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Volume 7, Number 35
September 9, 2009
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Groups, Gatherings, Growth and Geeseback to top 

Asian Aerospace 2009, a leading event for the region that is held every other year, takes place in Hong Kong this week, Tuesday through Thursday, with a new emphasis on corporate aviation. "The event's unique positioning and focus will provide a platform for the business aviation industry to meet the widely forecasted groundswell of demand in Asia, particularly from China," event organizers said in a news release. Speakers will tackle topics such as legal, regulatory, and insurance considerations; airspace requirements; safety regulations; and Air Operator's certificates. China is already the world's second-largest overall aviation market, according to event organizers. In spite of the world economic turndown, 2008 was a record year for the business aviation market in Asia, particularly in mainland China. More...

People who worry about bird strikes in aviation, from airport operators to air traffic controllers to researchers and safety experts, gather every year for a Bird Strike North America Conference -- but this year's event, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Victoria, British Columbia, is expected to draw more attention than usual. The dramatic Hudson River ditching early this year brought widespread attention to the issue of bird strikes, and some new technologies are expected to debut at the event. Accipiter Radar will introduce a 360-degree 3-D avian radar technology. Other vendors will display various kinds of radars for detecting birds as well as methods for dispersing them, such as colored laser beams, specially trained dogs, radio-controlled cannons, and garlic oil sprayed on grass to make it unpalatable for geese. More...

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Cessna Citations Swarm the Skies Over Coloradoback to top 

Likely the biggest concentration of Citations outside of Wichita was in Aspen on the long weekend and it's not even ski season. The first convention of the Citation Jet Pilots owner pilot association was held at the Colorado resort and more than 40 aircraft and 150 people attended. "The event helped owners learn more about their aircraft as well as provide feedback to Cessna and the major system providers to the Citation fleet," said CJP President John Hayes, who founded the organization almost a year ago. Although there was undoubtedly some pleasure to be found in the Colorado ski town, the group spent a lot of time on business, too. More...

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Meanwhile, Cessna Adds Chinese Orders to the Tallyback to top 

There are about 20 Cessna Citations operating in China and by far the biggest operator is the Chinese government. The Civil Aviation Administration of China recently confirmed an order for three Citation Sovereigns and that will push the total number of Citations operated by the CAAC to 11. The agency's China Flight Inspection Center uses the bizjets for navaid and airport equipment calibration and the Sovereign, known for its slow-speed handling characteristics, will get a workout in China's diverse and sometimes extreme operating conditions. "The CFIC use their Citations as flight inspection aircraft for the airways calibration of all the airports in the Peoples' Republic of China including Hong Kong and Macau and airports up to 15,000 feet in elevation," said Roger Whyte, Cessna's senior VP of sales and marketing. "The Sovereign will join the Citation XLS and XLS+ as the only business jets in their class certified to operate from airports at altitudes as high as 15,000 feet." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

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Although official confirmation of the circumstances are hard to come by, photos have been circulating that show an apparent tail boom structural failure of an Augusta Westland 139. The aircraft was operated by Gulf Helicopters, a Qatar-based company (wholly owned by the government of Qatar) that has more than 20 helicopters, including four AW139s. According to the forums, the failure occurred while the helicopter was taxiing in preparation for takeoff from Dohar, Qatar. Presumably the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority is investigating but there's no mention of it on their Web site. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A retired RAF bomber pilot is being hailed a hero after a museum-owned Handley Page Victor, a Cold War nuclear bomber, took off accidentally during an air show in Bruntingthorpe, England in May. Video of the incident came to light this week. The Daily Mail is reporting that the bomber, which hasn't flown in 20 years, was supposed to taxi down the runway as a photo opportunity. For reasons that remain unclear, the unidentified volunteer right seater firewalled the throttles and within a few seconds the Victor was in its natural element. Bob Prothero, 70, a former squadron commander who last slipped the surly bonds in a Victor in the 1980s, was in the left seat and screamed for the engineer to cut the power but the next thing he knew he was back in the saddle again for the "most terrifying nine seconds of my life." More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The industry persists in the notion that small, light jets can be made cheaply. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that "cheap" is really around the $2 million mark and not much lower. The idea here is to produce sustainable projects that allow companies to remain in business — profitably. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Barry Knutilla
Barry Knuttila is now Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technology for King Schools. He's been with King for seven years, where he's been responsible the technology organization and development of software, technical support and other IT-related functions to support the self-study, computer and online curricula.

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

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback 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 internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
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Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

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Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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