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House panel approves record budget for subsidies to airlines serving isolated airports
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tea party lawmakers from rural areas were among those fighting the hardest to preserve taxpayer subsidies for airline flights into and out of small towns last year after senior Republicans tried to eliminate the oft-criticized program. Now, the House Appropriations Committee is awarding the program an 11 percent budget hike. More

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Status of TSA's acquisition of technology for screening passenger identification and boarding passes
GAO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This testimony discusses GAO's past work examining the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) progress and challenges in developing and acquiring technologies to address aviation security needs. TSA's acquisition programs represent billions of dollars in life cycle costs and support a wide range of aviation security missions and investments. More

FAA nominee grilled by senators on whistle-blowers, rule delays
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was peppered with questions today about delayed safety rules and why the FAA has more valid whistle- blower complaints than other U.S. agencies. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, chastised Michael Huerta, the acting FAA administrator, at a confirmation hearing for his answers on what the agency is doing to speed airline-pilot training regulations. More

Pre-Check - A good start
AviationPros.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Art Kosatka writes, "I'm sure you've seen the stories about TSA's Pre-Check program, which is predicated on the concept of 'risk-based security' (RBS), and dedicated to the proposition that if TSA can clear you before you fly, it won't be such a hassle when you show up at the airport to get on board. On the face of it, it's a good idea, and happens to coincide with my own theory that instead of spending a lot of money on more new technology, it might be better spent doubling or tripling the intelligence budget so we can identify the bad guys three weeks before they ever come near the airport." More

FedEx founder says airfreight sector is undergoing changes
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith forecast wholesale changes in the global freight business, with intensifying competition on air carriers from ships and a greater focus on more customized door-to-door delivery options. Smith pioneered the modern airfreight business and has built the world's largest cargo airline by revenue, but cautioned during a post-earnings conference call that the traditional airport-to-airport business "is not growing." More

FedEx files $30 million permit for expansion near Memphis airport
Memphis Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
FedEx Express has filed a $30.2 million building permit to construct a mixed-use building at 3851 Airways Blvd., the Memphis Daily News reports. It is part of a larger plan the FedEx Corp. division announced in February to invest $142 million consolidating flight simulators and training devices in a new Air Operations Training Center. FedEx also will build 12 bays at the new facility to house additional flight simulators and support training equipment, according to the report. The overall project will retain 333 existing jobs. More

Delta Air Lines to cut another 25 flights at Memphis International Airport
The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Delta Air Lines will whack another 25 flights at Memphis International Airport this fall in a continuing push to make the hub profitable. The Atlanta-based carrier will reduce frequencies to more than 20 destinations and eliminate poorly performing flights to Fort Smith, Ark., a spokesman said. More

Delta tests turnstile to automate boarding
Minnesota Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First there was online ticketing. Then check-in by smartphone. Now airlines are looking at rolling out machines that check boarding passes at the gate. Delta Air Lines recently tested a self-service turnstile that lets fliers scan their own boarding passes. If implemented, the device could make it possible to bypass all interaction with airline employees, from the time travelers enter the airport until they're on the plane. More

Orlando airport eyes $470 million expansion
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Orlando International Airport officials could break ground next year on a $470 million expansion featuring a train depot and parking garage that eventually might lead to construction of a separate, southern terminal that would cost another $1 billion. More

Officials unveil plan for $1.5 billion airport expansion
The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport officials have unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion plan that aims to develop airport property in four phases, facilitating commercial development and ultimately creating thousands of jobs. More

Los Angeles City Council gives $23 million more to firm for LAX baggage screening system
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Los Angeles City Council awarded another $23 million to Fentress Architects to help redesign a baggage screening system inside LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, which processes half the luggage it was designed to handle. More

In case of emergency, fly to one tiny airport in Maine
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trouble lands here, sometimes twice a week. Airline flights with security threats, sick passengers and mechanical problems often end up at Bangor International Airport - the first or last major airport in the U.S. for the hundreds of flights across the Atlantic Ocean every day. Flights that are running low on fuel or need to wait out bad weather at their destinations put down here, too. More

Airport officials can begin spending money on $1.8 billion redevelopment project
Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airport officials have a green light to begin spending money on design and engineering for the redevelopment of Salt Lake City International Airport. The Salt Lake City Council unanimously passed a resolution promising to reimburse the airport for capital expenses on the planned $1.8 billion airport rebuild. The city likely will use bond funds to reimburse the airport, though city officials don't plan to issue any bonds before 2014. More

International Airport News



Why Canadians head south to fly, redux
The Economist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Higher taxes and fees are often blamed for the millions of Canadian passengers eschewing local airports for those in nearby American cities. But according to a new report from the University of Maryland, "Transborder Demand Leakage and the U.S.-Canadian Air Passenger Market", these charges accounted for just 17 percent to 37 percent of the difference in fares between Canadian-U.S. cross-border routes and comparable U.S. domestic routes. More

Airport workers in Puerto Rico protest privatization plan
Fox News Latino    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employees of the state-owned Puerto Rico Ports Authority mounted a protest here Tuesday against Gov. Luis Fortuño's plan to privatize the management of San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport. The authority has deliberately engineered a deterioration of service to create a pretext for putting a private firm in charge of the busiest passenger air terminal in the Caribbean, the president of the Brotherhood of Ports Authority Employees, Astrid Rosario Ortiz, told the media. More

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Less than three weeks remain until the 2012 Summer Workshop Series!
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With only weeks remaining until the 2012 Summer Workshop Series, time is running out to register and get your projects on the 'pathway to implementation.' This conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of technical airport development and security issues with key decision makers. Technical experts from the consultant community, FAA and TSA will discuss new and pending Advisory Circulars, guidelines, regulations and legislation, and collectively help shape future agency directives. Hear from Christa Fornarotto, FAA Associate Administrator for Airports; Kate Lang, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports; and Doug Hofsass, TSA Associate Administrator for Risk-Basked Security. Register now and join us to discuss the most relevant topics in airport engineering and planning, environmental issues and security concerns! More

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Managing Aerial Firefighting Activities on Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 32: Managing Aerial Firefighting Activities on Airports highlights current airport and agency - primarily the U.S. Forest Service - practices, policies, and procedures at airports called upon to support aerial wildland firefighting suppression efforts. More

Guidebook for Evaluating Terminal Renewal Versus Replacement Options
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 68: Guidebook for Evaluating Terminal Renewal Versus Replacement Options details a step-by-step process for conducting a business-driven evaluation of competing options to renew or replace airport terminal facilities. More

Alternative Fuels as a Means to Reduce PM2.5 Emissions at Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 13: Alternative Fuels as a Means to Reduce PM2.5 Emissions at Airports explores the potential impact that alternative fuel use could have on emissions and ambient air pollution concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at airports. More


 

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