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Jan. 21, 2010
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Embattled TSA nominee withdraws
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The Obama administration's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his nomination. In a statement, Erroll Southers said he was pulling out because his nomination had become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. President Barack Obama tapped Southers, a former FBI agent, to lead the TSA in September but his confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who says he was worried Southers would allow TSA employees to engage in collective bargaining with the government. More

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Schumer, citing 'failures,' wants airport breaches investigated
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For the second time in two weeks, a New York-area airport went into lockdown after a security breach by someone who did not appear to be a terrorist. Terminals were evacuated and planes were delayed. Passengers were forced to wait on long lines; airlines lost money. And even more questions were raised about the heightened airport security that has followed an attempt to blow up a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit last month, an act that led to the indictment of a Nigerian man with suspected ties to Al Qaeda. More


Airport Check-in: Parking fees on rise as airports seek revenue
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Parking rates are rising at airports across the USA as aviation authorities and local governments seek additional revenue amid shrinking air traffic. Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports and San Diego's Lindbergh Field announced parking price increases earlier this month, following other large airports that raised rates in the past year. More


Sea-Tac radar to prevent bird strikes
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One year after a flock of Canada geese caused a US Airways jet to crash land in New York City's Hudson River, officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are taking unprecedented steps to prevent wildlife from interfering with airplane travel. Sea-Tac recently became the first U.S. airport to deploy a radar system that shows real-time bird activity around the airport, officials announced. More


Boston's Logan Airport to offer free Wi-Fi
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The Massachusetts Port Authority Board has approved a plan to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport. The board voted to offer passengers free wireless Internet access to be supported by advertising and sponsorship programs. The airport currently offers paid roaming service such Boingo or T-Mobile. Recently, free Wi-Fi temporarily has been available at Logan as part of a Google sponsorship. More


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Airport scanner companies queue for business after 'underpants bomber'
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The alleged "underpants bomber" who tried to blow up flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day has triggered a vigorous commercial race to cash in on a $600m (£370m) opportunity to fit airports with full-body scanners detecting concealed explosives. Unnerved by terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's apparent ability to evade detection on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, the U.S. government has pledged to install imaging machines that snap images of passengers' naked bodies to spot hidden objects that can pass through metal detectors unnoticed. Britain, the Netherlands and other nations are following. More


DHL to donate Ohio Airport for redevelopment
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Public officials say an agreement by package delivery company DHL Express to donate its abandoned airport in southwest Ohio to the region will boost efforts to attract new companies and jobs. State and local officials and DHL executives announced the preliminary agreement in Wilmington, saying it should be final by Feb. 28. More


Looking for thriving airports? Try North Dakota
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Looking for thriving airports? Try North Dakota, where passenger numbers soared at many of the state's airports in 2009. That trend, of course, is in contrast to what's playing out elsewhere in the USA, with many airports facing big schedule cuts by airlines -- along with the resulting decline in passenger numbers. More


Plane skids off runway at Yeager; airport reopens
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A US Airways Express regional jet carrying 30 passengers and three crew members aborted its takeoff at Charleston's Yeager Airport, rolled onto an overrun area at the end of the main runway, and came to a stop in a specially designed safety zone about 100 feet from the edge of the hilltop airport. More


Winging It: Why not regionalize our airports?
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You have to give State Rep. Bryan Lentz credit for doggedness. Last month, the Delaware County Democrat introduced, for the second time, a bill in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to create a regional authority that would own and operate the Philadelphia International and Lehigh Valley International airports. The idea is to reduce flight delays in Philadelphia. More

International Airport News



UN: Aid flights get top priority at Haiti airport
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The UN food agency reached an agreement yesterday with the U.S.-run airport in the Haitian capital to give aid flights priority in landing -- a deal that came after the military was criticized for giving top billing to military and rescue aircraft. At an emergency meeting in Brussels, meanwhile, the European Union's 27 nations pledged more than euro400 million ($575 million) to help quake survivors and rebuild the French-speaking Caribbean nation after last week's massive earthquake. More


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ACC meets with FAA airports leadership
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ACC Board Chairman Ron Peckham with C&S Companies, President Paula Hochstetler and Vice President T.J. Schulz explored relevant airport development issues with Kate Lang, FAA Acting Administrator for Airports and Ben DeLeon, Director of the FAA Office of Airport Planning this week in Washington, D.C. ACC conveyed the need to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill and received an update on the status of economic stimulus grants that have been obligated for airport projects. Wildlife management plans and FAA involvement in airport sustainability initiatives were also discussed. Peckham and Hochstetler also met with Greg Principato, President of the Airports Council International-NA, and discussed opportunities for the associations to expand collaboration. More


Symposium early registration deadline ends Friday
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Early registration for the 2010 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium is Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. The Symposium will be held Feb. 24-26 in Atlanta and is the preeminent airport technical event of the year, highlighting the latest tools, methods, concepts and new ideas in airport development and operations. More


ACC welcomes new member
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Dave Fleet Consulting LLC
Dave Fleet Consulting LLC has joined ACC as an executive member specializing in airport safety. Fleet has 18 years of airport management and five years of airport planning experience, providing expertise in all aspects of airport operations. He has worked on the Safety Management System (SMS) FAA pilot programs for the past two years. Along with experience in SMS, Fleet can provide assistance in Airport Certification Manual updates and/or creation, snow removal plans, land use planning, policy guidance and other operations needs.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Strategic planning in the airport industry
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 20: Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry explores practical guidance on the strategic planning process for airport board members, directors, department leaders, and other employees; aviation industry associations; a variety of airport stakeholders, consultants, and other airport planning professionals; and aviation regulatory agencies. A workbook of tools and sequential steps of the strategic planning process is provided with the report. The CD is also available online for download. More


Aircraft noise: A toolkit for managing community expectations
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 15: Aircraft Noise: A Toolkit for Managing Community Expectations explores ways to improve communications with the public about issues related to aircraft noise exposure. The report examines practices that characterize an effective communications program and provides basic information about noise and its abatement to assist in responding to public inquiries. More

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