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A new series, "A Chopper Is Born," will air on the Discovery Wings channel. The 15-part series highlights the building of a RotorWay Exec 162F kit helicopter. The series is currently airing in the U.K., and it will appear in the U.S. sometime this fall. For more information, contact RotorWay at 480/961-1001 or visit the company's Web site...

SkyStar is now offering its new Kitfox Series 7. The two-place Series 7 can be configured for cruising speeds of 150 mph and offers a service ceiling of more than 16,000 feet. Preferred powerplants include the Rotax 912S or 914 turbo; the 914 will be combined with a Hoffman constant-speed prop...

The FAA has proposed a $363,000 penalty against American Eagle Airlines for various safety violations. The agency alleged the airline operated a Saab 340B in 88 revenue flights with an inoperative windshield defogger system in the cockpit in violation of the airline's approved maintenance manual...

Air traffic controllers at Edmonton International Airport picketed on property Tuesday morning. The protest was done to stand against the refusal of their employer, NAV Canada, to engage "in meaningful contract talks." There was no effect on flight arrivals or departures. Other controllers remained on the job to handle all of the airport's air traffic...

A man blamed for causing the May 7 crash of a Chinese jetliner by starting a fire on the plane bought seven insurance policies before boarding the flight. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that the passenger, Zhang Pilin, started a fire on board, but gave no details. Under law, Zhang's family wouldn't be eligible to collect if he was found to have caused the crash deliberately.