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AvStar Aviation Group AvStar Aviation Group, Inc. Releases Company Activity Update. AvStar Aviation today released the following company activity update. DOT Commuter Authority - A competitor of Twin Air Calypso Limited lodged a complaint with the FAA, which was forwarded to the DOT, alleging that we were exceeding our "on-demand" authority regarding the number of times we flew to the destinations of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay on the island of Abaco. The validity of the allegation hinged on what constitutes a "published schedule". We contend our interpretation of the FAA and DOT "published schedule" provision is in compliance with FAA and DOT regulations. As our discussions and correspondence developed with the DOT representatives it became evident that the Commuter Authority could not move forward until this issue was resolved. To resolve the issue we elected to accept a "Consent Order" and mitigated fine rather than expend legal fees to defend our position and further delay the commuter authority approval. The company will have to pay a $70,000 fine, $35,000 is payable over a 7 month period. Barring further violations, the remainder will be waived after a one year period. The "Consent Order" we accepted will be published in the DOT docket within the next few days. As in the past we will respond immediately should there be any request for additional information regarding our commuter authority application. With the FAA/DOT issue resolved it is felt that an answer from the DOT will be forthcoming. Cuba Authority - According to OFAC, our Cuba Authority application is in the final stages of the approval process. We have not been asked for additional information and are not aware of anything that would prevent our being approved for this authority. Berry Aviation Alliance - Twin Air Calypso and Berry Aviation are eager to formalize their alliance. Logistical matters are being discussed and further details will be released as they become available. Revenues - Our 2011 Twin Air Calypso Limited, Inc. revenues were over $2,200,000, which was a 35% increase over 2010. Details will be contained within the upcoming 10K. Currently, the 2012 revenues are on pace to equal 2011. Feb 27, 2012

Boeing FAA proposes change to air data sensors on Boeing 737. The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed altering wiring on air data sensors on Boeing 737 aircraft to make the sensors automatically activated. Pilots now must manually turn on the air data sensors on

the more than 1,000 aircraft registered in the U.S. (U.K.) Feb 28, 2012

Colgan Air Colgan Air faces $153K fine for not giving pilots enough rest. The Federal Aviation Administration wants to fine commuter jet operator Colgan Air for flying planes three years ago without giving crew members enough rest. In a letter to the airline released Friday, the FAA lays out 17 instances in which pilots or flight attendants flew without the required amount of off-duty rest time. It proposes a fine of $153,000. FAA regulations require the airline to give each crew member 24 consecutive hours off every seven days. The FAA says that between June 14, 2008, and February 23, 2009, Colgan scheduled flight duty time for two captains, two first officers and six flight attendants on a seventh day after they had been on duty for the previous six days. The FAA said one of the captains operated four flights without adequate rest. Each of the other flight crew members operated one flight without meeting this rest requirement. Crews are also required to get time off after eight hours of flying. The FAA says that in 2008 Colgan had three flight attendants and one first officer work without this required time off. "Colgan's actions in assigning flight crew members and flight attendants to duties in scheduled air transportation without required rest ... were careless or reckless so as to endanger the lives and property of others," writes Christian Lewerenz, an attorney for the FAA in the letter to Colgan. Last year, the FAA proposed fining Colgan nearly $1.9 million for allegedly allowing 84 flight attendants to fly for a week after the airline was informed they had been trained on fire extinguishers that were different from those used on their aircraft. In 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people. The National Transportation Safety Board report on the crash cited pilot error as a factor, adding, "the pilots' performance was likely impaired because of fatigue, but the extent of their impairment and the degree to which it contributed to the performance deficiencies that occurred during the flight cannot be conclusively determined." One of the crew rest violations cited Friday by the FAA took place the day after the crash. "Safety is the top priority at Colgan," wrote Joe Williams, spokesman for parent company Pinnacle Airlines in a statement to CNN. "The proposed fine is based on actions that occurred more than three years ago. We believe we complied with all applicable duty and rest rules and will respond accordingly." The airline has 30 days to reply to the FAA. The FAA in December announced new pilot flight, duty and rest rules that will go into effect in December 2013. Colgan is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines and flies small commuter jets for US Airways Express, United Express and Continental Connection. Source: CNN Mar 2, 2012

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