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An Irish pilot has been rapped by his country's aviation authority for "poor airmanship" after he landed his Hughes 369HS helicopter on a car parkade in a busy shopping area of Athlone Town. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the unidentified pilot was picking up a set of freshly cut keys for the chopper at a nearby department store ...

The NTSB says airshow pilot Jim LeRoy's vision may have been obscured by smoke when his aircraft crashed at the Dayton Airshow last July. The official cause was LeRoy's "not maintaining clearance from terrain during the aerobatic maneuver" ...

It was no ordinary hangar swap meet at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut on the weekend. Among the items on display for the hand-picked and well-heeled crowd was a $50 million Bombardier Global Express (which sold), a $437,000 Rolls Royce and millions of dollars in jewelry and other luxury items.