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Small aircraft usually lose in an encounter with power lines but an Ontario pilot is a living exception to that rule. The 19-year-old Pembroke man managed to land his 172 safely after slicing three large lines carrying 230,000 volts each. A power company official termed the incident "a miracle"…

Dudley J. Hill, a well-known Pennsylvania pilot and business owner, died Sept. 28. He established Hill Aviation at Lancaster Airport in 1954 and operated the business until his retirement in 1990. Hill was recognized by various aviation organizations throughout his career. He was 85...

A Finnish pilot has pleaded guilty for intending to fly a planeload of passengers while drunk. Heikki Tallila was pulled off a Finn Air plane by authorities as he was doing the final preflight checks. A breath check and subsequent blood test confirmed he had excessive alcohol in his system when he was readying the plane on Aug. 23. He'll be sentenced Dec. 2...

Civic officials in Minneapolis say an airport has to close to provide better bus service. Crystal Airport is in the way of a new highway project planned by the Northwest Corridor Partnership. The group has asked the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to consider closing the airport and to give an answer soon so it can plan its Bus Rapid Transit system…

The first flight-training devices featuring Garmin G1000 glass panels have been ordered from Frasca International, an Illinois company. Atlantic Flight Training, in Coventry, England, and the University of Tennessee have ordered the visual display systems for training devices for the Diamond DA42 and DA40 respectively.