Eclipse Aerospace and Innovative Solutions & Support (ISS) have received an STC on an integrated flight management system (IFMS) for the Eclipse 500. The Avio IFMS provides Airway/Victor route navigation, coupled LPV approach, auto or manual RPV, holding patterns and procedure turns, plus other functions, all integrated with ERIS and FMS avionics. ISS designed the IFMS specifically for the Eclipse 500, some 260 of which are currently in the fleet. Eclipse CEO Mason Holland reports that orders for Eclipse jets with the Avio IFMS are now being taken, with an average 60-day delivery.

Maintenance & upgrades

StandardAero Business Aviation has added line services for Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW300-series engines to offerings at its SPI (Springfield IL) service center. The company can also install data transmission units in PW307 and PW308 engines for automatic trend data downloads and transmissions used in P&WC's Eagle service plan.

Separately, StandardAero's Tempe AZ facility has upgraded the cockpit avionics of a Falcon 50EX to Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 from its original Pro Line 4. The Pro Line 21 flightdeck includes Rockwell Collins' integrated flight information system and the flight management system for WAAS GPS LPV ap­proaches. This is the first such retrofit to be carried out on a Falcon 50EX.


NetJets has a new chairman and CEO. He is former general counsel Jordan Hansell (L), who has been with the company only 2 years. Hansell had worked alongside his father at a Des Moines IA law firm for 10 years before joining the Columbus OH-based fractional leasing firm. Hansell was tapped for the post following the surprise resignation of David Sokol (R) from parent company Berkshire Hathaway. Sokol was credited with restoring profitability at NetJets, which had been bleeding red ink for several years. Anticipating future market growth, NetJets has recently ordered 125 Embraer Phenom 300s and 120 Bombardier Global-series aircraft. Hansell will be charged with making sure NetJets gets its share of the market expansion expected to begin in 2012.

Jeppesen has named Paul Eckert as vp aviation for Europe. A 35-year industry veteran, Eckert will lead Jeppesen's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He had served for several years as an advisor to the company's senior leaders and previously as a flight ops consultant and safety expert for national and EU regulators.

The world's only famous aeronautical engineer has announced his retirement. At 67, Burt Rutan is stepping down from Scaled Composites, the Mojave CA design and manufacturing firm he founded in 1982. Over 45 years of work, Rutan has conceived 367 different aircraft and seen 45 of them fly. Notable designs include the Long EZ, a kit airplane with a cruise speed of 200 mph and more than 2000-nm range, Voyager, which circled the world nonstop in 1986, SpaceShipOne—the first private manned craft to reach space—and White Knight Two, a prototype spacecraft for Virgin Galactic. "I'm leaving the best job in the world," comments Rutan, who plans to settle in Coeur d'Alene ID.

Sven Lepschy has taken over as Phenom program manager for Executive AirShare, a fractional leasing firm which operates the world's largest fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 light jets. Lepschy spent the last 9 years with CAE SimuFlite, where he oversaw training in the Phenom 100 and 300. He will be based at the company's DAL (Love, Dallas TX) facility.

Twin Commander Aircraft has named Levan Tabidze engineering manager. A native of the Republic of Georgia, Tabidze worked for Sukhoi and Yakovlev before emigrating to the US in 1993. Most recently, he was engineering manager for the Emivest (Sino-Swearingen) SJ30.

Ernie Edwards (L), formerly Embraer's vp sales and marketing North America and Caribbean, is taking over from Luís Carlos Affonso (R) as exec vp of Embraer Executive Jets. Affonso is now Embraer's vp new programs, airline market, reporting to Pres & CEO Frederico Curado.



Jun 8: NBAA Regional Forum, White Plains NY. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit

Jul 6–7: CBAA (Canadian Business Aviation Assn) annual meeting, Cagary AB, Canada. CBAA, 613-236-5611 ext 225 or visit www.

Jul 20–23: ALEA (Airborne Law Enforcement Assn) annual meeting, Tucson AZ. ALEA, 301-631-2406 or visit www.

Jul 25–31: EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assn) AirVenture, Oshkosh WI. EAA, 920-426-4800 or visit

Aug 11–13: LABACE 2011, São Paulo SP, Brazil. ABAG, 01155 (11) 5032 2727 or e-mail

Oct 20–22: NBAA 64nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Las Vegas NV. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.




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