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Australia's charter and passenger carriers are urged to provide input on changes proposed on air regulations that apply to them. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has revamped Part 121b, which covers charter and scheduled service in aircraft bigger than 5,700 kg. (12,500 lbs.)...

Two men have been arrested in the brazen theft of computers from Sydney Airport. A few weeks ago, men dressed as technicians made off with computers from the customs area. Although the computers contained all sorts of sensitive information, it appears the alleged thieves were only interested in the hardware for resale...

Rotorway International announced the sale of its 700th Exec. 162F kit helicopter. A cattle rancher from Australia will now spend his evenings and weekends piecing together the little chopper and eventually use it to wrangle cattle...

A backward illustration in the maintenance manual for the Beech 1900D is being studied as a possible contributing cause to two crashes of the popular commuter plane in the past year. The FAA is now looking into the possibility in connection with a crash that killed 21 people in Charlotte, N.C., last January and a crash that killed two last month off Cape Cod. Control issues were cited in both crashes…

Tickets for the final scheduled flights of the Concorde are selling fast. Would-be history makers snapped up a third of the 450 seats available on the last four legs of British Airways' London-to-New York service. Prices are about $6,000 one-way...

A Canadian crew flying a specially equipped Twin Otter rescued a sick man from the South Pole last Sunday. A little spring twilight helped the pilots, from Calgary-based Ken Boreck Air, make an uneventful landing in temperatures hovering around –60 F. The unidentified patient has a bladder infection and is now being treated in hospital.