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If you can't fly to a fly-in, then driving is the next best thing. Despite less-than-ideal weather, AOPA is calling its annual Frederick, Md., fly-in, or drive-in, a success. More than 3,000 people attended -- about 2,700 drove. About 120 aircraft fought through the clag to arrive IFR and a few dozen arrived Friday night ahead of the weather...

Illinois is the next state lining up for extended unemployment benefits for workers laid off in the airline industry slump. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is sending out 200,000 applications to people who might qualify for an extra 13 weeks of benefits under a federal program...

Is the worst over for the airlines? According to Reuters, stock prices jumped up to 20 percent last week after news that airline travel is rebounding after one of the worst slumps ever. Financial analysts are even predicting that Continental Airlines could show a profit in June...

So who's screening the screeners? The Transportation Security Administration reported last week that it has fired 1,208 airport security screeners, including 85 convicted felons, after finding they had questionable backgrounds. The haste with which the screeners were hired and trouble with the contract for the company that hired them were cited...

Women in Aviation has named 100 most influential women in aviation and aerospace. There are some luminaries on the list, including air show pilot Patty Wagstaff and former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, astronaut Judy Resnik and Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.