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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says staffing shortages are behind the increase in errors at the country's busiest terminal radar approach control (TRACON). NATCA says there have been 18 reportable errors in the past year compared to seven in the previous year at the Southern California TRACON. In that time, the union says staffing levels have dropped 12 percent...

Mooney Airplane Co. has hired Richard Kravit as its new director of contracts and general counsel. Kravit comes to Mooney from M7 Aerospace LP, the company that bought the U.S. assets of Fairchild Dornier...

Colombian police arrested the pilot of a King Air loaded with 1.5 tons of cocaine at a remote island airport. The pilot landed there with mechanical problems and was left holding the bag(s) when two passengers jumped from the plane before police arrived...

Delta and Northwest both filed for bankruptcy yesterday, that puts the number at four of this country's big six carriers currently restructuring under Chapter 11 protection...

Viperjet announced yesterday that test pilot Len Fox flew the Viperjet MKII two-place, tandem seat, fully aerobatic kit jet aircraft to 300 knots at 25,000 feet (517 mph). The aircraft was pushed by 2850 lbs of thrust generated by a General Electric J-85/CJ-610. According to the company, the MKII is "a capable, cross-country aircraft".