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Volume 10, Number 41c
November 1, 2012
ForeFlight Mobile || Intelligent Apps for 
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Finding One Vision for a Second Life: The Three Rsback to top 
This is the final of three special editions of AVwebBiz covering the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida. Regular AVwebFlash issues will resume tomorrow with Friday Features, and the regular AVwebBiz will resume next week.
Sponsor Announcement
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AVweb's Three Rs Initiative progressed with a meeting attended by leaders of the aircraft remanufacturing and refurbishment industry at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando Wednesday. AVweb Publisher Tom Bliss took input from stakeholders at this and earlier meetings and what's emerging is a standards organization that will set criteria for quality refurbishment of aircraft that have plenty of life left in them. "I see this not as a service business," Bliss said. "I see this as a remanufacturing business." More...

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In the Wake of Hurricane Sandyback to top 

As its members meet in sunny Orlando, NBAA is marshaling efforts to use business aircraft to help with the relief efforts in the storm-tossed Northeast. NBAA hosts the Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database where aircraft owners and operators can volunteer the use of their aircraft for humanitarian aid. Aid organizations use the list to find aircraft appropriate to the missions that might need to be flown. "At the moment, much like the rest of the country, we're waiting to see what the damage is and what efforts will be needed in the hours immediately following the storm's passage," Robin Eissler, president of the Sky Hope Network, told NBAA. "Our focus is specifically on life-saving flights and placing aviation assets where they are needed most." More...

Hurricane Sandy caused a total of 19,574 commercial flight cancelations from Saturday October 27, through Thursday, Nov. 1 (known as of Wednesday), according to, as travel regained its footing, Wednesday, and La Guardia remained closed. La Guardia was still flooded with standing water, Wednesday, and may require assessment by engineers to determine the extent of salt-water damage to equipment, airport lighting, and ground-based navigation aids before it runs at capacity. The projection for Thursday operations at other area airports -- JFK International and Newark Liberty -- is trending toward normalcy. But there is a lot of people- and package-moving to make up and La Guardia is a major component. More...

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
Cutting-Edge De-Icing for Kestrel's Turbopropback to top 

Kestrel Aircraft's turboprop design will feature an electro-mechanical deicing system, the company announced this week at the NBAA Convention in Orlando. The Cox & Co. system removes ice from the leading edges with a pulsing impact delivered from channels inside the leading edges of the wings. CEO Alan Klapmeier said the system retains laminar flow over the wing while removing the ice. "This is a critical factor for achieving high speed and reducing drag and fuel consumption," he 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.

Click here to receive introductory pricing information.
MD302 Gyro: Just Call Him "SAM"back to top 

When glass first appeared a dozen years ago, virtually all of the required backup gyros were of the iron variety — vacuum- or electric-powered. Increasingly, manufacturers are turning to glass backups as well, and at NBAA in Orlando this week, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced its new SAM, a two-inch combined attitude gyro and pitot-static instrument.

This video is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather AND Avidyne. 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,
The Next Generation of Embraer's Legacyback to top 

Embraer said at the NBAA convention in Orlando this week that its first prototype of the Legacy 500 midsize jet will be ready for first flight within the next few weeks. The all-new jet is aimed to fill the gap between the light Phenom models and the big-cabin 600 and 650. The jet, with a stand-up cabin that seats 12, can fly at Mach .82 for 3,000 nm. The company has two other prototypes in the works for the flight-test program and said first deliveries of the jet will take place in 2014. More...

With a big baggage area and an optional full galley, the Embraer 450 ups the game in its class. Embraer's Ernie Edwards took us through the new mock-up at NBAA 2012.

This video is brought to you by ForeFlight and Sennheiser. More...

Phillips 66® Aviation || The Most 
Trusted Wings in Aviation™
Phillips 66® Aviation — The Most Trusted Wings In Aviation™
On the go? When it comes to convenience and functionality, the WingPoints® app puts you in the pilot's seat. This no-cost app will allow you to plot your next flight. Plan your next purchase. Reward yourself with the WingPoints App. Just another reason why we are The Most Trusted Wings in Aviation™. Click here to learn more.
R&D to Improve Landings (Part I)back to top 

Researchers at Embry-Riddle have received FAA funding that they will use to evaluate pilot performance to determine the feasibility of deploying GPS-aided precision landing approaches at small airports. At issue is whether or not the kind of precision approaches normally used at larger aiports can be safely used for landing on shorter, narrower runways and under what conditions. The project will get under way in summer, 2013. Pilots for the project have not yet been recruited. More...

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!
R&D to Improve Landings (Part II)back to top 

They're supposed to be the action a pilot takes to avoid an unsafe condition, but missed approaches and go-arounds too often result in accidents. The Flight Safety Foundation is trying to find out why, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the foundation's Kevin Hiatt.

This podcast is brought to you by Avidyne and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

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.
Eagle Creek Brings Garmin Glass to Commanderback to top 

Twin Commanders continue to serve as great personal and business platforms. Eagle Creek Aviation's Jarret Haffner spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about their Garmin G950 upgrade.

This podcast is brought to you by ForeFlight and Sennheiser. More...

Pilot Workshops || Three Things You Should 
Never Say to ATC || Click Here to Find Out
Three Things You Should Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC. Avoid these common mistakes and make your interactions more efficient and accurate. This is a sample from Pilot Workshops' Tip of the Week. Click here for this quick tip.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

At NBAA's annual convention, both the association and attendees struggled to promote business aviation against the headwinds of negative public perception. With the U.S. Presidential election next week, everyone seemed anxious to get it in the rearview and take the focus off a sitting President who has been less than enthusiastic about business airplanes. Paul Bertorelli gauges the temperature in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, filed from the covention floor. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Safety-Fly 700 || Available from 
California Power Systems
Safety-Fly 700 Available Now at California Power Systems
Safety-Fly 700 is a useful universal control device for ultralight aircraft that monitors in real time, by means of warning lights and an acoustic buzzer. Safety-Fly 700 displays a fuel light for open tabs; it includes pre-alarms and more. The calibration is done directly by the pilot by means of the existing instruments installed on the dashboard. Safety-Fly 700 is supplied with a wiring harness, connectors, and an operating manual. Call 1 (800) AIR‑WOLF or visit
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


Makings lemons out of lemonade is the sign of a great FBO, and this week, reader David Townsend tells us how the FBO at Coulter Field (KCFD) in Bryan, Texas took the sting out of an unplanned detour a couple of weeks ago:

On October 19, I was en route to pick up my son from Texas A&M University when a bomb threat (a hoax) forced the evacuation of that campus, including closure of the on-campus airport. Coulter Field is ten miles away, so everyone inbound that afternoon, including many arriving for the football game the next day, diverted to Coulter. I've been to Coulter before, and it has a fine runway with excellent approaches, a generous ramp, and a clean, well-equipped FBO. This day, the staff really rose to the occasion. It was SRO in the lounge. Everyone needed information, transportation, and a cookie. We all got what we needed with a smile, even the LSU fans.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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

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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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