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Volume 9, Number 3
January 19, 2011
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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AVflash! One Jet in Many Different Hands ...back to top 

Embraer says its Phenom 100 was the most-delivered business jet of 2010 with 100 aircraft placed in customers' hands. The plane was first certified in late 2008 and it wasn't until early 2009 that a customer aircraft was displayed at Sun 'n Fun. The Phenom 100 had its roots in the VLJ movement of a few years ago but Embraer has taken pains to distance itself from that market and now simply calls the aircraft a business jet. "Its clean-sheet design, superior cabin comfort, amazing performance, low operating cost, as well as the jet's great looks, have thrilled our customers," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer's Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. More... || We're All New!
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... And Another Jet on Many Different Mindsback to top 

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, already many-times delayed, will start deliveries in the third quarter of this year, Boeing said on Tuesday, instead of in February, as previously announced. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight electrical fire in November that grounded the test fleet. Extra time is needed to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels, the company said. "We've also restored some margin in the schedule to allow for any additional time that may be needed to complete certification activities," said Scott Fancher, general manager of the 787 program. The announcement drew some skepticism. Seattle Times analyst Jon Talton asked, "Shall we take bets as to whether the latest firm date is met?" More...

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2011: Bonus Depreciation in Overtimeback to top 

An unusually generous tax break aimed squarely at general aviation aircraft manufacturers and their business customers is now in effect and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is advising those with aircraft acquisition plans to act within its fairly broad parameters. In a podcast interview, GAMA spokesman Paul Feldman suggested the bonus depreciation measure signed into law by President Barack Obama in December might be a rare tax break that may not be repeated anytime soon. "I would act on it," he said. More...

Lightspeed Aviation || Change Your Mind
Lightpseed Aviation Tops ProPilot's
Annual Headset Preference Survey

For the 10th year of their independently conducted survey, readers were asked to rate aviation headset performance based on six categories — clarity, comfort, technical advancement, durability, product support, and value for price. Coming in second was Bose, followed by Telex, Sennheiser, and David Clark. The entire survey appears in ProPilot's December 2010 issue. For more information about Lightspeed headsets, go to
Everything Old Is New Againback to top 

Waco Classic, of Battle Creek, Mich., is adding to its product line with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Model 2T-1A-1/2, a fully aerobatic 180-hp biplane, which has been out of production since 1980. The two-seat airplane is smaller than Waco's YMF-5D biplane, with simpler avionics and systems. Several changes have been made from the 1980 model, the company said this week, such as using aluminum instead of wood for the spar, upgrading the brakes and updating the avionics. Preliminary prices are set at $219,000 for the Touring model, with a Lycoming IO-360-B1F6 engine, and $239,000 for the higher-performance Sport model, with a Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F6 engine. More...

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New Briefsback to top 

Add South Dakota to the list of states determined to attract aerospace business. Gov. Dennis Daugaard told the Rapid City Journal he intends to introduce legislation that would limit the liability of aircraft manufacturers beyond 10 years from the date of manufacture so the state can compete with others that have airplane businesses. Like other freshly minted governors, Daugaard is looking for the good-paying jobs that airplane makers typically provide and he has an ally in the Air Force. 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...

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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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that it's hard to tell at this juncture, but news stories on the topic tend to suggest the equation is more proven out than it actually is. Turbine biofuels work well, and the military is all over them, but until we see the price at the pump, call us skeptical. More...

As Piper exits the LSA field, AVweb Insider blogger Paul Bertorelli finds himself wondering if this is the leading edge of the long-awaited shakeout in an over-supplied industry. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

The new law on bonus depreciation is generous, and there is a time limit. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Paul Feldman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) about how aircraft owners can capitalize on it. More...

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

A collection of video clips from Chinese media outlets including: the J-20 fifth-generation "stealth" fighter jet's first flight, taxi and flight control tests, a size and planform comparison with other contemporary aircraft (F-22 and T-50), and brief images that may suggest the aircraft's avionics package. More...

If you park your aircraft outside, you need a cover. Jeff Van West shows the pros and cons of Aviation Consumer's top picks. 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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