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Following the president's campaign junkets, and avoiding them, has never been easier, thanks to EAA and AeroPlanner.com. Click the presidential seal on the EAA home page and you'll get a rundown of the chaos the commander in chief is causing as he fights for re-election. EAA cautions the service is no substitute for a thorough quizzing of FSS personnel just before takeoff...

The 15th Annual Women in Aviation Conference is in Reno March 11-14, 2004. There will be 36 seminars and two general sessions at next year's event. If you think you have something to share with the membership, resumes for presenters are being accepted until Sept. 19. Theme for next year is Aviation's Changing Face: Celebrating 15 Years of Education and Promise...

About 40 pilots are taking part in a cross-country sailplane race to mark the centennial of powered, sustained flight. The 17-day race will take the sailplanes from Los Angeles to Kitty Hawk, ending July 4. First leg of the race was marred by the death of Gene Carapatyan, of Cypress, Calif., in a crash near Crystalaire, Calif....

Damaged wiring grounded one of five remaining Concordes last Tuesday. Engineers discovered the overheated wiring near a fuel pump in the British Airways plane. Air France has already grounded its Concorde fleet but BA will fly them until Oct. 26.