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November 26, 2006

New Study Predicts 4,124 VLJ Deliveries Before 2016

Dublin-Based Research Firm Adds Its Voice To The VLJ Fanfare

Research and Markets (R&M) has published a 156-page market research paper titled "The Very Light Jet Market 2007-2016."

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Raytheon Nears Deal To Sell Off GA Unit

Biz Jet Division Will Go To Highest Bidder

Raytheon Company is nearing a deal to sell its general aviation unit, Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC).

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NW Pilots Seeks Permission To Sell Claim Against Airline

ALPA Wants To Cash Out Early

Northwest's pilot's union has asked management to allow the early sale of part of its nearly $900 million unsecured claim against the airline.

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Aussie SportPlanes Get '51% Rule' Approval From FAA

Complete A Sinus Or Virus Kit In 200 Hours Says Pipistrel

Two capable kit aircraft from Australian company Pipistrel are oddly-named, but are now on the FAA's list of kits conforming to the 51% rule.

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C-17 Tested On Unimproved Surfaces

Four-Phase Program Hopes To Add To Freighters Capability

The USAF's C-17 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, CA is in the midst of a four-phase test program to chart the aircraft's takeoff and landing performance on non-paved surfaces.

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Phoenix Says Phooey To Vintage Airplane Museum

Councilman Withdraws Item From Agenda

In a move reflective of the adage one must choose one's battles carefully, Phoenix city Councilman Dave Siebert struck plans for an aviation museum from the council's agenda.

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Pakistan To Get Chinese AWACS

Countries Sign Five-Year Trade Deal

A new five-year trade pact between China and Pakistan includes an agreement to co-develop military aircraft including Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).

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Swiss Court Orders Retrial In Controller's Murder

Upholds Appeal Arguing Eight-Year Sentence Too High

A Russian man convicted of stabbing a German air traffic controller to death in 2004 has won a retrial on appeal in the Swiss courts.

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BA Caves To Pressure From Church Of England

Agrees To Review Its Uniform Policy On Threat Of Sale

A British Airways check-in worker has been on administrative leave for several weeks after she refused to remove a crucifix she wears on a necklace.

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Did A Civil Suit Lead To An FAA Audit?

Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Thinks So...

The FAA has chosen Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) in Barnstable, MA for its next airport audit. Airport manager Quincy "Doc" Mosby says it's likely related to a civil suit pending against the town of Barnstable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.26.06): Security Threat


Here's a little addition to FAR Part 61, Pilot, Flight Instructors and Ground Instructors, that you may not have noticed when it appeared in the last few years...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.06)


In its short life, the Messerschmitt Me 262 won many fans. Fewer than ten originals exist today and so more are to be made.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.06) Zero-G


The condition in which the apparent effect of gravity is zero, as in the case of a body in free fall or in orbit. Also, cool new way to spend a day for $2,950.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.26.06)

"Through semi-prepared runway operations testing and weighing the aircraft after the take-offs and landings, we've seen anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 additional pounds of dirt collected in the aircraft. We've seen enough dirt collect in the wheel wells to where it was eight to 10 inches in depth."

Source: Lieutenant Colonel Bob Poremski, C-17 Integrated Test Force director, commenting on the results from the first of a four-phase test program to chart the C-17 Globemaster III's takeoff and landing performance on non-paved surfaces.

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