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Volume 5, Number 14
April 18, 2007
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Hawker Beechcraft Seeking Overseas Growthback to top 

The head of Hawker Beechcraft Corp's international sales, Sean McGeough, has gotten busy with trips planned for the U.K., Dubai, Brazil, New Delhi, and Brazil, as the March 26 formed company gears up to expand its international presence. The company has broken the world into three major areas of growth -- Asia, Europe and Latin America. With government obstacles still a substantial barrier in Asia, the company expects the other two regions to see more immediate growth. The push is intended to add increased support for the company's more than 100 sales and service centers worldwide. Hawker Beechcraft already expects to announce a partner for an FBO and service center in India within the next two months and hopes to follow suit in Russia. More...

Garmin StreetPilot c330 Auto GPS Special — $259.99
GPS World Supply has a deal you won't want to miss! The Garmin newly overhauled units are color, touch-screen, turn-by-turn with voice and preloaded detailed street maps for the U.S. and Canada. One Year Warranty! Call (800) 906-6600, or order securely 24/7 online.

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The Latest Merger Newsback to top 

JetDirect Aviation LLC, a full-service private jet operator, and Sentient Jet Inc., a provider of private jet memberships, last week announced their intent to merge operations. The combined company will offer "a compelling alternative to the fractional ownership model." The combined company aims to offer private jet customers a range of flexible products that combine a comprehensive charter and aircraft management company's integrated portfolio of the most successful, highest-quality operators with a program that transcends the limitations of jet-specific fractional jet ownership and fractional jet cards. The idea is "to provide the most flexible, convenient and economically attractive guaranteed availability product on the market," according to a press release announcing the planned merger. More...

The Best Choice for the Small Business Owner
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, a 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.
Online B2B Services from LegFindback to top 

LegFind.com is offering a new service that enables charter operators and the wholesale marketplace the ability to post block availability and rates. LegFind Logistics will then match operator availability to trips in the LegFind database, plus others from the wholesale community. The service manages all logistics and details from quotes to passenger meals and ground transportation for any period of availability provided. Nathan McKelvey, CEO of LegFind's parent company, Jets International, said the service allows operators to approve or disapprove recommended bookings and "provide the wholesale charter market with a one-stop shopping alternative." More...

Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED Headsets:
Discover the most comfortable headsets in the industry. The in-the-ear Mach 1 weighs less than 1 oz., and the full-size Thirty 3G just under 16 oz. 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). For more information and to view a video clip, click here.
Air Taxi Service, Special Conditions for Dassaultback to top 

Joining the ranks of SATSair (operating in the southeast), Open Air (operating from the D.C. area) and others, ImagineAir is now offering its own version of air taxi service (also for the Southeast). ImagineAir uses a fleet of new Cirrus SR22-GTS aircraft and is positioning itself as an alternative to both long-distance driving and commercial air travel. The company's patrons "can visit clients in several different cities in a single day, giving them more productive time at the office as well as more quality time at home with their families," says the company. More...

The Dassault Falcon 7X will include an arsenal of technological wizardry much of which will be applied through its role as the "first application of a fly-by-wire primary flight control system in an airplane primarily intended for private/corporate use," according to the FAA. And so, the FAA believes that and associated features of the aircraft are beyond the foresight of the FAA's airworthiness standards for transport category aircraft. With technological advances steaming ahead such recognition is not so unusual, but the FAA is trying to keep up and so is offering additional safety standards "necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by existing airworthiness standards." More...

XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
Pilots view and interact with the data — including radar, winds, METARs, lightning, and more — on compatible MFDs, EFBs, and PDAs from a wide range of industry partners, as well as on laptop PCs. The situational awareness afforded by XM WX Satellite Weather allows pilots to enjoy their journeys with more confidence and comfort than ever before. For more information, please visit XMWXweather.com.
Deliveries and Certificationsback to top 

Deliveries of Cessna's Citation Mustang may resume following the FAA's approval of a fix for a software glitch in the aircraft's Garmin G100 avionics suite. The first Mustang was delivered Nov. 22, with the second delivered into demo service last week and showcased on the grounds at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., this week. Cessna says it's on track to deliver 40 Mustangs this year with further deliveries planned for this month. "The production facility is ramping up," Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales and marketing, told AVweb this week. More...

Longtime manufacturer of high-performance, heavy-hauling, kit-built turboprop aircraft, Comp Air Aviation says it is seeking certification for its 1,650-hp, Honeywell TPE331-14GR powered CA12. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive this week at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Fla. The "all new, carbon composite turbine" design will offer eight-plus-two seating, a 300-knot cruise at 30,000 feet and better than 2,500-nautical-mile range. All of that will be packaged in a 41-foot 5-inch body with wings that span 48 feet stressed to positive six and negative four G's. Occupants will enjoy a 21-foot-long cabin that's 70 inches tall and 65 inches wide. Up front, pilots should see takeoff distance (at a gross weight of 10,800 pounds) near 900 feet, according to the company. More...

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.
Flying in Styleback to top 

The annual Sun 'n Fun gathering in Lakeland, Fla., has come a long way since its origins as an Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in back in 1974, when classic aircraft, sport and antique aircraft were gathered. Embraer's Phenom 300 arrived this year in mock-up form. "Guests will be delighted with the jet's comfort and space and to learn about its outstanding performance and operational advantages," said Embraer Vice President of Executive Jets Sales & Marketing for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Ernest Edwards. More...

To back the surge for high-speed airborne internet access, Starling Advanced Communication announced it will present at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007 (held this week in Hamburg, Germany) "the world's fastest low-profile, fuselage mounted antenna," according to Net4now.com. The 16-inch-diameter by 4-inch-tall appendage is part of the MIJET series of antennas and designed as a bidirectional Ku-band antenna for business jets promising true broadband bit rates for their VIP passengers. More...

Avidyne TAS600 — Because Two Antennas Are Better than One!
Whether you're flying in a busy terminal area, navigating a long cross-country, or hovering over a city, seeing and avoiding traffic requires having the right information in real time. Avidyne's TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems, with dual-antenna technology, provide significantly improved signal coverage and target tracking, enabling faster updates and enhanced performance over single-antenna systems, for maximum safety. Avidyne's TAS600 Series makes active-surveillance traffic alerting affordable. Visit Avidyne online.
News in Briefback to top 

Take your Legacy 600 to Cannes-Mandelieu...Dubai to host very light jet summit...Dassault makes an investment in 24,000 stamps...Falcon 900DX and 2000EX EASy hit with AD. More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University have all selected the G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Star. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. For more information, click here.
Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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