AVwebBiz - Volume 5, Number 30

August 8, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Cessna Citation XLS+ Takes Flight

The "world's best-selling business jet model" has its latest version in the Citation XLS+, which made its first flight last week. The development program saw its one hour 30 minute-long test flight completed at Rockwell Collins' facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the aircraft "performing as expected," according to program manager Kevin Steinert. Outfitted with new Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics and Pratt & Whitney Canada full authority digital engine control, the aircraft's development is progressing on schedule for type certification in early 2008 with first deliveries expected next summer. The price point for the 440-ktas, 1,800-nm aircraft is set near $11.6 million. According to Cessna, the XLS+ should offer a climb direct to 45,000 feet in less than half an hour, with landing capabilities suitable for 2,700-foot strips. The aircraft will be the latest in the Excel/XLS line, which has so far seen delivery of 575 aircraft with a total accumulated flight time of nearly 1.2 million hours. Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft in 2006, with a backlog of $8.5 billion in orders.

 
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Rick Adam No Longer At Adam Aircraft

Adam Aircraft is still moving toward a complete type certificate for its A700 very light jet, but when that day comes it will be without founder Rick Adam. On Monday, the company's board of directors announced that John D. Wolf has been named chairman and CEO effective immediately. "Rick's entrepreneurial spirit and vision was the driving force that put Adam Aircraft on the map. We are indebted to his efforts over the past nine years as he grew the company from one employee to over 700 employees currently working at Adam Aircraft. We wish him the best as he pursues his next entrepreneurial adventure," the company said. Now John Wolf and president Duncan Koerbel, who both joined Adam Aircraft in February, will attempt to bring the project to its certification goals and establish manufacturing capabilities for the company. Wolf, whose resume includes management and vice president positions at McDonnell Douglas Electronics and McDonnell Aircraft, said he plans "to significantly improve the span time, cost and quality of the production process as well as strengthening our relationship with our suppliers." He added that the company has "an ideal all-composite platform for product line expansion," and that the company will move to "high rate production of the A500" twin piston while accelerating deliveries of the A700 twinjet.

DAE Acquires Standard Aero And Landmark Aviation

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) will merge both Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation as a business enterprise within DAE Engineering after acquisition of both maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) providers for $1.9 billion. Paul Soubry Jr. has been appointed as president and CEO of the combined companies. DAE will divest the Landmark Aviation Airport Services division -- 33 FBOs that also include aircraft sales, charter and MRO operations -- as part of the acquisition. The sale of the FBO unit will be conducted by Merrill Lynch. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of DAE, called the move "an important step in the business and investment relationships between Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the United States" and said his company "is quickly establishing itself as a significant player in the global aerospace industry." Through the combination of Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation, DAE wields a global aviation maintenance/service network of 12 primary facilities spread through the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia. That network is buttressed by an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.

 
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DayJet Facilitates Its Debt, Pre-Operational Growth

DayJet -- the "per-seat on-demand" air taxi that plans to begin service later this month in Florida using Eclipse 500s – on Tuesday announced it "has closed debt facilities totaling $140 million" for the acquisition of its very light jet fleet. Perhaps shedding some light on the company's previously and widely reported "orders" from Eclipse, the company stated, "The facilities include senior debt on the aircraft and financing of pre-delivery deposits." DayJet has so far raised more than $200 million pre-operational dollars in anticipation of services yet to be provided with aircraft yet to be delivered for a VLJ air-taxi market yet to be proven in practice. Securing debt facilities allows DayJet to continue its "uninterrupted growth" in anticipation of providing services when it launches commercial operations "in the coming weeks."

Paying For The Citation Joyride

Daniel Wolcott last Thursday pled guilty to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, specifically a Citation twinjet. He has already spent nearly two years in jail awaiting the outcome of this case and now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. It was October 9, 2005, when (then) 22-year-old Wolcott, according to authorities, stole a Pinnacle Air Cessna Citation from the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Airport in Florida and flew it to Gwinnett County (Ga.) Airport with five others aboard ... after a touch and go at Winder (Ga.) Airport. He landed with approximately 500 pounds of fuel aboard, according to reports published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. Wolcott's day at St. Augustine began earlier as the copilot of a charter flight and, after landing and inviting some friends along for the Citation joyride to Georgia, he hopped a commercial flight back to Jacksonville, found his way to St. Augustine and claimed his right seat on the charter for the return trip. He was a licensed commercial pilot at the time, but was not rated to fly the Citation. County District Attorney Danny Porter told the Associated Press that Wolcott's plea agreement has already resulted in several dropped charges, including grand theft and reckless conduct, and Wolcott may receive "credit" for time already served.

 
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Sentient Jet Pairs With Timbers Resorts

Resort properties and private jet travel -- the marriage is one Sentient Jet Membership and Timbers Resorts have arranged to provide a new level of service for Timbers Resorts owners. Through the arrangement, the owners have access to the Timbers' corporate Membership with Sentient for travel to and from any of the Timbers Resorts properties. The pairing facilitates transport between most departure points and destinations like Snowmass, Colo.; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Tuscany, Italy; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Steamboat Springs, Colo. But Sentient is sweetening the pot by offering a membership program for alternate destinations and Timbers' now offers Sentient Jet as its preferred private jet membership provider.

Post-Crashes, Brazil Swaps Head Of Airport Authority

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim on Saturday announced that the head of Brazil's airport authority would be replaced this week in a move that marks the second major personnel shift since the July crash on landing of a TAM Airbus A320 killed 199 people in the nation's worst ever aviation disaster. Jobim himself was appointed just eight days after the jetliner slid off the runway at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport’s recently resurfaced runway. The runway had not yet been grooved and reports indicate it was wet at the time of the accident. Brazilian newspapers have quoted internal Airbus statements indicating that data recorders recovered from the crash did not indicate any functional flaws with the aircraft, and early reports suggest that the throttle of the aircraft's right engine was set to accelerate the aircraft rather than reverse thrust. Officials close to the investigation say that data contained in the aircraft's recorders is currently being analyzed, is not conclusive and that it is too early to say if the throttle position was a human or computer-aided error.

 
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FAA's Friendly Reminder on Medical Requirements

A U.S. commercial flight scheduled to operate from Paris to a U.S. destination was ramp checked by French civil aviation authorities, and as a result we all have a reminder from the FAA about first-class medical certification requirements for SICs in commercial operations, which in Europe includes both charter and corporate aircraft operators as well as airlines. In short, the InFO (information for operators) recently released by the FAA reminds us that in flag and supplemental operations, the SIC needs "to hold an airline transport pilot certificate when assigned to crews of three or more pilots, and requires the SIC to hold a first-class medical certificate." Further, U.S. pilots flying in foreign airspace are required to meet the requirements of the respective country. Many European countries specify compliance with ICAO licensing standards, which specify that SICs hold a first-class medical for international transportation. Don't forget that "aviation authorities of a foreign country could take action" against both the carrier and the individual if a pilot should fail to meet licensing requirements.

Time Is Money ... So Why Not Travel By Blimp?

Worldwide Aeros Corp. is applying the notion of comfort and luxury to executive air travel albeit with the sacrifice of time. The company's Aeroscraft ML866 is set to make a bid at offering the "private air yacht" experience to corporate air travel at the National Business Aviation Association's 60th annual convention to be held next month in Atlanta. In a market flooded with higher faster and farther business jet options, the future Aeroscraft's projected 120-knot top speed hopes to be offset by its 5,000-square-foot unpressurized cabin that would provide "ultimate comfort" for a few or "a computerized office, videoconferencing capability, communications package, and a conference room that while on the ground will accommodate up to one hundred people, transformable interior and personal state room." The unique approach of buoyant and dynamic lift offers capabilities "beyond what is available from any other air platform today," according to Aeros. In addition, executives can enjoy operations from unprepared fields with "helicopter like vertical takeoff and landing capability" for the 210 by 95-foot Aeroscraft.

 
FLITELite™ Reinvents Light ... Once Again
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Loss of Control in Flight: Leading Cause of Aviation Accidents
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AVweb's Monday Podcast: The Big Engine Makers (In This Case, Lycoming) Address Green Technologies

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AVweb's Friday Podcast: Avidyne's Paul Hathaway on the Future of Avionics

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At the recent EAA AirVenture, AVweb Editor-in-Chief Chad Trautvetter had a one-on-one discussion with Avidyne director of product marketing Paul Hathaway on the future of avionics. Hathaway first discusses the design philosophy of the Avidyne system before getting into a bigger-picture talk.

 
Avidyne's New MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver Really Delivers!
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Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Vacuum Pump Review: Wet vs. Dry

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FBO Of The Week: Corporate Wings

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Corporate Wings at KCHS in Charleston, S.C.

AVweb reader Val Nasano said the FBO's staff really delivers:

"I have been using Corporate Wings CHS since I started traveling to Charleston on business in 2006. I receive the same royal treatment in my C182 each time I taxi in as any bizjet or large corporate client. Last trip in, the crew at Corporate Wings went above and beyond. I always rent a car through the FBO and when I ended up with a flat tire on the side of the interstate at 9 p.m., I called the FBO for the number of roadside assistance. Not only did they call the car rental company for me, one of their lineman went out on his own, located our car and changed the flat for us so we could get off the busy highway in the dark. I can't say enough about this crew. I nominate them for FBO of the year!"

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

 
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