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Washington deemed fully compliant with REAL ID

Washington state is now in full compliance with federal requirements for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

House passes bill that seeks compliance with REAL ID

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would create a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state in line with federal identification requirements, but further negotiations with …


Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in U.S. flight school

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 11:36 p.m.

A discombobulating ride with an aerobatics pilot

The climbing and diving at 220 mph, slaloming the tips of cactus and mesquite trees, corkscrewing, banking at 6Gs, flying upside down and end-over-end – more on that later – …


Paragliders: Free as the wind in Washington

Although he’d been paragliding for 11 years, setting a record had never been in Matt Senior’s flight plan. But on May 31, using sophisticated weather data bases compiled by the …


Spokane group ministers for free-flight sports

Spokane free-flight enthusiasts get together as a loose-knit group to chute the breeze. The local chapter of the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association goes by title Center of Lift …


Spokane airport sees flights drop in 2013; planes stay full

Spokane International Airport saw a small decrease in the number of passengers flying out of the city last year, but the decline may be due to cutbacks by airlines. Aircraft …


Handmade craft at home soaring gracefully above Hart field

The Facebook posts started showing up around midsummer. Neighbors around Hart Field on the South Hill posted on the social networking site that they were seeing strange, colored lights hovering …


Deer Park pilot flies to National Championship Air Races

Each September, tens of thousands of spectators flock to Nevada to watch precision pilots chase one another around pylons rising 50 feet off the desert floor. Matt Burrows made his …


Indignities of air travel make one nostalgic for modes of old

The airlines are about to do the impossible: make their bathrooms even smaller. This is the last straw. It’s time to take a hard look at the way we travel …


Do your homework before booking vacation

It’s May. Memorial Day and the end of the school year are in sight. Suddenly, you’re thinking about a summer vacation. A little advance planning – and some insider tips …


Airlines serve up new fancy drinks

NEW YORK – Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft …


If your winter plans include air travel, it’s time to review options

1. Book early. Chances are you will have better flight options, seat selection and lower prices if you commit soon. It can be difficult to travel light during the holidays. …


Doug Clark: No relief for lowly air traveler

Taking tips from CIA interrogation techniques perfected in Iraq, the major airlines are out to make flying even more insufferable for the average ticket-buying suckers like you and me. I’m …


Plenty of factors to weigh when flying with children

When it comes to family vacations, flying with children is likely one of the largest logistical dragons you’ll slay. From toddler tantrums and teen boredom to infant ear pain and …


Out & About: Sign-up deadline looms for Kid Fishing event

OUTFISH – April 20 is the deadline to sign up kids ages 5-14 for the May 5 Kid Fishing event at Clear Lake. Up to 950 youths will be preassigned …


First-class flights rank a cut above

NEW YORK – Flying has never been so good – for those able to splurge. While most Thanksgiving travelers will fight for overhead bins and go hours without a snack …


Flying the friendly skies requires patience, sanity

I’ve always said I would never be a homebuilder for all the money in the world, as people are just too hard to satisfy and expectations are way out of …


Doug Clark: Air travel requires humility, taste for sawdust

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to North Dakota during which I experienced the worst thing to ever happen to me on an airplane. That’s saying a mouthful, too.


Shawn Vestal: A more civilized era of flight

Back when Jim Bickel helped break the gender barrier among flight attendants, the skies were a good bit friendlier. At least that’s how he remembers it. Airline passengers chose among …


Canceled flights can leave you low and dry

The numbers are in: December was ugly for air travelers, as anyone who flew over the snow-ridden holidays knows. Weather-related cancellations put Seattle-based Horizon Air among five U.S. airlines with …


Air enthusiasts can still drop in on wilderness

The cowboys of the skies call Idaho their home on the range. Outside of Alaska, Idaho is the nation’s last great place for backcountry pilots and outfitters who have the …