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November 27, 2007

Cessna Will Build SkyCatcher LSA In... China

SAC To Assemble Plane From Cessna Blueprints

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.27.07 2100 EST: Tuesday was a busy day for Cessna... as in addition to buying an aircraft company, the planemaker also announced it will partner with a Chinese manufacturer to build its upcoming Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.27.07

Passenger Bill Of Rights Update, With CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.27.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.27.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Passenger Bill Of Rights: 11.27.07 (ANN Special Report, with CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni.)

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Aerospace Looking South Of The Border To Cut Costs

Mexico Workers Gear Up For High Tech Manufacturing

Feeling the pitfalls of globalization recently, Mexico may be redeemed by embracing US aerospace manufacturing.

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Groen Brothers Selected As One Of Utah's Top High-Tech Companies

Utah Business Magazine List Also Includes ATK Launch Systems

Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. -- based in Salt Lake City, UT -- recently announced Utah Business Magazine has selected the gyroplane development company for inclusion in their 2007 High Tech 20 list.

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AgustaWestland Completes BERP IV Flight Testing

Main Rotor Blades Pass Flight Testing

AgustaWestland tells ANN it has successfully completed the qualification flight testing of the new generation BERP IV AW101 main rotor blades. The new technology blades will enter operational service in early 2008 on the UK's Royal Air Force fleet of AW101 Merlin Mk.3A helicopters.

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Flight Design USA Graduates Nine New CTsw Repairers

Building Support Network For Popular LSA

Flight Design USA tells ANN it has in the last year graduated 23 technicians, distributors, and dealers from its engine and airframe training classes -- including nine recent additions to its support network.

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Airman MIA From Vietnam War Identified

"Until They Are Home"

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Tuesday the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Eclipse Reaches Out To Owners For Additional Funding

Offers Chance For Customers To Lock In Current Prices

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.27.07 1545 EST: In a candid discussion Tuesday with ANN's Rob Finfrock, Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn admitted production delays have conspired to complicate the Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker's financial outlook -- "and feed the rumor mill" claiming the company's imminent demise -- but Raburn makes no bones about how he views his company's long-term success.

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ATG Cuts Back While Awaiting Funding For Javelin

Employees On 'Mandatory Vacation' For Week

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.27 1330 EST: Employees at Aviation Technology Group, developers of the ATG Javelin personal jet aircraft, received some unexpected news as they returned to work Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday: they have another week off, at least, while the company works to secure additional capital.

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It's Official: Cessna Wins Columbia Auction

Bidding Was Brief; Total Price $26.9 Million

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 11.27.07 1725 EST: So... will it now be Colessna? Cessnumbia?

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.27.07

Airbus brings home another big order from China.
The falling Dollar has EADS rethinking Power8.
And the FAA says Connecticut towns have had ample opportunities for comment.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.27.07

Airbus brings home another big order from China.
The falling Dollar has EADS rethinking Power8.
And the FAA says Connecticut towns have had ample opportunities for comment.

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ANN Special Feature: Kate Hanni, CAPBOR - 11.27.07

ANN's Paul Plack gets an update on how airline travelers fared over the holiday weekend from Kate Hanni of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights.

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Report: Passengers Finding Younger Pilots In Regional Jet Cockpits

Fewer Applicants Trigger Signing Bonuses

Pilots on regional airlines like American Eagle or Atlantic Southeast Airlines are younger than in the past. This is in part due to a retiring pilot pool, and fewer applicants causing the airlines to change their standards.

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FAA: No More Hearings For Fairfield County Rerouting Proposal

Says Legal Challenges Prevent Further Input

The Federal Aviation Administration said there will be no more public hearings on its controversial plan to reroute air traffic over lower Fairfield County, CT.

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China Probe Transmits Its First Lunar Image

Called A Thousand-Year Dream

China shared the first image of the moon from its Chang-e 1 lunar probe Monday, starting the mission’s efforts to document the lunar landscape.

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Analysts Say Boeing In Better Spot Than Airbus To Sell Jets

Looking Past 787 Production Schedule Changes

Boeing is blessed right now with the perfect circumstances for doing business, according to several financial analysts. Low interest rates and a hot global economy are good for business, and with the exception of a credit squeeze everything should be ideal for selling aircraft.

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Just In Time For The Holidays... MIA Concourse A Closed

Flights Moved To Other Terminals

This holiday season, things are going to be a little different at Miami International Airport. Despite a swell of passengers returning to Latin America for the holidays, the Airport will make do without Concourse A.

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PIT On Good Financial Ground Despite US Airways Reductions

Revenues Up, Expenses Down

Although its primary tenant, US Airways, plans to reduce its flights and diminish service... Pittsburgh International Airport officials say the airport is weathering the storm, and aims only for positive changes after the holiday season influx.

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CHC Helicopter Corporation Orders Eurocopter Training Device

ELITE Evolution S623 Sports Garmin GNS430, Will Be Used In Nigeria

ELITE Simulation Solutions announced Monday CHC Global Operations has placed an order for an ELITE Evolution S623 Eurocopter Training Device to be installed at their Lagos, Nigeria location.

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CFM56-Equipped A318s Approved For Steep Approach Landings

Engines Now Quieter For Urban Use

The Airbus A318 and A318 Elite business jet, equipped with CFM56 turbofans, were recently approved for Steep Approach landing capability by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.07)

Aero-Linx!

An on-line resource for General Aviation pilots in the UK.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.07): Occluded Front

Aero-Terms!

A composite of two fronts. An occluded front forms when a cold front overtakes a warm front or a quasi-stationary front.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.27.07)

"New pilots today are going straight into the [co-pilot's] seat, and moving into the [captain's] seat in a hurry. And they're doing it in airplanes that are great machines but can be unforgiving."

Source: John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, speaking of the trend among regional airlines to hire younger, and less experienced, first officers to train on-the-job with more experienced captains.

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MD TFR: 11.27.07 - 11.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4980  Issue Date: November 21, 2007 at 1911 UTC  Location: Washington Center , Annapolis, Maryland near BALTIMORE VORTAC (BAL)  Beginning Date and Time: November 27, 2007 at 1000 UTC  Ending Date and Time: November 28, 2007 at 0100 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons  Type: Security  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Washington (ZDC) Center, 703-563-3221 

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