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Volume 10, Number 22
June 6, 2012
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AVflash! A Second Look at Firefighting Fleetsback to top 
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Two events involving Lockheed P2V firefighting aircraft this Sunday graphically displayed the dangers and skills required to safely fight fires with aircraft, and also renewed calls for fleet modernization. As the week began, pilots Todd Tompkins and Ronnie Chambless were killed fighting a blaze in Utah. Witnesses say the wing of their 1962 P2V appeared to touch the ground in a rocky canyon before the aircraft impacted in the active drop zone. The crash reportedly left a 600-yard debris field that was later consumed by the same fire the crew had been fighting. Another P2V fighting another fire south of Reno executed a safe landing at Minden, Nev., in a stiff crosswind with one wheel up. There is video of the second event. Click through to watch. More...

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Decoding the Business of Bizjetsback to top 

Building business jets is a tough, competitive, complicated enterprise and the industry is enduring hard times, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report (PDF) released last week. That may not sound like news to most of those in the industry but the report is a stab at explaining how all those factors add up to the current state of affairs. "Competition is strong, frequent cutting-edge updates are necessary, and demand is cyclical," the report says. It was ordered by the House Ways and Means Committee. More...

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(Re)Building an Eclipse from the Ground Upback to top 

The first Eclipse 550 will be produced over the course of 12 months concurrent with retooling and validation of the production line that will create it, but the next jets will be built faster, Eclipse Aerospace told its dealers Friday. Following the first jet's 12-month production cycle, the second aircraft is expected to emerge from the line about two months later, followed by a third, 30 days after that. Eclipse is targeting a production capability of more than 50 aircraft per year in 2014, depending on market demand. Eclipse says deliveries will begin in 2013. The rough delivery framework wasn't the only announcement relevant to Eclipse shipments. More...

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Aviation Safety: Nigerian Crash Updateback to top 

Early details emerging about the MD-83 that crashed Sunday in Nigeria, killing all 153 aboard and possibly scores more on the ground, include reports that the jet's voice and data recorders were recovered Monday and that the captain was an American. The jet's flight crew reportedly included the American captain, an Indian first officer and an Indonesian flight engineer. The crew reported a technical problem while approximately 11 miles out on approach to the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. The jet crashed one minute later. Early reports state that witnesses heard a loud vibrating sound and saw the aircraft flying in an unstable manner before flipping over and impacting three buildings in a local suburb. At 22 years old, the aircraft's age alone may bring its operator Dana Air, and regulators, additional problems.  More...

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Aviation Safety: Jackson Hole Overrun Updateback to top 

An American Airlines 757-200 that ran off the departure end of a snowy Runway 19 at Jackson Hole Airport on Dec. 29, 2010, actually had a chance of stopping, the NTSB has determined. None of the 185 aboard Flight 2253 were injured, but the aircraft suffered minor damage and passengers were rattled. (AVweb video.) The NTSB found that the Boeing, flown by the co-pilot, touched down normally about 600 feet beyond the runway threshold. The speedbrakes failed to automatically deploy and when the first officer attempted to deploy the thrust reversers, they did not respond properly. The NTSB found mechanical causes for each mechanical failure. It also noted that the jet could have stopped on the runway even without the reversers if the pilots had reacted differently. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Today, 68 years ago, 13,000 men from two storied airborne divisions stepped out of nearly 1,000 C-47s and into history. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli pays tribute to the men and one of the most important days in history. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Maybe not, but we sure see a lot less of them these days. But radar hasn't changed what's probably the nastiest risk in severe storms: hail. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli talks about the risks. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Christopher Bero
Christopher Bero is Flexjet's new director of marketing. He was formerly strategic marketing advertising manager at Samsung Mobile Electronics.

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 Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Diamond has diversified its market to the military, law enforcement and even media realms with the DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform. Diamond Airborne Sensing's Markus Fischer took AVweb through the product at Diamond's factory in Wiener Neustad, Austria. 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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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