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A retired Air Force pilot is the FAA's new top doctor. Dr. Frederick Tilton is replacing Dr. Jon Jordan as Federal Air Surgeon after serving six years as Jordan's deputy. Tilton logged 4,000 hours in the Air Force, starting with the B-47 and ending with the F-15 before retiring as a colonel in 1988...

The FAA is holding a public meeting at next week's Helicopter Association International Heli Expo in Dallas. The meeting is being held to brief delegates on helicopter-related safety initiatives planned by the agency...

United Air Lines pilots clinging to a faint hope that their pensions will be restored are likely to be disappointed, say airline officials. A district court judge overturned a bankruptcy court ruling that allowed United to dump its pension obligations but the ruling isn't expected to result in the restoration of the pensions...

Microbes growing in water inside the fuel tanks of about half of American Airlines planes is resulting in slightly false readings on fuel gauges. The microbes attach to sensors and throw them off. So far the problem has been confined to MD-80 aircraft and other unidentified airlines are also reporting problems...

A few loose wires in an equipment shed caused an ILS failure at Reno-Tahoe International Airport last week. The failure resulted in five diversions. A technician is on call over the long weekend to ensure the system stays up over the busy tourist period.