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Porsche is now formally out of the airplane engine business. The carmaker made a big splash 20 years ago when it offered its legendary designs for aircraft, but they never took off. There are only 20 Porsche-powered planes still flying and the company is offering to replace them with other engines or buy the planes rather than maintaining support...

New Mexico has declared the hot air balloon as its official state aircraft. Gov. Bill Richardson signed the initiative into law a week ago, saying ballooning is one of the state's great legacies. Albuquerque's annual International Balloon Fiesta is the world's largest and attracts more than 700 balloons each year...

The city of Augusta, Maine, says it neither needs nor wants a new $350,000 airport fire truck -- even for free. Civic officials say the truck, supplied by the Department of Transportation under a new program aimed at beefing up fire safety at small airports, is a massive waste. The airport already has a fire truck (bought used for $10,000) and the city fire station is only a half-mile away...

Delta Air Lines has suspended a pilot arrested in Germany for suspicion of being drunk. The unidentified first officer was held by German authorities, where he could face charges after undergoing a breath test. He was to help fly 156 passengers from Frankfurt to Atlanta.