October 2012 - Page 3 Aviation Articles

Vans To Offer Factory-Built RV-12

Article By: www.aero-news.net
FMI: www.vansaircraft.com

First Foray Into The Production Airplane World For The Legendary Kit Maker

Vans Aircraft announced at the AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, CA, that it is planning to offer a factory-built version of its RV-12 LSA beginning next year. The aircraft will be built by Synergy Air of Eugene, OR, which currently offers a builders assistance program for kit builders.

 The initial factory run will consist of 12 S-LSA airplanes with all the bells and whistles, offered as "Signature Edition" models. One of these first airplanes will set the buyer back $115,000, but the company expect to offer a base model in the future starting at about $105,000.

Vans has a fleet of some 7,900 kit-built airplanes flying, so offering a "ready-to-fly" aircraft is quite a departure for the company. Nearly 200 RV-12 kits have been completed and flown as EA-B or experimental LSA airplanes, and sales manager Gus Funnell said that experience provided the base of knowledge the company needed to make incremental improvement in the airplane for the S-LSA.

The airplane will be powered by a Rotax 100-hp ULS engine. A Dynon Skyview EFIS will be standard on the S-LSA, as will the Garmin SL-40 com radio, Flightcom stereo intercom, 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter, Flightline interior, and LED lighting. The "Signature Edition" airplanes will also come with wheel pants, ADS-B capability, two-axis autopilot, and other premium touches.

Offering the airplane as an S-LSA will allow flight schools to use the factory-built RV-12 for flight instruction, which is prohibited with kit-built airplanes. That will give those who still want to build the airplane from a kit an opportunity to get transition training in a similar airplane. While Vans founder and CEO Dick VanGrunsven said this wasn't the driving force behind the move to a factory-built airplane, as the president of the newly-formed Aircraft Kit Industry Association, he feels the increased measure of safety is a very important consideration.

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Avinode Business Intelligence Not-To-Be-Missed NBAA 2012 Press Conference and Forum

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Avinode Business Intelligence Not-To-Be-Missed NBAA 2012 Press Conference and Forum

WICHITA, KS – Anyone associated with business aviation is encouraged to attend the Avinode Business Intelligence press conference at this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando, FL. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Room N 220A of the Orange County Convention Center.

Avinode will present their annual business jet market forecast for 2013, featuring up-to-the-minute analysis on traffic projections and market trends, both in the United States and abroad. The report will look at differences in activity by region, aircraft categories and time-of-year. From these snapshots of quantifiable activities, bigger pictures begin to emerge that panelists will speak to during the open forum. These will be explored in some depth.

Forecasting for industries and market trends take shape as Avinode generates forward-looking demand projections. Projections will include a look at the total global picture. The forecasts will include:

    • Year-over-year projections for business jet traffic in 2013

    • Regional market forecasts for the contiguous United States and Europe

  • Jet category traffic forecasts

“This session uses data as a springboard to develop the context and insights needed for true market-based analysis,” says Magnus Henriksson, Business Unit Director, Avinode Business Intelligence. “People typically walk away with at least a few surprises along with a better understanding of what’s happening and how that can and should affect their decisions moving forward.”

Trends include a significant movement toward economy. “People are downgrading to save money,” says Henriksson. “We see entry-level jets taking marketshare from light jets, super lights taking business from midsize jets, super-midsize taking from heavy jets. Only ultra long-range aircraft show little, if any, price sensitivity.” Another dichotomy: more growth is happening in the U.S. South and West during seasons targeted to entertainment and discretionary travel. “The more business-travel focused Northeast and Midwest continue to struggle,” says Henriksson.

A panel discussion immediately follows the press conference. It brings together charter industry leaders from across the globe to discuss key issues. David McCown, Senior Consultant, Air Partner Inc. will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

          Veriar Collins-Jenkins, Director of Charter, Clay Lacy Aviation
          Christine Amos, VP Charter Sales, Jet Aviation
          Magnus Henriksson, Business Unit Director, Avinode Business Intelligence
          Marc Drobny, SVP Charter and Vendor Services, Executive Jet Management
          Björn Näf, CEO, MetroJet
          Paul Travis, Operations Manager, Acropolis Aviation

At a Glance

          Avinode Business Intelligence 2013 Market Forecast
          National Business Aviation Association
          Room N 220A, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
          1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30
          Light lunch will be provided. RSVPs appreciated. Reply to [email protected].

About Avinode

The Avinode Marketplace is the world's leading tool for buying and selling air charter online. Over 6,000 aviation professionals use Avinode daily to buy and sell charter flights worldwide. More than 3,000 aircraft are currently listed in the marketplace, which features online quoting, availability reports, integrated scheduling, empty leg reports, and safety data. Avinode also provides up-to-the-minute market data and trend reports for the business aviation market through Avinode Business Intelligence. Stay on top of market trends with Avinode’s weekly Business Intelligence newsletter, featuring trip demand, availability, and pricing indexes as well as popularity reports for the most requested aircraft models, most frequented airports and the most traveled routes. In addition, Avinode BI offers custom reports, tailored to fit your personal data requirements. Corporate headquarters is in Gothenburg, Sweden with two sales offices in the Americas, Avinode Inc., in Miami, Florida, USA and Avinode Latin America in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For more information, visit www.avinode.com

NBAA to Honor Contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen at 2012 Convention

'Red Tails' Producer George Lucas to Participate in Award Ceremony

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, [email protected]

Washington, DC, October 11, 2012
– The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization's highest award to a legendary group of aviators who successfully battled discrimination and adversity as they defended their country in World War II.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen squadron will receive NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award on Wednesday, Oct. 31 during a general session at the Association’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, FL.

“We are honored to present this award to these storied aviators, who in a time of great peril defended the United States and its principles, even as they faced intolerance at home," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

Named for the Alabama home of their training base, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces, flying more than 1,500 combat missions from June 1943 through April 1945.

The squadron operated a wide variety of aircraft, most notably the P-51 Mustang. The livery chosen for the group's aircraft earned the Tuskegee Airmen the appreciative nickname "Red Tails" from the bomber crews who relied on them for protection.

“The Tuskegee Airmen battled prejudice and segregation as effectively as they fought against the Axis forces over Europe, becoming one of the most highly decorated and respected fighter groups of World War II,” Bolen continued. “They serve as an inspiration for anyone faced with adversity to overcome forces that limit their potential.”

Scheduled to accept the award on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen are Lieutenant Colonel Leo R. Gray, USAF, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, USAF. Gray began his combat flight training in 1943, ultimately flying 15 missions over Italy before leaving active duty in 1946. He remained active in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until his retirement in 1984.

Forced to bail out on his 18th mission over Germany in August 1944, Jefferson was held as a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities in Europe. He later served as an instructor at Tuskegee Army Airfield. Following his retirement from the Air Force Reserves in 1969, Jefferson became a teacher and assistant principal in the Detroit public school system.

Joining the Tuskegee Airmen will be acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas, producer of the 2012 film Red Tails, which recounts the group's history. Lucas, who personally funded production for the movie, is also expected to join a discussion at NBAA2012 featuring a panel of African American aviators, including Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a retired four-star general with the U.S. Air Force, and a member of NBAA’s Board of Directors.

In conjunction with the award presentation, NBAA will feature on the Static Display of Light Business Airplanes and Helicopters outside the Orange County Convention Center a period-correct North American T-6 Texan training aircraft, painted in authentic Tuskegee squadron markings, as well as a “RISE ABOVE” Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit’s mobile theater will also be on hand Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1, where NBAA2012 Attendees may view a video presentation celebrating the group's accomplishments and impact on aviation today. Also, NBAA’s Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport will feature a P-51 Mustang operated by the squadron.

The NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is NBAA's most distinguished honor, in recognition of extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to all facets of the aviation industry. For decades, Meritorious Service to Aviation Award winners have celebrated, through perseverance and technological innovation, the miracle of flight and what may be achieved through it.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form at www.nbaa.org/news/pr/subscribe.


-- Owners of the XGPS150 can trade it in for $50 after purchasing new XGPS170 GPS +ADS-B Weather and Traffic Receiver --

Palm Springs, CA. (October 9, 2012)Dual Electronics today announced a trade-in program for current owners of the XGPS150 and the XGPS150A Universal Bluetooth GPS Receivers, who want to step up to the new XGPS170 GPS + ADS-B Weather & Traffic Receiver. Under the terms of this trade-in program, consumers, who send back their XGPS150/XGPS150A products along with a proof of purchase of a new XGPS170 will receive a $50 trade-in check from Dual Electronics. Detailed rules and a trade-in form are available on xgps170.dualav.com.

The XGPS170 features the same high-accuracy WAAS GPS as the XGPS150/150A, and adds an ADS-B receiver for weather and traffic data. The XGPS170 works with a growing number of electronic flight bag (EFB) apps on iPad and Android tablets, and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to two tablets simultaneously, leaving both tablets free to connect to other WiFi devices.

“Since we announced the XGPS170, our current customers have expressed high interest in the new model and this trade-in program will make it easier for them to step up,” said Greg Lukins, Vice President, Business Development, Dual Electronics. “The new XGPS170 offers the same quality performance, ease of use and convenience that pilots have come to appreciate about the XGPS150, making it an ideal upgrade for those who want to add weather and traffic reception,” added Lukins.

The new XGPS170 will be available to consumers in early November, and it will retail at $799.


About Dual

Dual Electronics Corporation, a subsidiary of the Namsung Corporation, is based in Heathrow, FL. Dual offers a wide selection of mobile electronics, marine electronics, home audio loudspeakers and portable GPS products. For further information visit dualav.com.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks, whether claimed or registered, are the exclusive property of their respective owners.

Aviation Advocates Criticize Obama Remarks

Article By: Mary Grady, Contributing Editor
In last week's presidential debate, President Obama said people who operate business jets shouldn't be entitled to an accelerated-depreciation tax break. "My attitude is, if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it," President Obama said. Jack Pelton, former Cessna CEO, was quick to respond with a letter to Carl Brewer, the mayor of Wichita, Kansas.
"We cannot continue to be reflected by the President as an industry that is 'bad,' " Pelton wrote, according to the Wichita Eagle. “If this is the theme for the campaign, you can guarantee Wichita will suffer beyond what we have seen to date." More than 13,000 aviation workers in Wichita lost their jobs dung the economic downturn

Ed Bolen, president of the NBAA, responded the day after the debate with a letter to the White House. "I'm writing to convey my frustration at your disparaging remarks about our industry during last night's debate," Bolen wrote. "Your comments seemed to illustrate a complete lack of understanding about the importance of business aviation in the U.S., and appear to be at odds with your stated interest in promoting job growth, stimulating exports, driving economic recovery and restoring America to its first-place position in manufacturing." NBAA and other advocates have also protested the administration's user-fee proposals.

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