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The emergence of Ebola on U.S. soil just weeks before the midterm elections is forcing politicians to figure out how to talk about the public health challenges from the lethal virus, including calls for flight bans, demands for an "Ebola Czar," and criticism of the Obama administration response.

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week announced that it will once again audit the contract for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), the backbone of the NextGen air traffic control system — and specifically, the FAA’s ability to manage that contract. The audit is part of the FAA reauthorization bill that Congress passed in 2012.

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During this busy fire season numerous questions have arisen regarding the procurement of aircraft services as it relates to using either a USFS or DOI contract aircraft; and when does the initial hiring mechanism change from one agency to another agency? The helicopter manager and vendor are the responsible parties in determining the initial path to take, depending on the original resource or-der and contract jurisdiction.

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This document provides clarification of the intent of the Approach/Departure IFR Transitions regulation contained in the Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations final rule, published on February 22, 2014.

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The FAA is expected to issue a clarification on Tuesday regarding one section of the Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations Rule, more commonly known as the HEMS Rule. The clarification addresses some confusion regarding 14 CFR 135.613, Approach/Departure IFR Transitions.

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As expected, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA on Thursday approved exemptions for several aerial cinematography companies involved in the motion picture industry. In order to receive the exemptions, the companies developed UAS flight manuals with detailed safety procedures that were reviewed and approved by the FAA, with some additional requirements.

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Forbes Magazine reported on Wednesday that the FAA will approve a request by seven aerial photography companies and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for an exemption to rules that prohibit commercial use of unmanned aerial systems. The announcement will reportedly be made on Thursday afternoon, September 25.

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The Obama administration has announced that it will use its regulatory authority to crack down on tax inversions, saying Congress cannot agree on a policy to stem the tide of companies cutting their tax bills by moving their tax home outside the United States.

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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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