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Diamond Aircraft DA20-C1 has received an increase in gross weight. The FAA now allows 1764 pounds in the two-seat aircraft, increasing the useful load to 600 pounds, meaning you and your passenger can pack an extra sandwich or two. It applies to all DA20-C1s...

The deal AVweb reported last week has come to pass -- Lancair has found the money it needs to resume production and expand the business for their certified aircraft lines. Unnamed investor(s) have put an unspecified amount of money into the business, although the company said it was more than the $25 million it was looking for. There's a backlog of 180 orders to tackle first...

A Sino Swearingen SJ30-2 hit 558 mph in level flight in during high-speed envelope testing last week. The tests were part of the bizjet's certification trials. Test pilot Carroll Beeler said the plane was flutter-free and stable throughout the run...

It isn't every congressman who gets an airport concourse named after him. But when it's California and the name is Sonny Bono, well why not. The concourse at Palm Springs International adds to the list of tributes to the late mayor, congressman and pop singer that includes a 40-mile stretch of freeway, a statue and a wildlife refuge in his name...

A pilot safely landed a Cessna 172 on a stretch of highway near San Diego after the engine failed. Plane and cars managed to avoid each other until a motorist clipped the wing while the pilot and police were pushing it off to the side...

Reno Air Race officials report the show of support they were looking for came to pass. This year's event attracted 222,241 people. A successful year was critical to the future of the spectacle, which was cancelled by the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001 and went into 2002 with a $1.2 million in losses.