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The FAA gets Orville and the Department of Transportation gets Wilbur in the naming of their respective buildings to honor the Wright brothers' achievments. The ceremony was held Wednesday to rename the FAA building the Orville Wright Federal Building and the DOT headquarters the Wilbur Wright Federal Building. Previously they were known as 10-A and 10-B...

A small plane crashed into two houses near Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Associated Press reported that the plane clipped the roof of one house before plowing into another about 25 miles south of L.A.. No further details were available at our deadline...

The first European orders for Boeing's Dreamliner were announced last week. So far, only charter lines seem interested, however. First Choice, of Britain, has ordered six 7E7s, while Italy's Blue Panorama wants four. In April, All Nippon Airways ordered 50 and Air New Zealand ordered two...

Got a spare Cessna 210? Then EAA would like to hear from you. Maintenance staff are too busy getting their B-17 Fuddy Duddy ready for a tour and arranging to bring back Aluminum Overcast from California, where it suffered a gear collapse, to install a new engine in the 210 used for taking aerial photos during AirVenture. If you donate your 210 for use during the show, you get to ride shotgun on the photo shoots...

Australia is issuing forge-proof pilot licenses to all its 30,000 pilots. The new licenses have passport-style security measures, making them tougher to copy...

The FAA has tested a new fuel inerting system for airliners. The system, which uses an on-board system to replace oxygen in fuel tanks with nitrogen, was tested in the NASA Boeing 747 normally used to move Space Shuttles around the country.