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The CarterCopter resumed test flights Dec. 6, its first flight since it was damaged last spring in a wheels-up landing. During repairs, operating systems were modified and a new turbocharged engine was installed...

President Bush on Friday signed off on the $60 billion FAA reauthorization bill...

A&P mechanics can sign up for a new three-day course offered by the FAA in Oklahoma City this January to qualify as an amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR), able to perform functions for the issuance of experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificates. A prototype of the course is running this week. For more info, go to EAA's Web site or call 920-426-6522

A United Air Lines aircraft took evasive action last Tuesday night to avoid a Mexicana Airbus A319 while both were on approach to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The Mexicana pilot reportedly was told to turn left by ATC but turned right instead, and came within a mile of the United airplane. Nobody was hurt...

Jack Pelton is Cessna's new CEO, Textron announced last week. Pelton, 45, who joined Cessna in 2000, previously worked for Fairchild Dornier and spent 20 years at McDonnell Douglas...

A low-flying 747 with a T-38 in pursuit spooked Houston residents last Wednesday, but it was just a NASA experiment with the T-38 pilots taking pictures.