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March 8, 2007, 9:43 AM

It took the FAA more than three years to finalize its rules affecting the commercial air-tour industry and only 14 days after their publication for the NTSB to issue a recommendation asking the agency to change the rules and require floats on all helicopters used in commercial air-tour operations

March 8, 2007, 9:40 AM

On the heels of the termination of a training contract with United Airlines (a mutual agreement the companies said), Eclipse Aviation said it is “currently in negotiations” with a new training partner for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet.

March 8, 2007, 9:38 AM

The NTSB concluded that the forced landing of a University of North Dakota Citation 550 research jet on Sept. 30, 2005, in Fort Yukon, Alaska, was caused by the pilot’s “improper use of anti-icing,” which resulted in ice ingestion into both engines and the complete loss of power.

March 8, 2007, 9:35 AM

Last week’s stock market tumble put a chokehold on Inmarsat’s Swift64 satellite ISDN service as business jet passengers, particularly those on the U.S. East Coast, scrambled for their laptops and, perhaps predictably, brought the network to a grinding halt.

March 8, 2007, 9:05 AM

The FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive that requires landing-gear inspections on Socata TBM 700s with more than 1,750 landings. The AD cites the possibility of “landing gear repair or replacement” if cracks are detected.

March 8, 2007, 9:02 AM

The FAA is releasing a new Web-based program that lets the user fill out, digitally sign and print forms online. The user can also interact with the FAA when necessary and forward forms directly to the aircraft registry to be placed in the official aircraft records.

March 8, 2007, 6:29 AM

Sabena Technics, the TAT Group subsidiary specializing in civil and military aircraft maintenance, has acquired EADS Barfield, an aviation support, service and component repair and maintenance operation. The acquisition is a strategic move to further penetrate the American market.

March 8, 2007, 6:26 AM

Mather Aviation of Sacramento, Calif., became an authorized line maintenance facility for Learjets.

March 8, 2007, 6:06 AM

Reliance Aerotech Services (RAS) of Nashville, Tenn., has launched a toll-free recruitment hotline to make it easier for prospective employees to contact the company’s recruiters.

March 8, 2007, 5:59 AM

Keeping today’s turbine-powered aircraft clean might not be rocket science, but it isn’t like washing a car, either. There is now a program that teaches aircraft detailers the safe and proper procedures for detailing all aspects of turbine-aircraft exteriors and interiors.

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