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Volume 9, Number 14
April 13, 2011
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An Air France A380's wing clipped the tail of parked a Comair CRJ 700m, Comair Flight 6293, while the superjumbo was taxiing Monday night at JFK, and spun the smaller jet nearly 90 degrees. No major injuries were reported due to the collision. The same can't be said for the aircraft. Click through for video of the incident along with a clip that includes the audio exchange that followed. More...

The Coalition To Save Our GPS has added members and is taking its fight to prevent the potential jamming of GPS signals by a proposed wireless broadband network to Washington. The coalition, which now counts all major aviation groups and GPS manufacturers along with marine and agriculture interests among its members, submitted a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the widely feared impact of LightSquared's plan to erect 40,000 transmission towers to distribute wireless broadband to rural areas. As we reported in February, it's not the service itself that has the GPS group worried, it's the frequency band that's been allocated. More...

Legal Aspects of Taxation in Business 
Aviation || May 10, 2011 || San Francisco, CA || Register Now
Owners and Operators Meet in California to
Debate Taxation in Business Aviation

Following the success of previous Legal Aviation Workshops (LAWs), the new event on Legal Aspects of Taxation in Business Aviation will take place in San Francisco, California. This is a unique opportunity to debate taxation-related issues for business aircraft operators and owners. The expert speakers are from Aero & Marine Tax Professionals, Aero Law Group, and Allen Matkins. Alumni and students of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University receive a 10% discount for registrations. Click here to learn more and register.
Europe Gathers in Friedrichshafenback to top 

Aero Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest general aviation show and one of the largest in the world, opens April 13 in the picturesque town on the German shore of Lake Constance. Organizers say there are more than 550 exhibitors from 26 countries filling more than 800,000 square feet of exhibit space in 11 halls. The show runs through April 16. The world's major light aircraft OEMs will all be there and the show is always a showcase of the latest in Light Sport type aircraft and gliders. Aero was one of the first shows to embrace electric aircraft and that tradition continues this year. More...

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Did You Buy a Pilatus in 2010? You Weren't Alone ...back to top 

There are exceptions to every rule and while most of the aviation industry endured a brutal year in 2010, Swiss-based Pilatus says it had its best year ever. The company said revenues and profits were up by 11 percent over the previous year ($730 million and $98 million respectively) and it took $400 million in new orders. It also delivered its 1,000th PC-12; the year's deliveries included repeat orders from early customers like Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service, which took its 33rd PC-12, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which added three PC-12s to its fleet. The new deliveries are all the NG model with Honeywell glass panels and other improvements. More...

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Meanwhile, in California ...back to top 

While many would accept a U.S. Court of Appeals decision as the final word on most issues, the friction between Santa Monica Airport and its tightly packed neighbors seems to find new ways to flare up. Two months ago the court affirmed the contract between the city of Santa Monica and the FAA which prevents the city from banning any type of "aeronautical use" from SMO because of the grant money it's accepted from the FAA. The latest wrinkle is an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill inserted just before House passage of its version a couple of weeks ago by Rep. Henry Waxman. The amendment would require the FAA to enter "good faith" negotiations with Santa Monica to address safety concerns the city and some residents feel are raised by business jet traffic at the airport. "The amendment I offer today is simple and straightforward," Waxman is quoted by the Lookout News as saying in his address to the House. "It urges the FAA to continue its discussion with the City of Santa Monica to identify a meaningful solution to address serious safety concerns at the Santa Monica Airport. More...

Van Nuys Airport, the generally accepted "busiest" GA airport in the U.S. has fallen on hard times. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, not only did VNY lose the title for the the most general aviation operations to Phoenix's Deer Valley more than three years ago, there now seems to be concern about the future viability of the iconic airport. There were 337,000 operations at VNY last year, a 40 percent reduction from the high of 607,000 in 1999. "If I was a doctor and Van Nuys was a patient, I'd be calling the family over, and calling for a priest," said Cessna 210 owner George Hulett. "But if better management can come in soon, it could survive." In fact everyone interviewed for the story, including 50-year lessee Clay Lacy, said airport owner/operator Los Angeles World Airports is to blame for mismanaging the facility into its current state. Lacy said LAWA's answer to declining revenues has been to raise rents and that's forcing more businesses to look elsewhere. More...

WingX Pro 7 for the iPad (And Other Mobile 
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The new WingX Pro7 Version 5 Moving Map adds ADS-B In-Flight Weather, Terrain-Enhanced VFR Sectionals, IFR Low/High Enroute charts, ADS-B NEXRAD, TFRs, SUAs, and a lot more. All moving map views can be displayed fullscreen or side-by-side. Also included: Animated weather images, DUATS, A/FD, AOPA Directory with Yelp integration, Route Planning, FARs, E6B, and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android. Click here for more information.
Who's Whereback to top 

R. D. Wooten
R. D. Wooten is Cutter Aviation's new regional aircraft sales manager for the Southwest. He was previously at TBM.

Cal Lewis
Cal Lewis is the new Maintenance Manager 145 for Jet Source and responsible for the company's FAA-approved airframe and engine maintenance business.

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 

The young pilot who landed his Warrior on Rockaway Beach in New York said he got the idea from a television program about flying in Alaska. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli takes a quick look at why that's wrong on so many levels. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

Development of the Martin Jetpack is continuing in New Zealand, and the latest publicly released video shows it reaching new heights. However, that's a mannequin onboard and not a human pilot. More...

'Aviation English' by Henry Emery & J. 
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The Franklins: How to Helpback to top 

Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund || Click to 
Donate via the ICAS FoundationThe aviation community is coming together to help Kyle and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site. 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
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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