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Volume 8, Number 30
August 11, 2010
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AVflash! All Eyes on Alaskan Crashback to top 

Former NASA head Sean O'Keefe and his son survived an aircraft crash in Alaska Monday night that killed former Republican Senator Ted Stevens. The turboprop-powered de Havilland Otter (a DHC-3 single Otter) that went down about 20 miles from Dillingham in southwest Alaska. Five of nine people aboard the aircraft died. Bad weather hampered rescue efforts but local residents, including a doctor, were on the scene helping the survivors shortly after the crash. The survivors waited about 12 hours in rain and wind to be rescued from the rugged crash site. The accident happened about 8 p.m. local time as the aircraft, N455A, owned by Alaska communications company GCI, headed toward a private resort also owned by the company. More...

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Aviation Responds to the Loss of Stevensback to top 

Reaction to the death of former Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in a plane crash Monday in Alaska poured in from aviation groups Tuesday. Stevens was well-known for his vigorous defense of general aviation in Alaska, to the point where the state has many exemptions from and special applications of FAA regulations that reflect the unique operating conditions (not to mention Stevens' political clout) in the state. "Senator Stevens demonstrated a profound understanding of the value of general aviation to Alaska and to the nation," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. "He was quick to point out GA's unique ability to connect isolated communities across Alaska's vast distances, deliver vital resources and services, and generate economic value for businesses of all sizes." NBAA President Ed Bolen said Stevens will be remembered for his major impact on the business of aviation. More...

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Quest Charts Its Path in New Economyback to top 

Quest Aircraft had an exciting time last week at EAA AirVenture, announcing the delivery of nine of its Kodiak turboprops on floats to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but this week the company laid off 65 workers at its factory in Sandpoint, Idaho. The workers were not only in manufacturing but also in support and administration. A series of cutbacks has left the company with about 155 employees, down from 340 a year ago. Quest was making about three airplanes a month until last fall, but since then has cut back to two per month, according to The Spokesman-Review. "The whole aviation business is in a very soft spot right now," Quest CEO Paul Schaller said in a staff meeting on Monday, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. "We are trying to get through it by tightening our belts the best we can." More...

For Anyone Who Ever Got the Short End ... 
The Pilatus Above & Beyond Trade
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Embraer Makes Headlines at LABACEback to top 

Embraer Aircraft will take home field advantage Thursday and unveil the first Legacy 650 business jet at the seventh Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Sao Paulo. The reveal will happen at 1 p.m. on the first day of LABACE. The event, which has grown steadily in importance over its brief history as South America becomes a mainstay market for aviation, runs until Aug. 14 at Congonhas Airport. A media briefing will be held the day before outlining the progress of the program. The 650 is an updated and beefed-up version of the Embraer 600 and offers a 500-nautical mile increase in range over the 600. Most other business aircraft manufacturers will be at the show. More...

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This Looks Like a Job ... For the Internet!back to top 

Certified flight instructors who want to stay current need to attend periodic refresher clinics, but finding one nearby when you need it can sometimes be a problem. Now AVseminars has come along to take advantage of the computer age and offer the FIRC online in a webinar format. The course is the first of its kind to be approved by the FAA. The class takes place in "real time" with up to 24 instructors participating in interactive discussion using a microphone and webcam, combining the interaction of a live seminar with the convenience of learning from home. The course runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The next one coming up is August 21 and 22, with a registration deadline of August 17 and a fee of $96. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The pax may not be far behind. Although normally the soul of propriety and a stickler for discipline and procedure, Paul Bertorelli suggests that he may very well have followed Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater down the emergency slide. As for the beer, he'll take a Sam Adams. Click here to read Paul's latest post at the AVweb Insider blog. More...

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

X-Air is trying to deliver on the promise of a low-cost LSA for affordable, fun flying. Just before he left Oshkosh at the end of EAA Airventure 2010, AVweb's Jeff Van West took the X-Air LS up for a flight. More...

How hard is it to upgrade your old headset to become noise-canceling? Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West tried it out. And he only burned himself with the soldering iron once. More...

Going vertical? Get more from your GPS. VNAV is a great feature that goes unused or underutilized on many a GPS. See how a GNS 430's VNAV can do more than just tell you when to start down for the airport. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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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...

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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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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