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The battle over Meigs is not over yet. The Friends of Meigs is asking for financial donations to support the ongoing legal battle for Chicago's lakeside airport. The organization is raising $75,000 to pay the legal fees that will be needed if the Illinois Supreme Court rules in the group's favor and orders a full, accelerated appeal hearing...

Eight passengers were slightly injured while evacuating an airliner in Tampa on Monday. The pax, who were apparently alarmed by seeing flames coming from an engine, inflated emergency slides and evacuated the Delta 757. The airline says the jet was pushing back from the gate when it experienced a "hot start." The aircraft was not damaged...

Government officials from Taipei claim pirate radio signals are affecting area airports. Officials are said to have evidence proving that air traffic control communication channels of both Taipei's Sungshan Airport and Taoyuan's Chiang Kai Shek International Airport are adversely affected by signals from pirate radio stations during weekends. Telecommunication professionals doubt the telecommunication authority's suspicions...

The EAA reports new regulations are helping those pilots who served to protect the U.S. The FAA is replacing an existing Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) to allow Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) to accept expired flight instructor certificates and inspection authorizations for renewals from individuals assigned outside the United States in support of U.S. Armed Forces operations. SFAR No. 100 is effective June 20, 2003 to June 20, 2005...

After months of investigation, NASA officials have set their sights on a new shuttle launch. The space agency is planning on reinstating the shuttle program in the first quarter of 2004 and expects to announce a launch date in about six weeks. The agency had previously targeted December for the launch of Atlantis on a flight to the International Space Station.