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Evolving Medical Standards

This past April, the FAA began to consider special issuance of medical certificates to pilots with mild-to-moderate depression who have been treated for at least 12 months on one of four antidepressant medications.  The FAA’s decision to allow pilots to take drugs such as Prozac was a demonstration of political

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Charter Broker Disclosure Requirements

Congress has recently passed the “Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.” In one section of the bill, there is the requirement for “Disclosure of Air Carriers Operating Flights for Tickets Sold for Air Transportation.”  Congress has beefed up the disclosure requirements so that a traveler knows

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Managed Charter 2.0

For decades, FAR Part 135 charter operators have used their aviation expertise to manage aircraft for companies that own jets for their own use.  The now-common practice of placing these managed corporate aircraft on a charter company’s operations specifications for charter by third parties evolved from this initial management service. 

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One Accident, Two Stories

On Aug. 1, 1999, a 1968 Cherokee six crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport in Ohio, killing the pilot and three passengers and seriously injuring a fourth passenger.  The NTSB version of the crash found the pilot’s failure to maintain sufficient airspeed and proper trim as the cause.  However,

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Small Business Aircraft

There are great tax advantages for small aircraft bought for business use.  Business aviation does not always mean business jet.  You can also show the FAA that your small aircraft is a legitimate business tool.  Join the NBAA and get a copy of its small aircraft exemption for Part 91.501. 

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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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Aircraft Repair Station Security

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for repair station security was issued by the TSA in November 2009. The proposed rules would require repair stations to adopt and carry out a “standard” security program. Click here to download full article.

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FAR Part 61: Road Work Ahead

The FAA’s major revision to Part 61 was published August 21, 2009 and became effective October 20th.  It is no small task for pilots to keep up the with the changes to Part 61, but the FAA’s job of updating it is an endless, thankless process. Click here to download

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What is Current Maintenance?

The correct response depends on whether you are maintaining an aircraft under FAR Part 91, 121 or 135, and the person posing the question. Click here to download full article.

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Time to Resolve FAR 135 Rest and Duty Times

The current rest and duty regulations for Part 121 and 135 operations date back to 1985.  In 2003, the FAA established a joint FAA/Industry Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to provide the agency recommendations regarding the safety and applicability standards for Parts 125 and 135.  The ARC did achieve consensus on

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