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Jim Swickard (james_swickard@aviationweek.com)

Jim Swickard (james_swickard@aviationweek.com)
AEA Reports $6.3 Billion GA Avionics Market 
The Aircraft Electronics Association released the first of what is to be an evolving series of avionics market reports, finding sales by 19 manufacturers reaching nearly $6.3 billion in 2012.
Robinson Expanding R66 Turbine Helicopter Family 
Robinson Helicopter Company’s recent certification for an R66 Turbine Police Helicopter model is part of a planned expansion of the capabilities for the five-place helicopter.
Business Aviation Recovery Hinges On North America 
North America, not China, holds the key to industry recovery. That’s the message from aviation analyst Brian Foley.
Eurocopter Anticipates Easing China Airspace Restrictions With Tianjin Joint Venture 
Eurocopter is the latest aircraft manufacturer to invest in a Chinese joint venture anticipating that the Peoples Liberation Army will lighten prohibitive airspace restrictions.
Asia Pacific Jets Orders 10 Nextant 400XTs 
Nextant is building a presence in Asia for its Nextant 400XT program with the sale of 10 of the remanufactured business jets to Asia Pacific Jets and a distributor partnership. (400 XT photo: Nextant Aerospace)
Cessna Gives Latitude Second Range Boost 
Cessna continues to tweak the performance parameters of its new midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude, announcing its second boost in range since the aircraft was unveiled last fall.
Cessna Renames New Turbo Diesel Skylane 
Cessna is renaming its jet-fuel burning, turbocharged piston aircraft announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The Turbo Skylane NXT is now the Turbo Skylane JT-A.
Embraer Launches Legacy 450 Fabrication
Embraer Executive Jets has milled the first part for its mid-light Legacy 450 executive jet, marking the beginning of fabrication for the new aircraft. (Legacy 450 photo: Embraer)
Cessna To Offer Jet A-Fueled Model 182 
Cessna Aircraft is developing a diesel version of its Model 182 Skylane that, when available in the second quarter of 2013, will replace the Lycoming-powered Model 182 Skylane which burns leaded aviation gasoline. (Cessna Skylane)
Laser Injures Jet Blue First Officer On JFK Approach 
A Jet Blue co-pilot injured by a laser illumination July 15 is the latest victim of a nationwide phenomenon that has grown as much as tenfold since FAA formally began taking reports in 2005. (Jet Blue A320neo photo: Airbus)
Hawker Beechcraft Puts AT-6 Into Low-Rate Production 
Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC) is putting its AT-6 light attack/armed reconnaissance aircraft into low rate initial production (LRIP) in Wichita. (AT-6 photo: Hawker Beechcraft)
NetJets' Latest Orders To Boost Aftermarket Business 
NetJets’ announced orders and options for up to 450 business jets worth nearly $10 billion are bringing substantial long-term aftermarket business to both Bombardier and Cessna, along with their suppliers. (Challenger 300 photo: Bombardier)
Jet Aviation Reorganizes Basel Operation 
Reflecting sour European market conditions, Jet Aviation is restructuring its Basel, Switzerland location into two independently managed maintenance and completion business units.
Eclipse Aerospace Launching Eclipse 550 VLJ Production 
Eclipse dealers representing more than 30 countries attended the first international Eclipse dealer sales conference at Eclipse headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M., and signed agreements to purchase new Eclipse 550 Jets for delivery in 2014 and early 2015.
Nextant Aerospace Buys New Facility To Increase 400XT Production 
The facility at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Airport includes a larger production hangar that can handle six aircraft simultaneously, a second hangar for aircraft delivery and completions and a third which will house an aircraft painting operation.

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