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Pushback On ATC Privatization »

NBAA is urging its members to strongly oppose a proposal to separate air traffic control from the FAA through the establishment of a not-for-profit corporation. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has said he'll introduce a bill to create the corporation to free the air traffic control system from the vagaries of political influence in its funding. More

AOPA Pressing Medical Reform »

AOPA is hoping for some movement on the relaxation of third class aviation medical requirements "in the next few weeks," according to a report recorded for AOPA Live. Jim Coon, AOPA's senior vice president of government affairs, told the program that medical reform remains AOPA's top priority. More

SpaceX Rocket Lost In Explosion »

A SpaceX rocket failed Sunday as it went through Mach 1 when an oxygen tank in the vehicle's upper stage overpressurized. More

UAS Keeps Air Tankers From Fire »

Fire officials in California are imploring amateur UAS operators to steer well clear of wildfire areas after three air tankers had to abort drops on a fire east of Los Angeles. Officials said a fixed-wing UAS with a four-foot wingspan was spotted over the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino mountains and forced a DC-10 tanker and two small aircraft to turn away. The fire is at the 11,000-foot level. Another UAS was spotted later flying 1,200 feet above the ground, three times the height allowed under hobby rules. "These folks who are handling these drones, I have to assume they have no idea what they're doing," Chon Bribiescas, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, told reporters Thursday. "They not only endangered the folks on the ground, but they endanger the pilots. It's infuriating." More

Nine Dead In Alaska Floatplane Crash »

The pilot and eight tourists aboard a floatplane on a sightseeing flight in southeast Alaska died when the aircraft crashed into rugged terrain Thursday, CNN reported this morning. The DeHavilland DHC-3T Otter was carrying cruise ship passengers to view the Misty Fjords National Monument, accessible only by floatplanes or boats, according to CNN. The plane crashed about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan. More