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Color blindness played a role in the crash of a FedEx Boeing 727 in July of 2002, according to the final report from the NTSB. The report says extensive analysis of the first officer's color-vision deficiency (for which he had a waiver) showed it would have interfered with his ability to distinguish between the red and white lights of the Precision Approach Path Indicator at Tallahassee Regional Airport. The plane hit trees and both pilots were seriously injured…

The Navy was expected to award a contract worth up to $20 billion Wednesday for replacement of its maritime patrol aircraft, according to The Washington Post. Lockheed's updated version of the existing P3 Orion and a variant of the Boeing 737 were in the running...

NASA will test a turbulence-detection system on a Delta Boeing 737-800 this summer. The new radar gear picks up the movement of water droplets in the air, showing the nasty updrafts and downdrafts that cause injuries in airliners every year. The system is a software upgrade for the wind-shear indicators already on many aircraft...

Alex Sloan is the recipient of EAA's Tony Bingelis Award. The award recognizes contributions to the homebuilt aircraft community. Sloan is an active EAA volunteer Technical Counselor, Flight Advisor and aircraft builder, as well as the first chairman of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.