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A New Jersey bill that would have required pilot background checks died without a vote as the legislative session ended this week, AOPA said...

Stephen Finger took over on Tuesday as president of Sikorsky Aircraft, succeeding Dean Borgman, who was appointed chairman of the company. Finger was previously president of Pratt & Whitney's military engines business...

Three Reno unlimited racers will fly at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh later this month. The three include "Cloud Dancer," a P-51 flown by Jimmy Leeward; the Sea Fury "Riff Raff," piloted by former U.S. astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson; and the No. 57 Super Corsair owned by Bob Odegaard...

The World Aerobatic Championships continue this week in Lakeland, finishing tomorrow. Results as of Monday listed the Russians in the first four positions, with French pilots in fifth and sixth place, and only one U.S. competitor, Robert Armstrong, in the top 10...

Chip Erwin won the Schneider Cup 2003 seaplane race, held in Italy early this month, flying a Zenair Zodiac CH 601 XL on amphibious floats. It was Erwin's third win.