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Airline Training Academy, in Orlando, Fla., apparently ceased operations last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Saturday. Students and instructors said the school closed its doors without warning...

The 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction built by The Wright Experience for EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk will be officially unveiled in Washington, D.C., on March 18...

Two local Dayton, Ohio, businessmen are gathering funds to help erect a 100-foot-tall replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer near a major highway system. The partners are trying to raise $3 million to build this monument at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75. No word yet on the success of their fundraising efforts...

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will star at Alabama's Air Show 2003. The two-day event, held at the Huntsville International Airport, will feature military aircraft demonstrations and civilian aerobatic performances, including Greg Poe and the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command parachute team. Dates are March 29-30...

Boeing's shares fell to an eight-year low last week, as the aviation industry continues to struggle. The aircraft manufacturer's shares dropped $2.08, or 7 percent, to $27.56. Officials and analysts blame the unstable state of the airline industry and the threat of war with Iraq as the main culprits for this stock plummet. The aerospace giant is faring better in its space and defense divisions, although the recent Space Shuttle tragedy has shed some negative light on these operations as well...

Japanese airlines experienced a rough weekend, after a computer glitch disrupted flights. More than 200 flights were canceled and 1,400 delayed over the weekend after a computer malfunction strangled operations at the Tokyo Air Traffic Control Center last Saturday. Officials blamed the problem on the simultaneous failure of the primary and backup computers for the flight data processing system, which gathers and processes flight information from all of the nation's airports.