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Customs-related charges have been dropped against a Florida pilot whose fiery, but fatality-free, crash landing of a DC-3 on a Ft. Lauderdale street made headlines last year. Charles Riggs had been facing 19 charges of operating illegally but they were dropped after the FAA's case against him was thrown out by an administrative judge. The company that owned the plane was fined $2,000 for not having the right customs forms for the cargo on board...

Ohio Lt. Gov. Bruce Johnson had people talking last week but he might not have enjoyed what they had to say. Johnson, whose office oversees the Air National Guard, took a spin in a two-seat F-16 over the capital of Columbus and the demo ride apparently resulted in "9-1-1 calls galore" according to a police spokesman. The FAA says the flight was by the book...

Flight Explorer released it Professional Version 6.2. The latest release adds "alerting capability that allows customers to receive proactive alerts based on Meteorological Aerodrome Reports (METARs), Runway Visual Range (RVR) data, FAA airport delays and real-time diversions," according to a news release...

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for certain models of Cessna 172, 182 and 206 aircraft to check the torque on the end fittings of flexible fuel lines and adjust as necessary. The AD was issued after loose connections were found in a 172.