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FAA Puts the Brakes on “Rolling Rest”

The FAA has once again issued a Legal Interpretation explaining that an “on call” pilot can’t count as rest all of the time that a call never came. The FAA has been restating this principle periodically for years, and each time, many in the Part 135 on-demand charter world angrily

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Why a Single LOA May Be Insufficient

When purchasing a new aircraft, or making a change in the operating structure, often the last items to be considered are the FAA Letters of Authorization (LOA) for operations. For years the operator specific nature of the LOAs has gone unnoticed by the FAA, and the business aviation industry. Ongoing

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Forecast 2014: Charter Brokers in the Spotlight

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Enhanced Consumer Protections for Charter Air Transportation” on Sept. 30, 2013, and then the federal government promptly shut down. Click here to download full article.

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Jackson & Wade becomes NBAA’s newest PDP provider

Jackson & Wade, LLC, is NBAA’s newest approved Professional Development Program (PDP) provider. The firm’s course, “Regulatory Compliance and Documentation,” meets NBAA’s PDP Objective Operations 3, which is to “develop the knowledge and understanding to establish a recordkeeping system to document regulatory compliance and initiate appropriate action.” Read more here:

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Sharing Aircraft Under FAR Part 91

For U.S. Operators, charging someone for a ride in the company jet is a subject thick with claims and counterclaims, ignorance and outright bad behavior.  The arguments are old, but some of the consequences are new.  Today, the IRS may be more likely than the FAA to punish practitioners of

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Return of the Ramp Check

The FAA determined that increasing ramp checks will improve aviation safety, especially for Part 91 pilots. Keep ARROW on board but understand that the required list of items has evolved. Click here to download full article.

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NTSB Updates and Expands Reporting Requirements

The NTSB has updated Part 830, effective March 8, 2010, increasing the number of reportable incidents to include glass panel failures.  These are the first significant changes to Part 830 in more than a decade.  There is  now a requirement for reporting incidents involving engines, propellers and rotors and a

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Blowing the Whistle

There are lessons learned looking back 10 years after creation of the Whistle-blower Protection Program for airline employees.  Whistle-blower protection does enhance safety.  The real price of this safety is the burden of documenting that a pilot’s career is not harmed or ended if a pilot takes a stand to

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