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Volume 8, Number 41
October 27, 2010
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AVflash! Details on Cessna's New Turbopropback to top 
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A few more details have emerged about Cessna's experimental single-engine turboprop. According to airworthiness (PDF) and registration (PDF) records provided by Plane Fax, the presumed N-number of the aircraft, N350CE, is indeed an experimental aircraft intended for research and development and banned from flying over developed areas except for during takeoff and landing. The R&D plane has only two seats and, as is customary with test planes, only those who have business being there are allowed on board. The documents also put to rest speculation on the engine choice for the test article. It's a PT6. More...

Pilatus PC-12 NG
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The Slow Climb Back to "Normal"back to top 

A financial Catch-22 is at the root of the market logjam stalling new business jet sales, according to analyst Brian Foley. Manufacturers keep saying they won't start selling healthy numbers of new aircraft until the glut of used planes is cleared. And while there are plenty of customers anxious to snap up the many bargains on the used market, those low prices are at least partly responsible for their not selling. Foley says that while banks are starting to lend again, they are being a lot more careful and don't like lending for items that are undervalued. "Residual values have plummeted, so today's loans are based more on the borrower's balance sheet and less on the [repossessed] asset value of the aircraft, although that continues to play some role," Foley said. More...

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Charter Jet Model Evolves — Againback to top 

JetSuite Air, a new charter company headed by a former JetBlue exec and staffed with ex-JetBlue pilots, is trying to apply some of the lessons they learned with the budget carrier to the bizjet charter market. The company, which began flying last year (it started life as Magnum Jet four years ago and had planned to use Eclipse 500s), now has nine Embraer Phenom 100s and recently started offering what amounts to seat sales on shorter routes. For instance, a one-way trip from Van Nuys to Las Vegas is being offered at $999 for the four-seat aircraft, less than four full-fare airline tickets. But as with airlines, the bargain fare is subject to advance booking, blackouts and is non-refundable. JetBlue founder David Neeleman is one of the main investors and he said the strategy suits the times. More...

Critical Aspects of Aerospace Governance 
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Aviation Training Workshop on the Current
Governance Issues Facing Aerospace to Be Held in Seattle

This Aviation Training Workshop will focus on current governance issues facing aerospace. It will explore emerging trends in corporate liability in governance issues, ideas, innovation, wrong doing, poor ethics and how governance is affected, survey of current methods to address data capture, analyzing ideas, innovations and reports of wrong doing, methods to test veracity, severity and frequency, classifying data gathered and workflow issues, and convincing regulators your system is robust. Learn more.
SJ30 Faces Another Setbackback to top 

Emivest Aerospace, manufacturer of the SJ30 light jet, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The economic slump has led many customers to cancel or delay their orders, CEO Anthony Power said in court papers. The company, based in Dubai, was formed about two years ago when Emirates Investment and Development Corp. bought an 80-percent stake in Sino Swearingen, the Texas-based company that had developed the jet. Emivest is seeking to continue operations while under bankruptcy protection. At least three of the SJ30 jets are flying, including one that belongs to actor Morgan Freeman. The jet is certified for a single pilot and typically seats five in the cabin. About 200 orders are on the books for the $7.2 million jet, according to the company. More...

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Hawker Gets Leaner, Hopes Meaner Will Followback to top 

Hawker Beechcraft gave notice to the next 350 workers to be laid off on Friday, and set a timeline for at least 800 more to follow by next August. Also, top executives have collectively invested $6 million in the company and have agreed to take a 10 percent pay cut, according to the Associated Press. "We are doing these things because we have a vision of a smaller, more agile company that delivers incredible quality, the first time -- faster," CEO Bill Boisture wrote in a letter to employees. "These characteristics, when we achieve them, will sustain us in the global, competitive marketplace of tomorrow." The job losses this week were cut from nonunion, salaried jobs. The next 800 jobs at the Wichita company will be cut from union members on the King Air line, according to the AP. That work will be transferred to third-party suppliers and to the company's Mexico operations. More...

Diamond Aircraft
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NBAA 2010 Convention: Final Thoughtsback to top 

Looking for AVweb's podcasts, videos, photos, and news reports from the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia?

You'll find our media coverage summarized here, and you can read all our news coverage from 2010 (and previous years) here.


The NBAA show in Atlanta was noticeably more robust than last year, but most of the talk centered on recovery and why it's taking so long. Almost no one is asking if the industry has reached an inflection point similar to that of 1978, when GA sales went over a cliff. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says there's at least one good reason to believe that isn't the case: A global market for biz aircraft that didn't exist in 1980. Read more and join the conversation. More...

The dream of creating instant jet pilots with VLJs is mostly over. So what's next, in the post-light jet, post-sport pilot world of aviation outreach? On the AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles explains why Cessna's response may be a single-engine turboprop to groom Mustang owner-pilots. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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The $99 Moving MapWingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart; Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD; AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS, TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B; and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android. Click here for more information.
Who's Whereback to top 

Mark PaolucciBrad Thress
Roger Whyte, Cessna's senior vice president of sales and marketing, is retiring at the end of the year and will be replaced by Mark Paolucci, who is currently senior vice president of customer service. In turn, Brad Thress will assume Paolucci's duties.

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...

'Handbook of Aeronautical Inspection & 
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If you are a prospective aircraft owner or broker, here is information about airworthiness, maintenance, inspections, and rules. Denny Pollard, an FAA Safety Inspector and A&P instructor, will walk you through a pre-purchase inspection step by step without worrying if you are buying a hangar queen. Know where to find the tools to research the aircraft history, specifications, and changes made through the years, including Type-Certificate Date Sheets, ADs, STCs, and Maintenance Alerts for any make and model aircraft.

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

This is the place to go if you want to see what's new, changed or in the works with FAA approach plates. Jeff Van West shares some of the highlights in this two-part video for our sister magazine, IFR. More...

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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