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Volume 10, Number 43
November 14, 2012
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AVflash! An Infusion of New Blood from Chinaback to top 

A reborn Eastern Air Lines plans to be the first U.S. airline to fly Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC)'s C919. In a surprise announcement at the China Airshow in Zhuhai Tuesday, Jack Shi, senior vice president for commercial development of Eastern Air Lines, told a news conference that revival of the aviation icon has been in the works since 2008 and the fledgling airline is now shopping for aircraft. Eastern went bankrupt in 1991 and Shi said some of those trying to resurrect it are former employees. It's planning to start flying from Miami to Latin America next year but Shi told Reuters there's a lot to do yet. "Eastern used to be the largest U.S. airline to serve the Latin America market," he said. "A lot of preparation work needs to be done, such as applying for an air route." More...

Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company, Ltd. (CAIGA) have finalized a deal to assemble Citation XLS+ business jets in China. The deal, which was announced as a strategic partnership earlier this year with CAIGA parent AVIC involving the assembly and sale of Caravans in China, will involve subassembly and parts production in Wichita with assembly, paint and flight testing for in-country aircraft to take place in Zhuhai, the site of Airshow China which is on this week. More...

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No European-Style Carbon Tax for the U.S.back to top 

The European Union has delayed implementation of its controversial airline carbon tax to 2014, citing progress on a global carbon emission effort by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). However, the U.S. House of Representatives increased the pressure against the EU's plan with passage of a bill that will make it illegal for U.S. airlines to pay the tax. The bill passed after only a few minutes of debate Tuesday. "In my view, the EU's proposed emissions trading scheme is inconsistent with international aviation law and practice," said Rep. Nick Rahall. D-W.Va. "It goes against international law and agreements. It brings the hand of European regulators into our own airspace." More...

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

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Schrödinger's Pilots: Are They There, or Not?back to top 

Some airline executives are saying a combination of retirements, airline expansion, and an imminent change in FAA rules that could set a minimum of 1,500 hours for first officers will create a pilot shortage, but CBS news analyst Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger said the airlines are employing "scare tactics." In a story in Sunday's Wall Street Journal, Dan Garton, CEO of American Eagle, said the impact of the FAA's proposed new first-officer rule "is going to become much more visible when regionals have to decrease their flying" for lack of pilots. The airline may have to eliminate service to some smaller cities, he said. Sullenberger said on CBS on Monday that airline executives are crying wolf, with the aim to pressure the FAA into reducing the first-officer requirements in the final version of the new rule. More...

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GA in Chinaback to top 

The ninth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition opened in Zhuhai on Tuesday, as the country continues to work toward opening its airspace to private fliers by 2020. GE said the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. has selected GE's new H85 turboprop engine to power the Primus 150, a six-seat, pressurized single-engine airplane with a carbon-fiber composite airframe. It will be the first business aircraft manufactured in China, according to GE. Also at the show, Piaggio delivered its first P.180 Avanti II turboprop to a Chinese customer. The twin turboprop will be operated as part of a private aircraft club program. CubCrafters also announced that their Top Cub two-seat backcountry airplane is now certified for sales and operations in China. More...

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SeaRey Comes Indoorsback to top 

The popular SeaRey kit-built LSA amphib will soon be available as a factory-built aircraft. Progressive Aerodyne, of Tavares, Fla., announced last week that it has FAA approval to manufacture an S-LSA version of the aircraft. The company expects to deliver the first fly-away SeaRey early next year. SeaRey kits have been available for 20 years and the company recently moved its operation to Tavares from Orlando. More...

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What Have You Missed on AVwebcom?back to top 

For aviation, last week's election may represent some interesting possibilities. Unfortunately, most of them involve budget cuts and possibly the delay or elimination of programs most of us consider important. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli observes that, to a degree most of us have never seen, aviation's outlook is tied to larger taxation and policy considerations. Welcome to the world of the challenged special interest group. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Here at AVweb, we try to pause and reflect on our veterans every November 11 — but sometimes, when there's not a news story to hang your reflections and thanks on, you have to takes to the air in your Piper Cub and do some proper reflection. That's what Paul Bertorelli did Sunday in an effort to find the right way to say "thanks" to all those who've served. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Michael Schofield is the new marketing manager, and Kirk Kleinholz has assumed the post of sales manager at Dynon. Schofield has been with the avionics manufacturer for five years and Kleinholz for three.

National Air Transportation Association
The new executive vice president of the National Air Transportation Association is Jim Coon, who is now the chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Also, Amy Koranda has been appointed vice president of NATA.

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 

On Saturday, November 10, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary as an aircraft company. AVweb was there and got a look at some terrific vintage aircraft as well as Piper's latest line of M-class airplanes. More...

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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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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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