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Volume 5, Number 36
September 19, 2007
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User Fees Not the Answer, Says U.S. Houseback to top 

The House Ways and Means Committee has passed, essentially intact, a tax bill that supports the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's version of FAA reauthorization and does not include user fees. In a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of increasing the tax on avgas from 19.3¢ a gallon to 21.4¢ a gallon and the tax on jet fuel from 21.8¢ to 35.9¢ a gallon and the extra money will only be used for airspace modernization. The committee also declined to adopt any of the measures proposed by the airline lobby, which GA groups have been saying would result in a tax break for the airlines. "We applaud the Committee for rejecting user fees and instead building upon a proven, stable, reliable and ultra-efficient system of fuel taxes that clearly reflect aviation system use," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. More...

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Gearing Up for NBAA: Adam Aircraftback to top 

Adam Aircraft announced today that it will announce its training partner for its A700 very light jet and A500 push/pull twin at a news conference in advance of the opening of the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta next week. Although Adam isn't telling who that partner is just yet, it says it has hooked up with "the new training partner that is revolutionizing the way VLJ and high performance aircraft training will be conducted in the future." The news conference is on Monday. More...

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Business Aviation on the Other Side of the Globeback to top 

As the business aviation community gets ready for the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta next week, the Russians are having a show of their own, and it's attracting some attention. Jet Expo starts today in the Crocus City Exhibition Center near Moscow and it appears most of the major business aircraft manufacturers and suppliers will be there. Embraer took a Legacy 600 to the show and says it's a significant mark on its calendar. "Russia, as well as all of Eastern Europe, is an important business aviation market, which makes Jet Expo – the first Russian trade show exclusively for this segment – a good opportunity for expanding our business in the region," said Embraer spokesman Colin Steven. More...

Fly Single-Pilot IFR with Confidence!
2004 CFI of the Year Doug Stewart shares over two hours of tips, tactics and strategies for IFR pilots in a new Pilot Workshops CD-ROM-based program. Doug's hands-on approach and entertaining style make this an enjoyable, memorable way to learn and refresh these vital IFR skills. Click here for more details.
Breaking Recordsback to top 

They may be worlds apart in some ways, but Indianapolis and Atlanta have only an hour and nine minutes separating them in a Piaggio Avanti II. Piaggio Chief Pilot Arthur St. Clair exercised the new Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6-66B engines on the latest model of the pusher twin and he wasn't disappointed. "Had it not been for some speed restrictions and vectors for traffic during the arrival phase in Atlanta, we would have made the trip in less than an hour," he added. "Even with five years of flying this aircraft, I'm still amazed at its fantastic performance," he said. More...

XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
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Gearing Up for NBAA: Astro-Med Cockpit Printerback to top 

They're a common feature in the flight data mix in commercial airliners and military aircraft and now Astro-Med has developed a cockpit printer designed for business jets. "The business jet printer is an exciting new addition to the ToughWriter 4 family of printers. These printers have gained wide acceptance in the commercial and military aircraft markets, and this new printer will allow us to directly target the growing business jet market." spokesman Tom Carll said in a news release. The equipment will be unveiled at NBAA's annual convention next week. More...

Loss of Control in Flight: Leading Cause of Aviation Accidents
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VLJ Marketwatchback to top 

A European company that has studied the emerging very light jet market says it's painting a rosier outlook for the sector than it has in the past but there are more caveats than a law library in his assessment. Phillip Butterworth-Hayes, of PMI Media, told AVweb Sunday in a podcast interview to be released on Friday that interest in VLJs seems to be sustained and new market possibilities are opening up but (and there are several of them) the next 12 months will likely be the harbinger of things to come, especially in the air taxi business." A lot will depend on just how robust the aircraft are," Butterworth-Hayes, author of the report, said. He said they're going to be called upon to fly far more hours in more rugged conditions than business jets are normally flown and many are far less expensive than the low-end business jets. More...

Be sure to check AVweb on Friday for our audio podcast interview with PMI Media's Phillip Butterworth-Hayes.

Avidyne's New MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver Really Delivers!
Avidyne's MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver delivers aviation-quality datalink graphical weather from WSI InFlight® and audio entertainment from SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With the MLB700, you get WSI's industry-leading NOWrad® radar mosaic displayed on your EX500 or EX5000 MFD for the most up-to-date and highest-quality aviation weather available and over 130 channels of music, sports, news, and talk radio right through your aircraft's audio system. Click for more information online.
Flying Environmentalismback to top 

The whole notion of carbon offsets is scoffed at in some circles, but when companies like Bombardier start embracing the concept, maybe there's something to it. The Canadian aerospace giant is joining a growing list of aircraft companies in offering a program by which operators can theoretically neutralize the impact of their flying activities by investing in technologies and programs that create clean energy or suck up carbon. Bombardier has hooked up with U.K.-based Climate Care and will be offering carbon offset programs with the purchase of its business aircraft. And it's putting its money where its mouth is. More...

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Building the BizJets ...back to top 

Diamond Aircraft President Peter Maurer told his hometown newspaper in London, Ontario that the company intends to build its single-engine D-Jet in London. Although Diamond is being wooed by various communities in the U.S. and Canada, since it began negotiations for government incentives, Maurer told the London Free Press that a move isn't in the cards. "Our intention is to build it here," he said. That's welcome news to local officials but the paperwork on those incentives hasn't been signed. Diamond could be in line for up to $30 million from the Canadian federal government, on top of the $11 million its already been offered by the province of Ontario. The D-Jet plant is expected to cost $100 million and employ about 500 people. Meanwhile, the D-Jet program reached a milestone last Friday with the first flight of the type-conforming certification test aircraft. More...

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... And Their Componentsback to top 

Complete GE Honda Aero HF120 engines are now undergoing testing at Honda's research center in Japan, according to a news release. Core testing was done in the spring and the next step is certification testing in 2008 with an eye to certification in 2009. The turbofan is an evolution of the HF118 engine that powers the HondaJet proof-of-concept aircraft. The HF120 has about 2095 lbs. of thrust and, in addition to the HondaJet, has been chosen to power the Spectrum Aeronautical Freedom. More...

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Send Us Your News Tipsback to top 

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. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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