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    Claudia Culmone

    As a Communications Specialist for NATA Compliance Services, Claudia brings with her a wealth of writing knowledge and experience. She worked as a legal and business investigative journalist for over 10 years, interviewing business owners, state legislators, judges and attorneys. Claudia also spent five years as an online content writer and account manager. In this capacity, she composed blogs, press releases, professional biographies and web pages for a wide range of industries, including legal. Claudia worked directly with clients to understand what their needs were, project future concerns and help them achieve their goals. Outside the office, Claudia has a second career as a fictional author. She is also an avid photographer, history junkie, weekend traveler, and a collector of music and international fairytales. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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    U.S. Supports Venezuelan Passport Extension

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Dec 23, 2019



    In June of 2019, the U.S. State Department expressed support of the National Assembly of Venezuela’s decree, extending printed expiration dates on Venezuelan passports for an additional five years. The move comes in the midst of a crisis that has been building for years within Venezuela’s borders and has now expanded into the global arena.

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    Real ID and the Reality of Not Having It

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jun 27, 2019



    Since January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not REAL ID-compliant are required to present an alternative form of identification before boarding a commercial aircraft. Luckily, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website shows all states and territories are compliant or have been granted an extension. As of October 1, 2020, however, anyone planning to travel on a federally-regulated aircraft will be required to present a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID.

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    Is Your Company Safe from Insider Threat?

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jan 28, 2019



    First, what is an insider threat? According to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 2018 Report of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee on Insider Threats at Airports, “The term insider threat refers to individuals with privileged access to sensitive areas and/or information, who intentionally or unwittingly misuse or allow others to misuse this access to exploit vulnerabilities in an effort to compromise security, facilitate criminal activity, terrorism, or other illicit actions which inflict harm to people, an organization, the air transportation system or national security.”

    With that definition in mind, let’s examine the components of insider threat and how you can protect your operation from them.

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    Drones: The New Generation of Aviation

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Fri, Jan 11, 2019



    Know someone who had a drone on their holiday wish list? Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), attract individuals young and old: weekend hobbyists, professionals, and those seeking a new career opportunity. As industries and individuals find new ways to use them, their popularity continues to grow.

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    Are Retired Veterans the Answer to General/Business Aviation's Personnel Shortage?

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Nov 05, 2018



    Military veterans, especially pilots, have long chosen to pursue a second career in civil aviation. The Washington Post, this year, reports a little more than 80 percent of U.S. civil pilots served in the military during the 1960s. Many saw the military as a gateway to an aviation career; the military provided superior training and the opportunity to fly aircraft that was second to none. Having a military background gave pilots a clear advantage over other applicants within the general aviation industry. 

    Today, military veterans continue to be valuable to commercial airlines and aviation operators, but the number of veterans transitioning from the military to general aviation has decreased significantly. As a result, only “a third of private-sector U.S. pilots have military backgrounds.” Why the change?

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    Safety vs. Security: Is there a difference?

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jul 25, 2018



    Safety…security: they sound like they are the same thing, right? After all, they both work with the purpose of protecting someone or something from harm. So why are safety and security separated with respect to government authority and oversight?

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    FMCSA vs. FAA, part 2

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jul 09, 2018



    Knowing when a company needs to set up a drug program, or when safety-sensitive employees should be administered a drug or alcohol test, is not always intuitive. But what if you have safety-sensitive employees who are subject to more than one agency? In Part 1 of our blog series, we discussed the differences between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drug programs. For Part 2, we’re diving into when a safety-sensitive employee reports to both agencies and what you should know.

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    FMCSA & FAA Drug Programs

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Apr 24, 2018



    Drug programs: FMCSA vs. FAA, part 1

    Complying with the guidelines of more than one U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) agency is challenging, especially when it concerns drug testing. How do you know if you need multiple drug programs? When should employees be tested? What should you do if you have employees who fall under more than one DOT agency? In our first of two blogs, we discuss when a drug program is needed, testing requirements, and the differences between drug programs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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    Understanding the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Feb 19, 2018



    Cable shows like Intervention, news stories from national media outlets and documentaries all show the extent and effects of opioid abuse throughout the world. Many personal stories start in the same fashion: the person suffered a traumatic event, was prescribed an opioid like Percocet® or OxyContin®, found that they liked the way they felt on the drug and then became addicted. For some, the prescription addiction may lead to a dark path of deceit, theft, and use of harsher drugs. For others, the result can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially termed this wave of addiction as a national opioid epidemic.

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    The Importance of Employee Identification

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jan 17, 2018



    How many times have you turned on the TV or went online, only to hear of an individual impersonating someone else? In December 2017, the New York Post reported on a woman who walked into a major retail store, dressed as an employee, and then exited the store with more than $40,000 worth of iPhones. Law enforcement is still trying to identify her, but the most shocking detail about this story is the woman was never questioned or stopped.

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