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Officials at the airport in Rockford say they're suspending the annual AirFest air show due to recent expansion at the facility.

Chicago Rockford International Airport Director Mike Dunn says several of the new businesses at the airport have non-stop operations. He says that makes it ``very challenging to close the airport for four days.''

More than 75,000 people have come to AirFest in previous years to see headliners like the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

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Two passenger jets made emergency landings in northern Illinois Thursday after facing bird strikes. 

Allegiant says Flight 1671 from Chicago Rockford International Airport to Punta Gorda, Florida, hit a flock of geese in the afternoon.  This forced the pilot to shut down an engine and land back in Rockford.  All 177 passengers and the crew disembarked unscathed.

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One year ago, the Greater Rockford Airport Authority began construction on a 200,000-square-foot hangar facility.  At more than ten stories tall, it's capable of holding an Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8, the largest commercial airliners ever built.  

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A massive project at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is back on track, thanks to a collaboration by five local banks. 

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America needs more aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians. Rockford is now home to one of the nation’s only registered apprenticeship programs aimed at filling that need. The U.S. Department of Labor and Rockford aircraft maintenance company Emery Air signed an agreement Wednesday to create a training pipeline for the career that’s in heavy demand.