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Two Anchorage men were critically injured when a small plane flying over the Iron Dog snowmachine race crashed near Rainy Pass Lodge on Alaska's Iditarod Trail.Colleen Mondor
The Air Force announced details Thursday of plans to conduct an environmental impact statement on a proposal to base two squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base in Interior Alaska, a step that provides formal assurance of the expansion effort announced last August.Dermot Cole
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.Jeannette Lee Falsey
A Delta flight en route from Tokyo to Los Angeles made an unscheduled stop in Anchorage after a passenger suffered a medical emergency.Megan Edge
Alaska is continuing to clamp down on the use of drones to aid in hunting and fishing. The Board of Fisheries on Sunday moved to prohibit commercial fishermen from using drones to spot schooling salmon.Craig Medred
An Anchorage air traffic controller's quick thinking saved a Kansas pilot from possible tragedy near Juneau last summer. Now that controller, Parker Corts, is being honored as a hero by his union. Zaz Hollander
The company that provides regular helicopter service to the island of Little Diomede in the Bering Strait says a combination of weather and mechanical issues has kept them from flying. Residents say that despite just a single mail and cargo delivery in the last month, they are getting by.Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
The primary concern raised by attendees was the increasing cost of PenAir flights. A round-trip ticket from Dillingham to Anchorage ranges from $450 to $600, which some residents feel is prohibitively expensive.Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times
Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks -- crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away.Joan Lowy
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