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A family won $9.55 million for the 80 acres they lost to airport expansion in Cincinnati. The land was needed for a new runway at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The airport had offered and paid the family more than $4 million, but a continuing dispute over fair market value went all the way to Boone Circuit Court and the judgment was awarded...

AOPA opened the doors to its Kill Devil Hills Pilot Facility. AOPA donated the funds to construct the 900-square-foot Pilot Facility at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Several hundred pilots and visitors from around the country flew into the park and nearby Dare County Regional Airport at Manteo to attend the grand-opening ceremonies...

Like a parent, Boeing wants just the right name for its new 7E7 jetliner. A new Web site will offer information on the aircraft and give visitors the ability to suggest names and styling options for the new airliner. AOL members will have access to a 360-degree animation of the new plane for 30 days before it's available to the general public, for instance, and a special issue of Time for Kids distributed last week highlights the 7E7 and the history of flight...

On Tuesday, the FAA hosted about 1,000 metropolitan area elementary, middle and high school students at the Potomac Airfield in Fort Washington, M.D, to foster interest in aviation careers. A listing of the participating schools can be found at the FAA Web site...

The Civil Air Patrol is also hosting an educational effort for school kids. Atlanta will host the 37th annual National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), March 24 -- 27, 2004. "Teaching Today for Tomorrow" will focus on preparing students for future aerospace industry careers. The NCASE is a national standards-based conference and draws educators from throughout the nation each year. It is jointly sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force.