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Volume 10, Number 25
June 27, 2012 || Intelligent Apps for 
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In Rio de Janeiro last week, political leaders from Brazil and China signed an agreement that will allow Embraer to start building business jets in China. The deal creates a partnership between Embraer and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to build Legacy 600 and 650 jets using a facility already in place in Harbin, China. The new operation is expected to produce about 20 jets a year for the Chinese market. The first Embraer jet to be built in China is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. More...

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Medical Reform Down Underback to top 

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced liberalized flight medical standards for private and recreational pilots that include a 3,200-pound maximum weight for aircraft and allow pilots to register their medical fitness online. In a newsletter to Australian pilots, John McCormick, CASA's director of aviation safety, said the idea is to make it easier for pilots to maintain medicals without sacrificing safety. "Having robust medical standards is a key element of aviation safety and this initiative ensures safety standards remain high while making the system simpler," McCormick said. Pilots will still have to get regular medical assessments (every two year for those 65 or younger, every year after that) but they're based mostly on driver's license standards and can be done by their family doctor. Australia requires all drivers to self-declare medical fitness to maintain their licenses. After being signed off by the GP, the pilot registers his or her medical fitness online and keeps the printed copy with him or her while flying. Australia's new rules have some significant differences from those being considered by the FAA. By the way, the deadline for comments on the joint EAA/AOPA third-class medical exemption proposal is July 2. To find out how to comment, look here (PDF). More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

In a safety recommendation stemming from its investigation of a 2009 crash in Texas, the NTSB said on Tuesday the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency should require changes in the stall-warning system on ATR-42 series airplanes. Both agencies should also evaluate all other transport-category airplanes to ensure that the stick pusher "activates at an angle of attack that will provide adequate stall protection in the presence of airframe ice accretions," the safety board said. More...

'The Aviators' || Weekly on PBS - Also on 
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The Aviators: Watch Us on TV, on DVD and Online ... Now!
The award-winning hit television series airing across the US weekly on PBS (contact your local station), in Canada on Travel+Escape, and overseas on Discovery. The Aviators covers all-things aviation, as our pilot/hosts take you flying with the Blue Angels, on $100 hamburger runs, or exploring aircraft from warbirds to airliners. Seasons 1 and 2 now on iTunes and Hulu. Season 3 coming this fall ... and premiering at AirVenture 2012!

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Jets, Jets, Jets!back to top 

One of the original proponents of the Vantage Jet single-engine very light jet has resumed his quest to certify and build the Burt Rutan-designed aircraft. Jim Rice has re-acquired the original prototype of the forward-swept-wing composite design that first flew in 1996 but encountered various financial and technical challenges before the post-911 slump forced it into bankruptcy. Rice has moved the new company, called VisionAire Jets, to his childhood home of Hickory, N.C., and is telling locals he hopes to hire up to 600 people to build the aircraft in a future factory there. The initial footprint is considerably more modest and consists of some office space and space on the ramp for the airplane and the interior mockup. "Several members of the former management team of VisionAire and others have acquired an option to purchase all the intellectual property for the single-engine version of the VisionAire Vantage and have begun assembling the necessary team to bring the project to fruition," Rice says in his LinkedIn profile. More...

A report in the British newspaper the Daily Mail says Boeing, Gulfstream and Lockheed Martin will unveil concepts for supersonic business jets capable of 2,500 mph and a London-to-Sydney flight time of four hours at the Farnborough Air Show next month. The newspaper quotes unnamed sources as saying the aerospace heavyweights have partnered with NASA to come up with designs that muffle the sonic boom, a key consideration in the marketability of such aircraft. An unnamed Gulfstream engineer is quoted as saying the result is "closer to a puff or a plop." More...

Aerial Tribute || Every Cloud a Monument
Ascension Scattering™: A Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering™ releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains. The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute to book an eternal flight, either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for a loved one. Click here for a video overview.
Who's Whereback to top 

Peter Bartolotta
Peter Bartolotta is the new COO and president of CHC Helicopter's Helicopter Services Unit. He was formerly senior vice president for global services at Lenovo.

Randall Brooks
Randall Brooks has been named VP of Training and Business Development for APS Performance Solutions, an upset recovery training company based in Mesa, Arizona.

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 

It's all there in black and white. Roush simply stalled the airplane near the ground, the result of a botched go-around. Before you remind yourself that you'd never do that, just remember that the intensity and distractions of AirVenture flight operations can throw anyone off their game. Paul Bertorelli meditates on the importance of circumstances in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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


The July issue of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, features a blow-by-blow comparison of some of the best folding bikes for pilots we could find. See them in action in these five video reviews by Consumer's Jeff Van West.


An All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 carrying 193 passengers was damaged during a hard landing at Tokyo Narita airport, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The ANA jet touched down on Runway 16R. Airport weather reports show winds at 230 and 16 knots gusting to 29 at that time, suggesting a potential crosswind component of more than 27 knots. However that may have affected the pilots and aircraft, security camera footage shows the airliner came down first on the right main, then on the nosewheel alone, before porpoising into a second impact that appears to impart visible flex on the airliner's forward fuselage. No injuries were reported, but an early post-flight inspection clearly showed buckling and creases in the fuselage skin forward of the wing root. Japan's transportation safety board is investigating. Click the image at right for video. More...

Since its launch in 1985, the Cessna Caravan and later the Grand Caravan have been strong sellers for Cessna. In this video, AVweb takes a flight demo in the latest model, complete with G1000 and GFC700 autopilot. More...

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

If you're operating a light sport aircraft -- either a legacy or late-model new airplane, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know what it costs. Click on this link to take the survey and leave comments. We're interested in all kinds of light sports, but we especially want to know what costs are like when the airplanes are in partnerships. 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 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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