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Mar 26, 2007

US FAA said it plans to hire nearly 1,400 air traffic controllers this year for a net increase of 189 over 2006 hiring levels. It plans to hire and train more than 15,000 controllers over the next decade. It currently employs 14,618. Mar 21, 2007

DOT inspector says many towers often understaffed A government investigator on Tuesday said air traffic control towers at small and medium airports frequently have been understaffed. The DOT's inspector general found many towers were staffed with a single controller on duty, a violation of federal rules. An FAA spokeswoman said the FAA is following the inspector general's recommendations. Mar 21, 2007

Modernizing ATC will cost up to $44B, FAA says The FAA estimates modernizing the nation's air traffic control system will cost up to $44 billion. Funding for the project will be split between government-funded infrastructure and what users will pay to equip their aircraft Mar 20, 2007

Indonesia To Announce Airline Ratings This Week Indonesia will announce the results of an audit on airlines this week, the country's aviation chief said on Tuesday, amid pressure to improve air safety following a string of accidents in recent months. Mar 20, 2007

FAA hopes technology will prevent accidents, reduce delays A satellite-based system that the FAA is preparing to adopt may prevent deadly aviation accidents. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast will also allow airlines to boost capacity and reduce air traffic delays. "ADS-B is so different from the current system that it's hard to even begin to compare them," an FAA spokesman said. "It's a quantum leap in technology, not an incremental change. And it's not theoretical. It's been tested and proven. We know it works." Mar 19, 2007

Registering planes without safety checks post threats Europe's blacklist of carriers considered too dangerous to fly within the EU is shedding light on the threat hazardous aircraft poses to global aviation. Some countries in Africa and the former Soviet Union register planes without properly regulating them. Officials say there may be hundreds of planes that are flying in violation of international standards or operating near illegality. Mar 19, 2007

American Airlines, RegionsAir

American hopes to restore flights to six Midwest cities Nine cities lost air service after the FAA grounded RegionsAir earlier this month. American Airlines said it is working to restore service to six of the cities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. RegionsAir operated regional connection flights for American. Mar 21, 2007

Continental Airlines, Boeing

US FAA investigates Continental Boeing, 777 engine failure at Newark A US FAA investigation is underway into an apparent contained engine failure that caused a Continental Airlines Boeing 777-200ER to abort takeoff at New York Newark yesterday afternoon. Mar 22, 2007

Delta Air Lines

FAA's international rest rules raise debate Some carriers say FAA rules requiring an extra day of rest for pilots flying some international routes are unnecessary and even counterproductive. They are negotiating with the FAA and may reach a resolution this spring. Delta Air Lines, however, agreed to the new rest rules four months ago. Mar 20, 2007

El Al

Smoke Causes El Al Plane. More than 100 passengers evacuated an El Al aircraft on inflatable slides on Sunday after smoke, apparently caused by cleaning fluid in an engine, filled the cabin of the plane as it taxied at Tel Aviv Airport. Mar 25, 2007

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Orlando board approves tighter screening of airport workers The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board of directors approved a plan to spend $5 million to improve the screening of airport workers. The funding will allow the airport authority to buy additional equipment and increase staffing. Mar 22, 2007

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