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India 'disappointed' after US downgrades air safety ranking

US aviation authorities have downgraded India's safety ranking in a "disappointing" and "surprising" move that will hit air links between the countries, India's aviation minister said Friday. The US Federal Aviation Administration downgraded India after conducting an audit last year of the country's aviation regulator that found 31 issues of safety concern, a ministry statement said.

US panel says some gadgets should be allowed in flight

An advisory panel to the US Federal Aviation Administration has urged regulators to allow some personal electronics to be used throughout flight, a move hailed by consumer groups Tuesday. The recommendations would allow devices for reading, playing games or watching videos to be operated on an airplane at any altitude, according to US media reports. According to current regulations, personal devices like smartphones and other computers must be powered down during takeoff and landing.

FAA says it can keep small airports open

The US Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it would be able to keep in service 149 small airport control towers and avoid worker furloughs after Congress reinstated funding lost in the "sequester" cuts. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement that the April 27 action by Congress to reverse the sudden, severe cuts for the aviation regulator would avoid service cuts that threatened to tie up airlines and airports heading into the summer vacation season.

FAA : 787 can fly after battery systems modified

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday filed formal approval of Boeing's 787 battery fix that will clear the way for the troubled aircraft to fly again. The FAA's new airworthiness directive for the 787 requires the installation of new and auxiliary power unit batteries and their respective chargers, as well as battery enclosures and ducts. "Once the aircraft are in compliance with the AD, they can return to service," an FAA spokesman said in an email.

FAA formally approves Boeing 787 battery fix

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday filed formal approval of Boeing's 787 battery fix that will clear the way for the troubled aircraft to fly again. The FAA's new airworthiness directive for the 787 requires the installation of new and auxiliary power unit batteries and their respective chargers, as well as battery enclosures and ducts. "Once the aircraft are in compliance with the AD, they can return to service," an FAA spokesman said in an email. The FAA filing in the Federal Register is set to take effect Friday.

FAA formally approves Boeing 787 battery fix

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday filed formal approval of Boeing's 787 battery fix that will clear the way for the troubled aircraft to fly again. Once the 787s have had been modified with the new battery systems, "they can return to service," an FAA spokesman said. The FAA filing in the Federal Register is set to take effect Friday. vs/pmh

US orders 149 airport towers shut due to budget cuts

The US Federal Aviation Administration ordered the shutdown of air-traffic control towers at 149 small airports due to budget constraints after the implementation of the "sequester" spending cuts. Another 40 towers that were facing closure will remain open, either because shutting them "would have a negative impact on the national interest," or because they enjoy separate budgeting support, the FAA said.

FAA seeks proposals to create six US drone test sites

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday asked for proposals to develop six research and test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, around the United States. Congress directed the FAA in 2012 to establish the program to conduct critical research into how best to safely integrate the unmanned aircarft into the national airspace.

UPDATE 5-U.S. FAA grounds Boeing 787 over battery concerns

* Follows incident in Japan on Wednesday * JAL, ANA already grounded their 787 fleets * Shares fall 2 pct in after-hours trading * Not expected to affect orders By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Alwyn Scott
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