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Volume 5, Number 29
August 1, 2007
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If you've been living under a rock the past week or so, we'll break it to you gently: A large air show was held in a small Wisconsin town last week. Yes, EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 concluded only last Sunday and, if you didn't make it, you'll have to try again next year. In addition to the light sport aircraft, ultralights, warbirds, homebuilts, and store-bought piston singles and twins, you also missed a substantial presence among some brand-name players in the business aviation market. For example, Cessna was out in force, displaying a wide variety of its products and announcing new capabilities for the Citation Mustang VLJ, including completed tests enabling runway certification at field elevations as high as 14,000 feet. The company added that 16 Citation Mustangs have been delivered from its Independence, Kan., production facility and it expects to put 40 of the aircraft in new customers' hands this year. Additionally, the first EASA-certified Mustang will be delivered in August, with Brazilian certification imminent. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft also made a large splash in Oshkosh, with many of the models it has made over the 75 years since its predecessor began producing aircraft occupying a large portion of the main aircraft display area. Also, the company celebrated the 60th year of its venerable Bonanza, one of early business aviation's most important aircraft. More...

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Not all the aviation news over the past few days took place in Wisconsin: Last week, Embraer's entry into the very light jet (VLJ) sweepstakes took to the air for the first time from the company's facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The test flight, crewed by Capt. Antonio Bragança Silva and Capt. Eduardo Alves Menini, plus flight test engineer Marcelo Toledo Basile, lasted 01:36 and characteristically included several maneuvers required to verify the airplane's behavior and systems operation. According to Embraer, members of all the engineering teams involved in its Phenom 100 program were present, analyzing flight data telemetry. The first Phenom 100's flight, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines of 1,615 pounds thrust each, was preceded by several weeks of ground tests, confirming vibration, flight control, low- and high-speed taxiing, and systems functionality. A full test program, including static and fatigue tests, will follow. Embraer said it expects Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency type certification first, followed by FAA certification. The company plans for the Phenom 100 to enter service in mid-2008 with EASA certification following in early 2009.More...


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The available time for Congress to complete its consideration of legislation reauthorizing the FAA and its programs is starting to grow short. With its planned recess only days away and a Sept. 30 deadline looming, several issues with the House and Senate versions of FAA reauthorization remain unresolved, not least of which is the matter of user fees. As AVweb has reported, the full plate of user fees the FAA pushed earlier in the year has mostly fallen by the wayside, with only the Senate tilting at that windmill by coming up with a $25-per-turbine-flight fee. No such provision exists in the House version of FAA reauthorization. But the issue likely to be the most contentious has little to do with how the FAA and its programs are funded and everything to do with how much the agency spends on personnel. That issue is the existing contract between air traffic controllers and the agency. To no one's great surprise, the FAA last summer decided its negotiations with the union weren't working out and imposed its own work and pay rules. Now, the House bill would undo that move and send both sides back to the bargaining table. The White House has threatened to veto the bill over that issue. More...

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh announced airplane shipments and billings among its member companies for the first half of 2007 and the numbers for business aircraft again look good. According to GAMA, shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 1,883 units in the first half of 2007, a 1.7 percent increase over the same period last year. Billings rose more sharply, to $9.8 billion, an increase of 11.7 percent over the first half of 2006. Turboprop shipments rose 15.2 percent from 158 units in 2006 to 182 units in 2007. The business jet market segment grew by 14.7 percent with an increase in shipments from 414 units in the first half of 2006 to 475 units in the first half of 2007. More...

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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.

Bombardier this week marked the entry into service of its midsize Learjet 60 XR business jet with an employee delivery ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kan. Cloud Nine Aviation, of Los Angeles, Calif., operates the newest addition to Bombardier's stable. The 60 XR features a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite with four 8-inch by 10-inch high-resolution liquid crystal display adaptive flight screens plus an integrated flight information system providing electronic approach plates and airport diagrams as standard equipment. "We are delighted to celebrate this first entry into service and look forward to giving our customers the opportunity to fully experience this fantastic new jet," said Mike Fahey, vice-president, Learjet sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The Learjet 60 XR jet combines unparalleled performance and low operating costs with new technology and enhanced comfort. Our customers are sure to love this new aircraft as much as it popular predecessor." More...

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Gulfstream last week announced the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a type certificate for the company’s newest business jet, the G150. With this certification, the wide-cabin, high-speed aircraft is now eligible for registration in the European Union member nations. Introduced in 2002, the G150 can accommodate six to eight passengers comfortably. It completed its first flight on May 3, 2005, received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel and the FAA on Nov. 7, 2005, and was delivered to the first customer on Aug. 14, 2006. The FAA has also certified the G150 for Stage 4, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s most stringent noise standard. More...

FLITELite™ Reinvents Light ... Once Again
FLITELite, aviation's LED innovator, introduces the next step in headset technology — a new intercom-powered, hands-free LED flashlight built into the headset microphone without loss of audio system quality, factory installed by AVCOMM Communications. Never lose your flashlight again.  And the FLITELite never requires batteries. FLITELite controls are hands-free; just a gentle touch with your lip to turn it on — give it a kiss, and conquer the night.  More details online.

Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT), a joint operation of the Emirates Group and CAE, last week said they had received international accreditation for its Gulfstream 450/550 business jet training programs, achieving Level D status for its full-flight simulator. The organization's Gulfstream G550 sim met requirements established by the European Joint Airworthiness Authority (JAA) and the FAA, in addition to the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The G450/550 training includes the same simulation software as in CAE's full-flight simulators while replicating the aircraft avionics suite, including Gulfstream's Plane View graphical display and Flight Management System software. More...

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Eclipse Aviation yesterday announced that John Ricciardelli is joining its senior management team as vice president, Customer Experience and Support Services, replacing Ken McNamara. According to the company, Ricciardelli joins Eclipse Aviation following 23 years of customer support and program management experience at Honeywell and Bell Helicopter-Textron. His new duties include responsibility for enhancing the Eclipse 500 ownership experience, examples of which involve aircraft delivery, pilot and maintenance training, Eclipse Service Center operation, and delivering JetComplete, Eclipse's customer ownership program. At Bell Helicopter, Ricciardelli helped that company win the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program, delivering a developmental aircraft in less than nine months. At Honeywell, he established a support network for business-jet turbofan engines, including launch of the TF7000 in 2003. More...

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, 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. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.

Adam Aircraft yesterday announced that Steve Crowley will join the company as its new vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support. Prior to joining Adam, Crowley served as a senior executive at Bombardier Aerospace and as business director and deputy to the executive vice president of Commercial Airplane Sales for Boeing. He has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial aircraft industry and has held executive positions in sales, marketing, finance, and airplane program management. "I am pleased to be part of a company whose innovative designs bring leading-edge technology to the marketplace" said Crowley. "The A500 and A700 provide our customers with the latest high-tech materials and design, as well as a compelling economic value, and both airplanes are a lot of fun to fly. This is an exciting family of airplanes and the Adam Aircraft team is world-class." More...

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space and NAA's Aero magazines, plus access to aviation records, product discounts, and much more. Call (703) 527-0226 to become an NAA member, or sign up online.
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