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Aviation advocates in Australia say proposed fee changes at airports could drive general aviation operators out of business...

AOPA "surprised and shocked" by remarks last week by Sen. John D. "Jay" Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) calling aircraft "killing machines," saying large corporate aircraft could inflict half the damage seen on 9/11...

The Pennsylvania legislature is working to pass a law against drunken flying...

U.S. Reps. Don Young and John Mica have asked the TSA to allow repair stations working under Parts 135 and 91 to be treated differently from Part 121 shops when it comes to security requirements, NATA said last week...

Pilot Paul Wood launched Thursday on a round-the-U.S. flight in his Aviat Husky, to raise money for children in need...

The FAA last week awarded a $13.5 million contract to begin upgrading its traffic-flow management system to Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) of El Segundo, Calif. CSC will design an advanced computer platform that uses air traffic data from across the country to better predict when the number of flights exceed available routes and capacity, the FAA said...

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will soon vote on a proposal to give $14 million to the FAA to begin hiring air traffic controllers in anticipation of an expected deluge of retirements, NATCA said last week...

. Aviator and Young Eagles spokesman Jamail Larkins is scheduled to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night.