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Volume 10, Number 41a
October 30, 2012
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The Future of Beechcraftback to top 
This is the first of three special editions of AVwebBiz covering the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida. Regular AVwebFlash issues will resume Friday with Friday Features, and the regular AVwebBiz will resume next week.

Beechcraft Corporation is hoping to build a new big turboprop single as it emerges from bankruptcy, abandons jet production and focuses on the turboprop and military side of its current operations, following the collapse of a takeover bid by China-owned Superior Air Parts. In a wide-ranging news conference at NBAA 2012 in Orlando on Monday, Beech officials announced the company will continue to support almost 30,000 jets in the field and continue with retrofit programs to modernize them. He also said the company is entertaining offers from a variety of potential suitors, some of which would resume production of some jet models and others that would just assume the support function. The focus on new product development will be on prop-driven aircraft, including the as-yet unnamed turbine single. In a podcast interview, Beech VP Shawn Vick said the turboprop will use the Premier fuselage that will allow executive club seating for eight or a high density configuration for up to 11 passengers. There are also plans for an unpressurized utility version that can operate from unimproved fields. Vick said the piston line will be retained but there could be some kerosene in its future. More...

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What does Beechcraft Corporation's post-bankruptcy restructuring mean for out-of-production airplanes, particularly Hawker's popular line of jets? AVweb's Russ Niles sat down with Beechcraft executive vice president Shawn Vick at the NBAA Convention in Orlando to find out.

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Quality Time with Cessna's Citation at NBAAback to top 

Cessna brought the new version of its Citation Sovereign business jet to NBAA in Orlando this week, with a Garmin G5000 avionics suite and new Pratt & Whitney PW306D engines. Like other newer Citation models, the New Sovereign will have winglets. The upgrades will boost the range by 150 nm, for a total range of 3,000 nm, and Cessna says short-runway performance is also improved. Production has already begun on the new model, Cessna said, with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of next year. More...

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At NBAA, Cessna showed a reworked mock-up of its new Longitude jet, with a larger walk-in baggage bay. Russ Niles filed this video report from Orlando.

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Two weeks ago, AVweb reported on Tamarack Aerospace's unique active winglet technology that substantially reduces drag, dramatically increasing climb rate and reducing fuel burn in cruise. At NBAA in Orlando, Florida, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli flew with the system in a CitationJet. Here's his report.

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Gulfstream Aims Bigger, Better, Fasterback to top 

Gulfstream said at NBAA's Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando on Monday that its ultra-large-cabin G650, which was FAA certified last month, will have longer range at high speeds and shorter takeoff distances than formerly announced. The aircraft's range at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 is now 6,000 nautical miles, the company said. The original target was 5,000 nm. The change means a 6,000-nm mission flown by the G650 at Mach 0.90 would be 40 minutes faster than the same mission flown by a G550, said Pres Henne, senior vice president for engineering at Gulfstream. More...

Kestrel Aircraft || Visit Us at NBAA
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Kestrel Aircraft is a new aviation company led by general aviation entrepreneur Alan Klapmeier. Based on the original work done by Farnborough Aircraft, the Kestrel airplane will be a six- to eight-seat, all-composite, single-engine turboprop, boasting a broad performance envelope and the newest technologies available in personal and business aircraft. Headquartered in Superior, Wisconsin, currently over 80 engineers and support staff work at Kestrel, focusing on aircraft design and certification. Go to for more information.
Good Times Ahead for Big Spendersback to top 

The business jet market will grow over the next few years but most of that growth will continue to be at the high end of the market, according to a news release on the Honeywell Business Aircraft Outlook released on the eve of NBAA 2012 in Orlando. Honeywell says about 10,000 new bizjets worth a total of about $250 billion over the next 10 years. Honeywell says globalization is driving the market for longer range aircraft and physics dictate that the farther a plane has to fly, the bigger it has to be. "The trend toward larger cabin aircraft with ever-increasing range expectations and advanced avionics continues to be reflected in this year's survey," said Rob Wilson, president, Honeywell Business and General Aviation. More...

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Unusual Attitude Training in a Mustangback to top 

Stallion 51 is well known for its P-51 Mustang program using the dual-equipped Crazy Horse. But now it's branching out into upset recovery training using both the Mustang and an L-39 jet trainer. At the NBAA Convention press day on Monday, well-known aerobatic performer Lee Lauderback explained that the program will be aimed at corporate and professional pilots and is available in several levels.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to 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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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