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March 11, 2010
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Senate begins deliberation on FAA bill; ACC urges quick passage
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Senate began consideration of its Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1451). The bill authorizes $4.0 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in FY 2010 and $4.1 billion in FY 2011, a substantial increase from the $3.5 billion provided over the last five years. Representatives from the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) met with key Senate offices to press for passage of S. 1451, to ensure the House and Senate can go to conference as soon as possible and work out differences between the respective measures. In the meantime, the current short-term extension bill for the FAA expires on March 31. ACC participants were told that congressional committees are currently considering a three month extension to keep FAA programs running through the end of June. More

Domestic Airport News

Obama nominates Robert A. Harding to lead TSA
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President Obama nominated retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding to lead the Transportation Security Administration, selecting someone unknown to the aviation industry and federal unions to lead one of the government's most visible agencies. More

UAL requests DOT clarification on grants
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United is again complaining that some federal grants to help small communities get more airline service could be used, without sufficient justification, to subsidize lower-fare competition against existing service offered by United or other carriers. More

LaHood to airlines: Get onboard the high-speed train
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The airline industry was left fuming last year when some $8 billion on federal stimulus money was appropriated for high-speed rail while air-traffic control modernization got no new funds. Airlines see high-speed trains as competition that could further erode their customer bases, and they were left befuddled how rail projects decades away could be "shovel ready’" when the next-generation air-traffic control system that airlines say will reduce delays and boost air-travel capacity didn't get any action from the Obama Administration. More

Airport built, it's time to see if the traffic comes
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The first new international airport in the United States in more than decade is set to open in May near Panama City, Fla., a community of 37,000 people on the state's panhandle. That is no small feat given the environmental, regulatory and financial hurdles involved in building runways and terminals, as well as community opposition to planes flying overhead. More

Midwest and Frontier Airlines have big plans for Kansas City, Mo.
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Midwest Airlines will move into Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport (KCI). Unless you're from Kansas City, Mo., you don't care, right? Not so fast. This piece of news may have an impact on people across the country. More

Branson Airport's airline, Branson AirExpress, takes off
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Last year, Branson opened the nation's first privately built commercial airport. This year, the airport is attempting to start its own air service. More

International Airport News

Reporter breaches Amsterdam Airport's security
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Dutch airport officials announced new security measures, after a Dutch investigative journalist reported smuggling a refilled liquor bottle through the heightened security checks at the airport where a young Nigerian boarded a flight for the United States on Dec. 25 with explosives in his underwear. More

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New Japan airport hits turbulence
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Japan will inaugurate its 98th airport this week when Ibaraki Airport, northeast of Tokyo, opens. One small hitch: It offers only a single flight a day to Seoul. The event underlines the power of pork-barrel politics in Japan. Ibaraki Airport, which cost 22 billion yen (about $220 million) to build, has become a symbol of the nation's decades of profligate spending on useless public-works projects that dot the country. The airport itself is expected to incur a loss of 20 million yen its first year of operation. More

Santiago, Chile, airport reopens domestic terminal and activity should reach 50 percent
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Passenger traffic at Santiago de Chile's main airport should reach 50 percent of normal activity following the increase in commercial airlines flight numbers and the reopening of the domestic air terminal, reports the Chilean Civil Aeronautic Agency. More

ACC News

ACC Associate Liaison Program launched
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The ACC Associate Liaison Program enhances the ability of individuals within ACC Associate member firms (suppliers/manufacturers/vendors) to access the appropriate technical experts at ACC Executive (consultant) member firms. ACC Associate and Executive member firms will benefit from the program by exchanging valuable information which will result in new leads, teaming partners and professional relationships. To access the Associate Liaison Program Web site and the list of Executive member participants that signed up so far, go to the 'Resources' page of and click on 'Associate Liaison Program' in the left hand margin.

Register now for May Pavement Design workshop
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Registration is now open for the Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation Workshop on May 3-5 in Atlanta, Ga. This course enables participants to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools. Enrollment for these workshops is limited to 30 attendees, so register now. More


FAA forecast predicts 2.5 percent annual growth
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The FAA's 20-year forecast for Fiscal Years 2010-2030 predicts domestic passenger enplanements will increase by 0.5 percent in 2010 and then grow an average of 2.5 percent per year during the remaining forecast period. Total operations at airports are forecast to decrease 2.7 percent to 51.5 million in 2010, and then grow at an average annual rate of 1.5 percent reaching 69.6 million in 2030. At the nation's 35 busiest airports, operations are expected to increase 60 percent from 2010 to 2030. More

Marketing Guidebook for Small Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 28: Marketing Guidebook for Small Airports explores development of a marketing program for general aviation or commercial service airports on a small or minimal budget.

FAA issues programmatic guidance letter on Buy American
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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a programmatic guidance letter (PGL) titled "Buy American Preference Requirements on AIP Federal Contract Provisions." The PGL provides additional guidance on meeting federal Buy American requirements on projects funded through AIP or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More

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