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Twenty-seven top pilots began competition Saturday in Anderson, S.C., in the six-day U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship...

AOPA is taking names ... nominations are welcome for the Certified Flight Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and Avionics Technician of the Year awards. Nominations for the FAA Safety Counselor of the Year are also open. Click here to download a nomination form from the Air Safety Foundation, in PDF format...

USA Today's online education site named NBAA's AvKids.com a "Best Bet" for its resources for teachers and schoolchildren. More than 25,000 AvKids Activity Guides have been downloaded from the site...

Dayton, Ohio's Inventing Flight celebration attracted 650,000 visitors, exceeding expectations, but revenues fell short by several million dollars nonetheless, the AP reported last week...

The FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center, in Atlantic City, N.J., will conduct a vertical drop test of a 32-passenger ATR 42-300 aircraft this Wednesday. The 35,000-pound aircraft will be the largest ever dropped at the technical center...

The FAA last week named Castle Airport, Atwater, Calif., as this year's GA airport that will receive funds from the Military Airport Program, which helps convert military airports to civilian use. The funds will be used to improve utilities, rehabilitate hangars and improve roads. Each year 15 airports are selected, including one GA field.