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DEAL CONFIRMED; CIRRUS SAYS THAT'S A GOOD THING
co-founder Dale Klapmeier told AVweb Monday that Cessna's planned
acquisition of Columbia Aircraft "is going to help our industry." In an
exclusive interview with AVweb, Klapmeier said the move by Cessna
not only validates the effort of Cirrus and Columbia in modernizing
general aviation aircraft, it adds significant clout to get that message
to potential aircraft owners. "It opens up the market to more people,"
Klapmeier said. "It validates what we've been saying for a decade, now."
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton declined to confirm the rampant rumors of the
deal in front of the world aviation media at the National Business
Aviation Association convention in Atlanta earlier on Monday. "We try
not to confirm or speculate on rumors that might be out in the press
regarding [the] potential acquisitions," he said. Columbia issued news
releases in the evening that confirmed the deal and also announced that
the company was seeking bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. "We have
explored many options over the past months," said Columbia Chief
Restructuring Officer Carl Young. "This path enables the Company to
manage its present cash flow and liabilities while pursuing a plan that
enables us to continue operating until a final sale can be completed."
GLASS COCKPIT FROM ROCKWELL COLLINS
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noticed, the glass cockpit concept is now into its third decade and
although progress has been steady, its also been slow. The basic
displays havent changed much and the human interfacethe
buttonologyis long overdue for an overhaul. And thats
exactly what Rockwell Collins is doing with its latest EFIS product,
which its calling Pro Line Fusion, a clean sheet design
thats the next generation from the industry standard Pro Line 21.
Says Denny Helgeson, Rockwell Collins VP for business and regional
aviation systems, Fusions architecture will concentrate on
flexibility to easily integrate with external sensors and products of
all kinds. Rather than the usual soft keys and knobs, it will have a
graphic user interface more in tune with desktop computing logic than
traditional avionics. Voice recognition and context sensitive logic are
also planned as prominent features. The system will display on
high-resolution LCDs and will integrate both GPS-derived synthetic and
real-time enhanced vision capability, a first for the industry. The
system will also have heads-up display capability. More...
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JET SALES CONTINUE TO SOAR
Cessna will deliver almost as many
business jets next year as the entire industry did a few years ago, and
CEO Jack Pelton says there's no end in sight to the jet boom. "Last
year, we delivered 307 business jets. This year we expect to deliver
380. Next year, we plan to deliver 470," said Pelton, "This
extraordinary rate of growth is being driven by strong economies and
corporate profits and a rapidly-emerging global marketplace." In 2003,
the total number of business jets shipped was 518. Cessna's backlog is
at $11 billion, a record high, and it has more than 2,700 aircraft on
order, half of them jets. More...
PREDICTS 14,000 BIZJET DELIVERIES IN NEXT 10 YEARS
has significantly increased the number of business jets it predicts will
be sold in the next 10 years to 14,000 and Embraer says it, too, is
revising its projections upward. The Brazilian planemaker last year
predicted that about 11,600 business aircraft would be sold between 2006
and 2016 but says that's too low. The new Embraer report will be
prepared soon but the Honeywell report, which came out on the eve of the
National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta, has
already caused a buzz on the convention floor. The 14,000 deliveries add
up to $233 billion in sales and represent a 16 percent increase in the
number of aircraft sold and a 20 percent increase in revenue for
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JEPPESON DEVELOP RNP FOR BUSINESS AIRCRAFT
Jeppesen recently completed a Required Navigation Performance (RNP)
approach for Morristown, N.J. to show how such procedures can be
developed for the use of business arircraft. RNP uses GPS and ground
stations to provide precision guidance for aircraft flying into airports
with congested airspace, difficult terrain and bad weather. Some
airlines use the approaches, but Honeywell and Jeppesen believe business
aircraft operators represent a major market for the technology. "RNP
allows pilots flying the approach to use a more controlled continuous
descent technique versus the traditional "dive and drive" method and
offers lower minimums than the current GPS procedure," said a joint
press release. Jeppesen is also part of an FAA experiment that could
lead to more rapid RNP deployment. More...
Eclipse Aviation says it's setting the
standard for environmental impact with its Eclipse 500. CEO Vern Raburn
told a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association
convention that on (his) scale of 30, his company's jet is a perfect 30
in environmental impact. He said he invites comparisons on key
indicators of environmental responsibility and he's confident the 500
will prevail. Raburn said that in terms of fuel consumption, emissions,
hazardous materials and recyclability, the 500 is "already green."
Raburn's also defended his product against critics. More...
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CARAVAN GETS GARMIN GLASS
While light aircraft makers Cirrus
and Columbia can be credited with launching the glass cockpit revolution
for piston singles, Cessna took its time dropping steam gauges. As of
this week, with the announcement that the turboprop Caravan will now
have the G1000, everything in the Cessna line now features
state-of-the-art EFIS. The G1000, along with Garmin digital GFC 700
flight control system, will be standard equipment in all three variants
of the Caravan, the 675, the Grand Caravan and Super Cargomaster.
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PROPOSING TWO NEW JETS
Embraer announced two new jets (and
possibly a new jet category) in its pre-NBAA news conference Monday. The
Brazilian company said it is considering building a mid-sized jet (MSJ)
and a "mid-light jet" (MLJ). It's unveiling a mockup of the MSJ today on
the convention floor. Embraer has launched aggressively into the
business jet market recently and the two new offerings will give it
representation across all market sectors. More...
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