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Senators move to stop flight tower closures
The Hill
A group of 18 senators is introducing legislation to stop the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers this summer. The FAA has identified 149 flight control towers at small regional airports it intends to close because of the sequester.
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FAA budget, down overall, boosts NextGen funding 7 percent
Aviation Week
The FAA's proposed fiscal 2014 budget of $15.6 billion cuts $351 million from fiscal 2012's actual level largely by trimming airport grants, a move that failed in recent years. The budget, released today by the Obama administration, includes $9.7 billion for operations, $2.8 billion for facilities and equipment (F&E), $166 million for research and development, and $2.9 billion for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund-backed Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
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Fresh warning of sequester delays for air travel
WSB-AM
Giving the back of the hand to those who have questioned whether the sequester will negatively impact air travel in the United States, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood again said that the traveling public will feel budget cutbacks in coming months.
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Despite sequester, aviation companies expand in North Carolina
NPR
The forced budget cuts known as the "sequester" have not yet started to trickle down to the local level. But that hasn't stopped politicians from talking about what those cuts will mean. But business leaders in a city with strong aviation ties aren't looking at only the conversations in Washington as they plan their futures.
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Airport officials blame sequestration for steep passenger drop
WHNT-TV
It's already the most expensive airport in America. But new numbers now show a substantial dropoff in passenger traffic at Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Ala., with officials blaming sequestration for the decline.
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Quicker screening could ease airport lines
Politico
First came the knives. Now come the laptops and shoes. As it eases restrictions on blade-carrying passengers to speed up the airplane boarding process, the Department of Homeland Security also wants to allow more low-risk travelers to breeze through airport checkpoints.
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Time for a re-think?
Airport World
Exambela Consulting's David Feldman argues that airport leaders may need to adapt business strategies to concentrate more on the mid-term for their gateways to thrive in an age of uncertainty. We are entering a new airport age. The rapid evolution of a competitive market is changing the required skill-sets of airport CEOs, especially those managing mid-sized airports of between 5-15 million passengers a year.
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DFW Airport offers sneak peek at DART station
WFAA-TV
Late next year, passengers headed to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will be able to go all the way to the Terminal A on the DART Orange Line. Currently, the Orange Line runs through northwest Dallas and into Irving, with the last stop at the Belt Line Station. DFW passengers can take a shuttle bus from there to the airport.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Berlin airport fiasco an embarrassment for Germans
The Associated Press via USA Today
Rabbits scamper over quiet runways. Only the call of a crow disturbs the silence around a gleaming, empty terminal that should be humming with the din of thousands of passengers. Willy Brandt International Airport, named for Germany's famed Cold War leader, was supposed to have been up and running in late 2011, a sign of Berlin's transformation from Cold War confrontation line to world class capital of Europe's economic powerhouse. Instead it has become a symbol of how, even for this technological titan, things can go horribly wrong.
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New Dubai airport plans passenger flights in October
The Associated Press via USA Today
Dubai aviation officials say scheduled passenger flights will begin in October from a new airport built with the goal of becoming the world's busiest. Dubai World Central, located about 36 miles southwest of the city's current airport, covers a vast stretch of desert and is envisioned as becoming the main hub for air travel in Dubai in coming decades.
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Global airport freight traffic fell 6.3 percent in February
Bloomberg
Following is a table showing global freight traffic at airports around the world from the Airports Council International (ACI) in Geneva.
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Air Moldova to move to England's Stansted Airport
Air Transport World
Just one month after taking ownership of Stansted Airport, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced its first new airline customer. Air Moldova will move its U.K. flight operations from Gatwick to Stansted at the end of April.
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Join the discussion on project delivery and construction issues in Fort Worth, Texas
ACC
The eighth annual ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Summit will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 12-13, 2013. This unique, peer-to-peer, owner-oriented event facilitates airport owner discussion on the most pressing project delivery and construction issues and helps owners learn from each other's experience. Panels feature airport owners, contractors and consultants who share lessons learned thorough a moderated panel discussion and vibrant Q&A dialog. A tour of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will kick off the program the morning of June 12.
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Authority fined $3.5 million for lapses in airport safety training
The New York Times
The operator of the major airports in the New York metropolitan region has agreed to pay $3.5 million for failing to train its police officers to perform rescues and fight fires, under a settlement agreement announced by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Join the discussion on project delivery and construction issues in Fort Worth, Texas
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The eighth annual ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Summit will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from June 12-13, 2013.

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Airports suing FAA over planned control tower shutdowns
The Associated Press via Fox News
Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, accusing the agency of violating federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety.

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


ACRP Impacts on Practice — April 2013: Contingency Planning for Unexpected Passenger Delays
ACRP
The latest issue of TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Impact on Practice describes how Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) have developed and implemented IROPS plans based on ACRP Report 65: Guidebook for Airport Irregular Operations (IROPS) Contingency Planning (2012).
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    Airports suing FAA over planned control tower shutdowns (The Associated Press via Fox News)
FAA should shut most air-traffic radar rooms, study says (Bloomberg)
Airports get creative to combat threat of bird strikes (USA Today)
TxDOT to fund control towers slated for closure at 13 small airports (The Houston Chronicle)
Airport perimeters vulnerable, says former DOT secretary (Aviation International News)

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