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Charges have been dropped against a medevac pilot ticketed last week in Stamford, Conn. William Pope was cited by police for contravening a local ordinance banning helicopters from landing in the city. He was picking up a premature baby for transport to an intensive care unit in New York...

A fund created to help the daughter of a famous pilot has reached $11,000. Retired United Air Lines Capt. Al Haynes, the pilot who flew a DC-10 with no hydraulics to a crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989, started the fund to help pay for bone marrow transplants for daughter Laurie Haynes Arguello, who has aplastic anemia...

Nominations for the 2004 EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame close Feb. 1. Homebuilders can be nominated as designers, builders, educators, innovators, award winners or other distinctions and can be made for living people or made posthumously. Nomination forms are available from pheyer@eaa.org...

Answers to why an Egyptian airliner crashed last week are temporarily out of reach. Crews don't have the equipment to retrieve the plane's data recorder from 2,620 feet under the Red Sea. The recorder's signal was detected by French rescue officials. Most of the 148 people who died were French tourists...

Scientists are thrilled with color photos sent from Mars by the robot Spirit. The high-resolution pictures show a rock-strewn surface with plenty of geological variations...

Balloons from a college football game in Texas traveled 900 miles in less than a day to a soybean field in Nebraska thanks to the jet stream. Farmer Dean Wittstruck found the mylar balloons, a couple of them still inflated, 22 hours after Minnesota beat Oregon in the Sun Bowl in El Paso...

AOPA says its top priority for 2004 is to protect airports. In a release, the association also pledged to fight user fees in the airspace system, work to remove so-called "permanent TFRs" and fight rising insurance costs.