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October 17, 2006

Aero-News Alert: Piper Unveils Revolutionary NEW PiperJet

PiperJet Rocks the NBAA House... 

We've known about this for a while, but we'll admit to being quite pleasantly surprised at how nice it seems to be turning out. What we're speaking of, of course, is Piper's massive new announcement... their long-awaited, if unconventional, entry into the jet business.

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ANN Special Feature: Piper Aircraft CEO Jim Bass 10.17.06

Jim Campbell's discussion with Piper Aircraft President / CEO Jim Bass is such big news, it's covered by a non-disclosure agreement until 11am Eastern Time!

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.17.06

New planes from Cessna...
Honeywell is wearing rose-colored glasses...
and Pilatus is still alive and well at NBAA 2006.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.17.06

New planes from Cessna...
Honeywell is wearing rose-colored glasses...
and Pilatus is still alive and well at NBAA 2006.

Sponsored By...

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Piaggio Looks To Future... And Is Adapting Accordingly

Company Switching To Mass Production

The Piaggio Company started in 1884 when the Italian company built interiors for passenger ships and trains. In 1915, the company began manufacturing aircraft... and in 1925 started building aircraft engines. The company has a long tradition in both fixed wing and rotary aircraft -- Piaggio's first helicopter flew in 1938.

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Aerion Pursues Design Refinement

Discussions Under Way With Potential Partners

Aerion is pursuing a two-track program in its efforts to bring supersonic flight back to the commercial sector. Engineers continue to refine and test the design, and have provided greater detail in technical briefings to potential partners. Meanwhile, the company continues to build its business case, providing a more detailed financial picture of the costs, risks and rewards involved in program participation.

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Embraer To Build Three US Service Centers, One In France

Also Announces Training Joint Venture With CAE SimulFlite

Embraer announced Monday at NBAA 2006 that it will build three new service centers in the U.S. dedicated to full-service care for the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600 aircraft. A fourth service center will be built in 2007, at the Le Bourget airport, in Paris, France. The investment for the new facilities will total around US $40 million.

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Law Repealing Wright Amendment Approved

FAA Makes It Official

In today's government ruled by the bureaucrats, even the President's signature isn't good enough. Luckily, the FAA didn't feel like arguing, so the law repealing the Wright Admendment is now official.

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Cessna Prepares To Celebrate The Big 8-0

Company Focused On Big Planes... And Little Ones, Too

Cessna will be celebrating its 80th year in aviation in 2007. At NBAA 2006, Jack Pelton, CEO of Cessna, said that "Cessna is looking toward the future" -- and that future rests heavily on the Citation Mustang to propel the company into its next 80 years.

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A700 Adam Jet Chosen by Magnum Jet

Magnum Jet has chosen the A700 AdamJet for its new Very Light Jet (VLJ) ownership and management program and future air limo service.

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Airlines Bicker Over US-China Routes

He Said, She Said Gives DOT Something To Mull Over

The mud's flying between airlines applying for what could be a highly lucrative route to China, and we're not talking about the coffee they're serving in coach.

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TAG Aviation USA Touts Record Growth In 2006

Good Times For Jet Management Operator

At NBAA 2006, TAG Aviation USA reports its client flight activity and fleet growth continued strong through the third quarter of 2006, with record levels of new client activity.

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Goin' and Growin': PWC PW600 VLJ Engine Program Gains Altitude

Pratt & Whitney Canada tells ANN that it has delivered more than 50 of its PW600 new generation turbofan engines, currently powering the Cessna Mustang and the Eclipse 500 VLJs. "Our production ramp-up of PW615F and PW610F engines is firmly on track and deliveries to both Cessna and Eclipse are rapidly gaining altitude," said Andrew Tanner, vice president, Business Aviation, P&WC.

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Raytheon Intro's Two New Hawkers At NBAA

Gets Big Launch Order From NetJets

Raytheon officials proudly announced the development of two new bizjet models Monday at NBAA: the Hawker 900XP and Hawker 750 models, for the mid-size and super-light-mid jet markets, respectively.

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Airbus Beats Boeing!

Airbus Corporate Jetliner Outsells Boeing Business Jet

Airbus Vice President of Executive and Private Aviation Sales, Richard Goana, is perhaps the one executive at Airbus who is quite optimistic about his prospects.

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Rockwell Collins Celebrates Pro Line Popularity At NBAA

Avionics Selected For FOUR New Jets; Certified On LearJet 60XR

Rockwell Collins has reason to celebrate as the first "official" day of the 2006 National Business Aviation Association Conference kicks off in Orlando. You see, the avionics manufacturer's popular and capable Pro Line 21 avionics suite has been selected as standard equipment on not one... not two, or even three... but FOUR new bizjet models, coming from two manufacturers.

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Dassault Falcon 7X Close To Certification

First Electric Bizjet To Fly High and Then Land High

The world's first fly-by-wire business jet just passed another milestone on its way towards full certification. A few weeks ago, it spent several lovely afternoons broiling itself in the hot Tunisian sun. A few months earlier, it endured the snow and ice of the Canadian arctic.

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Cessna Citation Mustang Moves Toward Serial Production

Cessna's Mustang is feeling its oats... the company has moved its focus, for the recently certified Citation Mustang, from development to ramping up for production and customer deliveries and to gaining European certification.

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There's One More Associate At Downing Aviation Associates

Art Manni Joins Aviation Consulting Group

Downing Aviation Associates (DAA ) announced Monday at NBAA 2006 that Art Manni, a veteran  aerospace executive with an extensive background in business development and leadership roles, has joined the Phoenix, AZ-based consulting firm as a Senior Associate. 

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Spectrum Selects Avidyne's Next-Gen Entegra For Spectrum 33

Avidyne tells ANN that Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC, has selected Avidyne's Entegra next-generation integrated avionics system now in development for the Spectrum 33 business jet. The Spectrum 33 uses a highly advanced graphite-epoxy construction process that gives it the same size cabin as popular eight to nine seat entry-level business jets, at less than two-thirds the weight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.17.06): Directional Control

Aero-Tips!

We've been reviewing the FAA's list of the Top 10 causes of pilot-error accidents. Third on the FAA's list is failure to maintain directional control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.17.06)

Aero-Linx!

Combat flying the R/C way. Tired of just loops and rolls, takeoffs and landings? Go for the action in the Radio Control Combat Association (RCCA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.17.06): TIT

Aero-Terms!

Turbine Inlet Temperature. Measured by a single probe mounted in the exhaust inlet to the turbocharger.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.17.06)

"I would be happy with any number that is more than 50% of the market."

Source: Airbus Vice President of Executive and Private Aviation Sales, Richard Goana, said this Monday during a press conference at NBAA announcing Airbus' good fortunes against rival Boeing in the bizjet market. Goana was asked how many ACJs (Airbus Corporate Jetliners) he was hoping to sell in the future. He wouldn't give a specific number, but made clear that he wanted to keep beating rival Boeing. The Airbus A320- derived ACJ has 20 orders against just ten for Boeing's rival 737-derived Boeing Business Jet for 2006. 

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