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Investigators are trying to determine if the pilot of Cirrus SR22 tried to deploy his parachute before the plane hit a house in Coconut Creek, Fla., last Saturday. Jerry Ballard, of Gainesville, Ga., was killed in the crash. The plane's chute was found spread out among the wreckage but it wasn't clear whether Ballard pulled the handle or it was released in the crash...

Australian officials are looking for someone with a powerful spotlight after the light was shone into the cockpit of a Qantas Boeing 737 on final for Darwin International Airport last Friday. The plane, with more than 100 people on board, landed safely and the pranksters got away...

EAA is sponsoring a two-day ground-school course for ultralight flight instructors March 12 to March 13. The course is open to those working on their instructor rating or for existing instructors wanting to sharpen their skills. The course will be held at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh...

Comair President Randy Rademacher has resigned in the wake of a meltdown of the airline's computer system that left tens of thousands of passengers stranded on Christmas Day. Fred Buttrell, head of Delta Air Lines Connection group, has taken over...

A Beech Starship will be the guinea pig in a 30-month study on the aging of all-composite aircraft. The National Institute for Aviation Research will look at a host of factors, including chemical and physical changes as well as the effect of UV radiation, humidity and heat on composite material.