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November 27, 2006

Boeing Demonstrates UAV Automated Aerial Refueling Capability

Autonomously-Controlled Lear Holds Position Around KC-135

Aero-News learned Monday that Boeing's Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program successfully completed flight tests in August that demonstrated for the first time an unmanned air vehicle's ability to autonomously maintain a steady refueling station behind a tanker aircraft.

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NTSB Names Clark, Haueter To New Posts

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker announced Monday that he has named John Clark, formerly Director of Aviation Safety, as the agency's Chief Scientist for Aeronautical Engineering. Tom Haueter, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety (AS), has been named Acting Director of the office.

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For Fourth Year, Cessna Is Title Sponsor For Great Lakes Aviation Conference

Event Runs February 2-3, 2007

For the fourth consecutive year, Cessna Aircraft Company will be the title sponsor of the Great Lakes Aviation Conference. The event runs February 2-3 in Novi, MI.

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TX TFR: 11.30.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6965 Issue Date: November 27, 2006 at 19:48 UTC Type: Space Operations

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At Least 36 Lost As Iranian An-74 Goes Down In Tehran

Plane Flying For Revolutionary Guard

A Russian Antonov-74 belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) crashed during takeoff Monday from Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, killing at least 30 IRGC members and six crewmembers.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.27.06

Part Two, Premier Aircraft Sales President Fred Ahles

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.27.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.27.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Art Of Buying And Selling Aircraft, Part Two: 11.27.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Premier Aircraft Sales' Fred Ahles.)

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F-16 Down Near Baghdad

A USAF F-16, currently identified as an F-16CG, has gone down over Iraq, as confirmed by onsite military officials. The aircraft went down some 20 miles NW of Baghdad, in Anbar Province, and the condition of the pilot is yet unknown.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.27.06

More runway confusion at Kentucky's Blue Grass Airport...
The FAA sticks to its guns on Florida's Witham Field...
...and Raytheon courts buyers for its Beechcraft and Hawker operations.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.27.06

More runway confusion at Kentucky's Blue Grass Airport...
The FAA sticks to its guns on Florida's Witham Field...
...and Raytheon courts buyers for its Beechcraft and Hawker operations.


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ANN Special Feature: Part 2: Fred Ahles, Premier Aircraft Sales 11.27.06

ANN's Jim Campbell continues last week's discussion with Fred Ahles, President of Premier Aircraft Sales, on unique issues involved in buying and selling modern aircraft.

Sponsored By...

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Pearl Harbor Museum Set To Open December 7

Future Phases Will Tell Story Of Other Conflicts

To mark the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack that thrust the United States into World War II, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hawaii is set to open December 7.

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Mars Flyer Model Undergoes Wind Tunnel Tests At AFRL

MATADOR UAV Would Fly Over Red Planet

Aero-News has learned scientists from AFRL’s Air Vehicles Aerospace Vehicle Integration and Demonstration Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, and Naval Research Laboratory met from September 18-20 to perform testing of a Mars Flyer model in AFRL’s vertical wind tunnel.

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FAA's Promise Of 'No GA User Fees' May Be Misleading

As A Matter Of Fact, GA and BizAv Appear To Be Strongly Affected

Over the last few days and weeks, a number of credible and previously dependable sources have been sending ANN documents and reports that seem to indicate that FAA's lessened insistence on the User Fee debate (as some may have perceived) may be the calm before the storm. If you think that the FAA has given up on wanting User Fees, we seem to be seeing a LOT of recent evidence to the contrary.

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EMAS System Installed At Chicago's Midway

In Response To Overrun Last Year

Runway 31-C at Chicago's Midway Airport -- the same runway a Southwest Airlines 737 overran during a snowstorm last December, striking a car and killing a six-year-old boy -- is the first at the airport to have a concrete arrestor bed installed at its departure end.

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AOPA Says Audit Proves FAA Can't Run A Business

Boyer: Agency Can't Track Assets, Costs

If the FAA is supposed to be run like a business, it still has a long ways to go. That's the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's take on the most recent audit of the agency's books by the Department of Transportation's inspector general (IG).

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Pilot Lost In CA Aerobatic Accident

Interavia Impacted Ocean After Loop

The pilot of a Russian aerobatic plane died Saturday afternoon when the aircraft went into the water while performing loops off the coast of California.

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ExpressJet Signs Deal For WMU Aero-Grads

Will Offer Internship, Interview Opportunities

Following the lead of programs such as Delta Connection Academy, Western Michigan University's College of Aviation signed a deal with ExpressJet Airlines this month that allows the school's graduates to interview with the airline.

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Klyde Morris (11.27.06)

An Inside Look At Last Week's ISS Golf Shot...

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Airman Surpasses 10,000th Hour In KC-135

APU Problem Makes Flight Even More Memorable

Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Trenga won't soon forget what he was doing November 6 at 4:15 pm.

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Volkswagen SUV Tows 747

Bet Your Old Microbus Couldn't Do This...

If you ever owned that icon of the 1960s, a Volkswagen Microbus... you may find it hard to imagine a vehicle with the VW logo on the front could tow, well, anything. Especially not something as big as a 747.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.27.06): Getting Started

Aero-Tips!

Comes now the happy day when you decide it's been long enough, and you will finally begin your training to become a pilot. In very general terms, for you planning before that first discussion with a flight instructor, what is required of you to learn to fly in the United States?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.06)

Aero-Linx!

Would you care to preflight a Focke Wulf Fw 190, sit in the cockpit and then start her engines? You can if you have the high bid as of December 31, 2006.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.06) Zero-Zero

Aero-Terms!

An ejection seat which can be used at zero knots and zero feet altitude, unless inverted. Can also mean really bad weather -- as in zero ceiling, zero visibility.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.27.06)

"This audit report underscores that the user fee debate is about more than policy. How in the world can they price their 'product' -- air traffic control services -- if they can't track their assets or their costs?"

Source: Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, commenting on the results of an independent audit of the FAA's accounting practices. The audit was commissioned by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General -- and, AOPA says, shows the FAA can't properly account for almost $5 billion in assets and property. Most of that is attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which runs the air traffic control system.

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