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December 22, 2006, 4:21 AM

A DOT notice issued December 19 warns colleges arranging charter flights on large aircraft to football bowl games, basketball playoffs or other “special events” that Part 125 operators and independent charter brokers are not regulated to the same level as Part 121 carriers.

December 22, 2006, 4:20 AM

Although the FAA allowed only 30 days for comments on the proposed Special FAR mandating Mitsubishi MU-2 pilot training, 72 comments were submitted to the docket. The SFAR will require all MU-2 pilots to obtain initial/transition, requalification, recurrent and/or differences training.

December 22, 2006, 4:16 AM

Industry groups, including NBAA, were working with the FAA late last year to get it to ease requirements on two issues that carried a January deadline.

December 22, 2006, 4:15 AM

On December 21 Raytheon announced a $3.3 billion “definitive agreement” that will result in the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to Onex Partners of Toronto and GS Capital Partners (an affiliate of New York-based Goldman Sachs) and establish Hawker Beechcraft Corp.

December 22, 2006, 4:12 AM

It has been a long road for Raytheon Aircraft, but on November 21 the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) super-midsize received full FAA certification, following the award of provisional certification almost two years earlier, and more than 10 years since the program was announced at the 1996 NBAA Convent

December 21, 2006, 11:19 AM

For this year’s look in the crystal ball, AIN added a number of aircraft to the list to reflect ongoing programs more accurately. While many of these aircraft are derivative and not original certifications, they are still new and deserve to be counted.

December 21, 2006, 11:15 AM

Ten months ago all 16 of England’s and Wales’ air ambulances created the Association of Air Ambulance Charities (AAAC) to lobby the government to consider the needs of the air ambulance community. The AAAC argues that the lives and money the group saves warrant it some influence.

December 21, 2006, 11:13 AM

The New York State Assembly didn’t follow the Senate’s lead and pass legislation that would exempt Part 91 aircraft from sales and use taxes. The bill’s sponsors said they intend to reintroduce the measure early this year.

December 21, 2006, 11:11 AM

Zurich-based charter company Comlux took possession last month of an Airbus A318 Elite, making it the first to operate the type.

December 21, 2006, 11:10 AM

Release of a new air-taxi operations specification (OpSpec A008) to replace interim Notice 8400.83, published last June, has been delayed again–from the end of November to the end of last month. It’s expected that operators will have 60 days from its release to comply.

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