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Volume 9, Number 19
May 18, 2011
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AVflash! Community Service for Embraer Pilotsback to top 

The two pilots who were flying an Embraer Legacy 600 jet that collided with a Boeing 737 at 37,000 feet above the Amazon jungle in 2006 were convicted of negligence in a Brazilian court late on Monday. The judge said the pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino, failed to adequately check that their transponder was working. Federal judge Merilo Mendes gave them a four-year sentence, but then suspended it and instead required them to do four years of community service in the U.S., where they have been since shortly after the accident. The two pilots testified during the trial via video link. Mendes also suspended their pilot certificates for four years. It's not clear whether those suspensions can be enforced. More...

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Biz Community Gathers in Europeback to top 

The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) got off to a brisk start on Tuesday with a reported attendance of 12,192. The event is one of the most important business aviation meetings in the world and the theme of this show appears to be the shape and form of the forthcoming recovery of the sector. Among the suggestions at one of the discussion groups was a greater engagement of politicians to try to prevent a relapse of the kind of backlash that blindsided the industry when auto executives were called out for using private aviation to travel to Washington, D.C., to ask for government bailouts for their companies. On the other hand, there's no shortage of luxury on display at the event, which draws a hefty percentage of it attendees from the ranks of the ultra-rich. More...

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First Responders Put GPS-G4 Conflict to the Testback to top 

Early field tests of the effects of LightSquared's 4G signal on GPS-dependent devices showed some disruption of service when tested by first responders in New Mexico. In a letter to federal officials (PDF) last week, Bill Range, the program director for New Mexico's 911 system, says the tests run by police and emergency medical services personnel from two counties "substantiate concerns that the LightSquared network will cause interference to GPS signals and jeopardize 911 and public safety nationwide." In the tests, first responders reported inaccuracies and failures with GPS equipment in proximity to the LightSquared towers that persisted even after the 4G signal was turned off. As we reported Monday, LightSquared began live tests from a transmitter in the Nevada desert near Boulder City. More... || We're All New!
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Eurocopter X3: Fast by Any Measureback to top 

Eurocopter has conducted full-power tests of its hybrid helicopter design and says the X3 maintained 232 knots TAS in straight and level flight for "several minutes" on May 12. The aircraft, with twin outboard propellers augmenting the conventional rotor, first flew last fall but didn't have the final-design transmission on board and was restricted to 180 knots. With all the right gears in place, the aircraft actually beat the target top speed of 220 knots and the test pilot said it provoked no grey hairs. "We were impressed by the ease at which this speed objective was attained," said test pilot Herve Jammayrac. The X3 is intended to grow into a family of aircraft that offer conventional aircraft speed with helicopter versatility. Sikorsky also has a hybrid called the X2 and it's been recognized with aviation's most coveted award. More...

AeroExpo UK || 17-19 June 2011 || Sywell, 
AeroExpo UK
... is the dedicated General Aviation exhibition in 2011, showcasing everything from ultralights through to turboprops and jets. Whether you are interested in learning to fly or are already a pilot and want to view the latest products available, AeroExpo UK has it covered!

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Own a Piece of Aerion's Supersonic Techback to top 

Aerion Corp. has been refining its supersonic business jet design for several years while seeking a manufacturing partner, and now the company is branching out to offer its proprietary airfoil technology for use in other projects. "Discussions with multiple aircraft manufacturers, especially in recent months, have clearly demonstrated to us that there is demand to expand our services to include our natural laminar flow engineering for subsonic applications," Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion, said this week at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition in Geneva. The new branch of the company will be called Aerion Technologies. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Although it struck like a bolt from the blue, it's too soon to tell if the Center for Environmental Health's proposed legal action will force the issue on leaded avgas. Our guess is that it will become just another distraction that the industry can hardly afford. But on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says it would still cost California businesses money to defend themselves or pay a settlement. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Jamie House
Jamie House is the new general manager at Sierra Industries. She's been at Sierra since 2003 and was most recently the controller.

Jim Beckstein
Jim Becksteien is the new VP of pre-owned sales for the executive jets division of Embraer. He has varied experience in the industry and just joined Embraer.

Clint Clouatre
Clint Clouatre is Embraer's new VP of Marketing for Embraer Executive Jets. He was formerly senior manager for marketing in North America.

Daniel Adamski has become vice president of business development at PAS Technologies. He was formerly VP of sales development at HEICO Aerospace Corp.

Jamie Rose
Jamie Rose is the chief brand manager for Business Jet Center. She was appointed to the newly created job after working as executive flight solutions manager for Business Jet Access, a sister company to BJC.

Rob Tomenendal
Rob Tomenendal is the new VP of sales and marketing for King Aerospace Commercial Corp. He was previously director of business development for Gore Design Completions.

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 

Come ride along on some simulator training in a Cirrus SR22 to see the kinds of things you can do better in the box than in the real world. We'll also give you some tips for getting the most out of your simulator time. More...

Yves Rossy, the Swiss pilot known as "Jetman" for flying a unique jet-propelled wing attached to his back, has successfully flown above the Grand Canyon, after canceling a scheduled attempt last Friday. The flight occurred in Nevada over the weekend, sponsor Breitling announced on Tuesday. "My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands," Rossy said in a news release. "Thank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true." Rossy launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet above the canyon, and steering only by movement of his body, flew at speeds up to 190 mph for more than eight minutes at altitudes as low as 200 feet above the canyon rim. He then deployed a parachute and landed safely on the canyon floor. More...

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