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Volume 7, Number 33
August 26, 2009
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Top News: 21st Century Facelift for Part 23?back to top 

The FAA has released a proposed update to its rules for the certification of light jets. The changes aim to streamline the Part 23 certification process, and "reflect the current needs of industry, accommodate future trends, address emerging technologies, and provide for future airplane operations," according to the FAA. The rule changes aim to establish a standard of certification that would be similar to what is required of other aircraft in the same size range. The FAA hopes the new rules will reduce its current workload of processing exemptions and approving special conditions for small jets. More...

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New Jersey Airport Scrutinizedback to top 

JFK and LaGuardia airports have twice the traffic of Teterboro, but since 2004 Teterboro has provoked twice the number of NTSB incident investigations, reported Friday. The NTSB found that either controller or pilot error contributed to nearly each case's probable cause. The airport's other near neighbor, Newark International Airport, has nearly three times the traffic hosted by Teterboro but has also seen fewer reported incidents over the past five years. At each airport those incidents involved everything from close calls between aircraft and ground equipment to aircraft damage and fatalities. Teterboro is one of the nation's busiest airports, and in 2007 saw an average of more than 540 operations per day. That traffic is composed, almost entirely, of a mix of general aviation and air taxi service that the other aforementioned airports do not see. More...

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Recession Puts Heavy Load on Jet Makersback to top 

What was billed as one of the biggest business jet orders ever when it was announced almost a year ago has now become one of the biggest business jet order cancellations ever. Bombardier confirmed last week that it had terminated a $1.5 billion order for 110 Learjet 60 XR aircraft from European fractional and on-demand charter operator Jet Republic. The announcement came on the heels of Jet Republic CEO Jonathan Breeze's memo to staff that the company was "technically insolvent." Some analysts are saying the cancellation could result in layoffs at the Learjet plant in Wichita as Bombardier grapples with cancellations and deferrals in all aspects of its aerospace operations. More...

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Ramadan a Blessing to Charters During Recessionback to top 

International Air Charter is anticipating a 50-percent increase in demand for charters to Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan which began Aug. 21 and continues to Sept. 19. The company is devoting "substantial resources" to help well-heeled religious tourists conduct their pilgrimages to holy cities like Makkah (Mecca) and Madinah comfortably and efficiently. "The large number of tourist arrivals during Ramadan makes chartered flights a practical travel solution, especially for affluent travellers who wish to avoid the time-consuming formalities of commercial air travel," IAC spokesman Elie Abdo said in a statement. More...

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Order the Bendix/King by Honeywell Apex Edge Series KFD 840 integrated Primary Flight Display before September 30, 2009 and receive an AV8OR Handheld at no cost to you. The KFD 840 features an 8.4" diagonal LCD display. The AV8OR Handheld is the portable GPS with a 4.3" touchscreen that is larger and easier to read than competing GPS systems. For more information, visit your local dealer. Click here for details on the Apex Edge series.
"This Isn't the End; It's Just the Intermission"back to top 

Alan Klapmeier is as of Friday no longer employed with the company he founded. Klapmeier, along with brother Dale, created Cirrus Design, manufacturer of the popular SR20 and SR22 aircraft, designs that reignited competition in single-engine piston aircraft and rose to a dominant position in the market. Recently renamed Cirrus Aircraft, the single largest manufacturing employer in Duluth, Minn., has since 2001 been in the hands of majority-share-holding Arcapita Inc., an Atlanta-based venture capital firm. "This isn't the end. It's just the intermission," Klapmeier told the Duluth News Tribune. But Klapmeier also confessed he didn't know what he'd be doing next. As we reported last month, Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters confirmed Klapmeier would be replaced as Cirrus's chairman of the board. No replacement has been announced. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

China will open its first facility for private jets next year at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport, sometime before the World Expo opens there in May, Shanghai Daily reported this week. The project is already under construction. The 10,000-square-foot private-jet terminal will provide its own security inspections, quarantine facilities and customs, separate from the other air passenger traffic. A hangar will provide space for up to three jets. Officials said up to 4,000 private jets will arrive in Shanghai during the Expo, according to Shanghai Daily. That's about twice as many private jet flights as the entire country now handles in a year. More...

You and Your Dollars Go Further in a Diamond
When smart pilots compare safety statistics and resale values, plus maintenance, insurance and operating costs, it's clear that investing in a Diamond pays big dividends. Top that off with Diamond's outstanding performance, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology, and there's no question — you'll go further in a Diamond.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The NTSB's work is so serious, so respected, and so vital that we don't expect them to throw a fit when a group like the air traffic controllers' association issues a press release that's a little off the government message. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues why we should expect better of the safety agency. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Doug Brantner
Doug Brantner is a partner in Groom Aviation LLC as a general aviation consultant. He was formerly vice president in charge of Hawker Beechcraft Services.

Michael Opheim
Michael Opheim has been named sales manager for Avidyne's eastern region. Opheim spent 30 years with Rockwell Collins.

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

At Edwards Air Force Base, they still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step. 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...

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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