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Kris Kringle received all necessary flight certifications and clearances needed to embark on his annual gift-giving flight on Dec. 24-25. The order -- signed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta -- said that Santa Claus was "exceptionally fit, joyfully willing and uniquely able to engage in the interstate air transportation for which he has requested a certificate." Santa's progress was shown on NASA's space flight Web site every two hours...

The 99th annual celebration of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight was celebrated last week. The event -- which included notable guests John Travolta and Neil Armstrong -- was held at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C....

A judge from the U.K. has ruled against an Australian court decision to allow passengers to sue airlines for cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This life-threatening condition is thought to be caused by blood clots formed during long periods of immobility, such as on long-haul flights.