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ABC News
ABC Program Update
David A. Johnson, President of the 2006-07 ABC Board of Trustees

Welcome to the Aircraft Builders Council's inaugural e-newsletter! We are excited about this new communication tool and will strive to keep it informative and timely. Each of the ABC quarterly e-newsletters will contain updates on the aviation insurance market, noteworthy aviation and aerospace news items, and a note or update regarding the ABC Program.

Broker Committee News
John H. Howes and Roger M. Bathurst, Benfield Corporate Risks, ABC Broker Committee
Throughout its 50+ year history, the ABC program has faced a variety of challenges reflecting market conditions, underwriting concerns and aviation industry developments.

Mendes Legal Update: The Digital Age has Arrived: An Overview of Changes Proposed by the Supreme Court for E-Discovery
Ralph V. Pagano, Mark Pilon, Attorneys at Law, Mendes & Mount Law Firm
The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States has recently proposed significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”). These changes will attempt to address a list of critical issues surrounding the conduct of electronic discovery (“e-discover”) by reforming parts of FRCP 16, 26, 33, 34 and 37.

More Industry News
U.S. Airline Terror Cover Extended
National Underwriter Company
Matt Brady
WASHINGTON —Federal officials said the program providing terrorism insurance coverage to domestic airlines has been extended by administrative action for the first eight months of this year. Henry Price, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed that late last month the Aviation War Risk Insurance Program was extended through Aug. 31. It had been due to expire Dec.31, 2006.

Comair Insurer Faces Claims for Crash
National Underwriter Company
The United States Aviation Insurance Group — insurer for Comair, a Delta Air Lines Connection carrier — was served a wrongful-death lawsuit for the death of a Florida man killed in the Comair Flight 5191 crash in Lexington, Ky., according to a release from the law firm Podhurst Orseck , who is representing one of the victims.

Sky's The Liability Limit
Risk & Insurance
Ronald Gift Mullins
Each day millions of middle managers scurry to airports, board commercial jets and fly off on business. Thousands of others, instead of boarding a commercial aircraft, fly their own plane for business. Or, they sometimes rent. Using personal aircraft for business purposes saves time but exposes an employer to soaring liability and higher insurance costs, many risk managers say.

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