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Volume 10, Number 30
August 15, 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! GAMA Notes Some Upticksback to top 

Business jets and turboprops both showed growth in shipments during the first half of 2012, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported last week, but piston airplane deliveries failed to rally, showing a 1.6 percent decline compared to the first six months of 2011. Overall, GAMA President Pete Bunce said, the data show "positive signs … When coupled with the positive trend we are seeing in the used market, we may finally be witnessing the start of our recovery." Business jet deliveries increased 13.1 percent compared to the same period last year, with 294 aircraft delivered in the first half of 2012. More...

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The Future of Hawker Beechback to top 

The Chinese company that wants to buy Hawker Beechcraft's civilian aviation business has adapted quickly to American business practices and hired a Washington lobby firm to smooth its acquisition through officialdom. Locke Lord Strategies has filed notice with the House of Representatives that it will represent Superior Air Parts Beijing on "aviation issues." Although a bankruptcy judge has granted Superior the right to exclusively negotiate with Hawker Beech for the proposed $1.79 billion acquisition, it's far from a done deal. More...

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LABACE Kicks Off Todayback to top 

The Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) runs from Wednesday to Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the show is now billing itself as the second-largest business aviation event in the world (behind NBAA). All the major OEMs will be there in force with multiple aircraft in the static display and booths on the convention floor. Last year more than 15,000 registered delegates attended the event. More...

Bendix/King by Honeywell || Loud and 
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Proof We Listen to Pilots
The Bendix/King KMA 30's music and phone Bluetooth® capability provides unsurpassed audio flexibility throughout your airplane. Connect one or two devices simultaneously, enjoy a six-place hi-fi stereo intercom with flexible soft-muting converse on the ground or in the cabin with a wireless mobile phone link. It integrates seamlessly with other Bendix/King products and is a "slide-in" replacement for select older audio panels. Learn more at
Dollars and Senseback to top 

Federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect in January could result in the closure of 246 airport control towers and the loss of 1,200 air traffic controller jobs, according to a report (PDF) by the Aerospace Industries Association, released on Monday. The $1.2 trillion "sequestration" cuts, which will take effect on Jan. 2 unless Congress reaches agreement on a deficit-reduction plan, could also delay implementation of the next-gen ATC system by a decade or more, AIA said. Craig Fuller, president of AOPA, said, "The likely effects of sequestration on general aviation safety and efficiency are truly frightening." More...

AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
Aviation Safetyback to top 

Texting and talking on a cellphone while flying is being cited in the fatal crash of an aerial survey aircraft in Canada in November of 2011. The Transportation Safety Board stopped short of blaming the crash of the Cessna 185 on the pilot's extensive cellphone use while on the short flight from Peace River, Alberta, to Fort St. John, British Columbia, but it did mention it as a potential contributing factor. "While it did not appear the pilot was actively engaged in cellphone communications during the last 11 minutes of the flight, this distraction was prevalent throughout the flight and in conjunction with the night conditions encountered may have contributed to the CFIT event," the board said. The report said the pilot may have been a victim of "black hole effect" in which the limited visual cues available during a night VFR flight in a remote area can affect depth perception. The aircraft descended gradually and under positive control until it hit a tree about eight miles short of the Fort St. John Airport. More...

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Inside the Stinson Crash Videoback to top 

Video of a plane crash as it was experienced from the right seat, inside the cockpit. The accident took place on Saturday, June 30, 2012 near Bruce Meadows airstrip, not far from Stanley, Idaho. More...

When a pilot does a mea culpa on YouTube, the natural reaction is a cyber lynch mob. But shouldn't we, as an industry, be asking how we can get inside the heads of pilots who make bad judgements to prevent accidents in the first place? That's the subject of Paul Bertorelli's latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

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 

It was only a matter of time before someone stuffed a full-up EFIS into a portable box the size of drink coaster. It didn't exactly take Dynon very long to get around to it, either. In this video, AVweb takes a tour of the new D1 Pocket Panel, and while it's not really a full EFIS, it's close enough — a clever combination of MEMS gyro and GPS aiding. 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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