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The big news of the day in the commercial aviation world, and the story most likely to be followed by national media, is the pending merger between United and Continental. Critics contend that an approved deal could launch passenger ticket prices skyward.

Tom Belden of the Philadelphia Inquirer says US Airways, which operates the bulk of flights into and out of the city, won't necessarily have to fret over such a merger. He says US Airways is running a far more reliable airline than it did in recent years. However, he concludes more work by the company is left to be done.

In other United news, the company issued a release over the weekend touting it has completed the first commercial flight in the United States using synthetic jet fuel.

The big news among business aviation, of course, is EBACE, which kicks off tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland. Cessna will feature a CJ4 and Citation X with winglets at its booth. Aviation Week's Benet Wilson walks the convention floor and brings us a preview with photos. It appears the big story for those who walked in during construction over the weekend was a Liverpool-Chelsea soccer match on the HondaJet TV screens.  

On the heels of the volcanic ash shutdown in Europe, Robert Mark of Jetwhine.com looks at how much the airlines lost as flights were grounded and suggests now may be the time for comapnies to put money into researching the phenomenon.

And, finally, private aviation could take a hit in North Carolina, where cash-strapped lawmakers will consider slashing the state's fleet of aircraft by more than one-third.

Pilot flees after Bonanza hits Toyota Prius

Boulder County, Colo., was the site of a not-so-typical fender bender Wednesday as a plane got tangled up with a car.

A wind gust and hard landing sent a Beechcraft Bonanza careening.

It hit a Toyota Prius before the pilot fled, said local authorities there, who added that the scene could (rather obviously) result in federal charges. Read the full story from KUSA-TV in Denver.

Star of "Air Force One," pilot of Millenium Falcon promotes GA in Washington

Indiana Jones traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, saying show business has been good to him.

So has the spirit of flying, apparently, as Harrison Ford met with Congressional members alongside AOPA President Craig Fuller. Among the talking points, a big thank you to lawmakers for not imposing user fees in this year's FAA budget.

Read more on the visit via General Aviation News.

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