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Volume 10, Number 28
July 18, 2012
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation Headset. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also features Bluetooth® connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
AVflash! Negotiating Hawker's Futureback to top 

Hawker Beechcraft announced on Tuesday that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court has given them the go-ahead to enter into exclusive negotiations with Superior Aviation Beijing Co. for up to 45 days to hammer out a deal and keep the company afloat. The action means that Superior can start to make payments to Hawker to sustain the jet business, with $25 million expected by the end of this week, and another $25 million within 30 days. The money "provides us with funding to preserve jobs as we simultaneously negotiate a potential transaction with Superior," said Hawker CEO Steve Miller. "At this time," he said, "pursuing the potential transaction with Superior is in the best interests of the company and its various stakeholders, including our creditors, our employees, our suppliers and our customers." More...

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ICON A5 Puts on Weight in Name of Spin Resistanceback to top 

ICON Aircraft has asked the FAA for an exemption from the upper weight limit for amphibious Light Sport Aircraft to incorporate what it says are important safety features in its A5 aircraft. The company says it needs an additional 250 pounds above the current weight limit of 1430 pounds to accommodate the extra wing and tail surface area, and attendant structural components, to make the aircraft spin resistant. That's roughly the equivalent of the weight of a Cessna 152. ICON announced earlier this year that it had created a truly spin resistant design in the A5 and is trying to convince the FAA that the safety improvement is worth the extra weight for inclusion in the LSA category. "The potential safety benefits of a Spin-Resistant Airframe (SRA) for the S-LSA category are extraordinary," ICON says in its submission to the FAA. "SRA can dramatically reduce loss-of-control fatalities related to inadvertent stall/spin entries. Stall/spin entries account for an alarming 41 percent of all pilot-related fatalities." At last January's Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, EAA President Rod Hightower announced the FAA was considering allowing weight exemptions for LSAs for safety-related equipment. More...

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Dramatic Airport Tragedyback to top 

Authorities in Colorado and Utah have confirmed that a Skywest Airlines employee, who is listed on the FAA database as an ATP with a type rating on CRJ regional jets, shot himself aboard one of the airline's aircraft after taxiing it erratically around St. George Airport in Utah, heavily damaging it and at least one other aircraft. Bryan Joseph Hedglin was wanted in connection with the murder of his former girlfriend in Colorado. According to the FBI, he hopped a fence at the airport about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, got aboard the aircraft and was able to start at least one of the engines. It's still not clear whether he flew it but the CRJ200 did clip wings with another aircraft on the ground and ran through a fence before Hedglin took his own life. More...

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Who You Gonna Call?back to top 

ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants has established a telephone hotline "to provide expert guidance to customers in the event of urgent aviation lubricant-related technical emergencies." The number is 1-609-737-4411. The line is open 24/7 and staffed with trained professionals, according to ExxonMobil. More...

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To learn more about other open roles within Bendix/King, please visit and search on "Bendix King."
Florida Air Museum Folded into Sun 'n Funback to top 

The Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Fla., will now be operated under the auspices of Sun 'n Fun and its president, John "Lites" Leenhouts, the organization announced on Friday. John Burton, the current museum president, will step down. Burton had previously been president of the Sun 'n Fun operation for about 12 years, until Leenhouts was hired last summer. The changes are meant to "minimize duplication of services and improve the organization's overall efficiency," Sun 'n Fun said. Previously, the museum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun 'n Fun, operated as a separate not-for-profit entity with its own board of directors. Now, day-to-day operations of the museum will be absorbed into the Sun 'n Fun organization. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Many of us in the aviation business have probably been approached about scattering the cremated remains of a friend or relative from an airplane. Glider pilot Marc Arnold has come up with an innovative way to do this from a Stemme motorglider, and on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli discusses how it all works. Read more and join the conversation. More...

If you've ever been asked to and have tried to scatter cremated remains from an airplane, you probably realize it's not as easy as it sounds. Marc Arnold's Ascension Scattering, done from a glider, adds respectful method to the process. More...

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Eclipse Aerospace is excited to announce for a limited time the "Total Eclipse = Total Savings" program for eligible purchasers of the Total Eclipse twin-engine jet. This package includes a Two-Year Extended Warranty, Complementary Options Package, Tax Incentives, and Factory Direct Financing through July 31. CLICK HERE for more info.
Who's Whereback to top 

Chris Sorenson
Chris Sorenson is the new chief flight instructor at Eastern Michigan University's Eagle Flight Center. He was previously the assistant chief flight instructor.

Steve Buss
Steve Buss, the former executive director of EAA's Young Eagles program, is now the vice president of development for the Commemorative Air Force.

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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We Ask, You Answerback to top 

Have you had your aircraft interior redone in the past five years? If so, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, wants to hear about it. Please take a moment to answer this completely confidential survey and help your fellow aircraft owners find the best shop to replace their 1970s Royalite-and-velour with something less embarrassing. More...

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

What started life as a Columbia and then became a Corvalis is now the Cessna Corvalis TTX. While it hosts many small improvements, the big change is the touchscreen-controlled G2000 avionics suite. Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West took the pixels and the plane up for a spin. More...

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

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? 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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