angel Network, test pilot and engineer, Leonard Greene, died last
Thursday of cancer at the age of 88. Greene's Safe Flight Instrument
Corp. sold more than half a million stall warning indicators and other
flight safety devices, his Corporate Angel Network made nearly 25,000
flights using empty seats on corporate jets to facilitate travel free of
charge for cancer patients. Greene invented devices that link sound and
color to help the blind, created a system for "visible speech" for the
hearing impaired and held some 60 patents in aviation. Strongly involved
in invention, philanthropy and aviation, Greene lost a son and business
partner, Donald, on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field
in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. More...
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