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

Volume 11, Number 4
January 23, 2013
Peerless Electronics || Circuit Breakers, 
Switches, Relays, and More
Peerless Electronics E-Commerce Store Now Open!
Peerless Electronics Inc. has been supplying switches, circuit breakers, relays, splices, shrink tubing and connectors to many of the world's largest aerospace manufacturers since 1945! We are an authorized stocking distributor for Sensata Klixon™, Honeywell S&C (including Hobbs & MicroSwitch™), Eaton, OTTO, Leach, TE Connectivity (including AMP™ and Raychem™) and more! Our e-commerce store features spec sheets, photos, movies and one-stop shopping for your aerospace electrical component needs. To shop now, click here.
AVflash! One More Prototype for Terrafugia?back to top 

Roadable aircraft developer Terrafugia has released more video of its Transition vehicle being put through its paces but it's suggesting production and delivery of the device may come later rather than sooner. In a carefully worded news release on Tuesday, the Massachusetts company said it might have to build a third prototype based on the testing it has done so far on the second machine. "Once the engineering team is satisfied that the majority of the field issues have been identified from this prototype, we will evaluate if the number and magnitude of potential modifications warrant the construction of another prototype prior to final compliance testing for certification," the company said. The video, shot in late October, shows an aircraft that appears to have significantly better handling characteristics than the first prototype (we think it looks better, too) and Terrafugia says they continue to make improvements, hence the possibility of a third prototype. More...

Click Here for the Best Insurance Quote || 
Our Agents Are Pilots!
Our Agents Are Pilots!
Talk to pilots who value your airplane, even before they insure it.
Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR-PROS.COM) will research your aircraft's market value before you buy, sell, trade, or renew. And we shop coverage options from all major aviation insurance markets to save you time and money — or expand coverage — for new owners, transitioning pilots, renters, FBOs — even flight schools.

Call (877) 247‑7767. Or click here.
Seeking the Cause of 787 Battery Firesback to top 

Aviation safety officials from the U.S. and Japan on Monday visited the GS Yuasa Corp., in Kyoto, which manufactured the lithium-ion batteries for the 787 that led to the fleet's grounding last week. The investigators toured the plant and were briefed by company officials about the design, production and quality, according to Reuters. The U.S. investigators said they have ruled out excess voltage as a cause of the battery fire in Boston on Jan. 7, and will expand their probe to look at the battery charger and the 787's auxiliary power unit. Meanwhile, the NTSB plans to continue tests of the batteries this week in Arizona. More...

Lightspeed Trade-Up Program || It Pays to 
Upgrade - Get Up to $500 Trade-Up Credit Toward a New Headset
Trade Up to Clarity, Quiet, Comfort, and Value
There's no better time to gain peak performance with Lightspeed Aviation headsets. Trade up your old headset and receive a generous credit towards the purchase of the model that best suits your needs. Start enhancing your flying today with Lightspeed performance and innovation. Click here for details.
Dummy Bomb Goes MIAback to top 

Transit police who were using explosives to train bomb-sniffing dogs left one of the bombs aboard an Air Canada 767 that later carried passengers, a taxpayers group reported this week. The incident happened about two years ago, in January 2011, and was only confirmed after the group filed a Freedom of Information request. The dog handler noticed the device was missing two days after the training session, and reported it. Air Canada inspected the airplane 14 times, but the bomb was never found. It was believed to have been tossed out with the trash. The material was inert without the aid of an explosive booster, "i.e., blasting cap," according to the police report. More...

Diamond Aircraft
Find Out Why Leading Flight Training
Schools Fly Diamond Aircraft!

Diamond Aircraft offers the only complete modern fleet of technically-advanced training aircraft, along with model-specific flight training devices and a safety record that is second to none. Call now to Find Out Why Leading Flight Training
Schools around the globe fly Diamond Aircraft.
News Briefsback to top 

Canada's Bombardier has landed firmly in rival Embraer's backyard with Brazilian certification of its latest business jet model, the Global 6000. The companies, both of which accuse each other of being unfairly supported by their respective governments, are involved in a bare-knuckle scrap for dominance in the small airliner market and Embraer's ambitious business jet development program has not gone unnoticed by Bombardier. "This is an important milestone in our Global 6000 jet's history of leadership in Brazil, and we expect it to help generate even more interest in the world's leading long-range, large cabin business jet," said Fabio Rebello, Bombardier's VP for Latin American sales, in a news release. "With this new certification the entire families of Learjet, Challenger and Global jets now have Brazilian certification." More...

Cessna is the latest business jet builder to make a sales call on Nigeria in the last couple of months and the country's business leaders expect more. A report in Ventures Magazine says the Wichita planemaker had a CJ3 and Sovereign on the ramp at Murtala Muhammed Airport and Abuja Airport last week trying to take a piece of the oil-rich country's bizjet market. A couple of months earlier Dassault did a similar tour. The magazine quoted unspecified reports as claiming that Nigeria is the second-fastest expanding market for bizjets next to China. More...

'Basic Flight Physiology' by Richard 
Reinhart || Available at
Basic Flight Physiology
Available at AVweb Bookstore
Don't let the title turn you away. It's an easily readable, complete, and relevant explanation on factors that affect us all in flight — including disorientation, vertigo, hypoxia, dehydration, g-forces, fatigue, jet lag, and ways to overcome them through diet and exercise.

Basic Flight Physiology | Book: $19.95 (reg. $59.95)
sale price valid through January 28, 2013

Call (800) 780‑4115 or click here for more information.
E-Volo's New Copter — A Whole New Category?back to top 

E-Volo, a German company that successfully flew an innovative electric-powered vertical-takeoff aircraft in 2011, now says it is ready to build a two-person design. Germany's transport ministry will have to create a new category and develop new regulations to allow the aircraft to fly, and E-Volo says that process is under way. The company said they hope to achieve extensive endurance testing of the passenger cabin, the landing framework and the rotor array by this summer, so they can start test flights this year. More...

Kitplanes Magazine || Order Now
Cheap Thrills
Join the fastest-growing segment in GA today! With a subscription to Kitplanes, you're where the action is — at a price that won't break the bank!

Strap in now.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

An incident involving a glider and a nuclear power plant raised questions about the conduct of some local sheriffs — but, as Russ Niles notes on the AVweb Insider blog, it won't have an impact on aviation in general. Read more and join the conversation. 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.
Who's Whereback to top 

Darrell Herrera
Darrell Herrera has been hired by Bloom Business Jets to lead its charter aircraft business. Herrera was previously at Motorola, where he ran its flight operations.

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...

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

AVweb was at opening day of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring on Thursday and filed this video report. More...

The competition in the iPad remote ADS-B and AHRS market is getting white-hot, and now comes Levil Technology with a new device called the iLevil. AVweb took a took at it at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring. 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

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.