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Volume 10, Number 46
December 5, 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! Dreamliner Double-Checkback to top 

The FAA has ordered inspections of Boeing 787 aircraft after improperly installed fuel line hardware was discovered on in-service aircraft and on the production line. The inspections were ordered after two airlines reported fuel leaks on their Dreamliners. The agency gave airlines a week to check the lockwires and another two weeks to look at the connectors. Boeing said half of the 38 airplanes that have been delivered have been checked and they're working on a production-line fix. More...

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

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
Bizav Gathers in Dubaiback to top 

The Middle East Business Aviation show starts Dec. 11 in Dubai and while the market has cooled in that part of the world it's still expected to be a big show. There are still plenty of people in that part of the world with the resources to buy or replace aircraft and the show organizers make a point of stressing that they're attracting high-net-worth individuals, government reps and corporate decision-makers. Hundreds of exhibitors will have booths at the show and there will be about 30 aircraft in the static display. For the first time this year there will be a U.S. Pavilion and there is a strong U.S. presence at the show. More...

Sennheiser S1 Headset - The Quiet 
Revolution || Now $995
Sennheiser S1 Digital Aviation Headset
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It is time to look beyond the ordinary and treat yourself to the most technologically advanced headset in the market. Offering revolutionary adaptive digital noise cancelation and customizable comfort features such as headband contact pressure adjustment, the S1 Digital redefines customization and comfort in the cockpit. Be bold, be different, and join Sennheiser in the pursuit of perfect sound! Learn more.
WAM Deployed in Mountainous Coloradoback to top 

New technology now available will help pilots better cope with bad weather in the mountains near Montrose, in the western part of Colorado, the FAA said this week. The Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system makes it possible for air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that lack radar coverage, the FAA said. "This system will allow pilots to fly search and rescue missions in weather conditions that would have previously kept them grounded," said Michael Huerta, acting FAA administrator. The system also will enable pilots to land in conditions that previously caused diversions or flight delays, Huerta said. 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.
Good for Africa, Good for China, Good for Bizjetsback to top 

Growing trade ties between African countries and China may further fuel the already-buoyant market for long-range business jets. As oil- and resource-rich areas in Africa like Nigeria and Mozambique develop their economies, the demand for consumer goods made in China is on the increase. However, airline service between Africa and China is an expensive and time-consuming process, creating the perfect set of circumstances for the right aircraft. More...

Aerial Tribute || Every Cloud a Monument
Ascension Scattering™: A Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering™ releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains. The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute to book an eternal flight, either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for a loved one. Click here for a video overview.
Solar Impulse on 60 Minutesback to top 

Solar Impulse, the record-setting solar-electric aircraft built by Bertrand Piccard and his team in Switzerland, will visit the U.S. next year, according to a 60 Minutes report that aired on Sunday. The aircraft will launch from California and fly across the country to Virginia. No details have been released about the planned itinerary or public displays. Piccard's team is on track to attempt an around-the-world solar-powered flight in 2015, according to the report. That flight will take 20 days and 20 nights, in a new second-generation aircraft now under construction. More...

Lightspeed Aviation || Gift with Purchase 
Until January 7, 2013
Receive a Gift with the Purchase of Zulu.2
The new Zulu.2 headset is engineered to create the ultimate performance profile and exceptional noise cancellation attributes. A distinctive new look and continuous innovation make the Zulu.2 the perfect blend of design, technology, and high performance. Buy a Zulu.2 headset between November 19, 2012 and January 7, 2013 and you're eligible to choose one of four gifts valued up to $350. Learn more.
Who's Whereback to top 

Sam Hill
Sam Hill is the new CEO at Quest Aircraft. Hill has been in the industry for 40 years and recently retired from Honda Aircraft after a stint as president of Embraer Aircraft Corp.

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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How to Own an Airplane
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Resident blogger Paul Bertorelli admits that he's such an unimaginative laggard — not to mention cheap — that he struggled for days to decide what would be in his hangar when the Powerball numbers hit. Read his surprise answer on the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Light Plane Maintenance || Practical 
Maintenance Advice for Mechanics and Pilots
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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

The Collings Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and flight characteristics. 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.

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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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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