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Volume 9, Number 26
July 6, 2011
Legal Aspects of Aircraft Lease Agreements 
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Following the success of the previous Legal Aviation Workshops in Washington, DC and London, UK, Aeropodium is honoured to present the Legal Aspects of Aircraft Lease Agreements in Dubai, UAE. This event will cover an Introduction to Aircraft Lease Agreements and Types of Lease Agreements; Aircraft Lease Agreements and Contract Law; Operating Leases ("Dry"); and Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance ("Wet") Leases. It will conclude with a Practical Exercise. Click here to learn more and register.
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A Chinese leasing company has confirmed it intends to order 50 high-end Gulfstream business jets in a deal worth more than $2 billion. The deal with the China Minsheng Banking Corp.'s leasing arm involves an unspecified number of G650, G550 and G450 jets, the most modern in Gulfstream's line. Order confirmations and deliveries will take three to five years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The leasing company expects to have more than 100 business aircraft under its control by the end of the year, making it the biggest player in Chinese business aviation. Gulfstream was an early participant in the Chinese bizjet market and another of its big customers there, Deer Jet, is advancing its business plan. More...

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... Especially for Those Servicing China ...back to top 

The U.S. still operates about 80 percent of the world's business jets but if recent trends continue, that dominance will end. At a conference in Shannon, Ireland, last week, delegates to the Financial Solutions for Business Aircraft event were told that the business jet market has shifted considerably in the last five years, with 72 percent of business jets going to U.S. customers in 2006 and just 42 percent in 2010. The so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are taking up much of the slack and European sales have also been strong. But like virtually every other economic forecaster, guest speaker Oliver Stone, of Colibri Aircraft, said China is the country to watch in terms of business aviation expansion. More...

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... So Get Ready for Shifts in the Marketback to top 

It continues to be a buyer's market for used business aircraft but it may not last much longer. According to JetNet's latest report the used business jet inventory dropped 1.2 percent in May to 14.2 percent, moving ever closer to the healthy rate of about 12 percent. However, the good news of the declining inventory comes with consequences and in this case it's a continuing decrease in used jet prices. More...

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Remembering Robert Widmerback to top 

Aeronautical engineer Robert Widmer, a pioneer in the development of supersonic aircraft and fly-by-wire computerized flight control, died on June 20 in Fort Worth, Texas, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Inspired by Chuck Yeager's supersonic flight in 1947, Widmer was determined to design the first supersonic bomber. His bosses at Convair weren't interested, according to the Times, so Widmer spent two years working on his own time. When the Air Force asked for proposals, Widmer was ready, and Convair won the contract. Widmer later took lead roles in creating the designs for the B-36, a six-engine nuclear bomber; the F-111, a versatile jet fighter with variable-geometry wings; the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" jet fighter; the Tomahawk cruise missile; and more. More...

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Another Big Order to Reportback to top 

Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs soon will be training in the Cirrus SR20. The Air Force has ordered 25 of the airplanes, branded as the T-53A, Cirrus announced on Tuesday. "The T-53A meets or exceeds all of our performance and operational criteria and is very well-suited to our mission," said Lt. Col. Brad Oliver, spokesman for the academy's 557th Flying Training Squadron. "And, while we hope never to have need of it, our cadets and instructors will now have the option of pulling the chute if it's needed." The value of the purchase is about $6.1 million, Cirrus said. Deliveries started in June and will continue through next year. The Cirri will replace the current fleet of leased Diamond Aircraft DA-40s. Diamond President Peter Maurer told AVweb he thinks the Air Force made a bad choice, for several reasons. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Last week, the FAA announced its policy to address controllers dozing off while on duty. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, politics trumped science. The agency refuses to recognize that nap breaks are the best, most enlightened way to restore flagging awareness. Instead, the agency says mid-shift controllers can listen to the radio and read to stay awake. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli predicts the inevitable result: The next sleeping controller will be found with the radio blaring classic rock and a not-that-stimulating book open to page three. Read more and join the conversation. More...

In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli has a brainstorm. Aviation summer camps for kids encourage burgeoning pilots to spread their wings — and immerse them in more aspects of aviation that a single introductory flight. So why not try it for adults? Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

John Warren
John Warren is the new Operations Manager at Sierra Industries in Uvalde, TX. He oversees the modification and maintenance operations of the company.

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

If that tornado at Sun 'n Fun in April didn't get your attention, it should have. With EAA AirVenture looming and storms hammering the midwest, it's time to think about portable tiedown systems for the show. In this brief video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer wring out three systems, and the walkaway winner is a product you've never heard of. 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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