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British authorities say flying a 747 on three engines over the polar icecap was the right thing to do and now they're going to try to convince the FAA of that. As AVweb reported, the British Airways flight from LAX to London lost an engine after takeoff and kept going until running short of fuel and landing at Manchester. The FAA has cited the airline and a hearing will be held Aug. 13...

BAE Systems is testing a new type of synthetic vision that integrates real-time video, infrared and radar images with pictures from a database to give pilots a clear view of the airport in zero-zero conditions. The system is being tested by NASA...

The FAA has issued its final rule on an airworthiness directive (AD) for ECi cylinder assemblies. The rule requires replacement of certain assemblies to prevent the risk of cracking and separation...

Continental Airlines offers service to Manchester -- both of them -- and a British customer got the full tour. Jim Hourihan, of Liverpool, thought he was heading home when he got on the flight in California but ended up in Manchester, N.H., instead. Continental got him the rest of the way for free...

The city council in Oceanside, Calif., has backed off on boosting rents for hangars and tie-downs by as much as 78 percent. AOPA wrote the city a letter pointing out the increases might violate FAA grant assurances that could trigger a demand to pay back federal money spent on the airport...

The NTSB saysa broken connecting rod was found in the engine of a Beech Bonanza that ditched in Santa Monica Bay last March, killing former TV game show host Peter Tomarken and his wife, Kathleen. An eight-inch by six-inch hole was found in the engine and a piece of connecting rod was found loose inside...

The FAA has issued new regulations requiring standardized landing distance calculations to be done by airline pilots landing on snowy or wet runways. The new regs were issued two weeks before a public hearing into the runway overrun of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at Midway Airport last December.