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Don't, repeat, don't fly anywhere within 30 nm of the Capitol between 2000 and 2300 on Tuesday night. That's when President Bush will be delivering the State of the Union Address and the Secret Service is determined that he not be interrupted. The NOTAM covering the TFR bans all GA traffic and closes the DC-3 airports. "No pilot wants to make the mistake of violating this TFR," a senior security official was quoted as saying by AOPA officials...

The pilot of a Maverick personal business jet was killed when the plane crashed near the Melbourne, Fla., airport. Witnesses said the plane appeared to be flying erratically and one said he heard the pilot, over his portable transceiver, reporting problems with the plane's systems. The name of the pilot was not immediately released...

American Airlines posted the largest yearly loss in aviation history last year. The airline lost $3.5 billion U.S. and warned it must cut costs dramatically to survive. The previous record holder was United Air Lines, which lost $2.1 billion in 2001 and filed for bankruptcy protection late last year. American is losing about $5 million a day...

The pilot of a Cirrus SR20 died Thursday when the plane crashed in bad weather in San Jose, Calif. The plane was on its way to Reid-Hillview Airport when it went down in a rugged canyon in the eastern section of the city. It was the second Cirrus crash in less than a week. Two died in a mishap in Minnesota Jan. 18...

Five people died and six were injured in a midair collision over Denver Friday. A Piper Cheyenne and Cessna 172 collided over the northern end of the city late in the afternoon. All five dead were in the aircraft. One of the planes narrowly missed a 12-story retirement home before hitting the back of a house...

Aviation legend Bobbi Trout died Jan. 24 at the age of 97. Bobbi set numerous flying records, was one of the founders of the 99s and in 1993 became a member of Women in Aviation's Hall of Fame.  You can read more about Bobbi at her Web site and in AVweb's Profile.