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April 06, 2004

Battle Over Charity/Sightseeing Rule Kicks Into High Gear

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy says the FAA's charity/sightseeing notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is filled with incomplete or questionable data and needs to be withdrawn. In formal comments submitted to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, the Office of Advocacy says the agency failed to accurately account for the economic impact of the proposed rule, formally known as the National Air Tours Standards, or how many small businesses it would force to close.

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Cessna Adds FMS To CJ-3

Cessna says its Citation CJ3's standard avionics package has been significantly improved. All Citation CJ3s will now come equipped with a standard FMS performance database. The new standard FMS performance database will provide takeoff and landing performance data at customer's fingertips.

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A Terrifying Plunge

For Brian Templeton of Waterford (MI), the end of the world came in the form of a flat spin from which he simply could not recover. That's what witnesses to the March 25th accident told the NTSB about the crash of a Royal Air Freight Mitsubishi MU-2B near Pittsfield (MA). And radar data seems to confirm that, in the span of less than a minute, Templeton's aircraft plummeted more than 12,000 feet.

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Keystone Helicopter Divisions Earn FAA's Diamond Awards

Keystone Helicopter's Helicopter Services Division and the Engine Services Division for the third consecutive year have each received the FAA Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence.

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New TSA Security Directives Issued - Have You Complied?

Recently, the TSA released two Security Directives (SDs) applicable to international passenger and cargo operations. All members subject to the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) should have already obtained the SD applicable to their operations. NATA recommends that operators take immediate action to comply with the new requirements.

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