Phil Boyer has retired as the president of AOPA, bringing to a close his 18 years with the association. Boyer was instrumental in not only the preservation of the GA community, he also helped to advance the industry. Campaigning for civilian access to GPS in the early 1990s, Boyer helped pave the way for development of ADS-B. Following Sep 11, he worked with FAA and TSA to develop the Airport Watch program, and helped to calm fears of general aviation. Taking Boyer's place will be Craig Fuller who will step down from his position as exec VP of APCO. (Photo L-R) Outgoing AOPA Pres Phil Boyer and Pro Pilot Publisher Murray Smith.

Socata has selected Executive Airlines as the Australian and New Zealand sales representative for the TBM850. Executive will also control the spare parts inventory for TBM service centers in Australia as there was no parts distribution network for the continent. According to Socata VP Sales and Marketing Nicolas Chabbert, prior to this engagement, TBM850 operators faced delays in parts deliveries that would normally not be an issue for their counterparts in America or Europe. (Photo L-R) Socata Dir Customer Support Daniel Bacou, Executive Airlines (EXA) CEO Capt Geoffrey Hardinge, Socata VP Sales Michel Adam de Villiers, Socata Dir of Sales for Australia Mark Diaz, EXA Business Development Mgr Michael Lester, EXA General Mgr Greenville Hudson, EXA Supply Mgr Lionel Rogers and Chabbert.


Aviation groups have asked Congress to invest in infrastructure as part of economic stimulus packages. According to the group of 12 associations-including AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, AIA and ATA-making the request, more than 40,000 high-paying jobs would be created, aviation safety would be improved, and there would be positive effects for the environment.

A coalition of aviation organizations told Senate and House leaders that the industry's proposals would "not only achieve short-term economic stimulus goals, but would also lead to long-term efficiencies and economic growth." The proposals would also improve environmental stewardship. "Very few government investments have the potential to positively influence 2 policy objectives at the same time.

This is an investment we cannot afford to postpone," the aviation industry said in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). Included in the industry proposals was $3 billion to be spent on FAA's NextGen infrastructure, which would reduce airline delays, improve aviation safety, and reduce aircraft emissions.

Also in the proposal is $2.5 billion to support aircraft equipage for NextGen service, including ADS-B transceivers, which would "accelerate many of the economic and environmental benefits." The aviation organizations proposed that the current Airport Improvement Program receive an additional $1 billion in funding.

There are more than 5000 public-use airports in the US, but only about 500 have commercial service. General aviation airports are the transportation lifelinks for the majority of America's communities. Also proposed were changes in the tax code as an incentive for investors to support airport construction. The group also wants other changes that would help keep aircraft manufacturing production lines moving and encourage new research and development in the aviation industry.

Avionics & navaids

Chelton Flight Systems is offering its Spectralux NexNavGPS, GPS-WAAS, Remote Bugs Panel and electronic flight information system (EFIS) software version 6.0B on Part 23, Class III and IV operated aircraft. These upgrades will now be available on aircraft like the Piaggio P180, Pilatus PC12 and Viking (formerly de Havilland Canada) Twin Otter.

Cutter Aviation has been issued an STC by FAA for the replacement of existing Rockwell Collins dual AHS85E attitude heading reference system (AHRS) units with the new AHS3000A for the Beechjet 400A. This comes as the AHS85E is being phased out of service at a rapid rate so operators can upgrade to the new AHRS. The primary function of the AHS-3000A is to provide critical flight data and measurements for pitch, roll and heading angles for use by the primary flight display. "Though it's not as immediately noticeable as a new flight display for the pilot, the enhanced quality of data and processing efficiency of the AHS3000A will be a significant improvement in the operation of the 400A" says Cutter Aviation Dir of Business Development Bill Forbes.

FAA has certified Bombardier's Challenger 604 for wide area augmentation system (WAAS) localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) functionality on aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins' upgraded flight management system (FMS) and GPS4000S GPS/WAAS receiver. This certification will allow the Challenger 604 to navigate in Cat I minimums. FAA's Aviation System Standards Division supplied the aircraft and crew to support the significant flight-testing requirements.

"Our work with FAA to certify a WAAS LPV solution featuring our enhanced FMS and GPS4000S marks an important step forward in helping more aircraft operators equip their aircraft for near-precision approaches at airports not equipped with ILS," says Rockwell Collins VP & General Mgr Business and Regional Systems Greg Irmen. "This solution, which fully integrates the GPS4000S with the LPV capable FMS in Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 and Pro Line 21 systems offers simple and intuitive operation." The same LPV solution for FAA's aircraft is now available to all Challenger 604 operators through Rockwell Collins dealers. In addition, WAAS provides service for all classes of aircraft in all flight operations in its coverage.

Bombardier will now offer Revue Thommen's AD20 electronic standby altimeter (ESA) as a retrofit option for the fleet of Challenger 601-3A/3R and 604s. The AD20 is the first ESA in the industry to be designed for installation in a Part 25 jet. Bombardier selected the Thommen AD20 in order to offer customers enhanced features not available with mechanical standby altimeters, as well as improved reliability. This improvement is part of Bombardier's ongoing engagement to enhance its out-of-production aircraft. The AD20 standby altimeter provides both a dedicated LCD and an analog pointer, and features high intensity backlighting for daylight conditions. The altitude can be displayed in both imperial and metric units and it also allows operation at lower barometric settings. The extensive built-in-test ensures normal operation with each power on.


Universal Avionics has named Sam Slentz to chief technology director. Slentz is based out of Universal's Research and Development Division in Redmond WA and in this new position, will develop strategies to address the evolving role of technology in the aircraft and the airspace system. Prior to joining Universal, Slentz worked for the US Air Force, Boeing, Universal Avionics and FAA. His 35 years of related aviation industry experience is supported by a bachelors degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

Last Flight

Hank "Mr Teterboro" Esposito died on Nov 5. Esposito was a well known fixture at TEB having worked for both Jet Aviation and Atlantic Aviation FBOs at the airport. After retiring from Atlantic Aviation in 2007, Esposito returned to work part-time, allowing him to continue to spend time at the field. He welcomed many prominent figures in his 50 years at TEB including several US Presidents and various movie, TV, music and radio stars. He treated everyone who came through TEB the same. Esposito even let crews bunk in his office when they were stranded by bad weather. During the 1977 New York City blackout, he brought customers home for dinner since all the restaurants were closed.


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