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Major projects, development planned for Felts Field

Felts Field is preparing for growth with several projects in the works that include relocating a fuel facility, adding a gateway feature to the airport’s entrance and constructing a new …


Then and Now: Pilot Nick Mamer

Nick Mamer, born in 1898, learned to fly at 18 in San Diego and served in France in the U.S. Army Air Service during WWI. He shot down three enemy …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Moody Bible Institute to close Spokane campus

The Moody Bible Institute will close its Spokane campus at the end of the school year, leaving students to continue pursuing their undergraduate degrees online or at the Christian evangelical …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

New screenings to start for all U.S.-bound airline passengers

All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, a U.S. …


FAA investigating lasers flashed at Seattle-Tacoma pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating two separate incidences of lasers being flashed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport pilots.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

Flights delayed around globe as booking system fails

Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group suffered what the company called a “network issue.”


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to …


WSU scientists exploring alternatives to dense jet fuel

A research team at Washington State University is studying a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants, according to a WSU News release.


TSA expands new procedure for inspecting large electronics

Passengers at all U.S. airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Boeing beats 2Q profit forecasts

Boeing is reporting second-quarter net income of $1.76 billion, after suffering a loss a year earlier.


Paine Field getting $12 million grant to relocate taxiway

Paine Field in Everett is receiving a $12 million federal infrastructure grant.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Small plane crashed in field near Hillyard; pilot sustained only minor injuries

A pilot walked away with only minor injuries Friday after his small two-seat airplane apparently had mechanical problems and crashed in a field just east of Hillyard.


Woman killed by jet-engine blast at popular Caribbean tourist attraction

A tourist on the Caribbean island country of St. Maarten was killed Wednesday after a blast from a jet that was taking off nearby knocked her down, police said.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Senate ignores Trump, rejects splitting up FAA

The Senate on Thursday ignored President Trump’s desire to lop more than 30,000 workers from the federal payroll, approving legislation that protects the Federal Aviation Administration from being split in …


Idaho governor to lead Paris trade mission

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will lead 11 aviation and aerospace companies on a trade mission to Paris.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Historic warbirds touch down at Felts Field for Neighbor Day

The Historic Flight Foundation has collected aircraft ranging from early commercial airplanes to WWII warbirds, and five of its aircraft are flying in to Spokane this weekend for Felts Field’s …


100 years ago in Spokane: Letter home describes perils of training to be Army fighter pilot

Training as a U.S. Army aviator was filled with perils, according to a letter written home to Spokane by Sgt. Willis A. Boggs Jr. Boggs had just passed his exam …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Landing gear issue forces controlled landing at Coeur d’Alene Airport

An apparent landing gear issue forced a plane to make a controlled landing at Coeur d’Alene Airport Sunday afternoon, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.


Plan to privatize 30,000 FAA workers gains momentum, but is it enough?

The move to privatize more than 30,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers who direct airplanes in flight and are responsible for a $35.8 billion modernization program continued to gather momentum this …


Boeing’s plan for bigger 737 MAX meets with industry doubts

Boeing said Monday it expects to launch a new larger variant of the 737 MAX family, the MAX 10, by year-end.


Video shows Harrison Ford’s plane mistakenly fly over jet

Authorities have not said how much distance separated the two planes, but Ford’s aircraft came close enough that its shadow distinctly passed over the jet last week at John Wayne …


Havre airport overbilled for power for 30 years

Havre’s airport has been overbilled for electricity for 30 years, but it’s not clear who’s at fault.


Then and Now: Spokane’s Felts Field had one of the nation’s first National Guard aviation units

The unit was one of 29 observation squadrons added to the National Guard between 1921 and 1941.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

Sandpoint’s Quest Aircraft taps aviation veteran to lead company

Quest Aircraft Company in Sandpoint has named aviation veteran Robert H. Wells its new CEO.


Jet-buying binge nears end as Boeing, Airbus brace for slowdown

The unprecedented jetliner shopping spree that’s spanned more than a decade is drawing to a close.


For 2nd day, Alaska volcano eruption sparks aviation alert

For the second straight day, the Alaska Volcano Observatory issued its highest alert level for aviation when a volcano erupted with a towering ash cloud in the Aleutian Islands.


Volcano eruption in Aleutian Islands sparks aviation alert

The Alaska Volcano Observatory issued its highest alert level for aviation Tuesday, after a volcano erupted in the Aleutian Islands that reportedly sent ash thousands of feet into the air. …


WSU still at odds with Pullman airport over expansion that threatens research facilities

Officials from Washington State University and the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport are still toiling away in negotiations over a major runway expansion, a project that could jeopardize millions of dollars in …


Getting There: ‘Tin Goose’ to fly over Spokane this week

A 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft is coming to Felts Field and will be giving excursion rides over Spokane starting Thursday


British Airways suffers global delays due to computer glitch

British Airways travelers are suffering delays globally due to a computer glitch in the check-in systems, the latest in a string of technical failures to hit major international airlines.