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Volume 9, Number 11
March 16, 2011
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AVflash! Results of Our Fuel Surveyback to top 
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Cannes AirShow || 9-11 June 2011 || The 
Only GA Expo in France

With 100LL threatened by environmental regulation, what do owners think should replace it? An unleaded 100-octane equivalent fuel is the most popular choice, according to a recent survey of more than 3100 AVweb readers. Moreover, many owners also want mogas as a second choice, offering some downside protection against escalating fuel prices that have already curtailed flying for many. More...

European Aviation Asset Management (EAAM) 
|| April 7, 2011 || Reykjavik, Iceland || Register Now
2nd Annual Summit in Iceland with No-Charge Admission for Airlines
Following the success of this event in 2010, the 2nd Annual European Aviation Asset Management Summit will explore the latest developments in aviation asset management in Europe as well as the future of asset management services. The event will provide the platform for high-level debate and exchange of ideas and information, as well as extensive networking opportunities for aviation executives from Europe and around the world — networking opportunities with airlines, leasing and finance companies. Click here to learn more and register.
In the Spotlight: Bizjets' Role in Trying Timesback to top 

In the wake of airline chaos in the burgeoning number of trouble spots around the world, private aviation is filling a void and British company Air Partner, which can arrange aircraft that can carry up to 650 people, has been especially busy evacuating expatriates from places they and their families would rather not be. As we reported in February, evacuations began with the political crises in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt and in recent weeks Mother Nature has shifted the focus to New Zealand and Japan. "In a period when far-reaching and unprecedented political upheaval has coincided with devastating natural disasters ... Air Partner has been working around the clock to organize humanitarian aid flights and to evacuate more than 12,000 people from across the world in just six weeks," the company said in a news release. More...

Relief organizations and business aircraft operators working in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami need to navigate a maze of airspace restrictions and airport closures, a challenge that is made a little easier with a list of resources and updates compiled this week by the National Business Aviation Association. Tokyo International Airport is closed to general aviation traffic until Friday, but many other airports are open, NBAA said. Rumors that Japan plans to close all of its airports "have not been confirmed with Japanese authorities," the FAA told NBAA on Tuesday. Aerobridge, an NBAA-sponsored volunteer aviation group that coordinates disaster response, is working to make space available on GA passenger and cargo jets to Japan. The group is also assisting with transportation of small search-and-rescue teams and medical assessment teams. More...

Cannes AirShow || 9-11 June 2011 || The 
Only GA Expo in France
The Only General Aviation Exhibition in France
The Cannes AirShow brings together the leading protagonists in general and business aviation to allow a demanding clientèle discovery of the latest developments and industry innovations in a geographically logical and appealing setting. This professional exhibition is designed for owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or professionals, in general and business aviation throughout Europe, Africa, and Russia — offering visitors a large and representative palette of the aeronautics industry. The Cannes AirShow is southern Europe's leading exhibition in general and business aviation. Click here for details and registration info.
The NTSB Reportsback to top 

Pilot error was to blame for the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft 125-800A in July 2008, the NTSB said on Tuesday. The airplane, operated by East Coast Jets, crashed when the crew attempted a go-around after landing on a wet runway at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport, in Minnesota. Both pilots and all six passengers were killed. The captain's decision to attempt the go around late in the landing roll with insufficient runway remaining was the probable cause of the accident, the NTSB found. Contributing factors were poor crew coordination and lack of cockpit discipline; fatigue, which likely impaired both pilots' performance; and the FAA's failure to require crew resource management training and standard operating procedures for Part 135 operators. More...

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The Wind at Their Backs — And Then Someback to top 

Thanks to the jet stream and the Cirrus SR22T's ability to find it, the speed record between Ontario, Calif., and Phoenix was shattered in late December by Airshares Elite pilot Justin Beitler. The Cirrus caught a big kick from the shift in the jet stream to average 271.2 knots on the trip (normal cruise is about 170). The previous record was 207 knots in a Mooney M20K set by Lee White and Larry Randlett in 2000. "The XM weather system helped me find the best winds, and the efficient turbocharged engine allowed me to cruise on less than 17 gallons per hour at over 270 knots," said Beitler. "At that speed, our offices in L.A. and Phoenix are only an hour and eleven minutes apart." As the video Beitler prepared shows, the jet stream brought as many challenges as benefits. More...

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Bizjet Luxury, Asian Styleback to top 

Club seating and couches are the epitome of business aircraft luxury, unless you want to play mahjong. With the Asian market predicted to be the most important for all types of aviation in coming years, business aircraft designers are making sure customers there actually like the ride. At the recent Asian Aerospace Expo and Congress in Hong Kong, Airbus unveiled cabin designs on its big business jets aimed squarely at the Asian market. Instead of the long, low couches and pairs of facing reclining chairs, the interior looks more like a games room than a lobby. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Fire in flight is such a universally horrible thing to think about that most of us probably just don't think about it much. But two recent accidents highlight how important it is to spend some time taking basic precautions. In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli (again) stresses why you need a Halon extinguisher and why you need to keep it close in the cockpit. Read more and join the conversation. More...

If there's a single motorhead bone in your body, you've heard this complaint before. Have Lycoming and Continental, through a lack of innovation, put us in this mess we're in over avgas? Or should fickle buyers share the blame instead of decrying the death of engine innovation? AVweb's Paul Bertorelli has met with enough engineers, policy-makers and complainers to have an opinion on the subject — and he's happy to share it in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. More...

We've all stood in museums and gone slack-jawed at the site of a historic airplane — but in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Mary Grady wonders if dragging all these wrecks from their final resting places and restoring them (at great expense) is the best way to connect with history. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

One of our sister aviation publications is looking for an associate editor. If you are a savvy, motivated layout master and wordsmith, they would love to hear from you. (Click through for a job description and application instructions.) More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

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

Facing ever-growing global competition, Cessna has to find way to make airplanes more efficiently. In this video, Terry Clark explains how the company has done that at the company's Independence, Kansas plant. More...

Bell Helicopters bypassed the usual military procurement procedure and adapted a 407 for "law enforcement and paramilitary" use. With a 3,000-round-per-minute machine gun, a rocket launcher and FLIR, it's a potent adaptation of a proven airframe that's already attracting attention. More...

Kevin Bredenbeck took the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator to 250 knots and beyond last September. He spoke with AVweb about the aircraft, the program, and what it's like to go that fast in a helicopter in this interview at the 2011 HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida. 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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