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Southwest CEO: AirTran brand to vanish by the end of 2014
USA Today
AirTran will vanish by the year's end. Doing away with the AirTran brand has always been part of the plan for Southwest, which announced plans to acquire its one-time rival in 2010. The merger closed in 2011, but Southwest has been notoriously cautious on its public timeline for how long it would take to completely fold AirTran's operations into its own.
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FAA wins latest battle over Santa Monica airport
Aviation International News
Aviation interests are pleased with a decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that halts an effort by the city of Santa Monica, Calif., to close its airport (SMO). Judge John Walter ruled in favor of the position advocated by the FAA, that the city's challenge to the requirement that SMO continue to be a publicly accessible airport was "untimely."
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House votes to curb FAA move on overweight pilots
USA Today
The House voted to slow down the Federal Aviation Administration's effort to start testing overweight pilots and air-traffic controllers for sleep disorders. The legislation approved by voice vote aims to block FAA from immediately requiring tests for sleep disorders based on a pilot's weight or neck size, as the agency announced in November.
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At Newark Airport, the lights are on, and they're watching you
The New York Times
Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures. But they probably will not realize that the light fixtures are the backbone of a system that is watching them.
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LaGuardia Airport: A national embarrassment for seven more years (at least)
Bloomberg Businessweek
Long before Vice President Joe Biden tagged New York's LaGuardia Airport as best suited to "some third-world country," millions of travelers despised its dilapidated Central Terminal Building as a depressing symbol of U.S. infrastructure decline. The airport closest to Manhattan often ranks worst in traveler surveys.
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Airlines' snow price-tag may have topped $80 million
The Hill
Weather-related flight delays that piled up earlier as snow closed airports on the East Coast could have cost airlines more than $80 million, according to an analysis conducted by The Hill.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


German court backs Munich airport expansion
Reuters
A Munich court backed plans for a third runway at Germany's second-biggest airport, which could help airlines clamoring for growth in Europe's biggest economy to expand capacity.
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NATS to introduce time-based ATC solution at Heathrow
Aviation International News
British ATC provider NATS announced that a new system that uses time intervals rather than distance to separate arriving and departing aircraft should be in full operation at London Heathrow Airport next spring. The dynamic time-based separations (TBS) system is expected to reduce aircraft delays while increasing an airport’s landing acceptance rate by accounting for wind-speed changes that current distance-based separation ignores.
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Boingo scores win with Dubai airports
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Los Angeles-based Wi-Fi networking provider Boingo Wireless is in another big airport Wi-Fi access deal, reporting that it has scored a win with Dubai Airports to supply Wi-Fi at both Dubai International  and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central.
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Brazil bans A380 flights at São Paulo airport
USA Today
Brazilian regulators have nixed Air France's plans to use its Airbus A380 superjumbo jet for flights to São Paulo, Brazil's biggest metropolis. Brazil's air traffic regulator says airlines will not receive approval to fly the A380 to São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport — the city's main international airport — because the main runway there is not wide enough for the jet, according to The Associated Press.
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At least 12 foreign firms expected to bid for Navi Mumbai Airport
AviationPros.com
The Maharashtra government expects at least a dozen international airport companies, including Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd and Fraport AG, to bid for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport near Mumbai, and says that most hurdles surrounding the airport project have now been cleared.
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Safe Skies Alliance, Inc. launches PARAS applied research program
Safe Skies Alliance, Inc.
The Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term practical solutions to security problems faced by airport operators. PARAS is managed by Safe Skies and funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Contractors conduct the research and are selected through a competitive proposal process. PARAS is modeled after the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board.
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Raymond Moore joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Raymond Moore will be responsible for aviation business development and pursuit of airport projects throughout the Northeast, including the New York/New Jersey region.
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Mead & Hunt opens new Raleigh, NC, office
Mead & Hunt
“The addition of the Raleigh office team is part of our commitment to continued expansion. We are very excited to have these top notch employees join Mead & Hunt,” said Andy Platz, President of Mead & Hunt. “The timing is right to make this move into North Carolina, and we are confident the new office will complement our thriving transportation engineering capabilities.”
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Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) recipient of the 2014 ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
ACC
The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce that the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) is the recipient of ACC's 2014 Excellence in Procurement Award. Director of Engineering Dwight Clayton accepted the award on behalf of the Authority at a luncheon today during the ACC/AAAE Planning, Design & Construction Symposium in Denver, Colo. The award recognizes airport or airport sponsors that demonstrate excellence in procurement and contracting practices.
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House votes to curb FAA move on overweight pilots
USA Today
The House voted to slow down the Federal Aviation Administration's effort to start testing overweight pilots and air-traffic controllers for sleep disorders. The legislation approved by voice vote aims to block FAA from immediately requiring tests for sleep disorders based on a pilot's weight or neck size, as the agency announced in November.

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Justin Edwards joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Justin Edwards has been named Southeast Regional Manager of Aviation in the Orlando, Fla., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization.

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Changes in Dallas as Wright Amendment comes to an end
By Matt Falcus
Oct. 13 will mark a change in aviation in the Dallas area as the 35-year-old Wright Amendment officially comes to an end, leaving downtown Love Field and its hometown airline, Southwest, free to pursue flights across the country.

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning, Volume 1: Final Report
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 16: Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning, Volume 1: Final Report explores conditions under which aircraft noise affects student learning and evaluates alternative noise metrics that best define those conditions.
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Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning, Volume 2: Appendices
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 16: Assessing Aircraft Noise Conditions Affecting Student Learning, Volume 2: Appendices includes appendices A through G for ACRP Web-Only Document 16, Vol. 1, which explores conditions under which aircraft noise affects student learning and evaluates alternative noise metrics that best define those conditions.
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