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Homeland Security warns shoe bombs still a threat

LAS VEGAS — Shoe bombs remain a threat for US aviation, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said passengers will have to continue to remove their shoes at airport screenings. Napolitano drew applause at a conference of travel and tourism industry leaders with her remarks that the department has…

GOP to use sleeping air controllers to push for privatization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An uproar over lapses by U.S. air traffic controllers will spill into Congress where critics of organized labor see an unexpected opening to push their agenda into sweeping aviation legislation. Embarrassing disclosures of controllers sleeping on duty — even allowing first lady Michelle Obama’s plane to fly…

India cancels 14 more ‘fake’ pilot licences

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s aviation regulator said Friday it had cancelled the licences of 14 more commercial pilots caught forging their qualifications in a spreading scandal that has rocked passenger confidence. Cases of pilots exaggerating their flying time while training and other irregularities have emerged since a captain who…

China airlines to challenge EU carbon tax: report

BEIJING – Chinese airlines plan legal action against a European Union plan to impose a carbon tax from 2012, claiming it could cost them millions of dollars a year, state media said Thursday. China’s aviation sector will have to pay an additional 800 million yuan ($122 million) a year after…

Senate approves two-year aviation bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, $35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for modernizing that system. Lawmakers approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill 87 to eight, throwing the issue over to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is working…

Bones found on island may belong to Amelia Earhart

US aircraft history buffs are hopeful that tiny bones along with artefacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. In one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while…

Pakistani plane crashes with 150 on board

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani passenger plane with 150 people on board crashed in a ball of flames in densely wooded hills while trying to land in Islamabad during bad weather on Wednesday, aviation officials said. Police said bodies were scattered across the hills near the scene of the smouldering…

Cargo plane crashes at Saudi airport, breaks in half

RIYADH — A Lufthansa cargo plane which caught fire in mid-flight crashed on landing at Riyadh airport on Tuesday, but its two pilots were safe with minor injuries, a Saudi aviation official said. “The captain and the copilot are in good health, they only had minor injuries,” said Khalid al-Khaibri,…

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Obama Administration has stepped up the use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing hundreds, but concern to date…

Off the radar: Private planes hidden from public view

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland faced a congressional inquiry after flying his ministry’s tax-exempt jet to Maui and the Fiji Islands. South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has been questioned about his use of state planes for political and personal trips. And after getting a $180 billion federal bailout, the insurance giant AIG…

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