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Liberty Air Ventures is hoping to open a new FBO at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport by midsummer. The company is headed by Mary Pilgrim and an all-female board of directors and will compete with the Signature facility already on the field…

King Schools has launched a new interactive computer-based video course on the Garmin GNS 530 and 430 systems. The course is designed to make students proficient in the many features and systems so they can use these powerful tools to their best advantage…

First there was the VLJ and now there’s the VFT, or very fast turboprop, as EADS Socata is now calling its TBM 850. The 320-knot, six-place turbo has attracted 80 orders and the company recently made its first delivery in its home country of France…

Iceland’s new private air traffic services provider has reached agreement with controllers but may have started a new controversy. Flugstodir ohf is apparently considering raising service fees, which will affect thousands of trans-Atlantic flights that go through its airspace every year…

The New York Times says football fans in Alabama logged onto FlightAware.com looking for clues as to who might become the new coach of the Crimson Tide. They were looking for incoming and departing flights and aircraft that might hold the new bench boss or University of Alabama officials embarking on a talent search. Last Wednesday Nick Saban announced he was leaving the Miami Dolphins to take the post but there’s no word on whether he flew into Tuscaloosa to take the job…

A brain tumor survivor is mounting a fundraising flight in 1942 Piper L-4 Cub. Brian “Brain” Kissinger has raised $12,000 toward his goal of $100,000 for brain tumor research…

China has deployed its new made-in-China fighter jet, the Jian-10. The plane looks like a cross between a Saab Gripen and an F-16…

Eclipse Aviation formally handed over the keys of its first customer-ordered aircraft last Thursday to co-owners David Crow and Jet-Alliance representative Randall Sanada. The event was captured on video

Northwest Airlines has retired its last DC-10. The venerable widebody entered service with Northwest in 1972 and, at one point, the airline operated 45 of them. The last flight was from Honolulu to Minneapolis-St. Paul.