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Volume 8, Number 28
July 21, 2010
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AVflash! AEA, FAA on 121.5 ELTsback to top 
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The FAA has asked the FCC to cancel proposed rules that would ban the use and manufacture of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters. As we reported in June, the FCC has said it plans to ban 121.5 ELTs because search and rescue satellites don't monitor that signal anymore. However, the FAA points out that the Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol do monitor the frequency and that more than 38,000 (of 200,000) aircraft owners have voluntarily equipped with the replacement 406 MHz units. It also noted that manufacturers wouldn't be able to suddenly equip more than 160,000 aircraft. "The ability of the aviation industry to continue the manufacture, importation, sale and use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters is of utmost importance to the aviation community," the FAA wrote to the FCC. However, the Aircraft Electronics Association disagrees with a key point of the FAA's argument, saying manufacture of the old-style ELTs should be stopped. More...

European Aviation Asset Management 
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This international conference will explore the latest developments in aviation asset management in Europe as well as the future of asset management services. It will also provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking with European airlines, aircraft manufacturers, banks, airports, law firms, financial analysts, leasing and finance companies, consultants, service providers and any aviation professionals involved with the development of the aviation asset management sector in Europe. Airlines admitted at no charge. Click here for more information.
It's Official — Twin Otter Is Backback to top 

The modernized version of the venerable Twin Otter has received Transport Canada certification and launch customer Zimex Aviation has taken delivery of the first of the Series 400 aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow from manufacturer Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Resumption of production and recertification took three years and Viking CEO Dave Curtis said the first delivery is a milestone in what will almost certainly be a long run of the legendary STOL twin. "We are writing the next chapter in the long history of de Havilland Aircraft in Canada, and thank our customers who have remained loyal even through one of the toughest economic environments in recent memory. More...

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Five Dollars, Three Yearsback to top 

The FAA will now require re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that, the agency said on Monday. A final rule (PDF) published this week establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule. A fee of $5 will be collected for each registration and each renewal. The FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft that are not re-registered or renewed. "These improvements will give us more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Current regulations require owners to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address, but many owners have not complied with those requirements, the FAA said. More...

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Let Garmin Be Your Co-Pilot?back to top 

Garmin has introduced redundancy for the pilot with its Electronic Stability and Protections System (ESP) that keeps hand-flying pilots from getting into trouble. The system operates when the GFC 700 autopilot has been disengaged. It operates in the background and if the pilot becomes distracted or incapacitated the system uses the autopilot servos and sensors to detect and correct unsafe flight conditions. It will also prevent overstressing the airframe during pullouts. After it senses things are back to normal it goes back into the background. "Until today, this type of stability augmentation system has only been available on fly-by-wire aircraft that cost millions of dollars," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We're thrilled to be the first to make this safety enhancing technology available to business and general aviation pilots. 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...

As you put the final touches on your press material for AirVenture Oshkosh, we have some tips to help you get the most out of your PR presence at the big show. If you have a new product, a significant update of an existing product or a new service that 260,000 pilots and aviation professionals will be interested in knowing about, by all means let us know. You can reach us at

Here are some guidelines to help you make the most of your presence at AirVenture, in PDF format. Have a great show! More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Dale Hawkins is the new Airframe Sales Manager for StandardAero. He spent 28 years at Kal-Aero/Duncan Aviation in various capacities.

Gary Martin is the head of Aftermarket Sales, Marketing and Service at Bombardier. He was most recently at Honeywell and has 25 years in the industry.

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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Pilots know. There's no aircraft like the new Mooney Acclaim Type S. Nothing has prepared you for the performance punch you'll feel when you pull back the yoke. You'll fall in love with pure speed and flying excitement all over again. Mooney is taking deposits for 2010 models. Call (800) 456-3033 or visit
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

It tanked for some of the same reasons that will challenge modern diesel makers, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. Packard figured out the weight and power density challenges, but durability proved elusive. So did power, which, when given the choice, pilots seem to prefer over economy. Maybe the impending doom of 100LL will give them second thoughts. Click here to read Paul's thoughts and share your own. More...

The owners of one of the airplane that Colton Harris-Moore allegedly heisted were admirably generous in their reaction to the theft, suggesting that he just needs a father-to-son talking to. Paul Bertorelli agrees — and in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, he explains why the sit-down should happen at the state pen. Click here to read the blog. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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

To many people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots. Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau. 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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