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November 30, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Draft Proposal for GA User Fees 12.01.06

ANN's Jim Campbell and Rob Finfrock discuss revelations in what are claimed to be draft copies of GA user fee proposals.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.06

A prototype jet is down in Germany, killing noted test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud...

Did US Airways make its case to creditors at Delta Air Lines?

And either way, Delta goes ahead wit

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ANN Daily Touch And Go 12.01.06

A prototype jet is down in Germany, killing noted test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud...

Did US Airways make its case to creditors at Delta Air Lines?

And either way, Delta goes ahead wit

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AirShares Elite Cirrus Down In CLT

Popular Fractional Program Involved in First Fatal Accident

ANN has learned that the popular AirShares Elite GA Fractional program has experienced its first major accident as a 2006 SR22, N665CD, went down while attempting an arrival in Charlotte-Douglas Airport ahead of inclement weather. The 4 place Cirrus went down in a heavily wooded area near Allison Ferry Rd., with only one confirmed POB, who was declared dead at the scene.

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F/A-18 Down Near Miramar, Pilot Ejects Safely

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.30.06 1615 EST: A USMC F/A-18 fighter is down east of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, outside San Diego, CA.

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Planned Boost To ISS Orbit Postponed

Unexplained Short Burn On Engines Baffles Engineers

Russian engineers are trying to determine why the engines of a Progress M-58 cargo ship docked with the ISS shut down early on Thursday.

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7296 Issue Date: November 30, 2006 at 1904 UTC Location: Athol, Idaho near COEUR D'ALENE VOR/DME (COE) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: For natural gas release Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7288 Issue Date: November 30, 2006 at 1708 UTC Location: Santa Ysabel, California near JULIAN VORTAC (JLI) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: LOS ANGELES (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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ESA's Rosetta Prepares For Mars 'Swing-By'

Bound For 2014 Rendezvous With Comet

The team working on ESA's Rosetta mission have been particularly busy in November. Activities are underway to set the spacecraft's trajectory, and prepare the on-board instruments ready for the next major mission milestone: the swing-by of planet Mars in February 2007.

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American Quarrels With Pilots Over China Routes

Pilots Want Changes To Work Rules

American Airlines pilots are pushing for changes to work rules related to duty-day length and pay for cancelled flights.

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Blue Sky Network Sponsors Helicopter Round-The-World Attempt

Provides Polar First Team With SatComm System

They're gonna try again... and they'll have some help. Aero-News has learned satellite communications provider Blue Sky Network will support the Polar First helicopter team in their second attempt to set a record for circumnavigating the globe by way of the North and South Poles.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.30.06

Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.30.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.30.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn, Part Two: 11.30.06 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN's very candid interview with Vern Raburn from Eclipse Aviation.)

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EAA's Sport Pilot Tour To Make SoCal Stop

Poberezny To Attend Flabob Tour Stop On December 2

The new, exciting way to get involved in flying with less time and expense is coming to Southern California early next month, when EAA's Sport Pilot Tour arrives at Flabob Airport in Riverside on Saturday, December 2, and Brown Field in San Diego on Saturday, December 9.

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UT TFR: 11.30.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7224  Issue Date: November 30, 2006 at 0:09 UTC Location: Provo, Utah near PROVO VOR/DME (PVU) Beginning Date and Time: November 30, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 30, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For blasting (avalanche control) Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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Boeing Delivers Second EA-18G Growler To US Navy

Type Will Enter Service In 2008

Aero-News learned Thursday the Boeing Company has delivered the second EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft to the US Navy test site at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD.

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A380 Wraps Up Last Hurdle Prior To Certification

Technical Route Proving Mission Completed

The world's largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, has successfully completed a series of technical route proving missions, the last of the trials needed for type certification. Representatives with Airbus tell ANN the superjumbo received an enthusiastic welcome at each destination.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.30.06

The death of a former Russian spy grounds three British Airways planes...
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan up the ante...
...and Comair pilots fire a legal volley to block imposed pay cuts.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.30.06

The death of a former Russian spy grounds three British Airways planes...
Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan up the ante...
...and Comair pilots fire a legal volley to block imposed pay cuts.<

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ANN Special Feature: Part 2 - Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation 11.30.06

ANN's Jim Campbell has a very candid interview with Vern Baburn, President and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.

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What's Green and Has 99 Siblings? The BBJ!

Boeing Business Jets Delivers its 100th 'Green' Airplane

Boeing Business Jets has just delivered its 100th "green" -- unfurnished -- airplane. Representatives of the government of India accepted the milestone airplane at the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle.

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'GO' For Launch: Space Shuttle Discovery Will Launch At Night

First Night Launch Since Shuttle Returned To Flight

NASA senior managers have unanimously recommended launching the Space Shuttle Discovery on December 7. Commander Mark Polansky and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 9:35 p.m. EST on the STS-116 mission, one of the most challenging flights to continue building the International Space Station.

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NTSB Says Fuel Starvation Led To July Accident In CO

Says Prop Wasn't Turning When Bonanza Went Down

Another fuel starvation accident... that's what the National Transportation Safety Board's factual report on the crash of a Bonanza earlier this year near Montrose, CO seems to indicate.

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F-16 Pilot Lost In Iraq ID'd

DoD Announces Air Force Airman as 'Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown'

The Department of Defense has announced the identity of an airman listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN). Maj. Troy L. Gilbert was the pilot of an Air Force F-16C engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations that crashed approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad Nov. 27.

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 2006-24-07 MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-24-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hartzell Propeller Inc. HC, BHC, and PHC series propellers; and McCauley Propeller Systems controllable propellers serviced by Oxford Aviation Services Limited, doing business as CSE Aviation, in the United Kingdom between September 1998 and October 2003.

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AD: Stemme

AD NUMBER: 2006-24-06 MANUFACTURER: Stemme SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-24-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Raburn Speaks VERY Candidly About Eclipse Delivery Delays

Eclipse CEO Takes His Lumps, But Assures Ultimate Success

ANN recently printed a letter Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn sent to Eclipse customers waiting for jets they've ordered. The letter answered many questions about the company's problems getting its now fully-certified VLJ into to production, but we felt there was more to the story and asked him to speak briefly with us.

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Vanderbilt University Studies Helo Reliability

Will Work With Bell To Analyze New Materials

Vanderbilt University is spearheading a study of rotorcraft reliability. The five-year, $1.5-million project was commissioned by the FAA, which says it's responding to the unusual increase in the number of chopper accidents.

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Comair's Pilots Fight Pay Cuts In Court

Lawyers Question The Airline's Motives

Attorneys for Comair's pilots union fired the first legal volley Tuesday seeking to block the airline's intention to impose pay cuts.

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Airbus Might Outsource To Cut Costs

EADS Still Struggles To Fund New Airliner

It's either one or the other for EADS: find more money, or find a way to cut costs -- that's the only way the company will ever get Airbus' A350 XWB program off the ground.

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Northwest FAs Continue Fight For Right To Strike

File Appeal In Federal Court

Just in time for the holiday travel season, flight attendants at Northwest Airlines say they won't give up in their battle against pay cuts imposed by the carrier.

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AOPA and IAOPA Appeal On Behalf Of Us Pilots Detained In Brazil

Phil Boyer, president of AOPA and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) recently sent appeals to United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Brazil’s minister of justice, Márcio Thomaz Bastos, asking for their assistance in securing the release of two U.S. pilots who have been detained in Brazil for seven weeks.

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Delta Plans To Recall More Pilots

200 Pilots Have Jobs Once Again

Though its future as a stand-alone character remains uncertain, Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday plans to recall approximately 200 additional pilots in 2007.

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Sikorsky To Increase Its Alabama Workforce

Workers Needed To Meet Demand For H-60s

Sikorsky has announced plans to double the workforce at its Troy, AL production facility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.30.06): NTSB Report Types

Aero-Tips!

Aircraft mishap reports can be tremendously instructive. The tragedy of accidents may be lessened, slightly, if we are able to learn lessons from others' experience, and avoid similar mishaps in the future.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.06)

Aero-Linx!

The Aircraft Electronics Association is an organization that brings together avionics repair stations, avionics, airframe and instrument manufacturers, distributors and educational facilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.06) Dewpoint

Aero-Terms!

The temperature at which condensation occurs, as the air can no longer hold its moisture.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.30.06)

"For achievements in design and certification; A+. For meeting schedules and customer expectations; C-. For the production delay problems; F. And for that one we'll study harder, work harder and get an A on the next exam!"

Source: Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn, when asked in a recent interview with ANN to grade Eclipse's performance to date in its quest to deliver its fully-certified very-light-jet to customers.

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