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A 1940's-era Convair CV-340 cargo plane sporting "EELECT (sic) GEORGE W. BUSH" down the length of its fuselage Saturday departed Opa-Locka airport in Florida, reportedly suffered engine trouble and ditched in nearby Maule lake. The crew of two avoided densely populated Miami-Dade suburbs (excepting vast expanses of open water) and escaped unhurt. The aircraft and its cargo of baggage were afloat but slowly sinking, though there were plans to bolster the aircraft with the support of gaseous sacks...

The da Vinci Project, a former X Prize contender, has completed a huge helium balloon for launching its spacecraft...

Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) has hired Larry E. Williams as president and chief operating officer...

Checklist for infant and child safety for general aviation pilots now free online at Flyguides Pilot Travel site...

Hurricane-damaged airports in Florida got another $4.5 million from the Department of Transportation on Friday...

New IMAX film, "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag," debuts Saturday at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, and will play at other IMAX theaters soon...

Tycoon Toys: Fighter Jets," airs on the National Geographic Channel Dec. 15 at 10, featuring the Electric Lightning, MiG, Starfighter, F15, Cobra helicopter and more...

A Cessna 414 crashed shortly after takeoff at Dinwiddie (Va.) Regional Airport on Thursday, hitting another airplane on the ramp, which caught fire, and came to rest at the fuel farm gate. Nobody was hurt...

AOPA's 2005 Karant Awards for GA journalism now accepting entries of stories in non-trade media.