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A Piper Lance and a Mooney Cadet made fatal contact near the approach path of Runway 22 at Caldwell, N.J., Friday evening at about 7:30 p.m. The two aircraft impacted approximately one and a half blocks apart in a residential neighborhood in Fairfield, N.J. Both pilots were killed. No one on the ground was injured and the NTSB is investigating...

Boeing rolled out its 777 ER at a lavish ceremony at its Everett, Wash., plant last week. The plane, sporting an elaborate paint scheme, carries 365 passengers and will travel 1,400 miles farther than a standard model. Air France will get the first production model, after a year of flight-testing...

It's not often there's a press release because an aircraft has flown 100 hours, but the U.S. Navy felt sufficiently moved to mark the milestone in a new test program for the V-22 Osprey. The complicated tilt-rotor craft has had numerous safety problems, including a fatal crash during a rapid descent. Testing that particular maneuver will begin soon...

There could be labor peace at Boeing soon, assuming the company's 19,000 engineering and technical workers follow their union's recommendations. Under the new deal, workers get pay hikes, better benefits and a 6 percent ratification bonus. And they get to design and build airplanes, too...

AOPA is trying to stop Louisiana Sen. John Breaux from slipping legislation into the last-minute agenda that would allow sports teams to dictate airspace use over stadiums. The legislation is aimed at advertising banner towers but could potentially affect hundreds of small airports by establishing TFRs around major sports events...

The Portland Rose Festival is canceling its annual air show because it's become too difficult and too risky. Show organizers said there were "too many obstacles" to overcome. Among them were noise complaints from neighbors...

EAA's Young Eagles Program has carried 100,000 young potential pilots this year. That brings the nine-year total to more than 860,000 and puts the program in line to reach its goal of a million flights by Dec. 17, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' flight.