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GARMIN, NOW BY MICROSOFT? Wall Street reacted Monday to
rumors that Garmin Ltd. may be targeted by Microsoft Corp. as an
acquisition -- Garmin shares jumped 5 percent as a result. Head equity
traders told Bloomberg News that the speculation may be riding a wave
borne of news that Nokia Oyj had agreed to buy Navteq Corp., which
happens to produces data used by Garmin in its navigation programs. That
buyout is credited with triggering a "who's next" mentality among some
traders and apparently Garmin is imagined as the most likely target.
Others, however, put little faith in the rumors. "It doesn't make any
sense at all ... Microsoft always is rumored to be buying someone," Rob
Sanderson of American Technology Research told the Kansas City Star.
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BIZJETS INCH CLOSER TO REALITY Gulfstream, Supersonic
Aerospace International and Aerion Corp. are all whittling away at their
supersonic bizjet models as the market for such designs leaps closer to
credibility. The Teal Group, through Vice President of Analysis Richard
Aboulafia, believes that demand for supersonic travel is significant --
over 20 years of production, the Teal Group sees a market for up to 400
jets and Aerion aims to make its jet the first available offering.
Aerion expects to spend time and $2.2 billion to land its jet in the
market by 2014, citing a lack of available talent (a shortage of
engineers) as a primary obstacle. More...
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JET SERVICE SUSPENDED The FAA last week, citing operational
control violations, declared an "emergency order" suspending AMI Jet
Charter Inc.'s Part 135 air carrier certificate. The action came after a
seven-month review of AMIJC's operation and apparently centered on
operational control specifications -- details that allow passengers a
clear understanding of who is providing service and, for pilots and
maintenance personnel, the name of their employer. Complicating matters
and perhaps at the root of the suspension, TAG aviation owns 49 percent
of AMIJC, which manages nearly 80 of TAG's jets. Some suppose AMIJC may
be seeking purchase of some larger percentage from TAG, but those
suspicions are yet unconfirmed. TAG Aviation USA Inc. currently arranges
charter flights as an agent for AMIJC and the precise wording posted to
AMIJC's Web site that describes the relationship between the two
entities may be at issue. More...
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NEW UAV Textron announced this week it has agreed to buy
United Industrial Corp. for $1.1 billion, giving Textron responsibility
for the Shadow tactical unmanned aerial system currently working in Iraq
and Afghanistan, and providing the company a fresh card to play in the
UAV market. "This industry is still in the very early stages, but at
some point most of the military's surveillance aircraft and even many of
its fighter aircraft will be unmanned," Paul Nisbet, aerospace and
defense analyst for JSA Research Inc. in Newport, R.I., told The Boston
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DIRECT AIRBORNE INTERNET SERVICE EXPANDS ARINC Direct this
week unveiled coverage expansion for its SKYLink satellite broadband for
business jets. The coverage will by Q4 2007 include major portions of
Central and South America with SKYLink Ku-band coverage of the entire
Caribbean, though partnerships with SES AMERICOM. The service's total
coverage area will by year-end include coverage stretching from Central
Europe across the Atlantic, including southern Greenland, through
northern portions of South America. In other words, SKYLink customers
will be able to fly from Central Europe, through North America and on to
South America with uninterrupted e-mail and Internet service. Much of
the new service provided by SES AMERICOM comes through a new ground
station in Miami. More...
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& WHITNEY'S GEARED TURBOFAN Lower fuel burn and lower noise
is the aim of the new Geared Turbofan engine from Pratt & Whitney to be
tested in flight next year and later carried commercially in a new
Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Aboard the jet, the engine aims to offer
best-in-class efficiency, reduced environmental impact and lower
operating costs, making it a player in the demand for next-generation
technology. The gearing system in the engine works by allowing the
engine's fan to operate independent of the low pressure compressor and
turbine. The resultant slower fan speed produces less noise while
providing greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
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ON NEW TAX LAW FOR FRACTIONALS The California State Assembly
would like to assess property taxes on all fractional ownership flights
in the state, according to NATA's review of Senate Bill 87. NATA
reported yesterday that under the legislation, signed into law on Aug.
24, all flights operated in California as part of a fractional ownership
program would be subject to the property taxes of whatever county the
operation occurs in. The legislation establishes a formula to be used by
the ownership management in determining how much it must pay. According
to NATA, "The formula includes a fraction by which the total number of
operations conducted in a county is divided by the total number of
operations for the fractional ownership company." More...
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WEATHER RADAR FOR EPIC COCKPITS, FROM ARINC Add another stick
to the arsenal of information ARINC offers the modern cockpit. The
company announced last month a new graphical weather radar service for
business jet operators called Expanded Weather RadarSM. The product is
available immediately, bundled as a "no extra cost" addition to the
standard ARINC Direct flight-service portfolio and includes "first-time
coverage of major world regions where aviation weather radar data has
not previously been available," according to ARINC, plus "true local
radar coverage." The Expanded Weather Radar is offered to those ARINC
Direct customers operating Honeywell EpicTM avionics equipped aircraft.
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