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March 30, 2013

FAA Publishes Contract Tower Closure Information

Document Outlines What Will Happen With Personnel, Equipment

The FAA has published what it calls a "guidance" document in preparation for the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers around the country. The agency announced the closures last week, citing the sequestration as making the cuts necessary.

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56th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Concludes In Las Vegas

Attendees, Exhibitors Depart The Largest Wholesale Avionics Show In The General Aviation Industry

What happened in Las Vegas this week likely will not stay in Las Vegas, as nearly 1,500 avionics manufacturers, distributors, repair stations and other general aviation professionals departed the 56th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show.

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Solar Impulse Ready For Trans-US Flight This Spring

Will Travel From San Francisco To New York's JFK Airport Prepping For Circumnavigation Attempt

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Swiss pilots and founders of Solar Impulse, announced Thursday that their solar-powered airplane will attempt a coast-to-coast crossing of the U.S. this spring without using a single drop of fuel.

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Thunderbirds Out At Dayton Air Show Due To Sequestration

But Show Will Go On Featuring 14 Performers

The Vectren Dayton Air Show (presented by Kroger) will fly as-planned on June 22nd and 23rd despite budget cuts announced by the military due to Congressionally-mandated sequestration. A recent Department of Defense memorandum confirmed that all military aerial teams will cease public performances as of April 1, 2013.

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Ten Year Ago, Chicago Lost Meigs Field

Airport Was Supposed To Have Stayed Open Until 2024

It was 10 year ago on March 30th that then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley ordered bulldozers to gouge large Xs into the runways at Meigs Field, a lakeside airport that served the city's GA community. While the move was almost universally condemned, those involved in the action saw few repercussions from the destruction of an active airport.

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