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What are the most recent Federal DOT regulations?

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As of October 2015, recent regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation include the Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. Updated Family Assistance Plan, as well as the Airworthiness Directives: Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Airplanes plan. The second of these two regulations comes from the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration branch.

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The Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. Updated Family Assistance Plan aims at facilitating communication between airplane staff and the families of passengers in the event of an aircraft accident. Features of the plan include providing better access to a toll-free telephone number families can call during an aircraft accident, developing a system to notify families of the status of related passengers before the general public or media and assurance to family members of passengers that the involved airline notify the families of related passenger belongings and return the items to them.

The FFA's Airworthiness Directives: Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Airplanes regulation concerns the maintenance and repair of the left and right lower surface panels of airplane wings. This directive came about in part because of the risk of fatigue damage in these areas. The directive specifically targets fatigue cracking, and it puts in place guidelines for the repair of these cracks.

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