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October 18, 2006

Honda Now Taking Orders For The HondaJet

Sets Price At $3.65 Million

Big news from Honda at NBAA. The company says its now accepting orders for its unconventional HondaJet.

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Avantair Places Order for 20 Phenom 100 Jets

Embraer’s Phenom 100 Jet Will Allow Avantair To Expand Product OfferingS

Avantair has placed an order for 20 Phenom 100 executive jets from Embraer. Avantair’s firm contract has an order value of $57 million at list price in January 2005 economic conditions. The Phenom 100 is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and Avantair is scheduled to take delivery of its first aircraft in June 2009.

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ARINC Direct Introduces Swift Satellite Services for BizJets

ARINC Direct has disclosed that it will provide popular Inmarsat Swift satellite communications services directly for operators of corporate jet aircraft equipped with any brand of Swift capable hardware, effective immediately. The offering includes Swift64, Swift128, and Swift256 services priced significantly below industry reseller rates.

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Raytheon Delivers 500th King Air 350!

Raytheon has just delivered the 500th Beechcraft King Air 350 in a special ceremony at the 2006 National Business Aviation Association convention. The customer, Spartan Chemical, has owned a King Air C90, a King Air 200 and this will be their fourth King Air 350.

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Jeppesen Offers Virtual Classroom

An Ol' Dawg's New Tricks

Do your Flight Crews or Maintenance Technicians require Recurrency Training? At the NBAA Convention in Orlando Florida, Jeppesen demonstrated its new web-based, flight training system, and it has been developed with you in mind. Currently there are 7 modules containing 24 lessons on over 60 topics. Training modules include aviation weather, performance, charts and navigation, airport operations, regulations, flight procedures and human factors. What Jeppesen offers to their customers is quality classroom training without the classroom time.

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OneSky Jets Goes Both Ways

Part 135 Operators Can Keep A Full Belly

Part 135 Operators know how costly it is to have an "empty-leg" mission. To get the most return on their investment, these folks want to have their aircraft in the air and carrying passengers. Enter OneSky Jets. It has found a niche market for itself in the private jet sector. The company's mission is to bring together the Part 135 Operators with their potential clients and it is all done over the internet.  

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Embraer and Adam Will Keep Their Noses Clean

Radomes Will Have 'Outstanding' Protection From Elements'

Smaller jets, by nature, tend to land and take off more often than their larger brethren. That means they spend a greater ratio of their flight time climbing and descending through rain and hail, and their radomes often take the brunt of the beating. Saint-Gobain Flight Structures has told Aero-News they have agreed to supply their nearly indestructible radomes to two aircraft companies whose planes will do a lot of this kind of flying: Adam Aircraft, and Embraer.  

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Garmin Upgrades G1000

Enhancements Provide New Capabilities and Added Safety

Garmin tells ANN that they have added significant enhancements to their all-glass, G1000 integrated avionics suite. These upgrades simplify operation, enhance situational awareness and increase safety during flight and when taxiing. Garmin's FliteCharts, ChartView, and SafeTaxi are on display at Garmin's exhibit (#2853) at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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Boeing Launches Jumbo BBJ Line

Boeing Business Jets tells ANN that it already has a whopping seven orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8. Undisclosed customers have ordered one 787-8, three 787-9 and three 747-8 airplanes specifically designated for the VIP market.

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G150 Scores First FAA Stage 4 Noise Approval

G150 Also Receives Group Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum Approval

Gulfstream's new  G150 business jet has met Stage 4 noise requirements as set forth by ICAO. It is the first Gulfstream business jet to be certified by the FAA for Stage 4, the industry’s most stringent noise standards. Additionally, the G150 recently received group Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) approval.

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First Flight: Embraer Phenom 100's PWC PW617F

Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ), has successfully completed its maiden flight on P&WC's Boeing 720 flying test bed (FTB), marking a significant milestone in its development program. The four-hour maiden flight achieved 20,000 feet and included a number of tests to assess the engine capabilities. Subsequent flights characterized the engine up to 41,000 feet.

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LA IMPACT Places Order For Enstrom 480B

The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT) has placed on order on an Enstrom 480B Guardian helicopter. The helicopter will be outfitted with an SX-5 searchlight, camera mounting system, and an oversized vertical sliding window. L.A. IMPACT's missions address a myriad of law enforcement challenges including organized crime, drug enforcement, and homeland security.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.18.06)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "Oh crap, it's almost midnight and we don't have a quote!" Source: ANN Associate Editor James Aronovsky after visiting nearly 5,000 exhibits at the NBAA event and wading though 4,999 press releases. Lisa Kondrick, contributing reporter, perked up and said, "why, that's the quote of the day right there!"  

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