AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 5, Number 35

September 12, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
Inspiring Daydreams Daily, BoeingStore.com
The one-stop shop for the aviation enthusiast, BoeingStore.com has everything you're looking for: Apparel, travel gear, aviation posters, photographs, models, books, toys, novelties, and more. Now just a click away, take your passion to a higher altitude at BoeingStore.com.
 

Blakey's Last Hurrah: Shrink The Airlines

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey warned the airline industry Tuesday in her final week in office to address scheduling practices that are "out of line with reality," or be ready "when the government steps in," according to a report by The Associated Press. Any changes should include international airlines and business jets, too, according to a quick response from the Air Transport Association's David Castelveter. Blakey's concerns for future congestion in the air and at airports recognize that the first seven months of 2007 account for the airlines' worst on-time performance numbers of all time ... or at least since similar data has been collected (1995). Blakey's shakeup message arrived Tuesday. The administrator leaves her office, Thursday.

 
Introducing Zulu ... From Lightspeed
Zulu is the world's quietest ANR headset. More quiet, more comfort, more features than any other previous headset. Zulu includes Bluetooth compatibility. For more information, call Lightspeed at (800) 332-2421, or go online for complete details.
 

Universal Avionics WAAS-FMS

Universal aims to announce, on Sept. 25 at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta, FAA certification for a new FMS that "marks the very first WAAS-FMS system TSO'd and capable for installation on Part 23 & 25 aircraft." The new "W" series of Flight Management Systems is certified to TSO-C146b, Class Gamma-3, "the highest possible," and will enable operators from PC-12 pilots to Boeing 747 drivers to take advantage of SBAS (Space Based Augmentation System) WAAS/LPV approach capabilities, along with WAAS. According to the company, "This new FMS with integral WAAS-augmented GPS receiver is compatible with WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS and is capable of navigating approaches to ILS-like minima." The system will allow operators to fly all FAA-published SBAS WAAS/LPV approaches currently in place and those expected in the near future. Pricing for the system was not made available.

 
Announcing the Online MBA for Aviation Professionals
from Daniel Webster College

Did you know that professionals with an MBA earn an average of $10,000 to $30,000 more per year? Within 27 months, you can be one of them!

Daniel Webster College MBA for Aviation Professionals is a fully-accredited, 100%-online program built for the busy schedule of the aviation professional. Being "on the road" is no longer a barrier to career advancement. Call (866) 458-7525 or click here for more information.
 

AWOS IV Approved

Vaisala Inc. is now producing its AWOS IV, which includes a freezing rain sensor that provides real-time, fully automated reporting and is the first such AWOS to receive FAA approval. The system is designed to measure both the duration and intensity of freezing rain and adds that to a more standard list of altimeter setting, temperature, dew point, wind speed/direction, visibility, present weather, cloud height and sky condition, thunderstorm detection and runway surface condition. Vasaila did not respond prior to our deadline to a request for information regarding sales and deployment of the units.

 
Fly with the Bose® Aviation Headset X
Enjoy an unmatched combination of benefits: Full-spectrum noise reduction, clear audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the sixth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2006 Headset Preference Survey. Learn more and order.
 

PlaneSmart Notes Tax Savings Window

Sales marketing through education about tax depreciation -- it's the angle PlaneSmart! is apparently using to push for sales in shares of its SR22-G3 Turbo aircraft. "If you buy a share of an SR22-G3 Turbo by September 30, you could enjoy depreciation deductions of up to 20 percent on your 2007 income taxes!" And by the end of next year, "your cumulative depreciation will equal 52 percent," according to the company. Presumably, there are deductions available for purchases of other aircraft, too (check with your favorite tax professional). Those unable to make a purchase this year can still realize a 43-percent depreciation deduction in 2008, says PlaneSmart!. The company's fractional ownership program offers equity ownership and access to a fleet of identically equipped aircraft, along with the standard "completely hassle free experience for owners." Your mileage may vary.

 
Loss of Control in Flight: Leading Cause of Aviation Accidents
APS Emergency Maneuver Training specializes in the provision of upset recovery training for corporate operators and professional pilots tailored to their specific needs. Recognize, avoid, and recover from any upset scenario. Integrate 10,000 hours of specialized upset recovery expertise into your recurrent safety training today. Call (866) 359-4273 or get Upset Recovery Training info online.
 

Emirates: Dreamliner Delays OK

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's flight testing, originally scheduled to begin in late August, is now scheduled for October. Boeing has confirmed that a fastener-shortage problem and glitches in the aircraft's flight control software have impacted the schedule. "A slip of two months is not harmful to the program, and can be made up in reasonable time, we believe," wrote Howard Rubel of Jefferies & Co. Inc. last week. Boeing plans to fit testing inside six months, acknowledging that previously built-in margin for error and unforeseen missteps has now been erased. Emirates' decision to order 100 Boeing 787 aircraft (and not Airbus A350 aircraft) has not been affected by Boeing's announced delays in the program, according to comments Emirates President Tim Clark left with ATW Daily News. Clark remains bullish on the program, stating that he expects the aircraft to be among the finest ever built. He also offered conciliatory comments that praised the technologies incorporated into the design and spread any blame for the delays across "the supply chain." ""It would have been a miracle for Boeing to have flown the 787 on time," Clark told ATW. A section of Dreamliner fuselage has recently passed Boeing's 15-foot height drop test, confirming for engineers that their computer models can predict structural response with accuracy.

 
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.
 

WSI Announces AV-300 Series Datalink

WSI Corporation Monday announced commercial availability of its new inFlight AV-300 series datalink weather system. The unit has dimensions similar to the AV200 system but paired with the AV-350 receiver offers not only weather content, but radio entertainment as well. The AV-300 series antenna and receivers have each received FAA TSO authorization. The AV-300 receiver (no radio entertainment) plus antenna is $4,347, plus installation; MSRP for the AV-350 receiver plus antenna is $5,949 plus installation. Weather service plans start at about $30 per month. The system is shipping now. WSI is also attached to the team led by ITT that was recently awarded a contract to develop, deploy and maintain ground stations for the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast system slated to become the cornerstone of the FAA's next generation air traffic control system.

 
The Columbias Are Coming
Can't find time to visit the Columbia Aircraft factory in Bend, Oregon? Then Columbia Aircraft will bring it to you with the 2007 Fly Columbia Tour. The mobile, interactive Columbia experience is making 28 stops at airports around the country through the summer and fall. Come see for yourself what makes the Columbia 350 and 400 the best of the best. Click here for the 2007 Fly Columbia Tour schedule.
 

Cessna Citation Engine Makeovers

For those no longer pleased with the engines on their Cessna Citation S/II (CE-S550), Clifford Development has initiated an STC program to re-engine the aircraft with Williams International FJ44-3 engines. According to Clifford, for a mere $2.185 million (that includes a credit for the original engines), the conversion affords a 75-percent reduction in time-to-climb to 43,000 feet and a 40-percent NBAA range increase (with four aboard), along with a 38-percent reduction in fuel costs. Add to that a 34 percent increase in single-engine climb rate and a 10-percent shorter takeoff field length. The benefits aren't all thanks to engines; the STC will include winglets, too. The program targets, among others, operators facing second overhauls and offers a 4000-hour overhaul interval versus the original engine's 3000 hour interval ... and people who want a new airplane without buying one.

 
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AVweb Has NBAA Covered

As we make our coverage plans for the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Atlanta at the end of the month, we're trying to make sure we don't miss anything new, innovative or just plain newsworthy. If your company or organization has a story to tell, make sure that the uniquely qualified audience that AVwebBiz and AVwebFlash serves gets your message. Please email your advance press releases and news conference times, along with contact information to Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles at rniles@avweb.com.

 
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.
 

AVweb Original Videos


The main video today is Vern Rayburn on the Eclipse 500 fixes. To the right, find an inside look at Cessna's NGP, precision aerobatics with Mike Mancuso and Matt Chapman, and more. More original videos are on the way.

 
Diamond DA40 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 Diamond DA40. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.
 
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Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Publisher
Timothy Cole

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Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles (bio)

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady (bio)
Glenn Pew (bio)

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings (bio)

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