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FAA field offices that have gone above and beyond in customer service to aviation businesses can be nominated for the National Air Transportation Association's Customer Service Excellence Award. Offices will be judged on communication, regulatory compliance advising, regulation application and timeliness in responding to regulated party needs. Only NATA members can nominate and the deadline is Feb. 6, 2004...

Code Orange meant red ink for airline stocks as investors reacted to the latest security bulletin. American Airlines' stock dropped 2.2 percent while Delta's sunk 2.4 percent. Northwest prices dipped 2.2 percent and Continental was off by 1.3 percent…

An eight-nm stretch of Chicago's waterfront is off-limits to most VFR flights below 3,000 feet, thanks to a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) imposed by the FAA, on the order of the Transportation Security Administration, Wednesday. Reasons for the TFR, which extends two miles inland from the shore of Lake Michigan, are unclear, but a similar TFR was imposed during an Orange alert last spring at the request of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley...

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