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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 25: The control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Aviation agency unveils messaging system to reduce delays

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions.

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Sky Jib Helicopter in San Diego, Calif. in 2013.  (AP Photo/Aerial MOB, LLC, Tony Carmean)
Sky Jib Helicopter in San Diego, Calif. in 2013. (AP Photo/Aerial MOB, LLC, Tony Carmean)
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Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday.

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In this July 9, 1956 file photo, nearly four hundred relatives and friends of the 70 people who died in the crash of a TWA Super-Constellation over the Grand Canyon June 30, 1956 attend a mass funeral service in Flagstaff, Ariz.  (AP Photo/David F. Smith, File)
In this July 9, 1956 file photo, nearly four hundred relatives and friends of the 70 people who died in the crash of a TWA Super-Constellation over the Grand Canyon June 30, 1956 attend a mass funeral service in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/David F. Smith, File)
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Grand Canyon plane crash site designated historic

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

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FAA Oks Passengers Using Gadgets On Planes

You still won't be able to use your cellphone. But depending on which airline you fly, you may soon start getting permission from the flight crew to use other electronic devices throughout your flight.

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FAA Moves Toward Easing Electronic Device Use

Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices.

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United Restarts 787 Flights After Grounding

United Airlines is again flying the 787, four months after smoldering batteries forced the plane to be grounded worldwide.

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FAA to Staff 72 Airport Control Towers

Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

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Obama Signs Legislation to End FAA Furloughs

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

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Will Small Airport Towers Remain Open, Despite Cuts?

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is said to be assuring lawmakers that 149 small airport towers will remain open.

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Newark Airport control tower (Wikimedia)
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FAA: Air Traffic System Soon At Full Operation

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's suspended all employee furloughs and says air traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels.

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