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 Van Nuys Offers High School Students Peek at Aviation

More than 1,500 local high school students from 26 schools are set to participate in the 13th annual Aviation Career Day held at Van Nuys Airport. The event is slated for next Friday, April 27, 2018. Clay Lacy Aviation, Van Nuys Airport, and The Valley Economic Alliance will host 51 exhibitors showcasing interactive exhibits, static aircraft displays, high-tech video presentations and industry experts.

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 Yet Another Military Mishap – F-22 at Fallon

An F-22 Raptor attempting takeoff at Naval Air Station Fallon may have lost an engine and ended up touching down with the gear up last week. The aircraft slid and came to rest on the runway. The jet was from the 3rd Air Force Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. After the incident, the aircraft appeared to be intact, but damaged, and there were no reported injuries.

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 Aero: Atol 650 Amphib Finds U.S. Manufacturer

An investor group based in Maine says it will manufacture the Atol 650, a Finnish-designed high-performance light sport amphibian. Atol USA is a joint venture with the Finland-based Atol Avion mother company. Because of its many lakes, amphib flying is popular in Finland and the company says Maine has similar topography so the company sees strong potential for the U.S. market.

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 Record-Breaking Aviator Fran Bera Dead at 93

Fran Bera, who set an unbroken National Aeronautic Association record for highest altitude attained in a twin-engine Piper Aztec - 40,154 feet, has died. Bera caught the flying bug young and worked odd jobs as a teen to save for flight lessons.

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