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The Kitty Hawk Air Show is set for Dec. 17 and attendees will get a poignant reminder of just how far we've come in 100 years. Some of the best air show performers in the business will take to the air over the hallowed ground around Kill Devil Hills. Patty Wagstaff, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Ian Groom, Michael Mancuso and Bobby Younkin are all scheduled to perform Dec. 12 to Dec. 14 at noon and on Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.mů.

The Civil Air Patrol is returning to its roots as it marks its 62nd birthday. Best known in modern times for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP was formed during the Second World War to patrol the coastline against submarine attacks and, in the post-9/11 world, finds itself spending more time on homeland security missions...

A gutsy performance by a low-time female ultralight pilot has earned her a lifetime of free travel on Air India. Audrey Maben, of Bangalore, India, won the ultralight division of a three-day air race, beating instructors and former military pilots. India's deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani was so impressed, he threw in the flight pass as a bonus prize...

AOPA is helping out pilots affected by a lawsuit filed by a lawyer trying to ban aerobatic aircraft from Hanscom Field near Boston. AOPA has offered legal advice and is lobbying its government and regulatory contacts to try and stop this suit from proceeding and, perhaps, spreading to other airports...

Cirrus co-founder Alan Klapmeier has joined the board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Cirrus joined the organization earlier this year...

New Zealand's Prime Minister was just a face in the crowd to security workers at Sydney Airport last month. Helen Clark was pulled out of the lineup for a body scan during a stop on a commercial flight to visit Kiwi troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Aussies were told who she was but did the search anyway and have since defended their actions since Clark didn't apply for an exemption from the search.

Happy Thanksgiving.