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Volume 8, Number 3
January 20, 2010
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Top News: Wait for Cessna 162 Extendedback to top 
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Cessna is telling 162 Skycatcher position holders that their order will be delayed six to 10 months because of design changes that resulted from the flight test program. "We did find a few things during our flight tests," Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver told AVweb. Most of the changes were needed to fix spin recovery issues. Cessna lost two aircraft to unrecoverable spins, although the pilot in each instance was uninjured. Oliver said the rudder needs more surface area and the elevator and aileron travel needs to be increased on each aircraft and that work is currently being done after the aircraft are finished by the factory in China. Eventually, the design changes will be integrated into primary production but in the meantime it's causing delays as Yingling Aviation, which is reassembling the crated aircraft in Wichita, makes the modifications. More...

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Mitsubishi Crash Updateback to top 

Four people are believed dead in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 in Ohio Monday. The aircraft was registered to Mitts Corp., of Gainseville, and was approaching Lorain County Airport in Elyria, Ohio, when it went down. It's not clear what stage of flight it was in. On board and believed dead were two pilots and two passengers. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries issued a statement within hours of the crash, pointing out that it was the first fatal accident in almost four years for the aircraft. More...

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American, Delta Vie for Japan Air Routesback to top 

Early predictions give Delta Air Lines the edge over American Airlines in the forthcoming tug of war over increased access to Asian routes now flown by Japan Airlines. JAL was scheduled to declare bankruptcy at 3 p.m. Tuesday and is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, an international codeshare group with airlines like American, Qantas and British Airways. However, rival SkyTeam Alliance, which includes Delta, KLM and Air France, is trying to lure JAL away so its members can capitalize on the extensive network of routes in Asia, one of fastest-growing areas for airline travel. Meanwhile, the JAL bankruptcy will become Japan's largest as the company walks away from $16.5 billion in debt. More...

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787 Moves to Next Phaseback to top 

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has reached the end of its initial airworthiness test phase, the company said last week, which means more crew members and engineers now can fly in the cabin and additional aircraft will be added to the program. "This is an important step forward," said Scott Fancher, general manager of the 787 program at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are very pleased ... The pilots have told me the results we are seeing in flight match their expectations and the simulations we've run." The 787 has flown 15 times and accumulated about 60 hours since the first launch in mid-December. Pilots took the airplane to 30,000 feet and speeds up to Mach 0.65. Initial stall tests and other dynamic maneuvers have been run, as well as an extensive check-out of the airplane's systems. In the next phase of testing, the team will expand the flight envelope to altitudes above 40,000 feet and up to Mach 0.85. More...

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Air Shows on the Horizonback to top 

Two big aviation events are coming up on the calendar -- the Singapore Airshow, Feb. 2 to 7, is the biggest show of its kind in Asia, and this week the first Bahrain International Airshow launches. The three-day Bahrain show is produced by the same folks who put on the well-known Farnborough event in Great Britain. The inaugural trade show at Sakhir Airfield will focus on civil, defense, and business aviation, and aims to promote networking among companies that operate in the region. Static displays and flight demos will showcase products. Companies sign up for "ultra-luxurious hospitality space" in fully equipped chalets where buyers and sellers can meet. The Singapore Airshow, which first launched in 2008, is back for its second edition. The show welcomes the trade for four days, then opens up to the public for the weekend, with airshows scheduled for both days. 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...

Aviation Consumer is conducting a survey to hear your experiences with engine overhaul shops. Whether the experience was propulsion bliss or aggravation of a new order, please take a couple minutes to let others know how it went. Your response will help inform an article on engine shops for Aviation Consumer magazine. Click here to participate. More...

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

Ancient 1970s-style post lights don't cut it for night flying in a modern world. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano explains some of the products available to improve panel lighting. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Paul Bertorelli has a couple of posts on the AVweb Insider blog about aviation lending a helping hand with Haitian earthquake relief. Click here and then click here to see how you may be able to do more good at this stage by dropping a little cash out of your wallet than by dropping supplies over Haiti. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback 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.

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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