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Volume 9, Number 37
September 28, 2011
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AVflash! Cessna's New Citation Jetback to top 

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In a move that caught most in the aviation industry flat-footed, Cessna announced a new bizjet model late Monday. The Citation M2 is said to bridge the gap between the $3 million Mustang entry-level jet and the $7 million CJ series and it will compete directly with the Embraer Phenom 100, offering a little more range and speed. Cessna is putting the M2 on the market at $4.195 million, about $500,000 more than the Phenom 100. "Operator feedback and owner insight have indicated a market for a Citation with the size, speed and range of the Citation M2. We expect to see customers new to the Citation family, Mustang owners looking for a logical next step or CJ1+ operators who want a new, more advanced Citation," said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO. More...

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China Adjusts to GAback to top 

Parallel to AOPA Summit in Hartford last week, AOPA China held its own first summit in Beijing last week. More than 400 people attended the two-day event. This year's AOPA China Summit was in the form of convention and focused on the mission of providing prime opportunities for dialogues and networking among the Chinese government, general aviation organizations and industry members worldwide. Officials from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB), Beijing City Government as well as a number of provincial governments joined the convention and heard a straightforward message from Feng Zhang, Deputy Director General of AOPA China. "The nation's airspace is a public domain." Zhang said in his speech, "Therefore our government should relax its control to allow the general public access to their own sky. It is the authorities' duty to assist the people with better utilizing our airspace by introducing favorable regulations, building infrastructure and reducing taxes on aircraft purchases, etc." John Sheehan, IAOPA's Secretary General, said he was impressed by Zhang's direct and blunt public message. More...

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The New User Fee Battleback to top 

Kevin Mossey, a private pilot living in Marion, Iowa, has posted a petition on the White House website asking the Obama administration to "take aviation user fees off the table." Last week's proposal to charge $100 per flight for some general aviation operations is too complex, according to Mossey. "We should be working to simplify the tax codes," he wrote. "A tax on fuel more accurately reflects the ATC services used." As of Tuesday, the petition had attracted over 2,600 online signatures. If the petition logs 5,000 signatures by October 23, it will be reviewed by the White House for an official response. More...

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Judges to Hear Privacy/Transparency Argumentsback to top 

On December 2, a federal court will hear AOPA and NBAA argue in support of their position that airplane operators should have the option to keep their flight data private. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will preside over the case. AOPA and NBAA said on Tuesday they hope to convince the court to overturn changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program that were imposed earlier this year, which make it harder for operators to block their flight info on public websites. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Jimmy Leeward's tragic P-51 crash at Reno last week raised the emotional issue of age and piloting abilities. We might not like to hear it asked, but it's a fair question even if the pilot's age had no bearing on the accident. There's no easy answer, either, other than to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli shares some reflections of his own. Read more and join the conversation. More...

The FAA's ARC Committee gave a briefing of sorts at AOPA Summit in Hartford, Connecticut last week. It dealt mostly with process and little with substance. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli again argues for a more transparent process. Read more and join the conversation. More...

In the aviation biz, we like air shows because they promote the industry -- but after a season of bad crashes, have we actually gone backwards in terms of public image? How are non-aviation people impacted by witnessing a crash? We decided to ask. Chloe Barkdoll was present when a T-28 Trojan crashed at Martinsburg Air Show in West Virgina on September 17; she shares her reactions in a guest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

J. Mac McClellan
J. Mac McClellan has been named the director of publications for EAA. He was contributing to the publications for the previous year after a long career as editor-in-chief of Flying magazine.

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

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know. We're doing a survey on owner experiences with factory-new, factory-reman and factory-overhauled engines. (No field overhauls this time.) The survey will take about five minutes, and you can take it merely by cliking this link. More...

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AOPA Summit Recapback to top 


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

AVweb found a new LSA at AOPA Summit last week. It's called the Bristell, and its main selling point is a super-wide cabin. Here's Mary Grady's video report on the new model. 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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