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Russ Chew, the former Chief Operating Officer of the FAA, has moved to JetBlue in a similar capacity. It’ll be Chew’s job to ensure there are no further meltdowns like the one on Feb. 14 that stranded thousands of passengers, some of them locked inside stationary aircraft for 10 hours…

It will be quieter than usual at Sun Valley, Id., after the ski lifts close for the season. Sun Valley-Friedman Memorial Airport will also be shut down entirely from April 23 to May 24 for runway construction…

If you want an advance peek at the inside of an A380, a contest being run by Lufthansa could get you there. Two winners will attend a reception on board the Super Jumbo when it makes its U.S. debut at JFK March 19…

There’s still no sign of a ferry pilot and the red RV-6 he was flying that went missing Feb. 28. Jim Willess was taking the plane from California to Virginia and may have gone down in Guadalupe Mountains National Park…

Kerry Long, a self-described “aviation enthusiast,” has been named FAA Chief Counsel. Long has 30 years of experience in aviation law and will oversee a staff of 258 in Washington and at 11 regional offices…

The “next generation” Pilatus PC-12 underwent cold-weather testing at Iqaluit in northern Canada before heading to Colorado for more flight testing. The new version of the big turboprop single has updated avionics and systems the company says performed flawlessly in the Arctic…

CompAir of Merritt Island, Fla., expects its Model 12 turboprop single to achieve first flight in early April. If all goes to plan, the airplane will be flown to Sun n' Fun later that month for its public debut…

Premier Aircraft has not only been named Mooney Dealer of the Year, but also the Diamond Aircraft Dealer of the Year. The aircraft sales firm, which covers much of the Southeast and South Central U.S., also held a grand opening this week for its new office at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.