View Online | View Extended Version | View Printer-Friendly Version (recommended for mobile devices)

Volume 10, Number 44
November 21, 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! Change of Plan for Hawker Liquidationback to top 

A bankruptcy judge has rejected Hawker Beechcraft's bid to fire-sale its inventory of Hawker 4000 jets to raise some quick cash. The company was planning to dump the aircraft, the all-composite flagship of its jet roster, for as little as about 35 cents on the dollar until some existing 4000 owners stepped in to prevent their $20 million aircraft from suffering the same devaluation. Hawker Beech has 13 finished new 4000s, three in production and four used aircraft. The inventory clearance bid was part of a filing made by the company that also requested the court to allow it to abandon warranty and extended service plans on the 4000 and on Premier I and Premier IA jets. Hawker Beechcraft VP Shawn Vick outlined the warranty decision in a podcast interview at the 2012 NBAA convention in Orlando in October. 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
Aviation Safetyback to top 

The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering aircraft with 10 or more passenger seats that will require much more comprehensive monitoring and record-keeping concerning contract maintenance. The new rule was mandated by the recent reauthorization of the FAA but the FAA seems to agree there's a need. "These changes are needed because contract maintenance has increased to over 70 percent of all air carrier maintenance, and numerous investigations have shown deficiencies in maintenance performed by contract maintenance providers," the NPRM says. Although the rule is aimed primarily at Part 121 operators, it will capture larger business jets and charter aircraft, too. 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.
Dassault Goes to Chinaback to top 

Dassault has created a wholly-owned subsidiary in China to secure its stake in that market. The company, Dassault Falcon Business Services (Beijing) Co. Ltd., is based in Beijing and will look after creating a customer support network in the country that will include maintenance specialists and even a couple of "jump-seat support" pilots. "Firmly establishing Dassault's presence in China today positions us to serve the needs of its growing business aviation sector with the highest level of support in the years to come," said CEO John Rosanvallon. 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.
FAA, NTSB on Safety Fairnessback to top 

The NTSB said last week it won't make any major changes in the way it oversees FAA enforcement actions against pilots, and NBAA says that's not fair to small aviation businesses. The current NTSB rules stipulate that NTSB administrative law judges who review emergency actions by the FAA against certificate holders must assume the allegations presented by the FAA are correct and accurate. NBAA and other aviation advocacy groups, including AOPA, EAA, NATA, and the Air Line Pilots Association, objected to this "assumption of truth" standard, but the safety board declined to change it. More...

2012 Production Eclipse Jets Available 
Eclipse Offers 2012 Production Aircraft for Sale Now
Eclipse Aerospace is excited to offer two 2012-model-year, factory-new Total Eclipse Jets available for delivery in December! These 2012 Total Eclipse Jets include the Avio IFMS avionics suite, two P&WC 610F zero-time engines, an extended two-year factory warranty, an anti-lock brake option, and much more. CLICK HERE for more information.
Figuring Out Tomorrow's Air Spacesback to top 

Citing concerns over privacy, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has told members of Congress that the selection of six testing sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, which was expected this year, has been indefinitely put on hold. According to the Dayton Daily News, Huerta wrote to members of the Unmanned Systems Congressional Caucus, but no public statement has been released about the decision. Earlier this month, 20 aviation advocacy groups (including AOPA, EAA, NATCA, NBAA, GAMA, and more) jointly sent a letter (PDF) to Huerta, asking him to "ensure UAS are safely and responsibly integrated into the national airspace in a timely manner." The groups also said, "It is our belief that for FAA to succeed, the agency must remain focused on safety rather than privacy issues, where the FAA has no statutory standing or technical expertise." More...

DFC90 Upgrade || Save $3,000
Save $3,000 When You Upgrade Your C-182 to an
Aspen PFD and a DFC90 Digital Autopilot

Avidyne's attitude-based DFC90 Digital Autopilot flies your aircraft smoother and with more authority. Upgrading to Aspen's Evolution Pro and the DFC90 will modernize your panel and enhance your flying experience. See what other DFC90 owners are raving about at

Click here to begin your upgrade process.
Who's Whereback to top 

Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter has appointed Chris Jaran as its managing director in China. Jaran is familiar with the Chinese market and was president of the China chapter of the American Helicopter Society International.

Rob Cords
Rob Cords is the Senior VP for Airlines and Fleets at StandardAero. He was most recently Associate Partner for Oliver Wyman's Aerospace and Defense Practice.

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...

'Instrument Pilot Handbook' & 'Instrument 
Pilot's Survival Guide' by Rod Machado || Available at
Rod Machado Instrument Flying
Available from AVweb Bookstore.
The best available options for the beginning instrument student and the accomplished pilot wanting to refine his or her skills. Rod Machado's unique writing style will increase your retention and understanding of these serious subjects. And, by the way — you'll actually enjoy reading them.

Instrument Pilot Handbook | Book: $64.95, eBook $49.95
Instrument Survival Manual | Book: $34.95, eBook $29.95

Call (800) 780‑4115 or click here for more information.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The European Union has the dubious distinction of being a leader in this harebrained idea. Last week, it momentarily suspended a plan to penalize airplanes flying into Europe for carbon emissions, but don't expect the decision to hold. Certainly there must be a better way? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli suggests there is: Minimize carbon emissions from airplane as much as practical, but otherwise just get yourself ready for life in a warmer world. Read more and join the conversation. More...

IFR || The Magazine for the Accomplished 
Pilot || Subscribe Now and Get a Bonus Gift!
Fantasy or Reality?
IFR magazine helps you sort the facts from the fiction. Realistic, practical tools for the IFR pilot.

Subscribe now and get a bonus gift!
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...

Looking for Low-Cost, Yet Effective, Marketing Options?
Let AVweb assist your company in creating effective direct-response marketing campaigns to generate leads. No other digital aviation news media reaches more qualified subscribers more often. Text messages in newsletters combined with online banners reach over 255,000 readers monthly and deliver more new users to sponsor sites weekly than most print publications do monthly. Click now for details.
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...

New airplanes sales may be a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work -- everything from new panels to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the month, we'll contact you for more information. 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

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over 225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling, click here or contact Tom Bliss, via e-mail or via telephone [(480) 525-7481].

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your phone or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.