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The captain of a Continental Airlines flight suffered a "serious medical condition" and later died Saturday after the aircraft, with 210 people on board, took off from Houston bound for Puerto Vallarta. The first officer diverted to McAllen-Miller International Airport, where a fresh crew took the holidayers the rest of the way...

In case you missed it on TV, a television news helicopter pilot saved a deer by using his rotor wash to push it across an ice-covered lake in Oklahoma last week…

Gene (“Failure is not an option”) Kranz will be the honored guest at the Southwest Regional Fly-In in Hondo, Texas, June 1-2. Kranz was the mission control commander who helped guide the Apollo 13 mission to a safe conclusion…

Jet Stream Aviation Products has opened a school for aircraft detailing at Love Field in Dallas. The three-day course at the Jet Stream Aviation Cosmetic Detailing University teaches students how to safely and effectively clean all parts of a plane…

Yingling Aviation customers can now order parts online. The 24-hour service was added earlier this month. Yingling is the world’s largest supplier of Cessna parts…

Richard J. Millman has been named president and CEO of Bell Helicopter and Textron’s Bell segment. Millman replaces Michael Redenbaugh, who recently resigned. Millman was head of Textron Systems and has worked for the company for 20 years…

A cat survived three weeks in the pressurized hold of a United Airlines plane before being discovered in Denver. Pumpkin was dehydrated and almost starved but is expected to be fine…

Citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda need passports to enter the U.S. by air starting tomorrow. A driver’s license and birth certificate used to be good enough…

Unconfirmed reports from Europe say UPS is ready to cancel its A380 order. The order for 10 aircraft is Airbus’s last remaining for the freighter version.