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Volume 10, Number 34
September 12, 2012
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AVflash! User Fees Returnback to top 

The House Committee on Small Business will examine the potential impact of the proposed $100-per-leg user fee on turbine powered aircraft at a hearing in Washington Sept. 12. The committee is headed up by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), who is a well-known GA advocate and the testimony that is scheduled is likely to present a particular point of view. "The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the financial and regulatory impact of additional user fees on the aviation industry," the committee said in its notice. More...

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Back to the Futureback to top 

The Canadian government has rejected a proposal to resurrect a 60-year-old design for a fighter-interceptor instead of pursuing its controversial procurement of 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Bourdeau Industries, which has offices in the U.K. and Canada, first proposed building an updated version of the Wikipedia link CF-105 Avro Arrow as a faster and all-around better alternative to the F-35. The idea has gained the support of some prominent Canadian military figures and is now being debated informally among the political heirarchy. Officially, however, the Conservative government has flatly rejected the idea, citing, among other things, the historic nature of the design and monumental task of creating the industry to build it. That industry was in place until Feb. 20, 1959, still referred to as "Black Friday" in the Canadian aviation industry. Sixty years later, the Arrow is still considered a pinnacle of aerospace achievement in Canada. It used a fly-by-wire system decades before similar systems were used in fighters and offered a computer-controlled navigation and flight management system that didn't become common until the F-16 and F-15 era. More...

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Piper Goes Globalback to top 

Piper says it's amping up its marketing activities in the final quarter to "emphasize our commitment to globalizing the company," according to Drew McEwen, who heads up global sales and business development at the company. Piper execs have already racked up the air miles so far this year with appearances at all the major shows, plus some relatively obscure venues. In August alone, they were at events in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, China and Canada and they'll be at the Reno Air Races, which get under way Sept. 12. More...

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... While Embraer Digs Deeper into U.S. Marketback to top 

Embraer now will assemble the Phenom 300 light jet in Melbourne, Fla., the company said this week, in addition to the Phenom 100, which has been produced at the Florida plant since last year. Both aircraft are on the same assembly line, the company said, with an ultimate capacity of eight aircraft per month. Twelve Phenom 300 jets are scheduled for production at the plant next year, with the first delivery in March. The production certificate recently granted by the FAA for the Phenom 100 will be expanded to include production of the 300, the company said. More...

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More Goodness from Brazilback to top 

Ledyard Capital Management, an investment firm that in the past has specialized in transport aircraft and the marine industry, announced this week that it is buying 200 copies of a new four-seat general aviation carbon-fiber aircraft from Novaer, in Brazil. Douglas Brennan, a partner in the company who is also a GA pilot, told AVweb on Tuesday that his firm plans to partner up with an existing distributor network to market the airplanes in the U.S., Europe, and China. "We plan to do the final assembly here in the U.S., just like Embraer does," he said. He added that the airplanes will be eligible for financing from the Brazilian government, which he believes will give them an edge in the U.S. market. The airplane, which is all carbon-fiber and derived from a military-trainer design, should be certified around mid-2013, Brennan said. A prototype has already flown. A price has not yet been set. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

In her latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, editor Mary Grady polishes off her crystal ball for a quick look into the future — and then packs it away to make room for the real thing. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Jon Anne Doty
Jon Anne Doty is the new Vice President of Operations at Strat Fuel Consortium. She has 20 years of experience in the industry and was most recently at Renaissance Jet.

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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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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