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Small commercial drones get FAA approval

Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.

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Bombardier to sell its ‘waterbomber’ aircraft business

The parent of Wichita’s Learjet said Monday afternoon that it has reached an agreement to sell its amphibious aircraft business to Viking Air Ltd., a British Columbia aircraft manufacturer that contracts with Lee Aerospace in Wichita to build part of the fuselage of its Twin Otter 400 twin-turboprop airplane.

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Learjet 75 pocket door

Learjet product manager Anali Stewart explains the process of adding a pocket door on the Wichita-built Learjet 75, which Bombardier says cuts the noise down in the passenger cabin by up to 8 decibels.

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B-29 'Doc' gets FAA airworthiness certificate

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Ride inside a World War II-era B-17 bomber

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Ballard Aviation in Newton

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B-29 moves under its own power for first time in 60 years

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Air Capital NDI

First nonstop Southwest flight leaves for Phoenix 0:35

First nonstop Southwest flight leaves for Phoenix

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United Airlines using big jets at Wichita airport

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Virtual reality "cave" at NIAR gives center new capabilities

The National Institute for Aviation Research unveiled their new Virtual Reality Center on Tuesday. The large "cave," can allow the user to walk through mock-ups of different types of aircraft. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
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Virtual reality "cave" at NIAR gives center new capabilities 1:32

Virtual reality "cave" at NIAR gives center new capabilities

Learjet 75 pocket door 1:17

Learjet 75 pocket door

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Fast climb in a Learjet 75

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