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A gaping hole opened in the side of an Airbus A321 jet operated by Daallo Airlines, shortly after it departed from the Mogadishu airport in Somalia this morning, headed for Djibouti. Early reports said there was a loud noise, just minutes after takeoff, and at least two passengers were injured. A third passenger appears to have fallen from the plane. Read More
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The House Appropriations Committee has added its opposition to the nascent debate over privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and other senior members of the committee wrote a letter to the House leadership Monday saying air traffic management should remain a government function. Read More
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The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Florida, every January since 2004, may be changing to a new date next year, organizers said on Monday. "Weather challenges in recent years have given us the opportunity to review and assess the best possible time to produce a successful 2017 event," airport director Mike Willingham said in a news release. This year's event started off strong on Jan. 20 and 21, with robust attendance, but over the next two days, winds gusting to 35 miles an hour kept most airplanes on the ground, and some exhibits were closed. Read More
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A Cessna Citation 525 twin-engine jet broke up in flight while maneuvering near Cedar Fork, Utah, the NTSB says in a preliminary report now posted online. The pilot and passenger both were killed. The CJ3 took off from Salt Lake City International Airport about 9:50 in the morning on Jan. 18, headed for Tucson International Airport. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot called ATC to report a failure in the flight management system, and said he needed to fly straight ahead and climb while he tried to program the backup FMS. Read More
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An airplane conceived in the 1980s gets a modern avionics makeover to take on the small-jet market. SyberJet's Chuck Taylor says that even after all these years, the late Ed Swearingen's crowning accomplishment still has no equal. Read More
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Cessna Aircraft launched the second year of its Top Hawk university program, announcing this week its 2016 participants: Kent State University, LeTourneau University, Purdue University and Westminster College. Read More

Performed by Darden Smith and co-written with Radney Foster in 2009, "Angel Flight" is a tribute to the C-130 missions that return fallen U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen from battlefields around the globe. The music video, released in 2012, is a reminder to all Americans that real sacrifices in the cause of freedom are continuing. Read More