On The Fly

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There’s no common frequency to comments being received on the future of Loran. While airline groups and manufacturers say nobody uses it anymore, sea captains and communications firms want it maintained for its jam-resistance and reliability…

A stowaway squirrel forced a Tokyo-Dallas American Airlines flight to divert to Honolulu last week. The animal was heard in the very crowded overhead compartment of the Boeing 777 cockpit and the pilots didn’t want to risk it chewing through any wires. The Eastern Grey Squirrel was trapped and killed by Hawaiian officials, fearing it might be diseased…

Officials at DuPage Airport in West Chicago estimate the facility’s economic impact will top $1.6 billion in 2011 when its new technology park is finished. That would rank it among the top five GA airports in the U.S. in financial terms.