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Washington, DC - FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker announced to a group of aviation leaders at the NextGen Institute on September 18 that the FAA will hold a "Call to Action" summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the January 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. The all-day session will be held on October 28.

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Jack Lew, secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, said this week that Treasury will act very soon to crack down on corporate tax inversions to remove many of the economic benefits of inversions – not closing the door – but it will take away a lot of economic value.

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The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report after reviewing 109 "significant" rules and has concluded that not all agencies gave clear explanations about the designation.

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urged the U.S. Congress last week to approve the tax extenders with as few changes as possible. Last-minute revisions will only complicate an already hectic 2015 tax-filing season.

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Larry Summers says that ending the decades-old U.S. ban on exporting crude oil is a "no-brainer."

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New fatigue rules that apply to passenger pilots, but not cargo pilots, would not have made a difference in the crash of a UPS plane outside of Birmingham, Ala., last year had they been applied to the crew, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center announced this week that the agency has selected four candidate fuels for further testing to find an unleaded replacement for the current leaded aviation gasoline formulation. The ultimate choice will have significant impact on the helicopter industry’s primary training and personal aviation fleets

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a timeline for determining whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft and will propose "endangerment" findings.

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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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