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Ann Devers has taken over as director of advertising sales for AVweb. In addition, Arturo Weiss will be assisting on the advertising side...

Airworthiness Directives are coming on Cessna 400-series aircraft regarding cracks in wing spars requiring inspection and modification. Also, an AD requiring modifications to airspeed indicators and placarding for flight speed reduction and aerobatic maneuver restrictions on Grob 103 sailplanes is also being proposed...

A promising race-car driver died in a plane crash in California. Paul Mumford was the pilot of a Piper Cherokee that crashed three miles from the Chino Airport, killing him and passenger Chris Premer. Mumford won his second-ever Sports Car Club of America Race in September. The pilot reported a fire on board the aircraft before it crashed...

The Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In runs Oct. 9-12 at Phoenix Regional Airport (A39). Organizers are expecting more than the 8,000 people and 650 aircraft that attended last year's event, the first time it was held at A39. Seminars, air shows and all the usual fly-in stuff are on the agenda...

Legendary designer Walter Extra will be at the controls when the Extra EA-500 lands for the first time in North America after a trans-Atlantic flight to the National Business Aircraft Association convention in Orlando...

A high-flying teddy bear that's part of a geography project for school kids has been grounded by security concerns. "Ted" was supposed to ride along with cockpit crews of domestic and international airlines who would send postcards back to the kids "from Ted." The project stalled at the kids' home airport in Mason City, Iowa, when Mesaba Airlines refused to give Ted a ride, citing security regulations...

A name change could be coming for Atlanta's mega-airport. Hartsfield could become Jackson if Mayor Shirley Franklin can get the support she needs. The airport is currently named after Atlanta's longest-serving mayor, William Hartsfield, but Franklin wants to honor former Mayor Maynard Jackson, who died June 23.