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Volume 7, Number 49
December 16, 2009
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Top News: Boeing Dreamliner Gets Off the Groundback to top 

At 10:28 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Wash., into cloudy skies, before a crowd of about 16,000. The flight was scheduled to last about four hours, but after three hours spent circling above Puget Sound, with weather deteriorating, the crew touched down with a smooth landing at Boeing Field, in Seattle. The test pilots performed a long list of basic tests and systems checks, and they reported that the airplane flew beautifully, with "no surprises." Five more copies of the 787 will be used in the flight test program, which is expected to take about nine months, with first deliveries late in 2010. The company said it has about 840 orders for the airplane, from 55 different customers. More...

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More First Flightsback to top 

A few days after the first extended test flight of its G650 large executive jet, Gulfstream flew the super-midsize G250 for the first time. Whereas the first flight of the G650 on Nov. 25 was cut short by a vibrating gear door, the G250 flight went as planned, taking off from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for a flight lasting three hours and 21 minutes. The aircraft is being developed in partnership with Israel Aircraft Industries. "The G250 performed extremely well, just as we expected," Pres Henne, Gulfstream's senior vice president, programs, engineering and test, said in a news release. Meanwhile, Airbus is celebrating the long-awaited first flight of its A400M heavy lift military transport. More...

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Some May Find Phenom 300 Under the Treeback to top 

Embraer says U.S. deliveries of its Phenom 300 "light executive jet" should begin by the end of the year, following FAA type certification on Monday. The FAA nod came 10 days after Brazilian authorities signed off on the six-passenger aircraft. The 300 is Embraer's second entry into the low end of the bizjet market and it's been delivering the small Phenom 100 since early 2009. The 300 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535-E engines and meets Stage IV noise limits, while burning about 6 percent less fuel than design specs' prediction. In fact, the actual performance of the aircraft during testing prompted substantial rewrites of the specs. More...

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Another Major Cut in BizAv Marketback to top 

The fallout from cost-cutting at NetJets was felt at Hawker Beechcraft as the planemaker announced the giant fractional operator is canceling $2.6 billion worth of orders. The company didn't specify the types and numbers of aircraft but said it represented 90 percent of NetJets business over the next few years. The cancellation dropped Hawker Beechcraft's backlog by more than a third to $3.5 billion, according to the Wichita Eagle. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Swift Enterprises announced this week that its biomass fuel, designed as a replacement for 100LL, has been OK'd by ASTM International for use as a test fuel. "With this approval, we can begin full-scale testing with industry stakeholders," said Mary Rusek, president and co-owner of Swift. Extensive testing of aircraft fuel systems, engines and materials compatibility must take place before 100SF can be fully certified as airworthy. Rusek said once testing is complete, the fuel will be comparably priced to other GA fuels and more efficient. Also this week, 13 major airlines signed on to work with two producers of alternative jet fuel, AltAir Fuels and Rentech. "Our intention as an airline industry is to continue to do our part by supporting the use of alternative fuels," said Glenn Tilton, CEO of United Airlines and chairman of the Air Transport Association. "We urge the U.S. government and the investment community also to do their part to further support this critical energy opportunity," he said. The new agreements are nonbinding, but ATA said they lay "critical groundwork for negotiations over specific alternative-fuels purchase agreements." More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Curious what AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli is up to at this very moment? Assuming he's not testing a product for Aviation Consumer, eating, sleeping, or putting together some sort of list of things for the AVweb team to do, he's probably reading. Find out what's keeping him riveted this week in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog. More...

The United States military officially retired one its most venerable and recognizable aircraft this year, Bell Helicopter's UH-1. For many a U.S. veteran, the Huey is nearly synonymous with his tour of duty. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli reflects on the rotored workhorse in his latest post to our blog, the AVweb Insider. 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...

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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...

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AVweb Audio —? Are You Listening?back to top 

IFR magazine's Jeff Van West talks with pilots from WWII (and just after) about the early days of instrument training and flying. These guys really lived on the edge — and went looking for thunderstorms to fly. 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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