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Airline Health Standards
5:02 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Airline Pilots Cannot Be Certified With Known Heart Problems

The Boeing 737 had 161 passengers and six crew members on board.
Credit Ibagli

A medical examiner in Idaho has confirmed that a United Airlines pilot died from a heart attack he had while flying from Houston to Seattle Thursday night. He passed away in a Boise hospital, after the 2nd officer made an emergency landing. Commercial and private pilots need to undergo regular medical screenings, in order to maintain their flight certifications.

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Air Traffic Controllers
3:54 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Control Towers At Smaller Northwest Airports Likely To Get Reprieve

Beth Redfield

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:18 pm

The White House says President Obama will sign a fast-tracked Congressional bill to end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. Operators of smaller Northwest airports hope the measure also stops the planned closure of their control towers.

As of now, more than a dozen of the less busy airport control towers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho remain on a list to be deactivated in early June. They're potential casualties of across-the-board federal budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Airport Control Towers
4:29 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open

Control towers at 13 small to medium sized airports across the Northwest are slated for closure by mid-June.
Credit Beth Redfield

Some Northwest cities and counties are exploring whether to use local or private money to keep their airport control towers open. By mid-June, the federal government plans to close the control towers at 13 small to medium sized airports across the region.

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Airline Control Towers
4:41 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Regional Airlines Intend To Keep Flying If Control Towers Close

Beth Redfield

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:10 pm


According to an airport industry association, control towers at 14 small to medium sized airports around the Northwest will close on April 1 in response to automatic federal budget cuts: Four in Idaho and five each in Oregon and Washington. But regional airlines intend to keep flying to those cities they now serve.

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