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The importance of building strategic alliances is the focus of the 16th Women in Aviation Conference at Dallas, Texas, starting March 10. Speakers for the three-day event include NTSB chairwoman Ellen Engleman Connors, U.S. Air Force Capt. (and B-1B pilot) Kim Black and Gretchen Jahn, president of Mooney Aircraft...

The first lawsuit has been launched in the Teterboro runway accident last month. Rohan Foster is suing the airport, the plane's operator, the pilots and the manufacturer after the bizjet clipped the car he was driving as it shot off the end of the runway on Feb. 2. Rohan suffered a broken nose and a cut to his scalp but his passenger James Dinnall was grievously hurt...

Florida Rep. John Mica landed $9 million in federal grants for two Orlando airports. Orlando Sanford International Airport gets $3.5 million for runway repairs and a new apron while Orlando International Airport gets a $5.4 million reimbursement for a new runway already built...

A surge of interest in recreational flying sparked by the incipient Sport Pilot/Light Sport category drew hundreds to the 25th annual Illinois Ultralight and Sport Plane Safety Seminar last week in Springfield. Much of the buzz was around the new category and its implications for the industry.