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The Civil Air Patrol will receive the National Aeronautic Association's Frank G. Brewer Aerospace Education Trophy for 2002, in recognition of "significant contributions of enduring value" for more than a half-century of leadership in educating the nation's young people on the many opportunities available to them in the fields of aviation and space flight...

The Transportation Security Administration intercepted more than 4.8 million prohibited items in its first year of passenger screening at the nation's 429 commercial airports, the agency announced Tuesday. Those items included 1,101 firearms, nearly 1.4 million knives, nearly 2.4 million other sharp objects including scissors, 39,842 box cutters, 125,273 incendiary or flammable objects, and 15,666 clubs...

A British Airways Concorde had engine problems and returned to Barbados shortly after takeoff last Saturday. The supersonic jet landed safely but was grounded and has not yet been returned to service...

The FAA will hold its 28th Annual Aviation Forecast Conference on March 18 and 19 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. The theme of this year's conference is "Aviation's Recovery: Timing, Strength, and Structural Change?" At the conference, the FAA will release its Aerospace Forecasts Fiscal Years 2003 - 2014, with estimates of activity and growth in aviation products and services...

Flyers find Florida's facilities finest: Tampa International Airport is the nation's best airport, according to a poll of readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and Orlando and West Palm Beach airports are close behind. The criteria: location and ease of access; ease of connection; customs and baggage handling; food, shops and amenities; and comfort and design. Tampa ranked third in the world behind major airports in Singapore and Amsterdam ... which might cause one to wonder what special comforts and amenities might be found there.