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A sting operation mounted by the Office of Inspector General and Department of Transportation has led to the conviction of a San Francisco man for falsifying his student helicopter pilot medical records. Michael Shelby Ascarte was sentenced to 10 hours of community service and six months probation for withholding the fact that he was on a disability pension for mental problems and substance abuse, either of which would have disqualified him…

Chevron will be the fuel supplier for a new private airport opening in Houston next month. Houston Executive, located west of Houston in Brookshire, will cater to business and GA traffic and plans ultimately call for a 7,000-foot runway…

Dozens of flights were delayed Friday when the only on-site radar at O’Hare went on the blink. A faulty switch caused the outage, which resulted in arrival rates being cut from 96 to 60 aircraft per hour as controllers used radar information from the Chicago TRACON. The FAA says a backup radar will be part of O’Hare’s expansion, but controllers say it should be installed now…

EADS Socata today appointed Dominique Malleville as Vice-President of Industry and Aerostructures business. He replaces Christian Cornille, who is moving to Airbus France as Head of Improvement & Performance, Center of Excellence Nose & Central Fuselage…

The pilots of an Embraer Legacy that collided with a GOL Boeing 737 told NBC’s Today Show they did nothing wrong and the facts of the case will bear that out. Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino face criminal charges in Brazil for the collision, which resulted in 154 deaths when the 737 crashed.