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Volume 10, Number 33
September 5, 2012
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AVflash! China's Growth Spurtback to top 

The bizjet sector is the bright spot for Chinese civil aviation but (relatively) tough times are ahead as China continues to cope with lessened demand for its products. Reporting from the Beijing International Business Aviation Show, China Daily reported that a senior government official was praising the importance of business aviation to the overall industry. "The growth of business aviation is faster than that of other civil aviation sectors, including passenger and freight transport," said Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Companies interviewed by the newspaper said they expect the growth of their businesses to be cut in half in the coming year but they're still expecting upwards of 20 percent growth. The regulatory structure needed to accommodate meaningful growth, particularly for more grassroots aviation, is lagging, however. More... || Intelligent Apps for 
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Going Where the Lawmakers Areback to top 

AOPA and NBAA (no mention of EAA) have taken the unprecedented step of hosting events at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to press issues of concern to general aviation. The Hill, covered the joint schmoozefest at the Liberty in Charlotte on Tuesday. Among those attending were senior Democratic congressmen and senators along with delegates. There was socialization and some networking going on and it appears the spirit of political conventioneering was upheld. The party with the Dems came a week after a similar event in Tampa with aviation-minded delegates attending the Republican convention. More...

'The Aviators' || Weekly on PBS - Also on 
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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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G280 Marks Certificationback to top 

Gulfstream's super-midsize G280 has been certified by the FAA, the company announced on Monday. The G280 can fly up to 3,600 nm and take off from a 4,750-foot runway, an improvement of 1,300 feet compared to the aircraft it replaces, the G200. With a new transonic wing design and new fuel-efficient Honeywell engines, the G280 is faster than the G200, with a top speed of Mach 0.85, and it burns less fuel. The airplane also is now certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. The first delivery will be made to a U.S. customer before the end of the year, the company said. The jet sells for about $25 million. More...

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Signs of Life in the Aftermarketback to top 

The used business aircraft market isn't much better but the numbers are headed in the right direction, according to the most recent report from JetNet (PDF). The company's annual review of activity in the used market from July of 2011 to July of 2012 shows 13.5 percent of the world fleet of business jets (a total of 2,521 aircraft) was for sale in July of this year. That's a hair less than the 13.7 percent available in July of 2011. There were, however, 7.7 percent more sales and even though it takes an average of 377 days to sell a bizjet, that's six fewer days than a year ago. More...

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A Moment to Chime in Helps FAASTback to top 

The FAA Safety Team is asking aircraft owners and operators in the general aviation community to participate in an online survey about how they use their aircraft. The annual survey is the only source of information on the activities of the GA fleet, including number of hours flown and the reasons people fly, according to the FAASTeam website. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta encouraged aircraft users to respond. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community," he said. The survey is available online. More...

WingX Pro 7 on the iPad || Hilton 
WingX Pro7 for iPad & iPhone — Now with Track Up!!!
The new WingX Pro7 for iPad and iPhone adds Synthetic Vision with AHRS pitch and bank (optional). Wow! WingX Pro7's Moving Map also includes Terrain-Enhanced VFR Sectionals and IFR Low/High En Route charts, ADS-B NEXRAD and In-Flight Weather, TFRs, SUAs, and a lot more. All moving map views can be displayed full-screen or side-by-side. Also included: Animated weather images, DUATS, A/FD, AOPA Directory, Route Planning, FARs, E6B, and more. Synthetic Vision requires an annual $99 subscription. Click here for more information.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Cost is a big reason that many owners have reduced their flying hours. But so is lack of time. No surprise there, either, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. You probably don't know anyone who's working fewer hours than they did a decade ago, and neither do we. Modern life puts so many demands on the 24-hour day that flying gets bumped to the bottom of the to-do list. Plus, some additional thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Lonnie VaughnAndrew Nichols
Lonnie Vaughn is the new President of Yingling Aviation, and Andrew Nichols is the new VP of Finance.

Stephen GingerKeith Chatten
Stephen Ginger is the new Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Continental Motors, and Keith Chatten is now Associate VP of Engineering.

John Bullis
John Bullis has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for northern Europe by Universal Avionics. He's been with the company since 1998.

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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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