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The first of six sites chosen by the FAA to be a proving ground for integrating drones into the U.S. national airspace is operational, beating the statutory deadline by two months.

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The rapid development of technology in the cockpit has provided many opportunities to automate and digitize much of the hard copy documentation once carried on board an aircraft. Many operators are using or seeking approval for Electronic Flight Bags. Additionally the United States Forest Service has modified new and existing contracts to allow the use of EFBs and published guidance on their use.

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Brainerd Helicopters has advised the interagency aviation community that they have received FAA field (337) approval for a "PSD Adapter Plate". This bracket should answer FAA concerns about using belly straps to secure PSD systems on Brainerd's A-Star helicopters.

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The FAA announces the completion of a U.S. nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while giving pilots more information in the cockpit. This upgrade is a key improvement in the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

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The FAA is undertaking a rulemaking that could allow private pilots to substitute a driver’s license for an FAA medical certificate, reducing the paperwork burden on both the agency and pilots.

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There is no U.S. "National Standard" frequency to be used as the go-to tanker base frequency. The new airtanker base directory will be coming out soon and all the radio frequency information in it will be correct. There is no "National Standard of 123.975"; DO NOT USE THIS FREQUENCY WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORIZATION.

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The FAA reviews and engineers all aviation Air-to-Air AM frequencies for all Airtanker Bases each year. Usually, the frequency 123.975 MHz is assigned for this purpose. However, if the frequency is not available at a given location, the FAA will engineer an alternative frequency.

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The FAA has opened up public comments on an ANPRM that would require maintenance personnel working at repair stations overseas who make safety-sensitive repairs to U.S. aircraft to undergo drug and alcohol testing. The comment period will run for 60 days.

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Concerns about physical security at U.S. grid facilities have jumped recently following reports of a mysterious attack that took down a California substation last year. As reported in HAI's RotorNews earlier this week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the industry organization that develops and enforces many standards for electric utilities, to develop new standards for physically securing grid facilities.

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President Obama is set to announce on Thursday, March 13 that he will use his authority over enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act to instruct the Labor Department to revise its regulations for employees classified as "executive or professional" who are currently ineligible for overtime pay.

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