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Flights into San Diego resume after shooter taken into custody

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Flights have been barred from landing at the San Diego airport due to nearby active shooter, according to the FAA. Police say a man was firing sporadically inside a San Diego apartment complex Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m., but no one was reported hurt.

Idaho company contracts drone service to farmers

WILDER, Idaho – It looked like a hawk circling Bitner Vineyards on Wednesday evening, but the low buzzing sound gave it away as something more mechanical. The mechanical creature created by Empire Unmanned, which is headquartered in Hayden, became the first commercial legal drone flown for agricultural purposes in the Treasure Valley. The Federal Aviation Administration recently began to permit commercial drones, creating a large opening for industry to start taking advantage of the systems for farming and other uses.

Washington passed over for FAA drone test site

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies, and Washington was not among them.

Agriculture a promising market for drones

PORTLAND – Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn’t waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres. Less than 10 pounds and 5 feet long nose to tail, the aircraft is the size of a turkey and Blair uses it to get a bird’s-eye view of his cows and fields of wheat, peas, barley and alfalfa.

WSU will lead jet biofuel research

Washington State University has been picked as a co-leader for the nation’s new center of excellence for jet biofuel research, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Friday morning at WSU Tri-Cities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the other co-leader and much of the WSU research could be done at the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at the university’s Richland campus.

Drones won’t be used to fight fires

SEATTLE – As the dry weather sets in and the wildfire season beckons, Washington state won’t have an aerial drone to help combat the expected blazes. Earlier this year, the state Department of Natural Resources considered obtaining an unmanned aircraft to test during this year’s wildfire season, even discussing the possibility with the Federal Aviation Administration, which has to give approval to launch a drone.

Getting There: Cuts will likely bring air travel delays

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray last week said summer travel delays are likely at the nation’s airports as a result of congressionally ordered budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Murray at a hearing Thursday that the agency is ordering furloughs for 47,000 employees, including air traffic controllers, through September to meet a $637 million spending reduction that came as part of the so-called “sequestration” of federal funds.

Felts Field will lose air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration has affirmed a decision earlier this month to close air traffic control operations at Felts Field and other small airports around the country beginning April 7. The closures at 149 airports stem from budget cuts in Congress that involve a “sequestration” of spending across most government agencies, including defense. The FAA cuts amount to $637 million.

Local air traffic operations face cuts

Federal budget cuts that went into effect last week could result in closure of the Felts Field air traffic control tower and elimination of the tower night shift at Spokane International Airport. Larry Krauter, CEO and airport director, said the cuts could come as early as April 7 unless Congress comes up with a way to restore funding.

FAA issues rules to prevent tired airline pilots

Rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued were issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades.

Senate approves bill to end partial FAA shutdown

The Senate approved legislation today ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.

FAA dispute jeopardizes airport projects in Spokane, CdA

Inland Northwest airports may have major construction projects knocked off track by a congressional fight over the Federal Aviation Administration. A $3.3 million grant to finish a runway reconstruction at Spokane International Airport and a nearly $1 million grant for a building at Coeur d’Alene’s airport are in the bill that is stalled because of disagreements between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.