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Volume 7, Number 48
December 9, 2009
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Top News: TSA Security Breach in the Spotlightback to top 

The Transportation Security Administration has confirmed an ineffectively censored copy of its airport screening procedures manual was posted online. It was taken down after the mistake was discovered but not before the unsophisticated redactions of sensitive material were cleaned up and the uncensored version became widely available on the Internet. AVweb has chosen not to make it available on our site. The TSA told ABC News the manual was an outdated version (June 2008) "improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly protected." More...

Lightspeed Zulu || Change Your Mind
Lightspeed Aviation Has an Easy Way for You to Cross a Big Gift Off Your Shopping List ... And Make Your Favorite Pilot's Greatest Wish Come True
For the first time ever, Lightspeed is teaming up with its dealers to offer a special holiday discount on the Zulu. Just talk to your nearest authorized dealer for all the details. And hurry — this offer ends on 12/24/09. Go to to see what the Zulu excitement is all about.
Aftermarket, After the Stormback to top 

Those in the market for a used business aircraft should be looking hard now. Bizjet manufacturers watch the used market like hawks because it's a major factor in the new market and they all seem to be reaching the same conclusion. Prices for late-model used aircraft have fallen as much as 30 percent in the past couple of years but there are now clear indications that prices are stabilizing and used inventory, while still plentiful, is drying up. "It means buy now, because those prices won't be around for very long as our economies and our business improves," Hawker Beechcraft executive VP Shawn Vick told the Wichita Eagle. More...

Remos GX
Precisely Engineered for Your Flying Experience: The Remos GX
The Remos GX is changing aviation. The culmination of legendary German engineering, best-in-class performance, and industry-leading safety features, the Remos GX combines the best of tomorrow's aerospace technology with the simplicity of your love of flying. Innovative design and technically superior, yet uncomplicated and easy to fly, the Remos GX handles all the equipment you and your companion will need in an affordable, flexible, and fun flying experience. Click now for details ( or call 1 (877) REMOS-88.
Airborne Broadband Summit on the Horizonback to top 

As we reported from NBAA, in-flight broadband has become a necessity for business aircraft and there's no shortage of companies trying to meet the demand. It's relatively new territory for the industry and the rapidly evolving nature of the technology means there are pitfalls waiting for those who don't do their homework. To help guide manufacturers, installers and airframers in the complex decisions they face, the Aircraft Electronics Association is holding a two-day forum Jan. 13-14 on the issues facing the full range of stakeholders in the burgeoning field of onboard Wi-Fi. More...

Business Aviation Will Help Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for all. Visit
SpaceShipTwo Meets the Publicback to top 

The public, or at least the press and politicians and a few aviation luminaries, got a first look at SpaceShipTwo in Mojave on Monday evening, at a grand rollout event hosted by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and designer Burt Rutan. "This is truly a momentous day," said Branson. "The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation." To honor a long line of ships in the U.S. Navy and Britain's Royal Navy, as well as spaceships flown by NASA and perhaps most famously in Star Trek,, SS2 was christened Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise. The name also "looks to the future of the role of private enterprise in the development of the exploration, industrialisation and human habitation of space," according to Virgin Galactic's news release. The spaceship, which holds six passengers and two pilots, will start flight tests early next year. SS2 was rolled out mated to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle, which has already been flying for about a year and has mostly finished its flight-test phase. More...

JA Air Center - Your Source for the Garmin 
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News Briefsback to top 

A quick first flight for the G650 the day before Thanksgiving was terminated after 12 minutes to check out a vibrating gear door, but now Gulfstream has relaunched its biggest ship for a thorough wringing-out by the test crew. The company said last week the jet now has flown for an hour and 45 minutes, at speeds up to 240 knots and altitudes up to 9,500 feet. The crew checked handling qualities, pitot-static systems, avionics, hydraulic systems, electrical power generation and distribution, flight controls, and cabin environmental and pressurization controls. "The pilots' reports indicate that the G650's flying qualities were outstanding," said Pres Henne, senior vice president of programs, engineering and test at Gulfstream. The jet is on target for certification in 2011, he said, by both FAA and EASA, with entry into service in 2012. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

So says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. The TSA's lockout of a group of pilots from the Punta Gorda Airport in Florida illuminates a great longing in this country, and that would be for the government to stop using fear-mongering as a primary tool of governance. Read Paul's commentary and add your own thoughts here. More...

A few days ago, Drew Steketee remembered GA advocate Ed Stimpson on the AVweb Insider blog. Now Paul Bertorelli shares similarly sad news about another often-overlooked voice in aviation that many naval pilots will recognize — Harry Hurt. Click here to read Paul's thoughts and add your own comments. 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.
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...

'Airport Planning & Management' by 
Alexander T. Wells & Seth Young
Airport Planning & Management
Available from AVweb Bookstore. Extensively revised to reflect post-9/11 changes, this new edition brings aviation professionals authoritative coverage of site selection, design, access, financing, regulation, security, capacity, and other issues essential to the design and management of airports.

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Who's Whereback to top 

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...

Find the Perfect Gift (Or Sell Your Gift 
Item) Here!
Ho, Ho Holiday Gift Guide
It's time to shop for special gift items and stocking stuffers for every pilot or aircraft enthusiast on your list. Click now to visit AVweb's Holiday Marketplace.
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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