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 The FAA's Western-Pacific Region has issued a letter to airmen requesting helicopter pilots flying under visual flight rules (VFR)  in the Los Angeles Basin to use specially assigned transponder codes. Civil general aviation rotorcraft are requested to use Mode 3 transponder code 1205 when operating within a specified area (see Read More section). Law enforcement and first responder helicopters are asked to use 1206 when operating in the same area. The change goes into effect on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 5 a.m. local time (1200 UTC).

 

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan this week authored a joint column warning that funds for fighting wildfires are rapidly running out for this year — and that unless something is done soon, the US Forest Service (USFS) will have to dip into funding meant for other programs, including those intended to prevent the fires or mitigate their impact.

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This notice clarifies the purpose and authority of the notes in the type certificate data sheet (TCDS) and provides additional guidance for aircraft certification office (ACO) and directorate staffs and oversight offices to write these notes.

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pressofatlanticcity.com - Key elements of a $40 billion program to modernize the U.S. air traffic control system by switching to satellite-based technology are being completed after a long-overdue upgrade, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Aug. 11.

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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved a controversial Homeland Security Department rule to ease the way for Libyans to attend U.S. flight schools.

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The FAA has published an update to a repair station rule in the Federal Register to give itself the power to "deny an application for a new repair station certificate if the applicant or certain associated key individuals had materially contributed to the circumstances that caused a previous repair station certificate revocation action."

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a proposed rule that would make changes to the conduct of investigations, changing an internal rule that governs communications between parties to an investigation.

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The FAA announced last week that the drone test site in Rome, N.Y. has started operations – the fifth of the six test sites to do so.

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As California and other states battle wildfires, the White House is again highlighting the link between climate change and wildfires, saying that climate change doesn't cause wildfires, but it does make the burn season longer and more intense.

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HAI has learned the White House is now considering potential executive actions to prevent inversions — when companies reincorporate overseas in order to lower the tax burden on income earned abroad.

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