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A bill that would require background checks on student pilots has been held back by the Illinois state representative sponsoring it. Rep. Suzanne Bassi (R-54th) has agreed to delay the bill's introduction pending further consultation with AOPA, which sent her a letter assuring that the federal government has the issue in hand...

A replica of the airplane that started it all for the world's largest GA manufacturer is on display at Wichita's Exploration Place for the next 18 months. Clyde Cessna's Silverwing was built and flown in 1911. He started the company in 1927. The original aircraft no longer exists and the replica was built in the 1960s by Cessna staff...

California is considering closing a sales-tax loophole that could affect those who buy aircraft (and cars and boats) outside the state. Currently, the tax is avoided if an aircraft is purchased more than 90 days before it is registered in the state. The new bill increases that time limit to one year. The sales tax rate ranges from 7.25 to 8.25 percent in California...

More than 500 FBOs in the U.S. are staffed with NATA Safety 1st line technicians. The National Air Transportation Association announced the milestone Thursday. To qualify, 100 percent of the staff at FBOs must pass a written and practical exam on fueling and aircraft-marshalling safety...

A piece of metal that almost hit a newborn boy and his mother is being examined by police, the FAA and NASA to determine its origin. The chunk of metal, described as being burnt and discolored around the edges, fell through the roof of a condominium in Middletown, Ohio, narrowly missing Kristy Blair and her seven-week-old son Josiah as they napped in a bedroom...

"Crash and burn" took on a whole new meaning for a German boy last week. The 12-year-old lit a paper airplane on fire and on its final flight it caught a hedge on fire. The fire spread to a pool house and pavilion in the southern German town of Oberasbach, causing $40,000 in damage.