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The FAA is widening a future AD on a specific brand of seatbelts after comments from the public indicated more than one aircraft manufacturer used them. The original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) applied only to Socata aircraft equipped with the malfunctioning Anjou Aeronautique belts. The next NPRM will apply to all aircraft so equipped...

A security review is planned at Sydney International Airport after two thieves dressed as technicians made off with two large computer servers. The computers were in the airport's customs cargo processing and intelligence center and held thousands of top-secret files...

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit blaming FAA staff for a fatal crash in Missouri. The judge said the plaintiff, Grace Brinell, failed to provide documents or provide conferences requested by the defendants. Brinell's husband Joe, the pilot, and five others died. An inspector general's investigation found that FAA officials had "unduly scrutinized" Brinell, and his wife was alleging the resulting stress played a role in the crash...

Brigadier Gen. Dwight Wheless, of Manteo, N.C., was re-elected vice commander of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for the third time. Wheless is an attorney and has been a member of the CAP since 1981. He's won numerous awards and medals in his CAP career.