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Volume 10, Number 42
November 7, 2012
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
The Best We've Ever Made
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! Eye-Catching Video of Collisionback to top 

Student pilot William Davis was on final approach to land at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, on Saturday, when his Skyhawk collided with an SUV that was crossing the airport. Davis's wife, Kandy, was filming his descent and caught the collision on video. The collision knocked off part of the Skyhawk's landing gear, but Davis was able to land and wasn't hurt. The two people in the car, a couple on their way to the airport diner, were treated for minor injuries. The road crosses the airport perpendicular to the runway, just a few feet from the runway end, and is marked with "Stop" painted on the surface. The audio of airport manager Glen Hyde is caught on Kandy Davis's camera, asking the driver, "Why did you pull out in front of an airplane?" More...

ProActive Safety Systems
Operational Safety Management Seminar
Denver, Colorado, November 13-14
This real-world, two-day operational safety management seminar focuses on the four pillars of SMS: Safety Policy, Risk Management, Safety Assurance and Safety Promotion. 18,000-hour pilot J.R. Russell and guest speaker David Soucie (former FAA official and author) show you SMS applications and case studies from the inside out. "Operationally relevant," says corporate pilot-safety officer Gary Tucker. Stay at Denver's great Inverness Conference Center, where rooms and meals are included — networking, too. Click here for details.
Election Day Trafficback to top 

Airport officials in Cleveland had a case of dueling campaign aircraft on their hands (and on their ramp) on Tuesday as three of the four candidates landed in the battleground state airport at about the same time. Only President Barack Obama sat this one out as he stayed home in Chicago. Obama's opponent Mitt Romney landed first and was planning to wait for his running mate Paul Ryan so they could leave the airport together, but Vice President Joe Biden had other plans, according to Reuters. More...

'The Aviators' Season 3 || The Biggest 
Aviation Show on the Planet - Now on PBS, iTunes, and Hulu
The Biggest Aviation Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators is back for an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and countless more worldwide.

Watch The Aviators on PBS, iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu.
NBAA as Indicatorback to top 

Business aviation analysts generally rely on the general economy as a barometer of the health of the industry but the prolonged downturn in many segments of bizav have generated some creative thinking in that area. Now Corporate Jet Investor has plotted attendance at the annual National Business Aviation Association convention against some key indicators in the bizjet market and found some almost parallel lines on the resulting charts. In his analysis, Corporate Jet Investor's Alasdair Whyte noted that the 2012 convention, which wrapped in Orlando last week, had the third lowest attendance (25,250) in the last 10 years, although part of the reason could have been Superstorm Sandy and a presidential TFR on the eve of the convention. However, broadening the sample to include 10 years of attendance figures, the website found some interesting coincidences. More...

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL || 
January 17-20, 2013
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 17-20, 2013

Sunny Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 17-20, 2013 — the largest sport aircraft-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013 range from a twilight air show opened by Patty Wagstaff demonstrating LSA aerobatic aircraft to The Year of the Cub to star-studded Manufacturers Showcases and a contest that will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" ... everything in the world of sport aviation. Visit for details.
Bored with Shazam? Try It with Jetsback to top 

Even to the practiced eye, business jets can look remarkably similar and a Russian publisher has introduced an iPad app that makes comparing them a little easier. Upcast Media has introduced JetBook, an interactive tool that graphically and textually presents and compares 65 of the most popular business jets from every perspective imaginable. "It's hi-tech, flexible, and you get updates with specs and prices in real time," said Ivan Veretennikov, Upcast co-publisher. More...

MIssion-Specific Pilot Flight Bags - The 
All-New FLEX System || BrightLine Bags
Mission-Specific Flight Bags with Adaptive Utility™
We took our award-winning flight bag and made it better! The FLEX System is engineered to handle the simple fact that you face different types of flights on different days. With FLEX, you can build your own perfect bag for each flight from eleven different modules, pockets, and end caps. This lets you add or remove space without having to reload and repack.

Watch the video demo at
FSS Moves More Data Onlineback to top 

New services for pilots are now available online from Lockheed Martin Flight Services, the company said this week. Pilots can register online for access to the Automated Flight Service Station Pilot Web Portal and a new Adverse Condition Alerting Service. The pilot portal allows pilots to access the same briefing information and weather graphics available to Lockheed's flight-service specialists. The alerting service will send notices to pilots about new adverse conditions specific to their filed flight plans via text, email, and Iridium satellite devices. The short alert messages identify the type of adverse condition (such as TFRs, NOTAMs, AIRMETs and SIGMETs) and the flight plan to which it applies. Pilots then can contact LMFS for details. More...

Eclipse 550
Eclipse Carefree Ownership Unveiled
For a limited time, EAI is offering 550 jet positions with our new Carefree Ownership Program at no additional cost. This program includes fuel at no extra cost for the first year you own your Eclipse Jet, and all scheduled maintenance, inspections, and consumables (including brakes, batteries, oil, and tires) for the first two years of ownership, as well as a training allowance to cover everything from jet basics to your Eclipse Jet type rating. Click here to see the complete details of this offer!
Who's Whereback to top 

Benoit Beaulieu
Benoit Beaulieu is the new VP of human resources at Esterline CMC. He was formerly at L-3 MAS.

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...

'Plane Talk' by Rod Machado || Available 
Rod Machado's Plane Talk
The Mental Art of Flying an Airplane.
You'll learn, You'll Laugh, You'll Remember!

Available from AVweb Bookstore.
Finally, a fun-to-read human factors book! Learn more than you thought possible about how your brain works in critical aviation situations. As if an experienced co-pilot whispers the precise answer at that pivotal moment when you desperately need to make the right decision.

Plane Talk   | print: $24.95 (reg. $29.95)
eBook: $22.95 (reg. $24.95)
sale price valid through November 12, 2012

Call (970) 726‑5111 or click here for more information.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Paul Bertorelli chimes in with two reflections on this year's NBAA Convention on the AVweb Insider blog: At NBAA, Cessna showed off a new mockup of — something. But for the second time this year, they've shown something at a show and declined to let news organizations photograph it. Does this make any sense? We don't think so. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft announced that its new direction will emphasize turboprops and pistons, but jets appear not to be on the agenda. Understandably, current HBC jet owners are finding that not their liking. This is gonna be one giant fence to mend. Read more and join the conversation. More...

If you were hoping for an exciting aviation movie going into the holiday season, this ain't it — although it's got a riveting crash sequence the kids will love. Otherwise, it's a dark character study into the downward spiral of alcoholism and addiction. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reports that anyone who's had experience with addiction may have trouble watching this film. If you go, don't forget the Prozac. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

Sunglasses are a must-have for pilots, but when you shove the temples under a headset for several hours, the pain isn't far behind. A new product called Flying Eyes solves that problem. In this video by Larry Anglisano and Marc Gunther, AVweb takes a close look at this product. More...

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New on AVweb.comback to top 

BrainteasersBest-laid plans can evaporate in the twinkling of a failed fuel pump. Contemplating a dead prop on the nose is no time to kick yourself for going past TBO. Time to act and ace this quiz!

Take the quiz. More...

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...

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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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