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May 20, 2004

FAA Will Conduct Emergency Tanker Inspections

Arizona Congressman Calls For Even Faster Action

The FAA Tuesday said yes to a request from the US Forest Service to inspect 33 grounded aerial firefighting tankers grounded last week to see if any can be returned for service. But for one Arizona congressman, that's not good enough.

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AS3 Opens Big In Vegas

Major Boost in Exhibitor and Attendee Participation Over Previous Years

The 2004 rendition of the NATA/PAMA AS3 annual convention and tradeshow (now run by an independent organization) is off to a new and greater start than previously seen. Boasting strong attendance from both exhibitors as well as attendees, the AS3 show has become a focal point for aviation services, FBOs and the aviation maintenance field.

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AIR BP Announces Ramp Security And Safety Training

The obvious need to continue ramp security education and the insurance industry's scrutiny of the aviation business, has prompted Air BP Aviation Services to develop and offer a security and safety training program to assist Air BP Dealers, General Aviation personnel and FBOs.

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ATP Launches NavigatorV

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has launched ATP NavigatorV, a regulatory information service that incorporates the advanced capabilities of a new software platform. ATP Navigator V improves maintenance organizations' ability to cut the cost and time associated with accessing and compiling regulatory data by introducing a streamlined user interface, simplified work flow, and robust functionality in conjunction with the industry s most complete and current collection of regulatory documents.

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Bombardier/Indy To Lay Off 90

Service Center To Close October 1

Even with indications that the aviation sector is picking up, Bombardier says it's closing its service center in Indianapolis (IN) on October 1st. The announcement means about 90 workers -- many of them highly-skilled -- will get their walking papers soon, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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FAA To Expand Drug/Alcohol Testing Program

ARSA: Thousands of Small Businesses Will Be Affected The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to drastically increase the scope of its antidrug and alcohol misuse testing program. These rules apply when maintenance or other safety-sensitive functions are performed in the United States directly or by contract for US air carriers.

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