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November 28, 2006

Tiger Aircraft Puts Assembly Plant Up For Sale

Hopes To Raise Funds... And Stay In Business

In a desperate attempt to raise capital, beleaguered airplane manufacturer Tiger Aircraft is selling its assembly facilities at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg.

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PR TFR: 11.28.06 - 12.11.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7040 Issue Date: November 28, 2006 at 16:45 UTC Location: Cabo Lobo, West of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico Beginning Date and Time: November 28, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 11, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Automated Flight Service Station, 787-253-8664

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FAA Adminstrator's Speech To Washington Aero Club Avoids User Fee Issue

Talks Instead About NextGen NAS Weather

Below is the unedited text of a speech entitled "You Need To Know What You Don't Know" that FAA Administrator Marion Blakey gave Tuesday before the Aero Club in Washington, DC.

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Officials: Pilot Of Downed F-16 Still Missing In Iraq

Fighter Was Strafing Insurgents

The whereabouts and condition of a US Air Force pilot whose F-16 crashed outside Baghdad Monday are still unknown, according to military sources.

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Bombardier Gets Three Plane CRJ700 Order From Brit Air

Air France Subsidiary Will Use Planes To Replace Leased CRJ100s

It's not a very big order, but they'll take it. Bombardier's aerospace division has received orders for three additional CRJ700 regional jets from Brit Air, an Air France subsidiary, worth $97 million at list prices.

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Boeing Says It Has Learned Lessons From Its Past

Not Afraid To Tell Customers "No"

Boeing has learned from its past, and to not try to please everyone all the time. Just ask Southwest Airlines, which earlier this year received an atypical answer to its request for two more 737s: "no."

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Second Accident Near KVGT In Three Days Raises Eyebrows

No One Injured In Forced Landings

Two close calls in three days near the North Las Vegas airport have caught the interest of city officials, and the FAA.

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AOPA Questions FAA Office's Interpretation Of Known Icing

Group Fears Relative Humidity Concern Could Ground GA Planes

A new interpretation of what "known icing conditions" really means could ground general aviation aircraft for the winter, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Mesaba Finalizes Employee Contracts

Unions Agree To 15 Percent Cuts In Pay, Benefits

A big victory for Mesaba Airlines... as the airline confirmed Tuesday the unions representing its pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics have agreed to new contracts with the carrier. The contracts represent across-the-board cuts of about 15 percent in labor costs.

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Air Berlin Announces Order For 60 Boeing Jets

But Some Fear Carrier May Have Problems Paying

It would be the biggest 737 order ever from a German airline. But analysts fear Air Berlin may have some difficulty in securing funding for the 60 Boeing aircraft the carrier announced it plans to purchase from the American aerospace company.

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Rockwell Collins, Thai Aviation Industries To Upgrade RTAF C-130s

Aero-News learned Tuesday that Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract from Thai Aviation Industries, Inc. (TAI) to upgrade the Royal Thai Air Force's (RTAF) fleet of C-130 aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.28.06

Aero-Craft 101: Fueling Issues

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.28.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.28.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Aero-Craft 101 - Fueling Issues: 11.28.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Master CFI Tom Turner on the hazards of refueling an aircraft.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.28.06

An F-16 is down near Baghdad...
A Russian transport flying for Iran's Revolutionary Guard crashes on takeoff in Tehran...
And a weekend aerobatic accident claims the life of an automotive inn

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.28.06

An F-16 is down near Baghdad...
A Russian transport flying for Iran's Revolutionary Guard crashes on takeoff in Tehran...
And a weekend aerobatic accident claims the life of an automotive inn

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ANN Special Feature: Aero-Craft with CFI Tom Turner - Fueling Issues 11.28.06

CFI Tom Turner warns of some obvious, and some not-so-obvious potential hazards in fueling an aircraft.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-24-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-24-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-24-04 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-24-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 767 airplanes.

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Cirrus Sets Company Record For Third Quarter Sales

International Sales Account For Nearly One-Fourth Of Total

It's another record for Cirrus Design. The Duluth-based planemaker announced Monday a third quarter company record of 529 airplane orders, according to results from the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association.

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Eclipse Addresses Delivery Delay Issues

The Teething Pains Continue

ANN has just finished a pretty frank discussion with Eclipse Boss Vern Raburn, who answered ANN's questions about the current lack of long-awaited E-500 deliveries with candor and a great deal of detail. In addition to this, Raburn has released to ANN the update letter (that discusses that very topic) that will be released shortly to Eclipse customers and investors without restriction or condition. It is reproduced (below) in its entirety and without any editing, changes or omissions.

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Retired Pilots Gain Additional Claims From Delta

Intended To Offset Losses From Termination Of Pension Plan

On Monday, Delta Air Lines agreed to pay its retired pilots an extra $719 million in unsecured claims, which if approved should help offset at least some of the losses incurred when Delta terminated the pilot pension plan in September.

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Sierra FJ-44 Stallion Flight Raises The Bar For Citation 500/501SP

Flies Over 1650 Nautical Miles In Under Four Hours

The results are in. On October 15, 2006 Sierra Industries CEO Mark Huffstutler flew his company's new Sierra Stallion nonstop from Scottsdale, AZ to Orlando, FL -– a distance of more than 1650 nautical miles –- in under four hours.

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Marine Aviation Transforming to Support Warfighter

The Marine Corps aviation component is transforming along with the total force while keeping its focus on its most important priority, supporting the Marines fighting on the ground, according to a senior Marine aviation officer, last week.

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Thanksgiving Travel Goes Smoothly At Most Airports

Security Lines Shorter Than Expected

If you flew commercial last week to visit family or friends for Thanksgiving, you may have noticed something... the experience wasn't quite as bad as you had braced yourself for.

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Estonian Environmental Inspectorate Now Flying Enstrom 480B

At a recent ceremony in Estonian's capital Tallinn, the Environmental Inspectorate accepted an Enstrom 480B presented by the President and CEO of Enstrom, Mr. Jerry Mullins. The helicopter will be based in Tallinn and will be operated throughout the Estonian region.

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Coyote Ingested Into 737 Engine During Takeoff At DEN

Pilots Able To Return For Safe Landing

The pilots of a United Airlines 737 had a decidedly grisly emergency situation on takeoff from Denver Sunday. As the plane powered down the runway... a coyote strayed into the jet's path, and then into the airliner's number two engine.

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Aircraft Repair Expert Joins SOAR As Managing Director

Jim Jijawi Comes From Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group

Source One Aircraft Repair (SOAR), a commercial AOG (aircraft-on-ground) major field repair provider has appointed Jim H. Jijawi as Managing Director... a sign the uniquely designed company has grabbed the attention of industry experts, according to SOAR personnel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.28.06): Watch Your MDA

Aero-Tips!

Watch your MDA. There is very little margin for error.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.06)

Aero-Linx!

When you have a group of people from M.I.T. working on a concept, it’s only a matter of time. Terrafugia’s team has a stellar cast list. Their goal is to bring the flying car concept out of novelty, and into a workable and usable vehicle for the general aviation world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.06) Zoomie

Aero-Terms!

Slang. A pilot. Also known as: flyboy, rocket jockey or busdriver.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.28.06)

“To be able to support that Marine on the ground, we bring a lot more of our fire from the air than the Army does... Because we’re a lighter, quicker-to-the-fight force, we rely much more on aviation as an integral part of this team, this Navy-Marine air-ground team.”

Source: Marine Col. Robert Walsh, deputy assistant commandant for aviation, in a recent  interview. Walsh noted that Aviation makes up about one-third of the total Marine Corps, with about 1,200 aircraft.

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