Aviation bill extended for 20th time
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The House and Senate have each now passed legislation to extend the Federal Aviation Administration funding and programs through July 22. It will be the 20th extension since the bill expired in 2007. The Senate passed a two-year bill (S 223) on February 17 that would authorize about $35 billion for FAA programs, and the House passed a four-year bill (HR 658) on April 1 that would authorize about $60.4 billion. More
US to launch trusted air traveler program in fall
U.S. travelers frustrated with airport security may see a little relief later this year with the launch of a trusted traveler pilot program, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said. TSA has been under pressure to improve the security screening process and create a program for those business and frequent fliers willing to undergo prior security background screenings so they can speed through airport checkpoints. More
3 Southern California airports yearn to leave LAX's nest
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An Inland effort to wrest control of Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles isn't the only airport-related mutiny on its hands. Support for a dedicated agency to oversee Van Nuys Airport, once the busiest runway for general aviation flights in the country, has been growing, and a plan by the city of Palmdale to take over Palmdale Regional Airport may happen as early as this summer. More
Board hires MoDOT executive to lead Springfield-Branson National Airport
The Springfield-Branson National Airport has a new director of aviation. The new director was announced at a news conference at the airport. Brian Weiler replaces Gary Cyr, who retired April 1. Weiler is the multimodal director for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He's been with MoDOT for 15 years. He's responsible for state government involvement in aviation, rail, waterways, transit and freight development. More
Texas lawmakers pass airport "anti-groping" bill
Legislation to make enhanced airport security pat-downs a crime if they involve touching a passenger's "private" areas was approved by the Texas House and Senate. The moves came just days after the measure appeared dead when the House speaker called the provisions "unenforceable" and "an embarrassment to the state of Texas." More
Paris 2011: Traffic rebound drives SES as nations drag their feet
The global economic recession gave pause to the relentless growth in air traffic over recent years, not least in Europe. But according to Eurocontrol air transport activity, traffic is on the move again, with last summer's 5-percent increase confirming the recovery of the industry. More
Strike in Greece causes airport closures and travel delays
On Tuesday, a two day strike by a Greek trade union began, hampering the plans of anyone trying to travel to and from Greece. The anti-austerity strikes are meant to protest the passage of a controversial economic package, and will involve a 48-hour walkout by public sector workers. Consequently, government offices, banks, public transport, ferry services, trains and planes will be affected. More
Emirates NBD unveils new branch at Abu Dhabi Airport
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In line with its long-term strategy to enhance its presence in Abu Dhabi and at strategic locations across the UAE, Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, announced the opening of its 16th branch in the nation's capital. Located in the Sky Park Plaza in Terminal 3 of Abu Dhabi International Airport, this new Emirates NBD branch has been designed to meet the needs of travelers, residents and businesspeople. More
Opportunities for Aviation newcomers at the 2011 SWS
This year's Summer Workshop Series will offer a fantastic opportunity for young professionals in your firm to learn about the latest trends and initiatives in airport development. "FAA 101" is a new optional session intended for young professionals and those who are new to the aviation industry. During this session you will hear the basics about FAA's organization and advice on how to effectively work with FAA. A Young Professionals Reception will be held on Wednesday, July 13 from 7-9 p.m. at a local venue. In addition, the four award-winning teams of the 2011 FAA Airport Design Competition for Universities will showcase their projects during a breakfast on Thursday July 14, and the students will be attending and participating in the SWS workshops. The Summer Workshop provides a low-key venue for participants to engage in valuable sessions, and new activities will be offered dedicated to newcomers to the aviation industry. Ask about registration discounts for firms sending multiple attendees!
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No more TSA screeners? Airports again allowed to apply to opt out
The Transportation Security Administration has revised the application process for a program that allows airports to opt out of the federal screening program and instead apply to have private companies in charge of the security checkpoint. But a stipulation in the new application guidelines announced earlier this month is raising some concern. More