Aviation & Airport Development News

April 13, 2012
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A Satellite System That Could End Circling Above the Airport- Jad Mouawad, The New York Times, April 3, 2012
Capt. Mike Adams demonstrated what the future will look like at the nation's airports as he pulled back on the throttles of his Boeing 737 flight simulator, setting the engines on idle to glide smoothly from his cruising altitude all the way down to the runway. 
Epic files certification papers for E1000- John Croft, Flight Global, April 2, 2012 
Doug King, president of Epic Aircraft, says he has filed an application with the US Federal Aviation Administration to certificate a modified version of the company's single-engined LT turboprop, a key strategic step for the Bend, Oregon-based airframer. 
Drone use surges as FAA seeks to regulate unmanned aircraft- Eric Risberg, USA Today, April 3, 2012 
Sharp-eyed dog walkers along the San Francisco Baywaterfront may have spotted a strange-looking plane zipping overhead recently that looked strikingly like the U.S. stealth drone captured by Iran in December. 



Wind turbines to be lowered- Tim Unruh, Salina Journal, April 3, 2012
Three wind turbines that power the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at Cloud County Community College's Concordia campus are casting shadows that are too long.

Michigan signs agreement with other states on wind energy- Craig McMorris, WNEM, April 2, 2012
As wind energy picks up steam in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder has signed an agreement with several Great Lakes states and federal agencies regarding offshore wind energy.

Airplane Environmental Impact Studies an Imperative- Lee R. Seeman, New Hyde Park Patch, April 1, 2012
The following is a letter Councilwoman Lee Seeman sent to the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on March 5, 2012.
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Airport plan calls for expansion- Tom Lotshaw, The Daily Interlake, April 3, 2012
Kalispell City Airport should be upgraded to meet B-II design standards and make it eligible for funding through the federal Airport Improvement Program.

Hot Springs County plans Wyoming's 1st new airport in years- Trib, April 3, 2012
Officials in Hot Springs County are moving ahead with plans to build what would be the first new airport in Wyoming in more than eight years.

Palm Springs airport sees more, fuller planes- Mike Perrauit, The Desert Sun, April 2, 2012
The number of scheduled flights in and out of Palm Springs International Airport has soared nearly 84 percent over the past decade, and carriers are doing a better job of filling their seats, a federal report shows.

John Wayne traffic unchanged in February- Mary Ann Milbourn, The Orange County Register, April 2, 2012
Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport was in a holding pattern in February with 603,500 travelers going through the gates, virtually unchanged from a year ago, the airport reports.

Passenger numbers fall at Bob Hope Airport- Mark Kellam, Glendale News Press, April 3, 2012
Passenger and parking revenue figures at Bob Hope Airport continued their downward glide in February as the airfield moves forward with some uncertainty after the loss of American Airlines.

Hot Springs County moving forward with new airport- Martin Kidston, Billings Gazette, April 3, 2012
Hot Springs County is moving ahead with plans to construct a new airport, replacing an aging facility that no longer meets federal standards.

Forks gets OK from FAA for West End Thunder drag races- Leah Leach, Peninsula Daily News, April 1, 2012
The roar of drag races will fill the air at the Forks Municipal Airport during five weekends this summer now that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead for this season.

Fitch Rates Atlanta Airport Revenue Bonds 'A+'; Outlook Stable- Market Watch, April 2, 2012
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to approximately $483 million of senior-lien airport general revenue bonds series 2012A and 2012B (Non-AMT) as well as series 2012C (AMT) and 2012D (taxable) issued by the City of Atlanta on behalf of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Fitch also affirms ATL's outstanding $1.53 billion general revenue bonds at 'A+' as well as the outstanding $955.3 million passenger facility charge (PFC) and subordinate lien revenue bonds at 'A'. The Rating Outlook for all bonds is Stable.

Industrial park work at airport continues- Russ Corey, Times Daily, March 31, 2012
Earth movers and other heavy equipment crawl across the landscape at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport, preparing about 40 acres for what will become an aviation-related industrial park.

Lancaster Airport owners seek buyer- Stephen T. Watson, Buffalo News, March 31, 2012
The owners of the Lancaster Airport say frustration over high taxes, strict regulations and determined opposition from their neighbors are driving them to seek a buyer.

Airpark owner to use runway as drag racing strip- BG Daily News, March 31, 2012
The owner of a Paducah airport is hoping to get an extra use out of the runway by making it into a drag racing strip as well.

Vegas airport traffic up 6.6 percent in February- Bloomberg Businessweek, March 30, 2012
Airport officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled 3.1 million passengers in February.

Factoring in seating at L.A./Ontario International Airport- Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, April 1, 2012
As traffic continues to decline at L.A./Ontario International Airport, a forecast shows monthly seat departures out of the medium-hub facility is slumping.

Despite Emanuel's opposition, Jackson says crowded skies require third airport- Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times, March 30, 2012
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Chicago needs a third airport in its south suburbs because the city's skies are too crowded - and a fourth runway at O'Hare Airport won't change that.

Niagara Falls International Airport Receives $11.7 Million To Rebuild Runway- Thomas J. Prohaska and Jerry Zremski, Aviation Pros, April 6, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration has set aside $11.7 million to rebuild the main runway at the Niagara Falls International Airport, paving the way for Allegiant Air to expand service from the airport to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Tampa International Airport Rethinks Expansion As Passenger Numbers Shrink- Ted Jackovics, Aviation Pros, April 6, 2012
When Tampa International Airport officials in 2005 came up with the idea to build a massive new terminal, Florida's economy was booming, the state was growing by 1,000 people a day and planes were full.

Talkin' trash- Alex Breitler, Record Net, March 20, 2012
One of the largest landfills in the state - and a major importer of garbage to San Joaquin County - is once again seeking to expand.

Pastors urge Quinn to make move on third airport- Gregory Tejeda, NWI Times, April 6, 2012
Pastors from the South Side and surrounding suburbs used Good Friday to appeal to a higher authority - namely Gov. Pat Quinn - to back their desires for a new Chicago-area airport to be built in Will County near Peotone.

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP: FAA will take several weeks to review plane crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport Thursday- David Veselenak, Heritage Newspaper, April 6, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration will not have a complete report on Thursday's crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport for several more weeks.

Public scoping meetings scheduled on LAX northside project EIR- Argonaut Newspaper, April 5, 2012
Los Angeles World Airports has proposed the Los Angeles International Airport Northside Plan Update Project to permit up to 2.32 million square feet of new employment, retail, education, civic, airport support, recreation and buffer uses on approximately 340 acres located north of the LAX north airfield.

Tucson Airport to Get New $43M Control Tower- My Fox Phoenix, April 5, 2012
Tucson International Airport's 1950s-era control tower is one step closer to being replaced.
The Federal Aviation Administration has asked for bids on plans for a new tower and base building.
The designer could be chosen by May. Plans could be completed in about a year and a half.

S&P-US airports face financial pressure, - Michael Connor, Reuters, April 5, 2012
America's airports may not get all the federal funding promised in a new capital improvements program and some airports will face financial pressures that could yield credit-ratings cuts, Standard & Poor's said on Thursday.

Nearly $12 Million in FAA Funding Coming to Niagara Falls International Airport- WKBW News, April 5, 2012
Standing at the Niagara Falls International Airport with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials, New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that $11.7 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding will be coming to NFIA for the construction portion of the rehabilitation of the main runway.

TCRA breaks ground on taxiway project- Hank Hayes, Times News, April 5, 2012
Tri-Cities Regional Airport marked the start Thursday of a $10 million project to improve runway safety and open up the south side airfield to fresh economic development.

SO MOVED: Airport Improvements Get Final Okay- Harry Saltzgaver, Gazettes, April 4, 2012
A $7.6 million project to complete electrification of the air carrier ramp at Long Beach Airport was approved Tuesday by the City Council.




JetBlue still upbeat, but not darling it once was- John Crawley, Reuters, April 5, 2012
JetBlue's emergency response team barely had time to locate the Incident Operations Center at their new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens when they were summoned there to handle an emergency on March 27, a day after they moved in. 
Hawaiian Airlines' passenger count up 6.1% in March- Bizjournals, April 5, 2012 
Hawaiian Airlines saw the number of passengers in March increase by 6.1 percent, when compared to the same month last year, the Honolulu-based airline said Thursday. 
Crude or Refined? Delta's Fuel Gambit- Isabel Ordonez, Susan Carey and Tom Fowler, The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2012 
Delta Air Lines Inc.'s unconventional proposal to acquire an idled Pennsylvania refinery is a bet that world's second-largest airline can slash its fuel bill at New York area airports and win discounts on fuel elsewhere in the U.S. 
American Airlines March Traffic Up 1.3%; American Eagle Traffic Rises 6.0%- Nasdaq, April 2012 
American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp. (AAMRQ.PK), reported that its traffic in March 2012 increased 1.3% from March 2011, on a capacity decrease of 1.4%. 
TEXT-Fitch: continued pricing power critical for U.S. airline margins- Reuters, April 4, 2012 
A mixed bag of first-quarter revenue results from the largest U.S. 
airlines could set the stage for the onset of renewed industry margin pressure 
as jet fuel costs stay high and the air travel demand outlook remains uncertain. 
Fitch Ratings sees persistently high fuel prices and potential difficulties in 
passing on rising costs through more fare hikes as the primary risks facing U.S. 
carriers moving into the peak spring and summer demand period. 
A lesson on airline complaints, from United- Molly Ryan, Houston Biz Blog, April 4, 2012 
In the 2012 Airline Quality Rating report, a Purdue University and Wichita State University analysis of 2011 airline performance in the U.S., both United and Continental Airlines dropped in their quality ratings. But United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL) said the rankings need to be taken with a grain of salt. 
U.S. airlines: Safer than ever?- Thom Patterson, CNN, April 4, 2012 
These days, stories about airline crew-member meltdowns and traffic controllers asleep on the job are enough to make even the bravest fliers clutch their armrests a little tighter. But despite these unusual incidents, the U.S. airline industry is enjoying one of the safest periods in its history. 
Feds Vetting People Express Airline Proposal- Jon Cawley, Aviation Pros, April 3, 2012 
People Express, the new airline startup based in Newport News, recently signed operations agreements with airports in Providence, R.I, and Pittsburgh -- more are said to be on the way. 
Delta's Late March Surge Counters Airline Gloom- Doug Cameron and Kristin Jones, The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2012 
Delta Air Lines Inc. said corporate travel demand helped drive a late surge in March revenue, providing a rare boost for an industry wrestling with concerns that higher fares will start to depress demand. 
US Airways Pushes Merger- Mike Spector and Susan Carey, The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2012 
US Airways Group Inc. has told some American Airlines creditors that merging the two carriers could yield more than $1.5 billion a year in added revenue and cost savings, said people familiar with the matter, as it courts support for its push to combine the companies. 
Airlines park more planes, slow capacity growth- Doug Cameron, Market Watch, April 4, 2012 
Airlines are parking more aircraft and starting to slow capacity expansion even though passenger traffic continues to grow, the industry's global trade group said Wednesday. 
JetBlue's website is fastest of travel sites, survey finds- Nancy Trejos, USA Today, April 4, 2012 
You can log onto JetBlue Airways' website through your smartphone in an average of 4.237 seconds. Log onto United Airlines, and it'll take you 18.284 seconds to load the page. 
Malaysia Airlines to create no-child zone on Airbus A380s- Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today, April 4, 2012 
Malaysia Airlines' is banning children from the upper-deck coach-class section of its Airbus A380s. 
That's according to Australian Business Traveller, which reports: 
Allegiant to charge passengers for using bin space- USA Today, April 3, 2012 
Allegiant Air will charge passengers $35 to carry their own bag on board the plane and stow it in an overhead bin. 
Etihad's Revenue Takes Off as Traffic Surges- Alex Delmar-Morgan, The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2012 
Etihad Airways, the airline owned by the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, Tuesday said revenue rose 28% in the first quarter to nearly $1 billion as it flew more than two million passengers on its expanded network. 
Nordic Airlines Buckle Up for a Turbulent Ride- Christina Zander, The Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2012 
High fuel prices, a slowing European economy and fierce competition from low-cost rivals are pressuring Nordic flagship carriers like Nordic SAS AB, SAS.SK -0.60% andFinnair Oyj, FIA1S.HE +0.44% two money-losing airlines that are stepping up efforts to cut costs. 
US Airways: Beware of fraudulent e-mails- Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today, April 3, 2012 
US Airways is the latest airline to warn customers about scams targeting its customers. The scam involving US Airways appears to involve fraudulent e-mail messages that notify customers about travel itineraries that they never made. 
Alaska Airlines Launches New Mobile Website- The Sacramento Bee, April 2, 2012 
Alaska Airlines launched a new mobile website today that provides customers quick and easy access to their most important travel information from a mobile device. The site allows customers to track their Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan status, obtain mobile boarding passes for themselves and others traveling with them, and pay for checked bags, among other features. 
Losses keep mounting at American Airlines- Bloomberg Businessweek, March 30, 2012 
The parent company of American Airlines told a bankruptcy court that it lost $619 million last month as revenue declined from January and failed to offset costs including fuel and labor. 
Pinnacle Airlines Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection- Joe Schneider, Bloomberg, April 2, 2012 
Pinnacle Airlines Corp. (PNCL), a U.S. carrier operating under the names of Continental Express, Delta Connection and United Express, sought bankruptcy protection after costs rose and revenue declined. 
US Airways flight attendants reject tentative deal- Joshua Freed, The Kansas City Star, March 30, 2012 
Flight attendants at US Airways voted down a tentative agreement that would have been their first joint contract since the merger with America West in 2005. 
JetBlue Crew Showed Training Altered Captain-as-God Myth- Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2012 
More than three decades ago, a United Airlines jet crashed in Portland, Oregon, killing 10 people, because the co-pilot and flight engineer didn't speak up. 
Aviation and Airport Security

Four people arrested in connection with smuggling people by aircraft- Silvio J. Panta, Imperial Valley Press, April 3, 2012
Four suspected smugglers face charges following their arrest over the weekend for allegedly trying to fly undocumented immigrants in two separate incidents.
Aviation & Airport Safety    
Victims of fatal CA stunt plane crash identified- The San Francisco Chronicle, April 9, 2012
Authorities have named two men who were killed when their stunt plane crashed in a field near the Salinas airport.
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FAA investigating after plane emergency ignored- Steven K. Paulson, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 6, 2012 
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after an air traffic controller was accused of ignoring a request for an emergency landing in Denver after a commercial airline pilot reported smoke in the cabin.
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Air traffic controller reportedly thought mayday call was 'BS'- MSNBC, April , 2012 
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a recent incident at Denver International Airport in which an air traffic controller did not appear to understand a pilot's request for an emergency landing.
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Cleanup starts at DeLand Publix damaged by plane crash- Dinah Voyles Pulver and Patricio G. Balona, News-Journal, April 5 ,2012 
Crews in hard hats began working Wednesday to remove merchandise and debris left by a fiery plane wreck inside the Northgate center Publix, using generators and large fans to battle dark and damp conditions inside.
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Report: Air traffic control improvements would save money- Bart Jansen, USA Today, April 6, 2012
Improvements to the air-traffic control system could save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by consuming less fuel and reducing flight delays, according to an industry analyst's report released Wednesday.
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FAA investigating after plane emergency ignored- The Seattle Times, April 6, 2012 
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after an air traffic controller was accused of ignoring a request for an emergency landing in Denver after a commercial airline pilot reported smoke in the cabin.
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Air controller "I know that's BS"- KUSA News, April 6, 2012 
NTSB investigators and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating air traffic controllers' actions at Denver International Airport's main control tower Tuesday morning during an emergency landing.
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Skydiver dies in skydiving accident near Lodi- Mercury News, April 5, 2012 
Authorities say a skydiver has died in a skydiving accident in Northern California.
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Report: Air traffic control improvements would save money- Bart Jansen, USA Today, April 5, 2012 
Improvements to the air-traffic control system could save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by consuming less fuel and reducing flight delays, according to an industry analyst's report released Wednesday.
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APNewsBreak: Pilot in crash didn't see other plane- Dan Elliot, The Seattle Times, April 3, 2012 
A pilot who survived a midair collision in Colorado said she never saw the other aircraft but heard a loud bang and felt her plane roll to the right, an aviation investigator said Tuesday.
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Plane Crash Leaves 1 Dead; Pilot's Name Released- ONN Tv, March 31, 2012 
Officials handling the investigation of a deadly ultralight plane crash in Belmont County released more details Saturday, including the pilot's name, after federal agents came to visit the scene, reported ONN's affiliate WTOV.
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Airlines look to satellites for Wi-Fi Internet in the sky- Roger Yu, USA Today, March 23, 2012
Airlines are giving satellites a second look for delivering Internet service to passengers in the air.
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 FAA Metroplex Effort Advances in Houston, Atlanta- Bill Carey, AIN Online, April 9, 2012
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has advanced airspace adjustment efforts in about a third of the regions designated under its multi-year Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) effort, which the Department of Transportation (DOT) inspector general cited as a program of concern due to its incremental pace and unclear benefits.

Operation Migration allowed to resume leading cranes- Lee Bergquist, the Journal Sentinel, April 6, 2012
A group that trains and leads endangered whooping cranes with ultralight aircraft will be allowed to continue this year after the practice had been called into question during the 2011-'12 migration.

FAA Seeks Test Sites for UAS Introduction- Bill Carey, AIN Online, April 4, 2012
The FAA is looking for a few good sites to test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), signaling that momentum is building toward merging manned and unmanned aircraft in unrestricted airspace.

Airlines for America (A4A) Committed to Safety Partnership with FAA- The Sacramento Bee, April 3, 2012
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reaffirmed its commitment to robust data-driven safety initiatives along with the deployment of infrastructure enhancements to ensure that commercial aviation remains the world's safest form of transportation.

FAA Clears iPad For Takeoff Throughout Agency- J. Nicholas Hoover, Information Week, April 3, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to soon expand a pilot iPad program within the agency to allow all employees to use iPads in a production environment, according to agency officials. In doing so, it will join a growing trend of federal agencies embracing iPads and other tablets.

Drones coming to a sky near you as interest surges- Marcus Wohlsen, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 1, 2012
Drones are the signature weapon of U.S. wars in the 21st century. Just as Humvees became a presence on U.S. highways in the 1990s after the first war with Iraq, interest in non-military uses of drones from policing to farming is rising.

JetBlue pilot's rant puts focus on medical exams- David Koenig and Joan Lowy, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 31, 2012
The case of the JetBlue captain who came unglued at 35,000 feet has focused attention on what some aviation experts say is a flimsy system for detecting psychological problems in pilots.
Aviation Legislation and Regulation   
  Bipartisan bills hit a brick wall in election-year gridlock- Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, April 7, 2012
A slew of bills that have attracted bipartisan support are stalled in Congress and face an uncertain future this election year.

Airlines say passengers are overtaxed- Christopher Elliot, The Washington Post, April 5, 2012
To say that air travelers spend as much time complaining about fees and surcharges as they do flying might not be much of an exaggeration. And now the airline industry wants you to add another complaint to that list: taxes.

Schumer pushes for rule requiring airlines to include carry on fees in price quotes- Justin Sink, The Hill, April 5, 2012
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Thursday asking the agency to require airlines to include the cost of carry-on baggage fees in the price quoted to travelers.

Ohio aerospace future on minds of Portman, GE Aviation- Mike Boyer, Cincinnati.com, April 4, 2012
Aerospace is Ohio's second-largest industry, but it will take efficient investment in the state's workforce and aerospace institutions to grow it, according to keynote speakers at a day-long gathering Wednesday on the industry's future and job growth at the GE Aviation Learning Centre in Evendale.

The following information was released by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell:
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured Insitus unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training facility and highlighted the impact of the recently enacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization on Southwest Washingtons aerospace industry. The FAA bill was signed into law on February 14, 2012.

Legislators Oppose President's Proposed User Fee- Paul Lowe, AIN Online, April 3, 2012
Members of both houses of Congress have sent letters to President Obama decrying his advocacy of a $100-per-flight user fee on turbine-powered aircraft that fly in "controlled airspace" in his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget.

Panel chosen to boost state's aerospace economy- Jennifer Robinson, Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 3, 2012
A state economic-diversification agency has selected a panel of business and government leaders to help build Nevada's aerospace economy.

Missouri Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Aviation Industry- Elvia Malagon, The Ledger, March 31, 2012
A group of aviation enthusiasts took a break from flying and watching aircraft Saturday morning to discuss issues affecting the industry.

Transportation advocates see little hope for pre-election long-term highway bill- Keith Laing, The Hill, April 1, 2012
Transportation advocates are losing hope for passage of a highway bill before the election following Congress's decision this week to pass another short-term funding extension.
Aviation and Airport Litigation


Night flight ruling hits Lufthansa- Chris Bryant, FT.com, April 4, 2012
A German court has upheld a ban on night flights at Frankfurt airport in a blow to Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline by revenues, and Fraport, which operates the aviation hub.
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JetBlue pilot's case in Texas court- Michelle Miller, CBS News, April 2, 2012 
Clayton Osbon made his first appearance in federal court in Amarillo, Texas Monday morning. 
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Man charged with trying to smuggle erectile dysfunction pills at LAX expected to plead not guilty- Daily Breeze, April 2, 2012 
A former Korean law enforcement officer who lives in Los Angeles is expected to plead not guilty today to charges of attempting to smuggle nearly 40,000 phony erectile dysfunction pills into the United States through LAX by hiding them in his golf bag and luggage. 
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Man Arrested For Allegedly Pointing Laser at Aircraft Near Bob Hope Airport- North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch, March 30, 2012 
A man was arrested in North Hollywood for allegedly pointing a laser at aircraft near the Bob Hope Airport, police announced today. 
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