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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is holding a news conference today to announce it is declaring a "staffing emergency" in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Southern California. The union claims that more senior controllers are retiring than the FAA had projected and those remaining are unable to safely manage peak traffic at those locations ...

Eclipse Aviation has called a news conference for next Monday to outline an "important financing development, and discuss an exciting new opportunity to grow the Eclipse 500 market" ...

Air Show Buzz has named Maj. Paul "Max" Moga as its 2007 Person Of The Year for his thrilling demonstrations of the F-22 Raptor. The Web site awards the honor annually to the person who is a "game changer for the industry" ...

FAA employees are getting a raise based on their performance in the past year. Most will see a 3.08 percent increase plus extra for geographical and personal performance considerations. The base raise could have been higher but the agency as a whole missed some of its performance targets.