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Volume 9, Number 27
July 13, 2011
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AVflash! AOPA's Fuller Rallies GAback to top 
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AOPA President Craig Fuller says he thinks the anti-GA/bizav posture in Washington will get worse in coming months but that's not necessarily all bad. "We have a rallying point," Fuller told the Wichita Aero Club in a reportedly spirited address that focused on recent remarks by President Obama that appeared to characterize business aviation as a perk. According to the Wichita Business Journal, Fuller pointed out the remarks contrasted sharply with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's comments to an aviation forum held in Wichita in which he appeared to affirm the administration's support for GA. "Where they stand on general aviation depends on where they're standing," he is quoted as saying. More...

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Honda Preps for Manufacturing Stageback to top 

Honda's slow and deliberate progress toward production of the massive company's first airplane will hit a major milestone later this year or in early 2012 with the hiring of up to 300 assembly workers at the Greensboro plant. The company invited local media on a tour of its sprawling 220,000-square-foot facility on Tuesday and officials said they intend to hire local workers for the line, which is planned to turn out 70 to 100 HondaJets each year by 2014. More...

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Speaking of Manufacturing ...back to top 

Embraer opened its executive-jet assembly plant in Melbourne, Fla., in February, and last week the company said it has started work on its first Phenom 100, which will be ready for delivery by the end of the year. The arrival of the fuselage and wing parts from Brazil is a "milestone" that shows the company's commitment to the U..S. operation, said Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. "[This] reiterates our commitment to our U.S. presence … as we all look forward to start deliveries of the first made-in-America units," Edwards said. The company has already hired 69 engineers and technicians in Melbourne, many of them former NASA employees, and plans to hire more than 100 additional workers by the end of 2012. More...

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Aviation Safety Iback to top 

An already-grim weekend for general aviation in the U.S. came within a whisker of being a lot worse when two aircraft brushed each other in a narrow pass in Alaska. Authorities say a Piper Navajo with nine people aboard and a float-equipped Cessna 206 were headed in opposite directions through Lake Clark Pass, near Anchorage, Sunday afternoon when a float on the 206 contacted the vertical stabilizer of the Navajo. Damage was minor to both aircraft and both landed safely in Anchorage. "If you have to have something like this, it couldn't have worked out better," Larry Lewis, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator told the Anchorage Daily News. More...

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Aviation Safety IIback to top 

The pilot of a Pilatus PC-12 that crashed in Montana in March 2009 should have added an icing inhibitor to the fuel system before launching, the NTSB said in its final report on Tuesday. The board said the pilot failed to take appropriate remedial actions after icing caused low fuel pressure and a lateral fuel imbalance. The pilot then lost control while maneuvering the left-wing-heavy airplane near the approach end of the runway at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte. All 14 people on board, including 7 children, died. "The pilot's pattern of poor decision-making set in motion a series of events that culminated in the deadly crash," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "Humans will make mistakes, but that is why following procedures, using checklists and always ensuring that a safety margin exists are so essential -- aviation is not forgiving when it comes to errors." More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Not a thing, unless you screw up the landing, hit something or otherwise turn what should be uneventful into easy pickings for an enforcement case. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reviews two closed runway takeoff examples, and you can take your pick of what's wrong. Or add your own example in the comments. Read more and join the conversation. More...

I'm somehow not, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. On the other hand, perhaps we're supposed to be grateful that something positive came out of Inhofe's inept, embarrassing display of poor airmanship at Port Isabel, Texas that merited him a peck on the cheek from the FAA after he scattered workers on a closed runway. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Franz Gilbert
Franz Gilbert has been named director of human resources technologies at Gulfstream. He was formerly at

LMI Aerospace
LMI Aerospace has promoted Ryan P. Bogan to chief operating officer. Bogan was previously CEO of D3 Technologies, which LMI acquired in 2007.

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 

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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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.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

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Jeff van West

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