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Volume 5, Number 41
October 24, 2007
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Meet the New Boss ...back to top 

Acting FAA administrator Robert Sturgell will be nominated by President Bush to fill that position for the next five years, the White House announced on Tuesday. Sturgell, 48, formerly was a senior policy advisor at the NTSB, flew for United Airlines, and was an instructor at the Navy's Top Gun Fighter Weapons School. He has been deputy FAA administrator since 2003. He is also an attorney and has practiced aviation law at the Washington, D.C., law firm Shaw Pittman. "Bobby has worked tirelessly to modernize our nation's air traffic control system," White House press secretary Dana Perino said. "He has over three decades of real world experience in the field." More...

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... Same as the Old Boss?back to top 

The National Business Aviation Association has reacted politely, but guardedly to the appointment of Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to the full-time post. "Bobby Sturgell is a distinguished aviator with a strong government background, having served both at the National Transportation Safety Board, and at the highest levels of the FAA, and NBAA looks forward to working with him," said a somewhat sterile single-paragraph statement released by NBAA. By contrast, the Air Transport Association (NBAA’s arch rival in the user fee fight) was downright effusive and pointedly mentioned the airspace modernization effort (which it says should come with user fees) that Sturgell worked on under former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. More...

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The Ongoing FAA & NATCA Mathematics Showdownback to top 

Last week the FAA issued a press release saying it had exceeded its hiring goals for air traffic controllers in the last fiscal year, attracting 1,800 new air traffic controllers and was on track to meet its long-term goals. “We’re getting a lot of enthusiastic new recruits who are interested in becoming air traffic controllers,” said [then-]Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell. “Controller hiring, training and staffing is a major priority and we are on track to meet future traffic needs.” However, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says that while there may be bodies in the buildings, that doesn’t mean the number of qualified air traffic controllers is reflected in those figures and the manpower crisis it has long predicted is upon us as the most experienced controllers head for the exits. “Our system is on the brink of a total breakdown,” NATCA President Pat Forrey told a teleconference on Monday. More...

JA Air Center Offers Huge Incentives For G1000 King Air C90 Retrofit!
JA Air Center is offering great incentives to a launch customer! The G1000 for King Air C90A/B series puts a wealth of flight-critical data at your fingertips. It integrates navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather and engine instrumentation on high-definition LCDs. Call JA Air at (800) 323-5966 to talk to an expert about your King Air C90. For a presentation on this exciting avionics suite, click here.

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TAG USA Comes Under U.S. Ownershipback to top 

Swiss-owned TAG Aviation Holding S.A. has sold its U.S. aircraft management unit, TAG Aviation USA, to U.S.-based Sentient Flight Group LLC in the aftermath of the closure of AMI Jet Charter by the FAA for what the agency claimed were muddy ownership and management arrangements for aircraft used by AMI. According to a joint news release, the deal should allow AMI to start operating again. "The deal will provide TAG USA with a favorable solution to an operational control matter regarding operating authority of its affiliated certificate holder, AMI Jet Charter – which is largely related to TAG USA's foreign ownership by Swiss-based TAG Aviation Holding," the release said. More...

Loss of Control in Flight: Leading Cause of Aviation Accidents
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Gulfstream as UAVback to top 

There are lots of options available on a Gulfstream 550 but Boeing intends to make the flight deck crew one of them. Lacking a suitable platform of its own, the Chicago-based company has purchased one of the $43 million state-of-the-art bizjets to turn it into a drone for maritime surveillance. If it’s successful, Boeing could win a $4 billion contract to build the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) program. More...

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.
BizJet Boomback to top 

Bombardier says it's expecting a sales increase of 40 percent in business jets to the Middle East and North Africa this year thanks to surging economies and the accompanying interest in the most convenient way to travel by air. According to Gulfnews.com the company has already sold 27 aircraft in that part of the world this year, fully 10 percent of its production for the year. "The demand has gone crazy at the moment in the Middle East," Khader Mattar, the company's VP of sales for that area said Monday. More...

AFSS Is Up to Speed. And Gaining Altitude.
The new automated flight services system is here. Revolutionizing flight service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of performance. And a future of efficient, effective service that give general aviation pilots more flexibility than they've ever thought possible. To see for yourself, visit AFSS.com.
Turboprops A-Plenty in Scottsdale Next Weekback to top 

With the price of fuel, the aviation world has renewed its love affair with the turboprop and the ultimate celebration of the breed is scheduled for next week in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Turboprop Expo starts Oct. 30 and features a jammed agenda of technical seminars, the inevitable political discussions and social events. There will also be a glimpse of the efforts to restore the granddaddy of turboprop success stories by the King Air Foundation. More...

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.
Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Objectback to top 

If you've ever wondered what happens when an expensive business jet collides with an asphalt roller, you might ask Sony Corp. Their Mystere Falcon 900 was taxiing for departure from Teterboro Airport last Sept. 28 when the left wing clipped the machine on a taxiway. According to the NTSB preliminary report, neither the captain of the Falcon, nor the roller operator claimed to see the other coming. No one was hurt but we suspect it ruined a lot people's day. (Click through for photos.) More...

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Help Us Make the Newsback to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? 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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