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Nationwide one-day strikes by public transport workers and air traffic controllers are affecting travel to and from France on Tuesday but airlines are trying to maintain most of their flights to and from Paris, The New York Times reports. The newspaper quotes a spokesman for Aéroports de Paris – which operates both main Paris airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly – as saying their terminals are calm and less crowded than on a typical day.

Officials of the Wichita State University-operated National Institutue for Aviation Research (NIAR) have petitioned local congressman Jerry Moran to help the institute win funding to research what it will take to keep the U.S. Air Force's Boeing KC-135R tanker fleet flying. NIAR told Moran it has calculated that even if Congress moves immediately to award a contract for the United States' next tanker – Boeing and a partnership between Northrop Grumman and Airbus are slugging it out for the huge award – the last KC-135Rs won't be retired until the 2042-2046 period.

State manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) will unveil two new general aviation aircraft at Airshow China 2010 in November, reports China's news agency Xinhua. One, the Seagull 300 which flew for the first time earlier this month, is the first indigenous amphibian aircraft developed by China and will go into mass production next year. The second, the Little Eagle-500, is a light business jet designed to carry four or five people.

Bryan Bedford, the CEO of Frontier Airlines' parent Republic Airways Holdings, starred in the CBS reality show 'Undercover Boss' on October 17. In a disguise which involved donning a wig, going unshaven and wearing blue-collar clothes, Bedford pretended to be a prospective new hire at Frontier Airlines so he could learn more about the challenges of the jobs performed by the airline's front-line staff and find out about the employees' needs.

Bloomberg reports that financial professionals are certain Japan's decision to open up Tokyo's near-downtown Haneda Airport to international flights, including long-haul flights to Europe and North America, will greatly improve the city's attractiveness as a global financial and business hub.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has signed an agreement with contract-maintenance provider Air Works that will allow the airport to offer third-party line maintenance services to airlines.

SDI Lasers, a subsidiary of research and development company Klydon, will soon unveil a laser-based paint removal system intended mainly for the defense and commercial aviation industries.

 As reported by the SIngapore blog, " Defence Minister, Teo Chee Hean, said that it was a defective component in an Apache helicopter from Squadron 120 that caused the pilot to do an emergency crash landing in an open field in Woodlands. The defective component was an Anti-Ice Start Bleed Valve (AISBV) that had led to a sudden loss of power and eventually shut-down of both engines during flight.

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has developed a new tilt-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle called the Panther and will exhibit it internationally for the first time at the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. from October 25 to October 27, reports ASDNews. IAI has also developed a smaller version of the Panther called the Mini Panther.

A 17 year-old from Northwood in Middlesex has become the UK's youngest ever female qualified hot air balloon pilot. Milli Karlstrom picked up her licence on her 17th birthday from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) offices at Gatwick Airport, having just completed the final stages of her training. She was taught to fly by her father, Kenneth Karlstrom, Managing Director and Chief Pilot of Virgin Balloon Flights. Her first balloon flight was at the age of two.