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Volume 8, Number 49
December 22, 2010
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AVflash! HondaJet Racks Up Another Milestoneback to top 

The first FAA-conforming HondaJet has successfully completed its first flight, Honda Aircraft Company announced on Tuesday. The flight took place on Monday at about 3:30 p.m. local time at the company's base at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The HondaJet flew for 51 minutes while the crew conducted systems checks and evaluated flight characteristics and performance. "This is a very important milestone for the HondaJet program," said Michimasa Fujino, CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "This aircraft was assembled and tested under strict FAA certification processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this successful first flight." The airplane performed as expected, Fujino said. The company said deliveries of the aircraft will start in 2012.

A second FAA-conforming aircraft has also been completed, and is being used for structural testing. Honda also is working on its third FAA-conforming aircraft, which should be completed early next year. A total of five FAA-conforming aircraft are planned to support the HondaJet certification program. A production facility is under construction in Greensboro and should be ready to start ramping up for production in 2012. A proof-of-concept aircraft has been flying for several years and accumulated more than 500 flight hours, with a top speed of 420 knots and a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The conforming design retains the unusual pylon-mounted above-the-wing engine placement and the distinctive nose shape of the original proof-of-concept. The company says it has over 100 orders in hand for the $4.5 million light jet. More...

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Another Online Flight Planning Service Disappearsback to top 

NavMonster, a popular flight planning website, has been put up for sale by its owner Mark Alexander because he doesn't want to deal with the patent issues that have arisen surrounding online flight planning. As AVweb has reported extensively, a patent covering general elements of Internet flight planning technology was obtained by Oregon-based FlightPrep a year ago and its efforts to enforce the patent have been controversial. Earlier this month FlightPrep launched a lawsuit against RunwayFinder claiming patent infringement and damages resulting from the infringement. RunwayFinder owner Dave Parsons is considering fighting the suit and trying to invalidate the patent. Alexander has no interest in joining that fight. More...

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Hawker Beech Staying Putback to top 

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced on Tuesday that it has reached a formal agreement with the Kansas state government to stay in Wichita for another 10 years. In return for a $40 million incentive package, the company said it will maintain its current product lines in Wichita and retain at least 4,000 jobs through 2020. "Today's announcement marks a key point in the future of Hawker Beechcraft," said CEO Bill Boisture. "With the acceptance of this agreement, we are committing to be successful as a Wichita, Kansas, and U.S.-based private company and preserving a valued American industry in tomorrow's aviation markets. ... We intend to have the best-trained work force in the industry." The company's future in Wichita had recently been in doubt as it considered an offer to move to Louisiana. More...

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Kestrel's Winter Migrationback to top 

The Navy gave Alan Klapmeier and Kestrel Aircraft a Christmas gift late last week when it opened a runway at the soon-to-be-former NAS Brunswick in Maine to allow the prototype Kestrel single-engine turboprop to land. It was the first arrival at the base in almost a year. Kestrel is leasing 93,000 square feet of a cavernous hangar built for the Navy and will shortly begin work on a new prototype. Kestrel intends to spend about $100 million getting the revamped Kestrel into production and about 300 people will be employed when the facility is in full operation. More...

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The Extra Syllable in Australasiaback to top 

Extra Aircraft has chosen an exclusive distributor in Australia to introduce the Extra 500 Spirit to the Asia-Pacific market, the company said recently. Extra Aviation Australasia, based at Brisbane's Archerfield Airport in Queensland, will provide sales and support for the six-seat, pressurized, carbon-fiber turboprop, with plans to provide a service center in each of Australia's major cities. The 1,600-nm range of the aircraft and efficient fuel burn in the Rolls Royce engine make it a good fit for Australia's wide expanses, said Moishe Gordon, of Extra Aviation Australasia. "Trips such as Melbourne to Perth or Brisbane to Darwin are possible and affordable," he said. The company said demonstrator airplanes will be available in Australia by mid-2011. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

He was just an 11-year-old kid from Chicago on his way alone to New York. But when a TWA Connie and a United DC-8 collided over Staten Island, he became known as the "boy who fell from the sky." Fifty years later, commenting on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli associates Baltz's life with a tragedy that reshaped the air traffic system. Read more and join the conversation. More...

There's not much point in worrying about the Chinese hollowing out U.S. aerospace manufacturing, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. They've got a lot of money to invest, and a lot of it is coming to the U.S. For Mobile, that could translate to actual jobs; for the industry at large, it could be a fast track diesel development that might not have happened otherwise. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Ron Soret
Ron Soret has been named King Aerospace president and will be responsible for directing King's large aircraft completions. He was formerly COO of Gore Design Completions.

Doreen Gonzalez
Doreen Gonzalez has been promoted to senior manager of G650 procurement. She was formerly senior purchasing manager for the company's completion facility in Savannah.

Brig. Gen. Richard Anderson
Former Civil Air Patrol National Commander Brig. Gen. Richard Anderson is now the chairman of CAP's board of governors. Anderson has been with CAP for 41 years and started as a cadet.

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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 

Everyone complains that light sport aircraft are too expensive, but Kitfox is doing something about it. AVweb recently went to Homedale, Idaho to try out Kitfox's new moderately priced LSA. Here's a full video report. 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.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

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Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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