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Volume 7, Number 31
August 5, 2009
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Top News: New FAA Rule for Icing on Transportsback to top 

The FAA on Tuesday changed its certification standards for transport category airplanes to require either the automatic activation of ice-protection systems or a method to tell pilots when they should be activated. "We're adding another level of safety to prevent situations where pilots are either completely unaware of ice accumulation or don't think it's significant enough to warrant turning on their ice protection equipment," said said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The new rule requires that airplanes must have an effective way to ensure the ice-protection system is activated at the proper time. The FAA has previously required the activation of pneumatic deicing boots on many aircraft models at the first sign of ice accumulation, a rule that has been controversial among pilots, some of whom believe they should wait for ice to form before activating the boots. This new certification standard avoids relying on the pilot alone to observe whether the airplane is accumulating ice, the FAA said, and it applies to all types of ice-protection systems, not just the boots. More...

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Oshkosh Forges Parternships, Opens Dialoguesback to top 

AirVenture at Oshkosh gets lots of attention for the spectacular aircraft and aviators it attracts, but in a less visible way, it's also a place to get things done. Everybody is gathered in one place, out of their offices and in a collegial atmosphere, and plenty of meetings are scheduled where decisions are made and the cause of GA is advanced, without much fanfare. One of those meetings took place on Friday afternoon, when EAA and AOPA staffers met with TSA and the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to discuss ways of improving border crossings without imposing unnecessary burdens on general aviation aircraft. The goal of the meeting was not to change policies, but to open the channels of communication. Randy Hansen, of EAA, explained to the federal officials that under current rules, GA aircraft operators must get two different approvals from two different agencies with different procedures and forms. More...

Groups of all kinds across the GA spectrum seem to have become convinced this year that collaboration, rather than competition, is good for everybody, and this week at AirVenture we saw a number of announcements about new relationships. One of those was between AOPA and Women in Aviation, International (WAI), who said on Thursday at Oshkosh that they will work together to strengthen GA and attract more women to the industry. "America's women are a tremendous audience for general aviation and are extremely important for our industry's growth," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. "They currently make up only 6 percent of the total pilot population, so the more we can do to encourage women to bring their enthusiasm and talents to aviation, the stronger we will all be." Peggy Chabrian, president of WAI, said her group will work with AOPA on its General Aviation Serves America campaign, and the two groups will have a stronger presence at each other's events. More...

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One of the long-awaited features the iPhone 3.0 update brings to the iPhone 3G or 3GS and the second generation iPod touch is Bluetooth's Advanced Audio Distribution Profile. This is a match made in heaven for the Zulu, because that profile comes built in — just let the music play! For more information, go to and click on "newsletter."
75 Years of Jeppesen Chartsback to top 

When Elrey Jeppesen in 1934 created the first aeronautical chart, he probably had no idea he was founding a company that would become one of the most well-known in aviation. Since then, the technology has changed a bit, as have the charts, and the company is celebrating its 75th year of traditional charting by partnering with two much newer, non-traditional companies, Aspen Avionics and SOLIDFX. Last week at AirVenture Oshkosh, the three announced agreements to display Jeppesen data on Aspen and SOLIDFX in-cockpit hardware solutions. More...

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Reflecting on the Economy and Moving Forwardback to top 

Sales of piston aircraft dropped 58 percent in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period a year before, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported in their quarterly update on Tuesday. Shipments fell from 1,034 airplanes last year to just 434 units in 2009. Business jets were also down, by 38 percent (from 663 to 412), and turboprops showed a relatively upbeat trend, with a drop of only 14 percent (221 to 191). "These are extremely challenging times for all general aviation manufacturers and suppliers," GAMA CEO Pete Bunce said in a news release. "Layoffs continue and our industry has been forced to slow, and in some cases, temporarily halt production lines." However, Bunce added that he is seeing some encouraging signs. "The overall economic picture is showing some signs of improvement, which is a crucial condition for recovery in the general aviation market," he said. "Flight hours are stabilizing, used inventories are beginning to shrink, and our manufacturers are seeing signs of renewed interest in airplane purchases." More...

Apparently undaunted by the current state of the aviation industry (see today's GAMA story), a pair of entrepreneurs is preparing to build a 600,000-square-foot facility at the Sheboygan County (Wisc.) Airport where they will develop and manufacture a new vertical-takeoff-and-landing jet design. County leaders said the company has potential for "tremendous economic development and job growth," according to the Sheboygan Press, and the state is providing an economic incentive package worth nearly $30 million. The project will also include offices and other facilities at the airport, and could create up to 2,000 jobs, according to the Press. We couldn't reach the company co-founders, Mark O'Halloran and Brian Morgan, by our deadline, but in a talk at Lakeshore Technical College in January, Morgan said he has been working on the jet design for 20 years. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The Kodiak was purpose-built in consultation with the mission organizations supported this year at AirVenture through EAA's Fly4Life program to provide a remote area reliable rough-field long-distance heavy hauler and this year is beginning to make good on its promise. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) took delivery of a Quest Aircraft turbine-powered Kodiak earlier this year to meet its need for a larger-payload Cessna 206 replacement that runs on jet fuel for operations in remote areas around the world. The MAF announced at AirVenture Oshkosh it plans to ensure "the reliability and cost efficiency of missionary flights" by replacing 20 of its Cessna 206 aircraft with nine-seat PT6A-powered Kodiaks, or larger Cessna Caravans. As a clean-sheet design built specifically for the wide-ranging environments posed by mission operations, the Kodiak is an aircraft that can take off in under 700 feet at a full gross weight of 6,750 pounds while offering pilots a 1,500-fpm climb rate. It also comes standard with a full three-panel Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite available with weather and synthetic vision, and can cruise at 179 KTAS at 12,000 feet for more than 1,000 nautical miles with reserves. 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 200,000 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...

You and Your Dollars Go Further in a Diamond
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

So, did everyone at AVweb enjoy AirVenture? Paul Bertorelli did. Even though he's been to a couple dozen of these and didn't get far from his laptop, he still managed to recapture a little of that air show excitement this year. Read all about the cool things he saw (and tire-kicked) at EAA AirVenture 2009 in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. More...

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EAA AirVenture 2009 Oshkosh Round-Upsback to top 
Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Here they are, all in one place — seven daily galleries of photos from EAA AirVenture 2009, one bonus gallery (filled with pictures we didn't share during our show coverage), three galleries of photos from the Seaplane Base, and seven incredible zoomable panoramas. Click through for thumbnailed links to all the galleries. 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

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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