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Mooney has introduced what it says is the fastest normally aspirated production single. The Ovation 3 has a 310-hp Continental I0-550 and will cruise at 197 knots, about nine knots faster than the Ovation 2, with its 280-hp engine...

There's an aviation industry brewing in a former coffee roasting plant in Alixco, Mexico. A group of Arizona investors has opened a kitplane factory in the facility, building the Bearhawk bush plane. It's the only operation of its kind in Mexico and has sold 73 kits...

Adam Aircraft and Jet Support Services Inc. have created a tip-to-tail maintenance package for the A500 piston twin and A700 jet. The hourly fee covers all normal maintenance as well as ADs and service bulletins...

Evergreen Aviation showed off its Boeing 747-200 firefighting aircraft to federal officials in Boise last week. The aircraft shot 20,500 gallons of water from nozzles on its belly, allowing it to effectively release the load at 400 feet, twice as high as smaller tankers normally operate...

The NTSB has confirmed that fatigue failure in the right wing caused the crash of an SNJ-6 at Kissimmee, Fla., a year ago. Both occupants of the warbird were killed when the wing came off. The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive requiring inspections of all T-6 derivatives shortly after.