AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 5, Number 12

April 4, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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CJ4's Williams Engine Flies On Testbed

On Monday, the new 3,400-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-4A FADEC engine slated for the Cessna Citation CJ4 flew for the first time aboard a Citation testbed. “The first flight of the new engine went very well, and performance exceeded our expectations during the 50-minute flight,” said CJ4 Program Manager Norm Baker III. According to the Wichita aircraft manufacturer, the coming "moderately swept" wing Citation CJ4will have a full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds, a maximum payload of 2,1000 pounds and a 435-knot cruise spawned from any runway longer than 3,299 feet. The jet is scheduled for first flight in the first half of 2008, with entry into service following in 2010. The FJ44-4A outshines the CJ3's FJ44-3A thrust output by 580 pounds and "has the best thrust-to-weight ratio in its thrust class," Cessna notes. It also incorporates proprietary aerodynamic improvements that result in "a significant reduction in fuel consumption." Like the CJ1, CJ2 and CJ3, the CJ4 will come standard with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics featuring four 8- by 10-inch LCD screens. Other standard equipment includes engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS), TAWS Class A (terrain awareness warning system), TCAS II (traffic alert and collision avoidance system), cockpit voice recorder (CVR), electronic charts and XM graphical weather, according to Cessna.

First Phenom 100 Takes Shape

Embraer's first four- to six-passenger $2.75 million Phenom 100 jet, announced in May 2005, is headed for final assembly. Production and design planning of Phenom jets are entirely digital, allowing for pre-production parts manufacturing forecasts ("virtual" production) and a smooth production process, according to Embraer. The second Phenom very light jet is already in the initial assembly process. Two plants, both located in Botucatu, Brazil, are being upgraded and expanded by 95,800 sq ft to provide facilities for subassembly lines of the Phenom 100 and derivative Phenom 300 light jet. Installation of the VLJ’s two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617 engines is expected this month. First flight for the 100 is planned for the summer, with the twinjet entering service by mid-2008. The Phenom 300 light jet development track follows one year behind on both counts. Last year, Embraer announced it had more than 340 orders for the Phenom 100 and 300 combined and projected delivery of 2,715 of its light jets between 2008 and 2016.

 
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More Brazil Midair Lawsuits Filed

At least 16 lawsuits filed Friday in federal court are seeking financial compensation for the loss of 154 people killed when a Gol airlines 737 made airborne contact with an ExcelAire Legacy business jet over the Amazon rain forest last September 29. The suits filed in Miami name New York-based charter provider ExcelAire and the U.S. pilots of the Legacy -- Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino -- who were previously detained for more than 70 days in Brazil following the accident. It claims the pilots did not maintain proper altitude, failed to properly maintain communication with air traffic control and didn't operate the aircraft properly. Defects in the air traffic control system, which was developed and maintained by Lockheed Martin and two other companies, also factor into the crash and the lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. Honeywell, maker of the Legacy's TCAS, was also named in the suit, and a company spokesman said there is evidence showing that the airplane's TCAS malfunctioned. A lawyer representing affected families said they would be asking for millions of dollars, though no exact dollar figure has yet been released.

 
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Lautenberg Seeks Stage 1 and 2 Aircraft Ban

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., late last year submitted a bill (S. 4109) to prohibit all Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft -- regardless of weight. While it didn’t pass in the previous Congress, sources say he hopes to slip the bill into the FAA's reauthorization legislation. The bill "would finally bring closure to this issue by phasing out the use of all remaining Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft in the United States," according to Lautenberg. Individual airports would be allowed to "opt out of this measure," writes Lautenberg, and the act would not take effect until three years after enactment. The FAA lists more than 1,300 Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft in the U.S, with 13 percent -- about 170 airplanes, mostly business jets -- falling under the current 75,000-pound regulatory cap.

 
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Socata Tries Hand At Composites

EADS Socata hopes to revolutionize its manufacturing processes through the use of new advanced composites manufacturing techniques that could provide it lighter parts, for less money, built in less time. In partnership with other private-sector entities it would provide 32 percent toward a EU$9.3 million FUSCOMP, short for fuselage composite, program for the manufacture of a composite fuselage demonstrator based on the turboprop-single TBM 850 fuselage design but developed through vacuum infusion. The research-and-design-focused program is based on using vacuum pressure to inject liquid resin into dry fiber in a closed mold -- as opposed to working with pre-impregnated fiber materials cured in an autoclave. The new manufacturing method will allow for use of new materials and reduced production cycles, materials and manufacturing costs. The program's approval this week by the French Government paves the way for backing by government and local funding, which would make up the remaining 68 percent of the program's cost.

 
Columbia Introduces 2007 Models
The 2007 Columbias have arrived. Fresh for this year are new, dynamic paint schemes for both the Columbia 350 and 400, as well as a host of thoughtful and unique features for the discerning aircraft owner. See how your new Columbia will look with the interactive online Paint Selector. Just go online and click on the "Paint Your Passion" icon.
 

NBAA Comments On Air-Taxi Rule

The National Business Aviation Association has filed comments on proposed rules for air-taxi services in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the Department of Transportation. NBAA has advocated for the FAA to provide rulemaking that would require Part 135 carriers to verbally brief passengers on "operational control" for particular flights so that the passengers may know what entity is operating the flight and thereby be in a position to research any concerns regarding that operator. NBAA extends that desire to include charter brokers and ticket agents, or whomever sells or coordinates flights for the customer. "The customer should be provided the name of the air carrier as listed on the operating or air carrier certificate and any DBA for the air carrier (under which name the flight is conducted)," NBAA contends.

 
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2006 Top Selling Turbine: The PC-12?

Every type of general aviation airplane saw increased shipments in 2006, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report, but the Pilatus PC-12 – now in its 14th year of production -- held top honors, according to the Switzerland-based aircraft maker. The company says that this makes it four consecutive years that the PC-12 has won the top spot as the best-selling model of turbine-powered business aircraft. With 90 deliveries last year, the PC-12 turboprop single outsold the Citation XLS and CJ3 business jets, as well as the Grand Caravan turboprop single and midsize Citation Sovereign twinjet. The PC-12 is now seeing its highest production rate to date, even as the "Next Generation" PC-12 (slated for certification at the end of this year) gears up to be delivered. This latest version will offer a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics package, a new BMW-designed cockpit and more Powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine.

 
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Bombardier Boosted By Bizjets

Bombardier saw a fourth-quarter gain in profits of 30-percent based in part on higher deliveries of business jets, according to the company. By the numbers, that translated to 69 bizjets amounting to an increase of 6.2 percent and buttressed by a record 274 orders. Bombardier Aerospace president Pierre Beaudoin last week told reporters, "Learjet is like everybody else in the industry," the business jet segment "is benefiting from a strong market." Looking toward the future, last year's announcement of the Learjet 60XR has sparked strong interest and the company says it is looking into use of composites throughout the entirety of its product line. The company remains optimistic on the regional jet segment that, for Bombardier, slipped slightly from 35 to 31 deliveries in year-over-year fourth-quarter numbers. The company finished 2006 with a $13.2 billion backlog of orders (up 23 percent over 2005). Aside from composites, Bombardier said a decision on whether to follow through on the proposed 130-seat C Series airliner might be delayed until the end of 2008.

 
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AirCell's Broadband For Bizav Travelers

In case you haven't heard, AirCell is promising an onboard seamless (within the U.S.) broadband coverage system for business aircraft operators available in early 2008. The system, which was announced in at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Reno last week, includes a single LRU weighing in at 15 pounds and accessed via an Ethernet port. It will be a modular option offered to aircraft equipped with the AirCell Axxess cabin system and will provide passengers an onboard 802.11b/g "hotspot" capable of DSL-type speeds and supportive of all normal Internet activities (surfing, e-mail with attachments, chat, etc.). Service coverage begins at 10,000 feet, automatically transitioning between ground stations to provide coast-to-coast uninterrupted service, according to AirCell. Successful rollout in the U.S. is expected to lead to service availability in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean later on.

 
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On The Fly

Eclipse Aviation on Saturday delivered three Eclipse 500s to start-up air-limo operator DayJet. For now, the aircraft will be used to train DayJet pilots at Eclipse’s facilities in Albuquerque. DayJet expects to put its fleet of Eclipse 500s into "per-seat, on-demand" commercial service by the end of June. Eclipse says DayJet is its largest customer, "with firm orders for 239 Eclipse 500s and options for an additional 70 aircraft over the next two years." MedAire, Inc. has launched a new Pediatric Supplemental RX Kit that addresses the medical needs of children under 12 as they travel. The kit includes treatment options for motion sickness, allergic reactions, asthma, burns, infection, congestion and more...

The FAA on Tuesday issued an AD for Gulfstream G200s, saying "the jumpers at the Right Fuel Standby Pump Connector 4Q1 were manufactured from 14 AWG electrical wiring instead of 12 AWG wires as required." According to the AD, these lighter weight wires could overheat, posing a safety hazard because of their close proximity to the fuel tank.

Cessna Citation Mustang simulators at FlightSafety’s Wichita Learning Center are now level-D approved. EASA has qualified the VLJ sims at an interim level-C, with level-D to come after the expected EASA certification of the Mustang later this year.

 

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