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March 25, 2010
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Senate clears FAA reauthorization bill; three month extension pending
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The U.S. Senate this week voted 93-0 in favor of its two-year FAA reauthorization bill (H.R. 1586), which provides $34.1 billion in funding through FY 2011. Both the House and Senate measures fund the Airport Improvement Program at $4.0 billion in FY 2010 and $4.1 billion in FY 2011. Passage of the measure now allows representatives from the House and Senate to work out differences between the respective measures. In the meantime a bill to extend FAA programs until July 3, 2010 is pending in Congress. More

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Planes may fly mostly on biofuels with 10 years
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Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants -- flax, marsh grass, even food waste -- as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight climate change, aviation experts said. More

Atlanta still the world's busiest airport, but Chicago is slipping
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Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world's busiest, "but the mix of other airports near the top is changing," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Those "changes" include a drop by Chicago O'Hare, the airport that for many years vied with Atlanta for the "world's busiest" title. More

Idaho House votes against full-body scanners
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The House has voted 58-9 in favor of HB 573, legislation from Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, to restrict the use of full-body imaging for airport security in Idaho. Hart told the House, "It's my opinion that the use of these devices to screen every individual … would be an unreasonable search of those persons." He also said he was concerned that the scanners might not be safe. "What if they harm our bodies?" he asked. "What if they're not medically sound? What if they're going to cause cancer sometime down the road?" More



Fliers warned of longer airport lines as feds beef up security
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Haven't flown since the winter holidays? If so, you could be in for a surprise if you return to the skies this spring. That's according to The Associated Press, which writes "many passengers this spring are about to have their first encounter with airport security measures stepped up after Christmas, when a man was accused of trying to blow up a U.S. jetliner using explosives hidden in his underwear. With the extra measures rolling out, security lines are expected to grow." More

U.S. aviation security pick favors Israeli model
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President Barack Obama's nominee to oversee security at U.S. airports said he wants to shift screening closer to the Israeli model to include more behavior detection in a bid to thwart terrorism plots. More

International Airport News



U.K. airport worker warned in scanner ogling claim
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A security worker at London's Heathrow Airport has received a police warning and faces disciplinary action over claims he ogled a female colleague using a full-body scanner, officials said. More

Dubai to open first section of world's largest airport in June
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Dubai in June will open the first section of its new international airport, which aims to become the world's largest passenger and cargo hub. Al Maktoum International Airport on June 27 will open a cargo terminal with an initial capacity of 250,000 tons a year, Andrew Walsh, vice-president for cargo and logistics at Dubai World Central, the airport developer, said in an interview in Dubai. The terminal's capacity will increase to 600,000 tons a year, he said. More

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Brisbane Airport to make U.S. bond debut to refinance
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Brisbane Airport Corp. Ltd., owner of Australia's third-busiest airport, may sell bonds in the U.S. for the first time this year as it seeks longer-term funding to help refinance debt and pay for a new runway. More

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Last chance to advertise in the 2010 ACC Membership Directory
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This is the last week to submit advertisements for the 2010 ACC Membership Directory. Each year, the directory is sent to ACC members, government agencies, state aviation offices, industry press, fellow associations and hundreds of domestic and international airports. Regardless of the product or services your firm provides, advertising with a half or full-page color ad in the 2010 Membership Directory offers unparalleled visibility to your target market. The final deadline for ad submissions is Thursday, April 1, 2010. For rates, specs and all other inquiries, contact John Reynolds, Coordinator of Communications, (703) 683-5900, JohnR@ACConline.org.
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AMAC/ACC to sponsor joint speed dating session
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The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and ACC are partnering in the First Annual AMAC/ACC Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Speed Dating Session on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 from 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. It will take place in conjunction with the AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference in New Orleans on June 19-22, 2010. The Speed Dating Session will introduce large airport AEC firms to potential minority and women-owned business partners for future business opportunities. More

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Former TSA official Mike Golden dies
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Mike Golden, the former Associate Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Security Technology, died this week. Golden, who spent 26 years with Southwest Airlines, was instrumental in the deployment of new in line baggage and checkpoint screening equipment at airports. More

Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design, Volume 2: Spreadsheet Models and User's Guide
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 25, Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design comprises a guidebook, spreadsheet models, and a user's guide in two volumes and a CD-ROM intended to provide guidance in planning and developing airport passenger terminals and to assist users in analyzing common issues related to airport terminal planning and design. Volume 2 of the report consists of a CD containing 11 spreadsheet models, which include practical learning exercises and several airport-specific sample data sets to assist users in determining appropriate model inputs for their situations, and a user's guide to assist the user in the correct use of each model. The models on the CD include such aspects of terminal planning as design hour determination, gate demand, check-in and passenger and baggage screening, which require complex analyses to support planning decisions. The CD is also available for download from TRB's Web site as an ISO image. More

FAA updates Advisory Circular
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The Federal Aviation Administration issued an addendum to AC 150/5345-53C, Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program. More

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