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Furloughs end, but tower and maintenance uncertainty remain
Aviation Week
FAA is dropping its furlough plans for all 47,000 workers in its employee base after Congress passed a bill permitting the agency to shift up to $253 million in funds to prevent "reduced operations and staffing."
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Obama nominates Foxx to lead Transportation Department
The Washington Post
President Obama nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his next transportation secretary, underscoring Obama's desire both to increase diversity in his Cabinet and increase public investment in roads, bridges and other projects.
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Boarding pass scanners to be procured by TSA
GSN Magazine
TSA has announced its intention to purchase an unspecified quantity of boarding pass scanners and associated support services, under "full and open competition," in a presolicitation notice it published on April 24.
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FAA pegs cost of 787 battery fix at $465,000 per plane
Seattle Times
The FAA formally lifted the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner fleet and estimated the battery-system modifications will cost United almost $465,000 per airplane, though Boeing will likely cover that tab.
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Obama knocks GOP as US airports drop in rankings
Politico
President Barack Obama knocked Congress's Republican leadership for neglecting infrastructure, noting that not one U.S. airport cracked the top 25 on a list of the world's best. Obama said that drop in the rankings at the airport that serves the home states of both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is evidence that Congress has failed to invest in infrastructure to make the United States competitive globally.
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Airport delays provide lesson on infrastructure, operations costs
The Washington Post
It was a quasi-disaster for people who fly and easy pickings for television crews working the surly airport crowds that seethed as thousands of flights were delayed for hours on end. By the weekend, however, the heads of those angry passengers rested on pillows at their intended destinations.
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Securing territory with technology: Q&A with former DHS official Jack Thomas Tomarchio
GSN Magazine
QUESTION: From a homeland security point of view, what stands out most about the bombings at the Boston Marathon?
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US Airways reaffirms Philadelphia hub's importance
Philadelphia Inquirer
US Airways Group reiterated the importance of Philadelphia as a hub airport in the coming merger with American Airlines. Speaking at its 13th annual media day, where executives mingled with reporters to talk about the merger and put a best foot forward on what will be the world's biggest airline, US Airways president Scott Kirby said New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, from which American does a lot of international flying, "is a great point-to-point market" for local fliers traveling between New York and destinations such as London's Heathrow Airport.
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Cost-benefit case lags funding for NextGen equipage
Aviation Week
Though more than $1 billion in government-backed loans for FAA Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) avionics could soon be available, airlines remain cautious about investing in the technologies even as the first milestone — equipping with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) — is rapidly approaching.
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Los Angeles approves $5 billion airport modernization
The Wall Street Journal
The City Council approved a politically divisive modernization and safety-enhancement plan for Los Angeles International Airport that is expected to cost nearly $5 billion. Following a rowdy meeting punctuated by a split among council members and emotional opposition from some neighborhood groups that were worried about increased noise and pollution, the vote provided the green light to revamp and expand LAX's often cramped, 1960s-era facilities.
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DFW Airport overshoots its revenue projections by $13.5 million
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport plans to lower landing fees for airlines for the rest of its fiscal year because it has generated $13.5 million more in revenues than it had projected. The airport staff recently told board members that it expects to reduce the landing fees by $9 million for June through September. Fees would drop by 69 cents to $2.36 per 1,000 pounds of maximum gross landing weight of an aircraft.
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Frustrated air travelers, the TSA chief shares your pain
The New York Times
John S. Pistole was named administrator of the Transportation Security Administration in July 2010 after 26 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He recently answered questions about the agency's policies. The interview was edited and condensed.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


London Assembly says UK airport capacity enough if better used
Bloomberg
Britain has enough airport capacity to cope with its needs if it is utilized properly, the London Assembly Transport Committee said in a recent report. Heathrow, which uses 99 percent of its runway capacity, could serve 20 million more passengers every year without the need for a new runway if bigger airplanes are used, the cross-party panel said in its submission to an independent inquiry into airport capacity.
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Where Israel's next international airport should be
The Jerusalem Post
Minister Shalom's initiative to allow civilian aviation to operate alongside the military in Nevatim airport is both obvious and logical. Ben-Gurion International Airport will have reached full capacity very soon. By way of solution, Minister Silvan Shalom advocates opening the military airport at Nevatim to civilian aviation. Naftali Bennett and the Bayit Yehudi party also support Shalom's initiative.
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Journey of the best little airport, Canberra's revamped facility open for business
The Australian
A nervous investor may think twice before buying a rundown airport with two terminals, a fish and chip shop and a sheep paddock at a time of considerable uncertainty in the aviation industry, but Stephen Byron does not belong in the camp of jittery businessmen.
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Transport Minister inspects land for new international airport
GhanaWeb
Transport Minister Dzifa Ativor says the huge pressure at Ghana's only international airport demands that a new international airport is built urgently. She says aircraft are even struggling to find parking space at the Kotoka International Airport.
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A too-close view of airport security in action
The New York Times
Sachin Ahluwalia writes, "I know some people complain about airport security, but I’ve always been pretty impressed."

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Prohibited items list implementation delay
TSA
On April 23, TSA released a statement announcing the delay in the implementation of changes to the Prohibited Items List.

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Senators seek way to ease FAA cuts
The Wall Street Journal
Complaints about air-travel delays in recent days have prompted Democrats in Congress to reconsider their strategy for dealing with across-the-board spending cuts.

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ACC NEWS


Time is running out to register for the Project Delivery Summit in Fort Worth!
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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ACC welcomes new member
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Airport Wildlife Population Management
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 39: Airport Wildlife Population Management provides direct wildlife population control techniques for reducing wildlife collisions with aircraft. In addition, the report summarizes the ecological foundation of wildlife population control and management.
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