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Jan. 28, 2010
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Airports have until Feb. 22 to notify FAA on use of entitlement funds
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The FAA issued a notice in the Federal Register that sets a Feb. 22 deadline for airports to notify FAA whether or not they will use FY 2010 entitlement funds. The normal deadline for this notification is May 1, and FAA cites the short term authorization extension as the reason for shortening the deadline. The Federal Register notice also includes three options for airports regarding grants during this period. More

Domestic Airport News



Seeking a place at airports
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Virgin America has managed to survive skyrocketing oil prices and an economic crisis since it started in mid-2007 and even hopes to achieve an operating profit this year. But the airline, based in San Francisco, still faces the same hurdle that has daunted previous start-ups: getting access to scarce runway slots and terminal gates at some of the nation's biggest and busiest airports. More


Hartsfield-Jackson manager Ben DeCosta says 'It's time to try something else
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It just was time for him to move on. That's how Benjamin DeCosta, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, explained why he would not renew his contract when it runs out at the end of June. DeCosta sent a letter to the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed to let them know of his decision. More


White House restarts search for TSA head
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The Obama administration is starting a new search for a nominee to head the aviation security agency amid intelligence warnings that al Qaeda still wants to target air travel. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is trying to fill the gap at the Transportation Security Administration by devoting much of her attention to aviation security in the wake of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day, according to aides.  More


Airlines brace for Kennedy runway closure
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Airlines are girding for more delays at New York City's John F. Kennedy International starting March 1 when the already-congestion-plagued airport shuts down one of its four runways for construction. More


Plans being laid may transform airport into aerotropolis
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The paint is barely dry on $1 billion of construction at Indianapolis International Airport, and discussions already are under way on how to create a mini-city of business, retail and lodging that could spread for miles. Known as an "aerotropolis," the concept already has gained favor in Asia and Europe. More


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A.C.'s high-tech airport taking off
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Atlantic City International Airport appears to be a travel anomaly: Flights often arrive and depart early, or at least on time, and security personnel go out of their way to be courteous as they paw through passengers' toiletries. More


U.S. Transportation Secretary urges swift passage of jobs plan
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called for "swift passage" of a jobs-creation package in Congress to bring down double-digit unemployment figures. LaHood said he met in the morning with Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, to press for the package to include "ample" funds for highway construction and other transportation projects. More


Air cargo demand is up for first time since '08
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U.S. airlines posted their first month of cargo traffic growth in November since July, 2008, driven by an increase in global trade, the Air Transport Association said Wednesday. Further, December passenger revenue for U.S. airlines fell just four percent from year ago, an improvement from a seven percent decline in November, as the erosion in average ticket prices continues to decelerate, the trade group said. More


Oakland airport connector could lose $70 million
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BART and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission could lose $70 million in federal stimulus funds to build the Oakland Airport Connector unless the agencies quickly complete an analysis of whether the project adversely affects minority communities. More


Dulles Airport adds $1.5 billion AirTrain
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In part of a $3 billion renovation, Washington Dulles International Airport will unveil its AeroTrain. The new train system has taken eight years of digging and construction, and over a decade of planning. Its implementation will help passengers get to their gates more quickly. More

International Airport News



Napolitano seeks European air-security changes
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will meet with European security ministers to urge them to improve screening at airports and to provide the U.S. more information about airline passengers. Napolitano told a Capitol Hill hearing that the Christmas Day attempted bombing of an airliner near Detroit will be a "catalyst" for her to persuade European countries to make security changes. More


Ryanair's ex-Ireland fares likely to rise 10 percent
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Ryanair announced further cuts to its schedule at Dublin and Shannon airports and said fares out of Ireland are likely to rise by "at least 10 percent." At a press conference in Dublin, chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline would reduce the number of aircraft based in Dublin from 18 to 15 during its summer schedule, which begins on March 28th. More


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ACC News



Deadline for ACC Aviation Award of Excellence Nominations
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Nominations for the 2010 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence, which recognizes the contributions of an individual, group, or organization to the airport and aviation industry, are due by Friday, Jan. 29. The award presentation will take place at the ACC 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition, Nov. 8 to 10, 2010 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Please submit all nominations to the ACC 2010 Awards Committee Chair Gloria Bender, Phone: (817) 359-2954, Fax: (817) 359-2959, gbender@transsolutions.com. More


Symposium hotel deadline and updated Matrix agenda
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Rooms are being held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center for the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Atlanta. All attendees will receive the special discounted rate of $179 single/double. Reservations made after Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, will be on a space available basis at prevailing rates, not necessarily the discounted group rate. To make your reservations, call (404) 659-0000 or (888) 444-6664 and indicate that you are part of the ACC/AAAE Airport Symposium to receive the discounted rate. The recently updated version of the Symposium matrix of programs is also available here. More


ACC welcomes new member
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Cogent, Inc.
Cogent, Inc. has joined ACC as an associate member. Cogent provides first class automated biometric identification systems and biometric access control solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies and commercial customers worldwide. Cogent provides secure real time identification results in the field.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Regional airport planning could help address congestion if plans were integrated with FAA and airport decision making
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A number of airports are or will be significantly capacity constrained and thus congested within the next 16 years. However, many of them face environmental and other obstacles to developing additional airport capacity. In 2007, FAA identified 14 airports (in 10 metropolitan regions) that will be significantly capacity constrained by 2025, even assuming all currently planned improvements occur. More


Developing Improved Civil Aircraft Arresting Systems
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 29: Developing Improved Civil Aircraft Arresting Systems explores alternative materials that could be used for an engineered material arresting system (EMAS), as well as potential active arrestor designs for civil aircraft applications. The report examines cellular glass foam, aggregate foam, engineered aggregate, and a main-gear engagement active arrestor system. More


Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 24: Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technologies explores various parking strategies and technologies that are employed, or have potential applications, at airports in the United States. More

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