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Lancair owners are being urged to inspect the fuel pressure transducer on Columbia 300 and 350 aircraft. The company issued the advisory after a transducer on a Columbia was found to be chafing against its mounting bracket. Lancair has also asked the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive...

The radios went silent at some European airports in remembrance of an air traffic controller killed in an apparent act of vengeance last week. Controllers un-keyed their mikes for one minute as the funeral for Peter Nielsen, who was stabbed to death, began. Nielsen was at the console when a cargo plane and passenger jet collided over Lake Constance in Switzerland in 2002. Vitaly Kaloyev, whose wife and two children died in the crash, is charged in Nielsen's death...

Investigators are now probing the role of the autopilot in the crash of a Flash Airlines Boeing 737 in Egypt in January. The pilot is heard on the cockpit voice data recorder asking for the autopilot to be switched on and then ordering it turned off after seeing something wrong. The plane crashed into the Red Sea, killing all 148 aboard...

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has added a jet simulator to its curriculum. Students will now be able to take a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science featuring training on a Canadair Regional Jet simulator. The course will be available at the Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz., campuses...

Saturday was Tuskegee Airmen Day in Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jerry Brown declared the day in honor of the members of the black-only squadron that earned distinction in the World War II. Several members of the squadron live in the Bay area...

A Lebanon-born Muslim flight engineer for ATA is suing the airline, claiming discrimination is behind the airline's refusal to promote him to first officer. Ziad Elwazan, 50, has worked for ATA for 20 years and has flown in the right seat, but his latest promotion bid was rejected. The airline's chief pilot Dave Lindskoog said, in a letter to Elwazan, it's because he wasn't doing well enough in training.