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Volume 10, Number 29
August 1, 2012
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AVflash! Update on Hawker Beech Bonusesback to top 

At least 31 senior Hawker Beechcraft employees will receive payments totaling $1.9 million after a bankruptcy judge approved that part of the Key Employee Incentive Program that is part of the company's bankruptcy filing. However, a decision on the big prize for the company's top eight executives, bonuses totaling $5.3 million, has been deferred until Aug. 6, with the judge inviting new evidence to be considered. The company insists the bonuses are justified because taking a company out of bankruptcy and transferring its assets to another owner is a lot of work. They will also preside over the "orderly shutdown" of the business jet part of the business. More...

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Sidestepping BARRback to top 

It was perhaps inevitable that someone somewhere would find a way, and an apparently legal one at that, to track flights of aircraft on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) list but at least one of the architects of the project feels a little bad about it. Dustin Hoffman (the researcher, not the actor), who developed the system with Semon Rezchikov, is a private pilot who thinks it's none of anyone's business where consenting adults fly their aircraft but he's also not adverse to making some money by selling that information to others, like, for instance, celebrity gossip channels and sites. In fact, he's managed to strike a noble posture in his defense of "I'm a libertarian. I don't think it's anyone's business where you travel to," he told Forbes "But what's worse, for everyone to know it's easy to track you, or to have a false assurance you can't be tracked?" NBAA isn't buying it. "Getting on an airplane shouldn't amount to forfeiting your security and privacy to anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection," NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard told Forbes. "That's why a law was passed to create a program that allows citizens and companies to opt out from having their flights tracked. Attempts to compromise that opt-out ability amount to nothing less than an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies and a potential security risk to the persons aboard aircraft." More... || Intelligent Apps for 
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Vetting the Administratorback to top 

It looks like politics will get in the way of the confirmation of Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to the five-year appointment in the top job. Despite the unanimous endorsement of the Senate's commerce committee earlier in the day, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has announced he'll oppose the confirmation so the full Senate can more thoroughly explore Huerta's views on labor relations. "Senator DeMint would want to have a full debate and vote on this nominee as he has strong concerns about the FAA's labor policies," said DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton. More...

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More New Engines Announcedback to top 

The new H80 turboprop engine from GE Aviation, which was certified in March, has spawned two derivative engines, the company said last week. The H75 will be rated at 750 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation, and the H85 engine will be rated at 850 shp. Both should be certified by FAA and EASA early next year, GE said. The new models are designed for the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments. "The H80 turboprop has been extremely successful for us," said Paul Theofan, of GE. "We anticipate the same level of interest for the H75 and H85." The engines will be manufactured at GE's facility in the Czech Republic. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

One engine of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner failed during a pre-delivery taxi test on Saturday, and the NTSB is investigating to find out why. The engine failure left debris on the active runway at Charleston (S.C.) International Airport and sparked a brush fire. The safety board said an investigator was sent to the scene, and as a result, it was decided it would be necessary to disassemble and examine the GE engine to determine the cause of the failure. There were no injuries in the incident. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Monty Crawford
Monty Crawford is the new avionics manager at SportairUSA in Little Rock. He's been in avionics for 35 years and held positions at Hawker Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter, Bizjet International and Bombardier.

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AirVenture Recapback to top 

The year's mostly eagerly anticipated fly-in and trade show, EAA AirVenture took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23 to July 29, 2012. Click here for an all-in-one-place index to coverage from the show — including podcasts, videos, blogs, and photo galleries. More...

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

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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.

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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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