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Police arrested 10 people trying to block access to a London-area airport to protest the increasing use of private aircraft and the effects on the environment. Biggin Hill Airport is used mostly by private aircraft. There were also protests at Farnborough and Heathrow…

The FAA is upgrading the avionics on its fleet of King Air 300 navaid-checking aircraft to reflect the technology that will go into the modernized airspace system. The upgrades are part of an overall refurbishment of the 18 aircraft to extend their useful lives…

Local officials in Brunswick, Maine, have voted to keep the runways at Brunswick Naval Air Station when the base shuts down in 2011. The resulting airport will be used for general aviation. Some residents wanted the airport to be decommissioned when the Navy moves out because of noise concerns.