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RAA: More news than usual. (Regional Airline Association)

SAN DIEGO Two noteworthy resolutions, talks from knowledgeable speakers and significant aircraft orders and announcements made the Regional Airline Association's (RAA) annual fall meeting worth attending, for once.

RAA leaders passed a resolution calling for an "independent forum" to hear civil-penalty appeals, though it doesn't name the NTSB specifically as its choice to be the independent forum, as does a similar resolution by the ATA.

Currently, the Civil Penalty Demonstration Program mandates that the "FAA decision maker," the FAA administrator, be both prosecutor and appellate-court judge in such cases. "And that has the great potential of being unfair," said RAA President john Fredericksen.

Another resolution calls for a 75% minimum-slot-use requirement at the nation's four designated high-density airports during weekdays. FAWs proposal calls for a 90% minimum-use standard from the current 65%. Carriers not complying will lose their slots to new-entrant carriers, according to FAA's proposal. …

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