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Aviation News Rundown: Predator drones over Texas?

by GlobalAir.com 13. May 2010 10:42
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- In the news today, the Texas border between the United States and Mexico could soon resemble the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least in one aspect.

Predator drones could deploy soon to monitor activity in the area. It is another effort to combat illegal immigration into the U.S., according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. 

Though political figures have accused the FAA of foot dragging, a spokeswoman said the agency is working on approving a plan to allow the flights “as quickly as we can.”

The aircraft would be housed in a Naval base in Corpus Christ Christi.

- British firm Balli Aviation, Ltd., was recently fined $2 million by a U.S. Federal Court for illegally exporting a Boeing 747 into Iran.

Court documents contend that the company planned to bring three commercial jets into the country without a required export license.

- A recently published Harvard report outlines the steps needed to implement NexGen air traffic control nationwide.

Recommendations include a governance strategy to build support from pilots, controllers and travelers; leadership from government and commerce; placing incentives to speed up conversion; developing financing solutions; and creating an entity for risk management. Read the full report here.

- EAA Airventure will include a live auction this year, the first of its kind. To sign up to sell or buy a plane, or merely to get more info on the event, click the blue text here.

 

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