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The Civil Air Patrol's 9/11 work has won it two awards. CAP, which provides search-and-rescue service in most areas, won two awards of excellence from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its relief efforts after Sept. 11 and for its overall emergency services operations...

All bags going through O'Hare will be screened for explosives by the Dec. 31 deadline -- but not the way it was supposed to happen. An army of 1,500 screeners will use hand-held detectors to compensate for delays in the delivery of baggage-system scanners. Only 15 of the 50 baggage system machines are in place. But Boston's Logan International will have all its permanent scanners installed...

Armed air marshals may soon be deployed in Britain. The government announced last week it has a force of "covert, specially-trained armed police officers" ready to put on UK aircraft. Special emphasis has been placed on flights headed to "key destinations such as the USA," said Transport Secretary Alistair Darling. British Airways was not amused, saying it's worried about guns being fired on its planes...

The first Sikorsky commercial helicopter certified in 20 years got all its paperwork through last week. The S-92, which is derived from Black Hawk and Sea Hawk parentage, passed the Part 29 Airline Transport Rotorcraft Amendment 45 rules, said to be the most stringent set of safety standards set forth by the FAA. The S-92 can be used for airline, VIP transport and oil-rig applications...

The first new Luscombes to come off a production line in decades could be flying in a year or so, if the Luscombe Aircraft Corporation attracts the $2.5 million to $4 million it needs to get going. The new Luscombe is a four-place tricycle-gear with a fuel-injected engine and modern avionics. Price wasn't released.