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Volume 10, Number 18
May 9, 2012
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The International Center for Air Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is conducting a study of general aviation trends. Let them know what you think about fuel costs, how to advance general aviation and why you fly. It takes ten minutes or less. AVweb will publish the results — so will MIT.

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AVflash! NTSB Gets Proactive with GA Safetyback to top 
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The NTSB announced this week that it will hold a two-day forum next month to examine safety issues related to general aviation. "Each year, hundreds of people are killed in general aviation crashes, and thousands more are injured," said board chairman Deborah Hersman, in a news release. "Tragically, the circumstances leading to these accidents are often repeated over and over, year after year. If we are going to prevent future fatalities and injuries, these common causes must be addressed." Last year, the safety board added "General Aviation Safety" to its "Most Wanted" list of transportation safety improvements. More...

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Bracing for EBACEback to top 

Europe's biggest and most important business aviation show gets under way formally next Monday. EBACE, held annually at the PalExpo convention center, conveniently located at Geneva Airport, will run until May 16 and include attendance by a worldwide audience and exhibitors. New product announcements have begun to appear in advance of the show, which is traditionally a launch pad for new aircraft. More...

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What the World Needs Now — Is More Airlinersback to top 

Boeing says that despite a generally sluggish economy worldwide, it's being forced to increase production of its full line of airliners as demand keeps increasing. "Except in Europe, we expect airlines to be profitable," Randy Tinseth, Boeing's vice president for marketing, told Dow Newswire. "When business is growing, airlines are profitable, they buy new airplanes." High oil prices might be to blame for some of the economic downturn but they're also helping to fuel the demand for new, more fuel-efficient airliners. He said Boeing expects airlines to retire about 500 older aircraft a year. At the same time, passenger growth, fueled in part by the expanding middle classes of many developing countries, will be about 5 percent this year after jumping 6 percent last year. More...

Eclipse 550 || Delivering in 2013
The Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet: Delivering in 2013
Eclipse Aerospace has received Production Certificate #550 from the FAA, paving the way for production of the new Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. What does this mean for you? It means you can fly 375 ktas at 41,000 feet while sipping just 59 gallons of fuel per hour. And you can do it next year. Take a look at the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient jet on the planet by clicking here.
Hawker Beech Updateback to top 

Hawker Beechcraft, fresh off a week in the news over its Chapter 11 filing, announced on Monday that its 400XPR test aircraft has flown for the first time. The light jet flew with Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines and winglets, which are available as an upgrade for current owners of the Hawker 400 or as an option for new buyers. The package will be certified in September. Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics also will be made available. Hawker spokesman Christi Tannahill said there is "great demand" for the 400XPR upgrade, which will enhance performance, cost and reliability. Hawker also said it is moving forward with its case in bankruptcy court and has received approval to continue to pay employees, vendors, and suppliers for goods and services delivered after the commencement of the Chapter 11 case. More...

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Aviation Lawback to top 

A $20 million class action lawsuit has been launched against Air Canada by passengers aboard a Toronto-Zurich flight that was mistakenly thrown into a dive by one of the pilots. As we reported, at least 16 people, 14 passengers and two flight attendants, were hurt when the first officer, who had just awoken from a sanctioned in-seat nap, spotted an oncoming Air Force C-17 and thought they were on a collision course. Moments before, he'd mistaken the planet Venus for the C-17. The military plane was 1,000 feet below the 767-300 at 12 o'clock. The FO pushed the Boeing into an emergency dive, dropping 400 feet. It then, just as abruptly, climbed 800 feet before settling into level flight with the captain under control. Seven of the injured were taken to hospital when the aircraft arrived in Zurich three hours later. But it wasn't the incident itself, which happened in January of 2011, that pushed the passengers to legal action. Their statement of claim alleges the airline "actively covered up the true cause of the terrifying episode." More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Brent Wouters
Former Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters has taken a job with IO, a Phoenix-based data management company. Wouters left Cirrus last year after engineering the sale of the company to CAIGA, of China.

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 

A year on, we've learned more about the special ops raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What we don't know — and may never know — is why that MH-60 crashed in the compound. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wades into the speculation. Read more and join the conversation. More...

If regulations can't spark innovation, is it just as good that they can spread the misery around? Paul Bertorelli contemplates that uncomfortable consolation prize in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

The story of William Rankin's ejection at 47,000 feet and 500 knots is legendary, not only because the fall took him 40 minutes, but also because he lived to talk about it. There are other and more recent cases of people who have been drawn into thunderstorms under canopy and not every one ends in survival. 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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Karen Lund

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