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Peter M. Bowers, who designed the Fly Baby homebuilt, died April 27. Bowers died at his home in Seattle and while he was best known for the tiny, folding wing, towable airplane that won the 1962 EAA design contest, he was also an author and respected aviation historian...

The NBAA has chosen five people to receive its First Century of Flight Award. Recipients include Serge Dassault, of the French firm that bears his name; magazine publisher David Ewald; aviation safety specialist Jerome F. Lederer; Ray H. Siegfried II, chairman of NORDAM Group; and John Tucker, vice chairman of Midcoast Aviation. The awards will be presented Oct. 9 at NBAA's annual convention...

WW. Boisture Jr. resigned as chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Boisture recently resigned from General Dynamics and Gulfstream. He joined GAMA in 1999 and pushed the organization to expand its membership internationally...

An air race commemorating Glenn Curtiss' first race victory will be sponsored by U.S. Air Race Inc. in July. The Renaissance 300 is open to any pilot flying a piston plane, starts and finishes at Elmira/Corning Regional Airport in New York and will be flown using pilotage only. Entries must be received by May 15;, go to the Web site for details or call 817-491-2842 or 903-564-9410.