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Volume 10, Number 41b
October 31, 2012
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Going Supersonic at NBAAback to top 
This is the second 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.

Aerion Corporation says the next phase of testing toward its ultimate goal of facilitating the creation of a supersonic business jet will get under way at Edwards Air Force Base in November. The company will mount a prototype wing section under a NASA F-15 to see how it works. In a podcast interview at NBAA 2012 in Orlando, Aerion COO Doug Nicols said there is still plenty of interest in the aircraft and lots of work going on to make it a reality. More...

Building the world's fastest business jet is a slow process, but work is proceeding on the Aerion Mach 1.6 aircraft. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Aerion COO Doug Nichols at NBAA 2012.

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XM WX Satellite Weather || Weather with 
Weather with Perspective
XM WX Satellite Weather gives you onboard perspective on the weather. Graphical data like Radar, Lightning, Winds and more enhance your situational awareness and is compatible with the industry's leading MFDs, EFBs, glass cockpits, and now the iPad. Additionally, flexible subscription options ensure you get the dataset that's right for you. Come see the latest from XM WX Satellite Weather at booth 1090 during NBAA 2012 or visit us online at
After the Stormback to top 

The effects of hurricane Sandy continued to disrupt travel in the northeast on Tuesday, with more than 15,000 scheduled airline flights cancelled, which may be a new record for one event. But while airlines may be grounded for a while yet, that doesn't mean the skies aren't crowded. The FAA on Tuesday afternoon asked all aircraft operators to avoid New York's Class B airspace, 1,500 feet and below, due to extensive disaster relief, recovery and reconstitution efforts, search and rescue, law enforcement and medevac operations being conducted in and around the New York City and Newark metropolitan areas. "Pilots should exercise extreme caution due to low-flying aircraft," the FAA said. More...

Introducing the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM || 
The Easy-to-Install IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM
As the newest member of Avidyne's integrated flight display family, the IFD440 has been designed to be an easy-to-install, plug & play replacement for legacy GNS430-Series navigators. The IFD440 provides powerful navigation, communication, and multi-function display capabilities, and its easy-to-use Hybrid Touch user interface allows pilots to perform virtually all functions using dedicated knobs/buttons or via the touchscreen interface. Now you have a Choice. And the Choice is Easy.

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HondaJet Leaps from Paper to Realityback to top 

Honda Aircraft has started production of the first customer HondaJet and will have three or four ready for delivery by the time the small jet is certified at the end of 2013. Problems with the fan blades prompted a delay in the certification of the GE Honda Aero engines that are fundamental to the efficiency of the design and set back the test schedule, but President Michimasa Fujino told a news conference on Monday at NBAA 2012 that the engine is now close to certification and the rest of the schedule is catching up. Despite the delays (certification was originally planned for late 2012) and changes in the market, Fujino was typically upbeat about the project, which is more than 25 years old. More...

VoiceFlight || Helicopter Speech 
Helicopter Speech Recognition
hands-free vectoring to any latitude/longitude
hands-free entry of Nav/Comm frequencies

The HELO101 uses VoiceFlight's field-proven speech recognition technology to address the inherent conflicts between safe rotocraft flight operations and the distractions of data entry on modern avionics. See a demonstration on our web site,
Boeing Goes Big with New BBJsback to top 

Boeing will expand its line of 737-based business jets with the BBJ Max 8 and the BBJ Max 9, the company announced at the NBAA Convention in Orlando this week. The Max 8 will use CFM International's new Leap-1B engines and Boeing's new two-surface winglet for a 13-percent boost in fuel efficiency. The changes also will increase range by 14 percent, to 6,325 nm. The Max 9 plan is still in the works, but "similar performance improvements are anticipated," Boeing said. More...

Phillips 66® Aviation || The Most 
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Encouraging Flight: NBAA's Roleback to top 

At its annual convention in Orlando on Monday, NBAA said that starting next year, it will for the first time recognize private pilots for outstanding safe-flying achievement. NBAA has recognized safe flying every year since 1953 with awards to business aviation operators and individuals who fly accident-free. The new Private Pilot Safety Award will recognize safety accomplishments by operators of light business aircraft who fly with a private pilot certificate. The association also will bestow this week a number of scholarships to help young people pursue careers in business aviation. More...

ForeFlight Mobile || Intelligent Apps for 
ForeFlight: Intelligent Apps for Pilots™
Best-in-class design, best-in-class pre-flight and in-flight weather, Touch Planning™, auto-routing, geo-referenced approach and enroute charts, aviation documents, and our Fanatical Pilot Support™ make ForeFlight Mobile for iPad aviation's most popular app. Learn more about ForeFlight — including our new documents and pubs solution for flight departments — on the web at
Aviation Jobs: Where the Action Isback to top 

There's high demand out there for skilled, experienced aviation technicians in the refurb and repair market, according to AVweb spoke to JSfirm's Jeff Richards at the NBAA Convention in Orlando this week to get a snapshot of the aerospace employment market.

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Eclipse 550
Eclipse Carefree Ownership Unveiled
For a limited time, EAI is offering 550 jet positions with our new Carefree Ownership Program at no additional cost. This program includes fuel at no extra cost for the first year you own your Eclipse Jet, and all scheduled maintenance, inspections, and consumables (including brakes, batteries, oil, and tires) for the first two years of ownership, as well as a training allowance to cover everything from jet basics to your Eclipse Jet type rating. Click here to see the complete details of this offer!
A Different Approach to De-Icingback to top 

Pneumatic boots are probably the best known way to remove ice from an aircraft in flight. But there's another way: electromechanical pulse de-icing. In this video from NBAA, AVweb reports on the Cox system, which has gained some market traction.

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Kestrel Aircraft || Visit Us at NBAA
Kestrel Aircraft Company
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.
Twin Otters Reincarnatedback to top 

No other airplane does what de Havilland's famed Twin Otter does, which is why even though it hasn't been made for 40 years, it endures in the market. Ikhana Aircraft is remanufacturing the Twin Otter into virtually a new airplane. AVweb checks it out in this video from NBAA.

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AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
What Have You Missed on AVwebcom?back to top 

So let's get this straight: The airlines stuff us to turn off cellphone and tablet computers, yet the pilots up in the pointy end are using them as plate readers? That's not all. We know of at least two incidents in which iPads have bailed out crews after complete avionics failures in modern jets. Paul Bertorelli digs into the contradictions on the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

In a surprising move that wasn't all that surprising, EAA's board dismissed Rod Hightower as the association's president. The good news? Jack Pelton will chair the board to get the association back on track. Paul Bertorelli runs down the plusses in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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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...

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. 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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