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October 10, 2011

Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.10.11

Comlux will launch the Sukhoi Business Jet.

And Gulfstream says the G280 is beating projections.
 
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Bombardier Learjet 85 Flight Test Aircraft Fabrication Underway

Parts Being Manufactured, Tested In Mexico, Ireland, Wichita

Production of the new new Learjet 85 aircraft has officially begun as the program successfully exited the Aircraft Level Critical Design Review. Development and production teams in Wichita, Kansas; Montréal, Québec; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged in the manufacturing validation phase.

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China Opportunities Detailed at NBAA

CBA's Jason Liao Says 'Time Is Right' For Western Companies

At a news conference Sunday, China Business Aviation Group Chairman and CEO Jason Liao tried to convey a sense of the accelerating growth of aviation in China, claiming it is on track to displace the US as the world's largest business aviation market by about 2018.

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Gulfstream Demonstrates Improved Performance For G280

G650 Moving Closer To Anticipated Certification Later This Year

Gulfstream announced Sunday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the final performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced at the program’s public launch in 2008. Following extensive flight testing, Gulfstream has demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves.

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OAG: Airlines Record Fifth Successive Month Of 5% Capacity Growth Worldwide

Tokyo Haneda Vies For Top 3 Global Ranking, Surpassing O'Hare

The world's airlines have scheduled 5% more capacity on 3% more flights for the fifth month running, according to the latest statistics from analyst OAG. The OAG FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) report for October reveals that 87,176 more scheduled flights will operate this month, offering 16.6 million more seats, continuing a remarkably steady upward trend for the global airline industry compared with 2010.

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Becker Avionics Announces TSO Certification Of New AR6201 VHF-AM Transceiver

Ground Clearance/3rd Back-up Radio For Business Aviation

The FAA has granted TSO certification to Becker Avionics for its new compact 2.25-inch, AR6201 VHF-AM Transceiver, with 8.33 kHz channel spacing and integrated voice activated (VOX) intercom system. The intercom feature allows up to two passengers with a standard or dynamic mic.

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KBVI To Get Needed Runway Work

FAA Approves $2.55 Million For Repaving of Rwy 10/28

Local officials are cheering the news that the FAA has awarded a $2.55 million grant for improvements to runway 10/28 at Beaver County Airport in Pennsylvania. Congressman Jason Altmire made the announcement last week. Airport Director Beth LaValle calls it "great news."

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Piaggio Aero Appoints New North American Sales Centers

Says Company Showing Three-Fold Growth In Service Center Network

Piaggio America announced Sunday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that there had been further growth in its level of representation within North America. Since mid-2009 ,when it had only 6 authorized service centers the Company has been steadily growing its Authorized north American service center network to provide comprehensive customer support coverage. The company also said its network has now grown three fold to 18 Centers.

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Space Observatory Provides Clues To Creation Of Earth's Oceans

Water Source Found In Pluto's Neighborhood

Astronomers have found a new cosmic source for the same kind of water that appeared on Earth billions of years ago and created the oceans. The findings may help explain how Earth's surface ended up covered in water.

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Arik Air Orders Two Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals

Becomes The First Airline In Africa To Order Boeing's Newest And Largest Airplane

Nigeria's Arik Air announced a deal for two Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes Thursday. The order is valued at $635 million at list prices and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's website. The order was announced during a signing ceremony at the Corporate Council for Africa's 8th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Ferry Flight To Hawaii Ends In Pacific Ocean

Cessna 310 Pilot Ran Out Of Gas 13 Miles Short Of Hilo

A 65-year-old man delivering a Cessna 310 to Hawaii was forced to ditch the airplane in the Pacific Ocean 13 miles short of the coast of Hilo on Friday when he ran out of fuel.The delivery pilot alerted ATC about 500 miles off the coast that he was running short of fuel.

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Is That A Control Tower ... Or A Billboard

Tower In Oregon Could Soon Be Both

The control tower at Rogue Vally International-Medford Airport in Oregon is visible not only on the airport grounds ... but from the the road which carries traffic by the field. With airports feeling the same budget crunch as everyone else, officials at KMFR are speculating about whether all that blank concrete can be turned into a revenue-generating opportunity.

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Aero-TV: Esterline CMC Avionics -- Updating The L-3 SmartDeck

Defense And Commercial Company Expands To Part 23 Market

Esterline Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company serving principally aerospace and defense markets. Approximately 80 percent of total revenues are generated from aerospace/defense markets. The remainder is from the application of these technologies into industrial markets. Company president Greg Yeldon says Esterline management views the company’s businesses in three segments related to its set of core competencies: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials.

Order Book Open For Eclipse 550

Production To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned For 2013

In what may be one of the industry's most successful turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland, president and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550, the new twin-­engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.

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Cessna Announces 'Game-Changing' Citation Latitude

Second New Airplane Announcement Within Two Weeks

For the second time in 14 days, Cessna Aircraft Company has introduced a new airplane. Plans for the new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet were announced Monday morning at the start of the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention.

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HBC President And CEO Has Pointed Message For The Obama Administration

Remarks Come During NBAA News Conference Announcing Company Updates

Hawker Beechcraft president and CEO Bill Boisture had a fairly pointed message for the Obama Administration during his remarks at a news conference Sunday morning at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas. He said policies that have a direct negative impact on what is arguably the strongest export sector for U.S. manufacturing are counterproductive.

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Avidyne Expands Touch-Screen Avionics Line With New IFD510 FMS/GPS

IFD510 Is A Slide-In Replacement For Existing GPS500/W Series GPS Navigators

In what has been described as an agressive move into the replacement and aftermarket avioncis sector, Avidyne has introduced the IFD510 SBAS/LPV/RNP-capable GPS Navigation System with touch screen user interface. The IFD510 is a slide-in replacement for existing GPS500/W GPS-only navigators found in many turbo-prop and light jet aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Esterline CMC Avionics -- Updating The L-3 SmartDeck

Defense And Commercial Company Expands To Part 23 Market

Esterline Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company serving principally aerospace and defense markets. Approximately 80 percent of total revenues are generated from aerospace/defense markets. The remainder is from the application of these technologies into industrial markets. Company president Greg Yeldon says Esterline management views the company’s businesses in three segments related to its set of core competencies: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials.

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No Good Deed Ever Goes Unpunished: Taking On The Cirrus Fiasco, Part 2

You Have Enemies? Good. That Means You've Stood Up For Something, Sometime In Your Life -- Winston Churchill

News/Analysis/Observations by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell In Case You Missed It: Part One On August 19th, just about when we thought the situation had gotten about as out of control as it could have gone, Cirrus struck again -- and did so in a way that still staggers us with its malevolence--and foolishness. After a long night writing, in which I indulged in the luxury of sleeping in a bit (having written through to nearly 8 o'clock in the morning before catching a bit of sleep), I received an urgent phone call from my FBO at the St. Augu

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NBAA Introduces Single-Pilot Operations Manual Template

Eighteen Page Document Deals With Basic Operations Requirements For Light Business Airplanes

As part of NBAA's continuing commitment to support Light Business Airplane (LBA) operators, the Association unveiled its new Light Business Airplane Flight Operations Manual Template at Sunday's NBAA/Cessna Single-Pilot Safety Standdown.

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Cessna Debuts New Citation M2 Light Business Jet At NBAA

Cabin Mockup Of The Newest Cessna BizJet On Display In Las Vegas Convention Center

The new Citation M2 light business jet introduced by Cessna Aircraft Company September 26th is making its public debut this week at the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. A cabin mock-up of the aircraft will be on display at Cessna’s exhibit in the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 10-12.

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Comlux Is Launch Customer For Sukhoi Business Jet

Company Backs Up Partnership With $200 Million Order

In the aerospace industry, things are tight all over, but business jets based on airliners are continuing to draw interest among those with the means to buy them. At a news conference Sunday at NBAA, SuperJet International announced that a VIP version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner has found a launch customer, and it's none other than Comlux The Aviation Group.

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Klyde Morris 10.10.11

What Controllers Can Do In Their Spare Time ...

  FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aircell Connectivity To Be Factory Installed In Citation CJ4, G650

Cessna Selects Gogo, Gulfstream Opts Of Axxess

Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, announced Sunday that Cessna Aircraft Company will offer Gogo Biz high-speed Internet capability as a factory option for the Citation CJ4 beginning in the first quarter of 2012. Cessna’s efforts to engineer and certify the system on the CJ4 platform are already well underway and are slated for completion in January.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.10.11)

"We must assume it's intentional. We are approaching it with new resolve." Source: Hawker Beechcraft President and CEO Bill Boisture, referencing policies seen as harmful to GA proposed by the Obama administration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.10.11): Initial Approach Fix

The fixes depicted on instrument approach procedure charts that identify the beginning of the initial approach segment(s).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.10.11)

Veterans Airlift Command

The VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

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