Some say it's just incompetence but others are suggesting bad karma is to blame as the much-despised National Air Tour Safety Standards process hit another bump. It seems some of the meatiest of the one-on-one dialogue between opponents and the FAA will go unrecorded because the transcripts from part of a public meeting held in Las Vegas have been lost. FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told AVweb a steno machine used in the afternoon session of the meeting failed and the verbal submissions were lost. He said all 11 presenters have been contacted and submitted copies of their notes, and the question-and-answer session has been reconstructed as well as possible. "It's not as dire as some people are trying to make it out to be," he said. The May 21 Las Vegas public meeting followed a similar session in Washington on May 7 in which virtually all the alphabet groups, numerous individuals and companies slammed provisions of the proposed rule that may put about 700 companies out of the sightseeing business, curtail charity sightseeing flights and increase costs for air-tour companies that do stay in business.