Shutdown of FAA possible in House-Senate clash
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A quarrel between the House and Senate over union organizing by airline and railroad workers could lead to a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA's operating authority expires on Friday. The agency has operated under a series of 20 short-term extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, because lawmakers have been unable to agree on a long-term funding bill. More
Security spotty at smaller airports, study finds
Middletown Journal Share
Security at smaller airports around the country is spotty or even nonexistent, with many airports lacking lighting around their boundaries and many failing to have perimeter fencing that completely encircles the airfield, investigators for Congress found. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which conducts audits and investigations at the request of Congress, said its staff found "potential vulnerabilities" that could allow unauthorized access to aircraft or airport grounds or equipment at 10 of 13 airports visited around the nation between April 2010 and May 2011. More
Business-travel group praises TSA 'trusted traveler' proposal
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The Transportation Security Administration's proposed "trusted traveler" program will improve the airport security experience for frequent fliers traveling for work, an Alexandria, Va., business group said. The Global Business Travel Association, which calls itself "the world's premier business travel and meetings organization," said the TSA pilot of a program that would allow passengers who agree to provide personal data is a "much-needed" improvement. More
No new taxes, airlines plead
Tulsa World Share
Proposals to reduce the national debt by raising taxes and fees on the airline industry are drawing fire from industry analysts, researchers and executives who say federal taxes are excessive and discourage travel and economic growth. Air transportation is not a luxury - as it was regarded generations ago when federal excise taxes were first imposed - but serves business and tourism, provides 11 million U.S. jobs and helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity, industry officials said. More
Delta ending flights to 24 small cities, many in Midwest
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Delta Air Lines Inc. said it will stop flying to 24 small cities where it has seen weak demand for service. The markets affected include many in the Midwest, though none in Wisconsin. Service will end to more than a dozen markets in Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa, including Iron Mountain in Michigan's Upper Peninsula along the Wisconsin border. More
Fix in the works for big Sea-Tac bottleneck
The Seattle Times Share
Three planes packing 896 people arrived within 13 minutes of each other - and the passengers had to get through an immigration checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that's designed to hold half that number. It was a normal morning at the airport, operations managers said. A normal morning they can't sustain much longer. More
Cost, noise, airspace issues ground airport sites
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Huge pricetags for site work and buyouts of surrounding properties. Public opposition to increased noise and activity. Conflicts with existing airspace corridors over North Georgia. In a nutshell, those are the obstacles standing between Atlanta and a second commercial airport. And they are big obstacles, according to a recent federally funded study of potential sites. More
FAA gives Mineta San Jose $7.49 million for taxiway
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal Share
Mineta San Jose International Airport officials said they received a $7.49 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help fund a new taxiway extension. The funding is for the third phase of a long-term plan to complete the new taxiway that airport officials said will support development of the west side of the airport for general and corporate aviation activities. More
Govt to test risk-based airport screening
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The Transportation Security Administration said it will test a program to pre-screen a small group of select air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at airport checkpoints. More
Gays and Lesbians in Aviation (GALA)
GALA was formed in 2009 to support gays and lesbians in the airport development industry. GALA serves as a role model, mentoring and social network group for aviation professionals from airports, consultants, airlines and other businesses in the airport development industry. The primary goal of GALA is to provide a forum to demonstrate that openly gay and lesbian aviation professionals can have successful careers in aviation, as airport and airline leaders, aviation consultants, and in other key roles. A second goal is to reinforce to aviation leaders and businesses that it is good business to have good diversity policies.
Prominent leaders including Elaine Roberts (Columbus), John Martin (San Francisco) and Evan Futterman (Futterman Consulting) are founding members of the organization. GALA, which now has 60 members and is approaching its second anniversary, meets for social events at major industry conferences. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please e-mail Evan Futterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New air link with Madrid, Spain takes off in Glasgow, Scotland
Evening Times Share
New direct flights to Spain from Glasgow, Scotland have been announced, just 24 hours after it emerged that the city's airport could be put up for sale. A twice-weekly service to Madrid will launch from Scotland's biggest airport in the run-up to Christmas, with Iberian regional airline Air Nostrum hoping to attract business and leisure travellers. More
Twice nixed Air Canada flight finally leaving Calgary for Ottawa
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Air Canada says a flight that was forced to return to the Calgary airport twice after takeoff was finally set to make its voyage to Ottawa. Travelers on Air Canada Flight 118 were left frustrated when it twice took off, only to come back to the Calgary International Airport. More
ACC meets with TSA Administrator Pistole
On July 20, TSA Administrator John Pistole, ACC President Paula Hochstetler and Executive Vice President T.J. Schulz met to discuss the degree of interface and collaboration that currently exists between the two organizations. Pistole was receptive to continuing to identify further mechanisms for industry to provide TSA with input. Others who attended the meeting were: OST Assistant Administrator Robin Kane, TSNM Assistant Administrator John Sammon, TSNM Deputy Assistant Administrator Doug Hofsass and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary, Paul Berumen. More discussion concerning the meeting will take place during upcoming ACC Safety & Security Committee meetings. If interested, join the committee or contact Paula Hochstetler at paulah@ACConline.org.
ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series
Over 200 airport consultants, vendors, and FAA and TSA agency representatives attended the ACC/FAA/TSA 2011 Summer Workshop Series (SWS) in Arlington, Va., last week. The informative program and interactive sessions facilitated valuable discussions among FAA, TSA and the airport development community. This year's workshop also featured acknowledgement of and presentations by the winners of the 2011 FAA Design Competition for Universities. Many thanks to SWS Committee Chair Mary Ellen Eagan, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., Vice Chair Monty Wade with Applied Pavement Technology, Inc., and the Workshop hosts for their help in making the event a success!
ACC Agency Best Practices Award
At the Summer Workshop Series Awards Luncheon, the 2011 ACC Agency Best Practices Award was presented to the FAA Southern Region Airport Planner and Program Manager Aimee McCormick and Doug Hofsass, TSA Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Transportation Sector Network Management. The recipients were given the award for their teamwork, accessibility and appreciation of industry collaboration.
Last chance! ACRP Report 38: Understanding Airspace, Objects, and Their Effects on Airports
July 28, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This webinar will discuss the breadth and organization of airspace protection criteria and processes for airspace protection. Through providing an overview of ACRP Report 38, presenters will review case histories of conflicts between airspace protection and proposed or actual construction of tall objects near airports, how conflicts were resolved, and lessons learned. The webinar will conclude with recommendations for best practices. More
ACC welcomes new members
AERO Systems Engineering, Inc.
AERO Systems Engineering, Inc. (ASE) is a national multi-disciplined engineering firm specializing in full service planning, design, and construction of today's most advanced airport terminal fixed ground support gate systems. ASE provides exceptional service across North America with regional offices in Atlanta and San Jose and five additional office branches.
Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC
Foth has built a strong tradition of providing airports with planning, design and construction administration services. Specialties include AIP program management, airfield and landside pavements, Electronic ALPs, airfield lighting, obstruction mapping and airspace analysis and construction management. Foth has offices in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
A Guidebook for the Preservation of Public-Use Airports
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 44: A Guidebook for the Preservation of Public-Use Airports describes why public-use airports close and identifies measures and strategies that can be undertaken to potentially help preserve and prevent an airport closure. More
Aviation Security: TSA Has Enhanced Its Explosives Detection Requirements for Checked Baggage, but Additional Screening Actions Are Needed
Explosives represent a continuing threat to aviation security. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeks to ensure through the Electronic Baggage Screening Program (EBSP) that checked-baggage-screening technology is capable of detecting explosives. Generally, the explosives detection system (EDS) is used in conjunction with explosives trace detection (ETD) machines to identify and resolve threats in checked baggage. More
Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Actions to Improve Security, but Additional Efforts Remain
The attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253 in December 2009 underscores the need for effective aviation security programs. Aviation security remains a daunting challenge with hundreds of airports, thousands of aircraft, and thousands of flights daily carrying millions of passengers and pieces of checked baggage. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has spent billions of dollars and implemented a wide range of aviation security initiatives. More