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Volume 7, Number 28
July 15, 2009
Lightspeed Invites You to Celebrate Aviation
... at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 (July 27 - August 2, Oshkosh, WI). Come visit our tent outside Hanger B for demos, t-shirts, show specials, free refreshments, video presentations, and more. Click here to visit Lightspeed online.
Top News: Reauthorization Bill Proposes Timelineback to top 
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A bipartisan committee of senators has introduced an FAA reauthorization bill that sets 2018 as the deadline for GPS-based air traffic control through the whole National Airspace System. The bill was introduced by leading transportation and security committee chairs and will go to the Senate Commerce Committee for discussion before hitting the floor of the Senate. In addition to the clear direction to speed up the so-called NextGen program, the Senate bill addresses some near-term high-profile concerns, including enhancing helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), safety inspections of regional airlines and more scrutiny of airline pilots' flight tests and reviews. More...

Precisely Engineered for Fun: The Remos GX
The Remos GX's legendary German engineering, quality and performance give you an affordable, proven airplane with competitive operating costs. The new full-carbon-fiber wing system combines low weight and high strength for an almost unlimited lifetime. The new slotted flaps allows steeper descent rates and safer short-field landings. Technically superior but uncomplicated and easy to fly, our best-in-class useful load handles all the equipment you need for a unique, fun flying experience for years to come. Click now for details ( or call 1 (877) REMOS-88.
Farewell, Columbus — We Hardly Knew Yeback to top 

When Cessna put the Columbus program on hold in April, hope remained that the jet, which would have been Cessna's biggest ever, would reappear sometime in the future. "Don't write the Columbus off your radar screen," said Lewis Campbell, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company, at the time. But last week, Textron said the Columbus project is over. "Upon additional analysis of the business jet market related to this product offering, we decided to formally cancel further development of the Citation Columbus," the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Textron will take a $43 million write-off. The SEC statement says Cessna has spent about $50 million on tooling, facilities and other costs for the Columbus, most of which cannot be recovered or used for other projects. The 10-passenger, $27 million jet was expected to start deliveries in 2014. More...

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Whole Story Remains to Be Told ...back to top 

The crew of a Southwest Airlines 737-300 made a safe emergency landing after a hole opened in the fuselage at about 34,000 feet during a flight from Nashville to Baltimore on Monday evening. It was not immediately clear what caused the hole, about one foot square, in the upper fuselage near the vertical stabilizer. Pictures of a squared-off hole posted online suggest a panel of some sort that came loose, or perhaps a rupture in the skin that was contained by reinforcing strips. Passenger Michael Cunningham told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday morning there was no panic. "Everybody just calmly ... figured out what was going on," he said, and donned their oxygen masks as the cabin depressurized. "After we landed in Charleston [W. Va.], the pilot came out and looked up through the hole, and everybody applauded, shook his hand, a couple of people gave him hugs," Cunningham said. No injuries were reported. The airplane was about 15 years old. The NTSB is investigating. More...

The New Meridian G1000 — Commanding
The new Meridian G1000 with Garmin G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilot suite, business jet luxury and turbine simplicity for 30% less than any comparable six-place turbine-powered aircraft. With a panel as commanding as the airplane, and a million dollars less than its closest competitor, "Pilot in Command" means precisely that.

Click here for more information on the new Piper Meridian G1000.
Cirrus SR Customers Get Parts Supplierback to top 

Cirrus Aircraft said on Tuesday that it will team up with Aerospace Products International to provide spare parts to owners of its SR-series piston airplanes. "Cirrus customers will benefit from API's 24-hour-per-day service [and] one-stop shopping for all aircraft parts needs," Cirrus said in a statement. The new preferred services agreement marks a key milestone in Cirrus's initiative to offer customer service and support through the complete life cycle of the aircraft, the company said. The program will operate under the brand "Cirrus Parts by API." API will provide parts for Cirrus authorized service centers and will also handle customer returns and warranty claims. Brent Wouters, president and CEO of Cirrus, said it's all about building customer loyalty and satisfaction. "We explored all the available technology in the aerospace aftermarket and support industry and chose what we believe to be the most innovative solution to servicing our aircraft," Wouters said. "This program goes beyond anything previously provided to aircraft operators and we are very pleased to be partnering with API." More...

Become a Mooniac Now
There has never been a better time to own the fastest single-engine piston plane available. Mooney Airplane Company is offering generous incentives, low interest rates, the best warranty in the industry, and immediate delivery from current inventory. In addition, you may qualify for significant tax advantages with 50% bonus depreciation this year. Click here for the top 10 reasons to buy a Mooney now.
GA Airports Under the Microscopeback to top 

AOPA says it tried to help CBS balance a story it ran on the distribution of stimulus money to small airports but didn't get the chance. The network pointed out that about a third of the $1.1 billion in stimulus money earmarked for "little-used airports or ones catering to recreational flyers, corporate jets and remote communities," suggesting that big airports, like LAX went begging for projects like "critical taxiway warning lights." AOPA said LAX did get $15 million for a new firehall. Although the CBS story is undoubtedly factual, the tone suggests the money was wasted in the face of dire safety deficiencies at commercial airports, while ignoring the benefits local airports bring to their communities. More...

Rediscover Jet City!
Make King County International Airport/Boeing Field your flight destination! Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Seattle, KBFI is positioned in the center of the growing economy of the Puget Sound region, serving as a hub for business travel, private jets, and general aviation travel. Partner with aviation experts when you fly to Seattle. Make your destination King County International Airport/Boeing Field! For more information, visit online.
New on AVwebback to top 

By now, most everyone has seen Dave Carroll's video for "United Breaks Guitars" and empathized with the plight of the passenger who can't get any satisfaction from the major airlines. Now may be a good time to extend some of that empathy to "kind Ms. Irlweg" and the rest of United's policy-enforcing employees, Russ Niles says in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. More...

You knew we would have to talk about this sooner or later. Like most of us, Paul Bertorelli concedes he hasn't the first clue about rationalizing airplane ownership with climate change — but that didn't stop him from sharing his thought on the AVweb Insider blog. Log in and add your own opinion to the mix. More...

Aircraft Ownership and Partnership
Is the cost of flying keeping you on the ground? Explore your options with these money-saving books. Each offers expert guidance on prices, real-world operating expenses, cutting the costs of ownership, and renting vs. owning vs. partnerships vs. leasebacks — including pitfalls to avoid, paperwork, sample agreements, tax tips, financing and insurance, and updated owner maintenance procedures. Check out these and other books at
Another Chance to Win an AV8OR Begins Hereback to top 


Bendix/King by Honeywell is helping us give away another AV8OR handheld MFD unit to celebrate EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! All you have to do is click the image at right to enter your name and e-mail address. And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, but Bendix/King by Honeywell may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign-up for AVweb's EAA AirVenture 2009 coverage and qualify for the AV8OR prize drawing, too. (We won't spam them, either, but we will send them our e-mail news Flashes.)

Deadline for entries is midnight EST on Sunday, August 2, 2009.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

(There's nothing to buy. All you need to do is be registered with AVweb.)


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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

The DA20 is a terrific instrument and basic trainer, and now it has the option of a glass panel with the Aspen EFIS system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently checked out the system with test pilot Rob Johnson. More...

Video Marketplace Spotlight

Classic Cockpits DVDs
Rick Searle Productions takes you behind the stick of some of the world's most incredible classic airplanes — the Douglas DC-3, the PBY Catalina, the de Havilland Vampire, and the Avro Lancaster — in a series of Classic Cockpits DVDs.

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Safety Equipment — Add Aviation Safety to Your MEL
A Minimum Equipment List is not complete without a subscription to Aviation Safety. Discover this informative, instructive monthly publication that sharpens your air readiness. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.
Who's Whereback to top 

Joe Russell
Joe Russell is president of Jet Source in Carlsbad, Calif. He joined the company as controller last September and is now in charge of overall strategic planning, fiscal management, business development and day-to-day activities.

June Mason
June Mason is the new quality assurance manager for the Alloy Products Group at Wall Colmonoy. She has extensive experience in the aerospace side of the industry.

Carey Miller
Carey Miller is filling the newly created position of U.S. Western Region Marketing Manager for Universal Avionics. Miller was formerly at Rockwell Collins and is a corporate pilot.

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...

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

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

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

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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