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There’s always something new to know regarding Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations. Here are brief overviews of some of the latest FAA news for fall 2012.

October 16: FAA Approves More Medical Oxygen Units

The FAA has authorized the use of seven more portable oxygen concentrator models for passenger medical use on airplanes. Portable oxygen concentrators are small units that separate oxygen from nitrogen and other gases in the air, and provide oxygen at greater than 90 percent concentration. They do not use compressed or liquid oxygen, which is considered hazardous material.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that U.S. airlines and foreign carriers flying into the U.S. allow passengers to use FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrators during all phases of a flight. The DOT also encourages airlines to voluntarily allow non-approved units because they pose no safety danger.

There are now 21 approved oxygen concentrator models. The newly-approved devices are the AirSep Focus, AirSep FreeStyle 5, Inogen One G3, Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox, Respironics Simply Go, Precision Medical EasyPulse, and the SeQual SAROS.

October 11: New Issue of FAA Safety Briefing on Aviation Education

The FAA has released the Sept./Oct. 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, which can be read on the FAA website.

The new issue focuses on aviation education, and includes articles on the different types of aviation training devices, a story on the importance of situational awareness, what it takes to be a flight instructor, an article on the Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s (ARC) airman testing standards and training, an update on runway safety strategies, the FAA’s plans to begin testing distance learning for AMT trainees, and important cold weather precautions for rotorcraft.

October 11: Newly Updated: Airport Design Advisory Circular (AC) Updated

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