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A study has shown that about $590 million in economic benefits have been created through film production at Los Angeles-area airports. The study credits the “film-friendly” approach of the local airport authority in keeping productions in the area…

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it’s up to the military and FAA to prevent airborne attacks on nuclear plants and not the industry’s responsibility to harden the plants against such a strike. Critics say a system of beams and cables designed to prevent an aircraft from reaching vulnerable parts of a plant should be required…

Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd (FACL) announced it will build the Kestrel turboprop single in Abu Dhabi. FACL previously had a business relationship with Epic Aircraft, which is developing a competing turboprop called Dynasty, which will be built in Calgary…

A juvenile whooping crane, presumed lost in the storms that ripped through Florida on Friday, has been found alive and well hanging out with some sandhill cranes. It was one of 18 that arrived with an ultralight escort from Wisconsin in January, but all 17 of its tripmates died in the storm in their enclosure at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge...

The FAA says there’s been plenty of interest from vendors who want to build the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system in the U.S. Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and ITT all submitted proposals.