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December 21, 2006

Certified: Cessna's Encore+

Just in time for the holidays, Cessna told ANN Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted type certification (TC) to Cessna’s Citation Encore+, the latest derivation of the highly successful Citation line.

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MN TFR: 12.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8941 Issue Date: December 21, 2006 at 1724 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: December 22, 2006 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 22, 2006 at 1745 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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PR TFR: 12.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8956 Issue Date: December 21, 2006 at 1846 UTC Location: Eastern side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: December 21, 2006 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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WY TFR: 12.28.06 - 01.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8958 Issue Date: December 21, 2006 at 1906 UTC Location: Jackson, Wyoming Beginning Date and Time: December 28, 2006 at 2110 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 01, 2007 at 1720 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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WY TFR: 12.22.06 - 12.28.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8932 Issue Date: December 21, 2006 at 1526 UTC Location: Jackson, Wyoming Beginning Date and Time: December 22, 2006 at 0215 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 28, 2006 at 1215 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 6/8743: Due to change in time.

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Sino Swearingen Gets APIS From FAA

One More Hurdle Cleared For Mass Production

Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC) told ANN the FAA has given the company permission to inspect its own aircraft on the company's production line.

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AMC Publishes KC-135 Accident Investigation

Two Aircraft Damaged In September Crash In Manas

The US Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC) today released the results of its investigation into the September 26 KC-135R aircraft accident at Manas International Airport, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

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Qantas Opts For Eight More Airbus A380s

Airline 'Down Under' Confirms Earlier Commitment

Australia's flagship carrier Qantas has a need, a need for more seats. Now it's going to get them with a few more of Airbus' new A380 superjumbo airliners.

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Delta's Unsecured Creditors Remain On The Fence

Say They Back Delta's Bankruptcy Plan, But Will Keep Options Open

A committee composed of Delta Airlines' unsecured creditors financing the company's emergence from bankruptcy finally spoke publicly about US Airways' merger bid on Wednesday.

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Holiday Travel Hits A Snag In Denver Today

Heavy Snow And Wind Shuts Down Denver International

Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska are experiencing Mother Nature's winter fury today as the tri-state area gets "creamed" with heavy snow and winds. Snow is reportedly drifting to five feet driven by winds gusting to 40 mph.

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Weather At KSC Could Delay Or Divert Friday Discovery Landing

NASA Mulls Its Shuttle Landing Options

NASA slipped Thursday's originally scheduled landing to accommodate an additional spacewalk to fully retract a balky solar panel. Now, it looks as though Mother Nature will have another say in NASA's schedule as the forecast at Kennedy Space Center calls for low clouds and rain showers for Friday's rescheduled landing.

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Raytheon Sells Its Aircraft Division

Investment Consortium Forms 'Hawker Beechcraft Corporation'

Raytheon Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) to Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, a new company formed by GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs, and Onex Partners.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.06

Airbus announces a new A-380 order!
The gloves come off in the USAG-vs-Delta heavyweight bout...
...and an emergency beacon in Nevada was NOT from a missing plane.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.06

Airbus announces a new A-380 order!
The gloves come off in the USAG-vs-Delta heavyweight bout...
...and an emergency beacon in Nevada was NOT from a missing plane.

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ANN Special Feature: Rans Aircraft's Randy Schlitter 12.21.06

Many of us first heard of Rans in connection with ultralights, but today the company is a major player in larger, more capable aircraft, in light-sport, and even in bicycles. ANN's Jim Campbell is

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AEA's Ric Peri Speaks Out On FAR Part 145 Change Proposal

Says Public Needs To Be Aware Of Tremendous Implications

ANN spoke with the Aircraft Electronics Association's (AEA) vice president for government and industry affairs Ric Peri about the FAA's latest proposal to change FAR Part 145 repair station requirements.

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ANN Ready to Initiate 'FeatureCast' Programming

And That Ain't All...

We have some truly extraordinary news (the first details of "ANN 10.0") to impart to you shortly -- even better than what you're about to read -- but mark our words, the Aero-Gnomes of Aero-News have big plans for you this year...

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Discovery Crew Conducts Final Heat Shield Analysis

Landing Scheduled For Friday

The STS-116 crew onboard the shuttle Discovery conducted a final inspection of the orbiter's heat shield Wednesday, in preparation for landing.

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FAA Takes Its Time On New Palm Springs Tower

Says Construction To Start By 2010

Palm Springs International Airport is set to get a new control tower according to the FAA, the agency just isn't going to start construction until 2010.

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Chalks Airways Pilots Worried About Maintenance Before Fatal Crash

Warned Management Of 'Impending Disaster'

New evidence suggests Chalks' management knew poor maintenance was contributing to more and more dangerous inflight emergencies in the months leading up to last December's fatal crash of a Grumman Mallard seaplane which claimed the lives of 20 passengers and crew.

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Delta Puts Out The 'Help Wanted' Sign

Accepting Pilot Applications For First Time Since 2001

Delta Air Lines told Aero-News Wednesday it will officially begin accepting applications for new-hire pilots in anticipation of exhausting its pilot furlough list in 2007. Interviews for new Delta first officer positions are scheduled to begin in January.

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Oklahoma Accident Pilot Free On Bail

Charged With Manslaughter In Deaths Of Three Passengers

The pilot who survived a fatal weekend crash of a Bellanca Viking into an Oklahoma reservoir bonded out of jail Wednesday, after a judge cut his $300,000 bail in half.

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First A400M Horizontal Tail Plane Ready For Final Assembly

EADS Says Delivery Shows Program Is On Track

The reception of the first A400M horizontal tail plane took place Wednesday at the EADS CASA final assembly line in San Pablo (Seville). This horizontal tail plane was sent from the EADS CASA facilities in Tablada where it is produced, to the structural test facilities of the Final Assembly Line, where it will undergo a series of tests before its assembly on the aircraft.

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DOT Certifies World's First Hydrogen-Powered Sleigh

Should Cut Reindeer Emissions By Staggering Percentage

Saying that Santa "is going green," on Wednesday US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters certified the first-ever hydrogen powered sleigh as safe to operate in US airspace this holiday season.

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Guggenheim Aviation, TNT Receive Their First 747-400ER Freighter

A Second Is On The Way

Aero-News learned Wednesday that Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first 747-400ER Freighter for two customers. The airplane was delivered to Guggenheim Aviation Partners (GAP), and will be put into service by Netherlands-based express delivery company TNT.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.21.06): Arrival Tip

Aero-Tips!

I used to fly a Beech Baron from just north of Chattanooga, TN, on occasional trips into Charlotte, NC's airline hub, Charlotte/Douglas Airport (KCLT). It always seemed like my arrival was at a busy time, with a steady stream of jet arrivals streaming in.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.06)

Aero-Linx!

According to the website "Founded in 1993, the annual NWOC (National Warbird Operator Conference) event brings together warbird owners, operators, and museum directors to address particular events facing warbird owners and to discuss common goals related to the ever-changing economics, operations and regulations pertaining to flying ex-military aircraft."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.06): NMAC

Aero-Terms!

Near Mid-Air Collision - Defined by the NTSB as a potential collision situation between aircraft that are within 500 feet of each other or if a pilot or flight crew members reports a collision hazard existed between 2 or more aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.21.06)

"...[A] tough old bird. ... He is not going to let some young snot-nose tell him what to do with his airline."

Source: Airline consultant Darryl Jenkins, speaking of Delta Air Lines CEO Gerald Grinstein and Grinstein's view on US Airways' hostile takeover bid for the Atlanta-based carrier. US Airways CEO Doug Parker -- the "young" person referred to above -- says he refuses to back down on the proposed merger, no matter what Delta execs think of the offer.

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