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Lycoming Tuesday announced that it has received final certification from the FAA for the production of new crankshafts. Already in limited production on a risk-release basis -- allowing production to begin prior to certification -- these crankshafts will be used to replace crankshafts in Lycoming engines affected by Service Bulletins 550, 552 and 553...

The Air Transport Association of America Inc. (ATA) has a new boss. James C. May will act as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 3, to succeed Carol B. Hallett, who is retiring after eight years with the ATA. Since 1988, May has been the executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters and has held a variety of other senior executive positions covering public affairs and government relations for major corporations and industries. The ATA is the trade association for leading U.S. airlines...

The EAA Aviation Foundation is seeking applications for its the Coffy Gregory First Flight Scholarship and Aviation Career Internship programs. The programs providean opportunity for 10 women -- 16 years of age and older -- to receive scholarships valued up to $2,000 each to attend the EAA First Flights Academy in Oshkosh, Wis., along with several hours of flight instruction. For additional information and applications, visit the EAA Web site and scroll to Coffy Gregory Aviation Career Internship. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2003...

EAA is also celebrating its 50th birthday this month. On Jan. 26, 2003, the organization celebrates the 50th anniversary of its inaugural meeting, held at Curtiss-Wright Field (now Timmerman Airport) in Milwaukee, Wis. EAA had its start next to a half-built airplane in a garage in the Milwaukee area but eventually evolved into the large sprawling complex at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.