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Airlines from Mexico are now able to launch new services to the United States following a finding by the FAA that Mexico complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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The new rule seeks to prevent widespread fatigue damage by requiring aircraft manufacturers and other certification applicants to establish a number of flight cycles or hours a plane can operate and be free from WFD without additional inspections for fatigue.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines for failing to follow correctly a 2006 airworthiness directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. Ultimately, American had to ground more than 300 MD-80s temporarily in April 2008 in order to complete the actions required by the directive.

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In an assessment of Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the Federal Aviation Administration has found that the country is not in compliance with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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Emerging new aircraft types such as Cruise-Efficient Short Take-Off and Landing transport aircraft potentially could have a strong positive effect on the efficiency and capacity of the U.S. Next Generation Air Transportation System, according to research recently completed by Sensis Corporation and its project team.

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A new surveillance system introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration in Colorado allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions.

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Following the discovery that 82 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s have been flying with unapproved parts, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the airline until Christmas to replace the parts on up to 50 of the aircraft.

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