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FAA completes infrastructure upgrade as part of NextGen
FEDweek
The FAA has announced the completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
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Senator: TSA's focus should be expanded
The Hill
The chairman of the Senate’s main transportation committee said that the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) focus should be expanded beyond airports.
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San Jose Airport fences passed inspection three weeks before teen's breach
San Jose Mercury News via AviationPros.com
The disclosure by TSA administrator John S. Pistole is likely to add increasing pressure for improvements to airport perimeter security around the nation.
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Status of air service to small communities and the federal programs involved
GAO
Air service to small communities has declined since 2007 due, in part, to higher fuel costs and declining population, and for some communities, compounded by more attractive service (i.e., larger airports in larger cities) within driving distance.
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World's busiest airport tries incentives to draw flights
USA Today
Not even the world's busiest airport is above offering incentives as a way to tempt airlines to add new service. Incentives will now be part of the toolkit for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials as they work to secure even more routes for the airport, already the world's busiest.
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New Orleans airport has largest passenger increase of any US city
The New Orleans Advocate
Louis Armstrong International Airport saw the biggest increase in passenger volume of any major airport in the United States last year, according to industry figures recently released — a statistic that local officials took as a promising sign for the region’s economy.
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Senators criticize TSA on ability to keep travelers safe
Reuters
Lawmakers questioned the Transportation Security Administration's ability to keep travelers safe and prevent terrorism attacks, citing recent incidents that included a teenager who scaled a fence at a California airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jet.
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Essential air service proposed enforcement policy
GPO
This proposed notice of enforcement policy announces how the Department of Transportation (DOT) intends, going forward, to enforce compliance with the requirements of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, which prohibits the Department from subsidizing Essential Air Service (EAS) to communities located within the 48 contiguous States receiving per passenger subsidy amounts exceeding $200, unless the communities are located more than 210 miles from the nearest large or medium hub airport.
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Dallas: Not so fast on those Love Field gates
USA Today
It appears that there'll be no quick solution about who will get the two gates American Airlines must give up at Dallas Love Field. American agreed to give up the gates in a deal with the Justice Department that cleared the way for the airline to merge with US Airways. Southwest and Delta also want access to the gates.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


New airport in Qatar receives first flights
The Associated Press via San Francisco Gate
Following years of delays, Quatar's new airport opened for business as the nation works to transform itself in to a major aviation hub and prepares to host one of sporting's biggest events.
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Report: Norwegian Air halts 787 talks, may rethink Ireland
USA Today
Norwegian Air, one of Europe's fastest-growing discount airlines has suspended talks with Boeing about ordering 20 new 787 Dreamliners, Reuters reports. The company also could scrap plans to register its long-haul operation to an Irish subsidiary.
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Malaysia to open new budget airport in MH370 shadow
AFP via Yahoo News
Malaysia opens what it calls the world's largest airport built specifically for low-cost airlines, a project driven by budget travel's phenomenal growth but which debuts under the shadow of missing flight MH370.
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Power struggle blights Libya's chaotic main airport
Reuters
With a bomb on the runway, pets boarding planes and passengers jetting off without visas, Tripoli International Airport typifies the chaos that has gripped Libya since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
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Best airport restaurants around the world
CNN
From boxed sandwiches and salads in plastic tubs to fine dining, the world's gastronomic masters are now using airports for their new restaurant openings.

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HDR launches refreshed brand identity
HDR
HDR recently announced a refreshed brand identity that reflects the company's core values and expanding global presence.

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Three finalists picked for Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Three finalists have been selected for general manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the highest profile positions in city of Atlanta government.

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Virgin Atlantic is considering iBeacons for London's Heathrow Airport
AppAdvice
Virgin Atlantic is considering implementing iBeacons throughout sections of London’s Heathrow airport in a move that would see customized messages, offers, and travel information pushed to users’ iPhones at the Passbook app as they travel through the venue.
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ACC MEMBER NEWS


Larry Bauman promoted to Vice President at URS
URS
URS is pleased to announce that Larry Bauman has been named a Vice President in our Hunt Valley, Maryland office, where he is responsible for overseeing URS’ Aviation Business Line in the northeast United States. During his 34-year career serving in both the public and private sectors, he has established hundreds of partnerships and relationships with aviation clients. Larry’s public sector work encompassed positions with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). He spent eight years with FDOT as the aviation planning manager overseeing the disbursement of planning funs to the state’s 123 publicly owned airports. At DFW, he served seven years as the senior airport planner and facility planning manager, and managed the $5.7 million Airport Development Plan Update.
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Infrastructure experts Fred Ochoa, PE, and Martin Marquez, PE, join HNTB Corporation's growing transportation and structures practice
HNTB
As demand for more transportation infrastructure grows with Florida’s increasing population, HNTB continues adding top talent to stay ahead of the increasing need for transportation professional services. Two new hires, Fred Ochoa, PE, and Martin Marquez, PE, have joined the firm and will be based in Fort Lauderdale.
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ACC NEWS


ACC committee comments to FAA federal register proposal
ACC
Industry representatives from the ACC Engineering and Planning & Environmental Committees are now providing comments to an FAA proposal published in the April 28 Federal Register. The Proposal To Consider the Impact of One Engine Inoperative Procedures in Obstruction Evaluation Aeronautical Studies is part of an effort by FAA to amend agency guidance and directives to encourage airports to collaborate with stakeholders to proactively identify OEI departure tracks and consider potential impacts of land use development upon airport capacity. The FAA is seeking input on the negative or positive impact from all parties that could result from this policy change, including developers, airport owners, aircraft operators, local governments, and any other group that feels they will be impacted. For more information on this, please contact T.J. Schulz at tjs@acconline.org or (703) 683-5900.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Guidebook for Energy Facilities Compatibility with Airports and Airspace
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 108: Guidebook for Energy Facilities Compatibility with Airports and Airspace describes processes to plan, develop, and construct energy production and transmission technologies at and around airports. The guidebook emphasizes aviation safety practices in order to help ensure a safe and efficient national air system while still helping to meet U.S. domestic energy production needs.
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TSA PreCheck expands to include Air Canada, first international carrier to join expedited screening program
TSA
The Department of Homeland Security announced the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA PreCheck, to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate. TSA is working with additional international carriers to join TSA PreCheck.
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    Three finalists picked for Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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Airlines warn Denver airport that rising costs could force flight cuts (The Denver Post)
Officials to likely 'reconsider' missing plane search (The Hill)
$335 million released for Hawaii airport improvements (KITV-TV)

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