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In recent months, the center of activity in the 5G saga has been the FAA, which is now led by an interim chief.

The upgrade to 5G was supposed to bring a paradise of speedy wireless - but a chaotic process under the Trump administration, allowed to fester by the Biden administration, turned it into an epic disaster - and the problems haven’t been solved. Read more»

A $23 million federal grant will help Tucson International Airport with major renovations, with the runway safety project receiving the largest amount from the first round of a $3.2 billion national program. Read more»

A federal judge in Florida voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers Monday, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's authority. Read more»

An illustration of laser-light hitting a cockpit.

More pilots then ever before reported being hit by high-powered lasers in 2021, potentially incapacitating them, according to new FAA data. Arizona ranked in the top five states for the largest number of "dangerous laser strikes." Read more»

A new runway at Tucson International Airport will be partly paid for with $31 million from the recent federal infrastructure package, along with other safety improvement. Read more»

A Long-EZ operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

One person was killed and another critically injured when a small plane crashed at Ryan Airfield on Tucson's far West Side on Tuesday morning. Read more»

A sign heralding the Blue Origin Launch hangs outside of a dilapidated church in Van Horn, Texas.

The recent trend by billionaires - like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson - blasting into space have meaningful economic, environmental and cultural impacts on the borderland communities where the spaceports hoping to cater to commercial space travel are located. Read more»

A view of Tucson International Airport from the air.

An $18.5 million federal grant will go towards the next phase in a longterm Tucson International Airport project to expand and upgrade parts of its airfield so that it meets current federal safety standards, officials announced Thursday. Read more»

The Tempe Police Department recently released video from its DJI Phantom Pro 4 drone that it used to surveil protesters over the weekend, but the agency isn’t the only law enforcement in the state with the technology. Read more»

A light plane made an emergency landing on Tucson's Far East Side on Thursday. No injuries were reported, authorities said. The single-engine plane was off the roadway on a flat stretch just before Redington Road climbs toward the Tanque Verde Falls area. Read more»

Former air marshal warns cockpits are still the weak link in air traveler safety.

A twice-fired whistleblower says the next 9/11 could be stopped for $12,000 per jet but the airlines say the costs are much higher. Read more»

Sen. Martha McSally, left, backed the nomination of Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett to be secretary of the Air Force. The Senate confirmed the nomination 85-7, which will make Barrett the fourth female Air Force secretary.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett as the next Air Force secretary. Read more»

Sen. Martha McSally introduced Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett, left, saying Barrett’s experience in private and public live is perfect preparation for a role as the next Air Force secretary.

In an otherwise amicable confirmation hearing, some senators pressed Barrett on her response to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion from military projects toward a border wall. Read more»

Travelers are required to separate electronic devices larger than a cell phone from other luggage at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Tucson International last week became the latest airport in Arizona to roll out enhanced security measures that will require travelers to put any electronic device larger than a cell phone into a separate bin. Read more»

A government audit of the FAA—the agency responsible for ensuring airline safety—said it had consistently failed to alert federal law enforcement authorities about cont parts installed in U.S. airplanes. Read more»

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