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AOPA has asked the TSA to suspend the Oct. 20 compliance date of its new rule regarding background checks on foreign student pilots. AOPA says it's too much to ask for pilots and businesses to adapt to the new rule, particularly since there are questions about its impact on U.S. citizens...

Cape Girardeau Airport in Missouri will be closed from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10 to allow for construction work. Local officials had hoped to keep 2,400 feet of one runway open for small aircraft but it would have added $100,000 to the cost of the FAA-funded project and the agency said it couldn't be justified...

The Southwest Regional Fly-In will expand to three days in 2005. Organizers have also added an air show on Sunday to the growing event. The fly-in will be held May 13-15 but a site hasn't been announced yet.