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Air-traffic upgrade harmed by US budget cuts: FAA chief
Bloomberg
The U.S. switch to satellite-based air-traffic control systems known as NextGen would be put in jeopardy if a House budget proposal becomes law, an aviation regulator and a government watchdog told a panel of lawmakers.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


TSA chief warns of 'Underwear 2' bomb
The Hill
The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) described a second, highly dangerous al Qaeda underwear bomb in unusual detail. TSA chief John Pistole said authorities are on high alert because the "Underwear 2" bomb, designed to blow up an airliner over the United States, had never been seen before.
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Security technology makers now looking to speed the process
The Washington Post
As demand for security technology — from metal detectors to imaging scanners — has grown, the companies that produce and operate it have seen a boom in business. But the surge may be ebbing in the United States, and these companies, including two with offices in the Washington, D.C., area, say they're increasingly looking abroad to sell their technology as well seeking ways to improve existing systems to deal with travelers' most common request: Make the screening process faster.
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TSA expects hundreds of thousands for faster screening
USA Today
As the Transportation Security Administration expands its speedier screening program at airport checkpoints, the agency expects nearly 400,000 travelers to join in the first year. TSA is expanding Pre-check, which has separate screening lines at 40 airports where travelers can leave on their shoes and keep laptops in their bags. Frequent fliers at specific airlines have participated in Pre-check since late 2011.
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Trial run shows airport's 'virtual tower' exceeds expectations
The Register-Herald
Heading into a new dimension, fraught with uncertainty, one huge question loomed for Dr. David Byers as he led research into a high-tech "virtual tower," one driven not by human hands but computers. And that question was, "Is this going to work, or are we just kidding ourselves?"
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Big plans for booming Austin airport
Austin American-Statesman via AviationPros.com
Austin airport officials, riding a three-year growth streak that has passenger traffic nearing 10 million a year, have hatched plans to expand the terminal, add restaurants, shops and hotels nearby, and more than double parking over the next generation.
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Vermont's general aviation field reflects national trends
Addison Eagle
Like most folks, Vermonters' enthusiasm for flight grew alongside the field of commercial and private aviation. Municipal and private airfields sprouted up in many urban and rural areas in New England during the 1920s and 1930s, but by the post war era — primarily due to the lower cost of private ground transportation (automobiles) plus the ever rising costs of learning to fly and owning, maintaining a complex personal aircraft — many private airfields dwindled away; so too did the smaller quasi-commercial airfields in semi-urban places. Ironically, this shrinking trend continues into the 21st century.
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Dallas Morning News reporter learns first-hand about the long waits at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport international arrivals
The Dallas Morning News
Veteran Dallas Morning News reporter Ed Timms had the good fortune of spending a little time in Paris this month. He had the misfortune of encountering the long lines of people waiting to clear passport control at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when he returned and had to go through the Customs and Border Protection checks.
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Gov. Pat McCrory hosts negotiations on Charlotte, NC, airport
Charlotte Observer
Gov. Pat McCrory is now actively involved in the negotiations over who will control Charlotte Douglas International Airport as the battle between the city of Charlotte, N.C, and state legislators over its future moves to the courtroom.
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10 airports in Western Pennsylvania among state grant recipients
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ten Western Pennsylvania airports were among the recipients of $2.1 million in grants announced by Gov. Tom Corbett. Among the grants, funded by the state's tax on jet fuel, was $397,500 awarded to Allegheny County Airport to acquire airfield maintenance equipment and to rehabilitate and upgrade the terminal building infrastructure and utilities.
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Sen. Hirono announces $6.7 million in upgrades for Honolulu airport
KHON-TV
Sen. Mazie Hirono announced that the Honolulu International Airport will receive $6.7 million in federal funds. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund the replacement of 12 existing passenger loading bridges in the Main Overseas Terminal that are outdated and have reached the end of their useful lives.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Abertis offloads 2 European airports and significant US airport interests
By Matt Falcus
Spanish transport infrastructure company Abertis Infraestructuras announced that it will sell airports in Sweden and Northern Ireland, as well as interests in U.S. airports. In a deal worth 284 million euros, Abertis will sell off ownership of Stockholm Skavsta Airport and Belfast International Airport, along with terminal concessions at Orlando Sanford International Airport, and its airport management business TBI. While the implications of the sale for each of the airports involved is not yet known, day-to-day operations will continue unchanged for the immediate future, with the new owners no doubt keen to assess the viability of the current model at each airport.
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Havana airport to get $10.2 million upgrade
The Associated Press via ABC News
The Havana Reporter recently reported that, in order to improve operations, Cuba's overcrowded main international terminal is $10.2 million overhaul.
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Zimbabwe: Mzembi speaks on Masvingo Airport
AllAfrica.com
Government has been urged to speedily upgrade Masvingo Airport to enable its runway to accommodate larger aircraft that will carry delegates visiting various tourist attraction sites in the province during the United Nations World Tourism Organization general assembly next month.
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Gatwick Airport announces expansion plans
SmartPlanet
Gatwick has revealed its preferred location for a second runway in order to increase airport capacity. The plan reviewer, Davies Commission Chief executive Stewart Wingate, says that Gatwick wants to place a second runway south of the existing structure, and there is a "robust and compelling case" to go ahead — resulting in huge economic benefits.
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World's worst airports: Dumps, disgraces and big bugs
USA Today
Any airport, even an amenity-rich one, can feel like hell if you're stuck there when you really want or need to be somewhere else. Just ask Edward Snowden. But many travelers have very specific reasons for loathing the time they spend at certain airports.

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St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, airport replacing half of its solar lights to improve safety
AviationPros.com
For those who like to stroll along the road into the airport in the evening, their stroll might soon be a little less dim and dangerous. The Virgin Islands Port Authority began replacing about half the lights along a mile stretch of Airport Road.

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National airport is always an issue when US Airways wants to merge
The Street
Once again, the potential for concentration at Washington Reagan National Airport is a chief concern in a US Airways' merger effort, and once again the airline has come up with an ingenious argument against antitrust actions.

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ACC NEWS


Visit ACC at Booth #505 at the Florida Airports Council 44th Annual Conference!
ACC
Stop by the ACC booth at the Florida Airports Council 44th Annual Conference next week, July 28-31, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to visit with staff and other ACC members, pick up the latest material on upcoming ACC conferences and a copy of the 2013 ACC Membership Directory. We look forward to seeing you at the nation’s single-largest state aviation conference!
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Airfield Pavement Design, Evaluation & Analysis Workshop
ACC
Join us on Aug. 12-14 in Arlington, Va., for this year's Airfield Pavement Design & Analysis Workshop! Aimed at engineers and practitioners responsible for the design or construction of new or rehabilitated airfield pavements, this course consists of a combination of lecture discussion and pavement design workshops from airport consultants, FAA representatives and other industry leaders. It reflects the changes to FAA AC 5320-6E and 5335-5B and provides hands-on experience with FAARFIELD, the FAA's pavement design software. At the end of the course, successful participants will have completed 18 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and will be able to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects, and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools. 
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'See the World' at the 2013 ACC Global Business Summit
ACC
Join us Dec. 12-13 in Washington, D.C., to gain valuable insight into the global aviation market. This conference — designed for airport development experts new to the international aviation sector as well as experienced professionals — will prepare you for entering international projects and provide you with the tools to succeed once there. Session topics will address the current status of global economies, funding and investment trends, teaming, cultural pitfalls and more.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


TSA to expand speedier screening — for a fee
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration plans to dramatically expand its program to get travelers through airport checkpoints faster by inviting them to pay a nominal fee for voluntary background checks. TSA's Pre-check program offers travelers separate lines at checkpoints, where they leave on shoes and light coats and keep laptops in their bags.
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Impact of Regulatory Compliance Costs on Small Airports
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 90: Impact of Regulatory Compliance Costs on Small Airports explores the cumulative costs of complying with regulatory and other federal requirements at small hub and non-hub airports.
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