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The pilot of a Bonanza on approach to Chattanooga Airport reported being disoriented just before the plane crashed in a wooded area north of the city Dec. 22. The crash killed pilot Nelson MacPherson Jr., his wife Debbie and their daughters Danielle and Kayla…

Atlantic Aviation will become the FBO at the airport touted as New York City’s fourth major airport. Atlantic, the second largest aviation services company in the U.S., paid $89.5 million to take over fueling and related functions at Stewart Airport, about 55 miles north of New York City…

Onex Corp. and Goldman Sachs didn’t just kick the tires when they researched their buyout of Raytheon’s aircraft division. They hired a test pilot to put the new Hawker 4000 through its paces. Liked it so much they bought the company…

The paper shuffle continues to expand opportunities in the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category. According to EAA, the FAA has approved two new standards and accepted revisions to six others…

Runway Technologies has received a patent for a runway incursion and debris detection system that uses optical lasers arrayed around a runway to detect objects on the runway. When the system spots something out of place, whether an airplane or a chunk of debris, it alerts aircraft and ground personnel…

The FAA is launching a nationwide effort to keep hackers out of the agency’s wireless computer networks. A 2005 report showed the systems leaked signals that were vulnerable to unauthorized access…

Tallahassee’s city commission has approved a major development at the airport. Flightline Group has been given the go-ahead to build a HondaJet sales and service center, a new FBO and a hotel on leased land at the airport. The deal is complicated by a lawsuit and other applications to use the same land, however…

Emergency personnel found ice coating a Rockwell Commander that went down near Jasper, Tenn., last week. The pilot had reported icing problems. The crash killed pilot Michael Burlingham and his mother, Gertrude Rutter, both of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Burlingham’s wife, Carol, and Thomas Abel of Macatawa, Mich., were seriously injured…

Kansas City officials are looking for a new home for a rare example of early aviation ingenuity. A restored American Eaglet is languishing in a maintenance garage while authorities look for a home. The aircraft, which weighs 625 lbs. and is powered by a 30-hp, three-cylinder engine, was built in Kansas City in 1930…

Ground has been broken on a controversial new airport for Berlin. The $3.3 billion Berlin Brandenburg International Airport is being funded by taxpayers because no private firms were interested in building it…

Griswold Airport, a picturesque seaside strip in Madison, Conn., closed over the weekend after 75 years of operation. A retirement community of 75 condos will rise in its place…

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the Super Bowl will close Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Opa Locka and North Perry Airports in Florida to GA traffic from 4 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 4…

There’s still time to submit your ideas to the 2007 SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Los Angeles next September. The annual gathering is forum for discussing new ideas and technology in aerospace and if you have some thoughts you can submit them by Jan. 19…

Space tourist Anousheh Ansari will be the opening session guest at the Women Soar event July 22-23 at EAA AirVenture. All women are welcome, but the event is particularly aimed at introducing teenaged girls to the opportunities in aviation…

The National Air and Space Museum will open new flight simulators in the National Mall building in the New Year. Among the simulations is a flight to the International Space Station.