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Aircraft Spruce and Specialty has bought the design rights to the Cozy III and Mark IV. Aircraft Spruce has supplied materials, kits and avionics for the popular experimentals since 1982 and will take over the design rights on Jan. 1, 2004...

Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) has added two executives. Harold (Skip) Madsen is the new VP/General Manager of the company and Chuck Curry will manage the San Antonio operation. RAS operates FBOs all over the U.S. and one in England...

The Wright Family Fund has donated $37,000 to EAA's AirVenture Museum. The money will be used to further the museum's education and distance-learning programs...

Six people have been honored as Elder Statesmen of Aviation by the National Aeronautic Association. All are older than 60 and have made significant contributions to aviation. They are: Carol B. Hallett, David R. Hinson, Martin A. Knutson, Joan R. Mace, Frank G. Mitchell and Paul W. Tibbets...

Four crew died and the Russian air force lost one of its most expensive assets when a Tu-160 supersonic bomber crashed on a test flight Thursday. The crew reported a fire on board the $1 billion aircraft just before it went down. Russia only has 15 of the nuclear bomb- and missile-carrying aircraft, which resembles a B-1...

Some of the U.S.'s busiest GA airspace is expected to be under a TFR Tuesday and Wednesday. President Bush is expected to be in New York for the UN General Assembly and that means all the normal Presidential TFR rules will likely apply. Watch for a NOTAM today.