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Next-Gen air traffic control vulnerable to hackers spoofing planes out of thin air
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A hacker attack that leads to planes dropping from the sky is the stuff of every cyberwar doomsday prophesy. But some security researchers imagine a less sensational, if equally troubling possibility: Hundreds or thousands of aircraft radioing their approach to an air traffic control tower, and no way to sort through which are real and which are ghost plane signals crafted by a malicious hacker. More

Domestic Airport News



North Dakota airport boardings soar along with needs
Grand Forks Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As with other aspects of North Dakota's booming economy, aviation in parts of the state went from a trickle to a torrent, and airports are working to keep up. "You're talking about going from crawling to running in a short period of time," said Grand Forks Airport Director Patrick Dame. "We've just skipped the walking." Boarding numbers at airports across the state are up 22 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same time last year. More

Moviemaking: Storytelling Kansas airports
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If you ever sit in a hangar and talk to pilots, you hear plenty of stories. "And there I was, flat on my back…" "I was inverted...keeping up foreign relations." A story just has a way of getting better each time you tell one. However, it does not take any exaggeration to tell the stories of Kansas airports. More

Labor and business groups push for LAX modernization plan
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A variety of powerful business and labor organizations have joined forces to push for the continued modernization of Los Angeles International Airport and a controversial plan to reconfigure the two northern runways. More

Sea-Tac's North Satellite to undergo $230 million overhaul
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Sea-Tac Airport's 40-year-old North Satellite Terminal will undergo an estimated $230 million remodeling and expansion to bring the terminal up to 21st century standards, the airport's owner announced. The Port of Seattle Commission gave final approval to begin designs for the terminal renovation. Actual construction is expected to start in 2014 with completion two years later. The terminal will remain open during the overhaul. More

Drive-and-fly beats paying high airfares
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Paula Arab writes, "Driving all day to catch a plane seems counter intuitive, unless you are a Canadian who is unwilling to pay Canadian airfare prices. There were about 4.8 million of us who fell into that category last year, including myself, even though I get car sick and hate driving long distances. My partner and I drove seven hours to Spokane, Washington, to catch a flight for a long plane ride the next day, to Washington, D.C." More

JetBlue CEO's sky high over Logan expansion
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JetBlue CEO David Barger told an audience at the Greater Business Travel Association conference in the Hub that his airline's decision to expand at Boston's Logan International Airport has been a key to its success. More

The GOP plan to get air traffic safety on the cheap
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What's the GOP's answer to government air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job? Privatize the job. Republican Representative Tom Petri of Wisconsin, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's aviation subcommittee, says private controllers handle about 28 percent of the nation's aviation traffic, The Hill reports. More

Philadelphia: US Airways-AA merger would be a good thing
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Count the city of Philadelphia among those endorsing US Airways' efforts to force a merger with American Airlines. That's according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, which says the office of Mayor Michael Nutter thinks a merger of the carriers would benefit the city. Philadelphia International, of course, is US Airways' second-biggest hub and its biggest base for international flights. More

Midway Airport's privatization prospects still unclear, despite new contract award
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has awarded a new five-year, $53.6 million contract to the joint-venture hired in 2008 to manage Midway Airport, raising questions about the future of the Midway privatization deal that collapsed for lack of financing. More

Mesa Gateway unveiling flurry of airport terminal improvements
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If you're catching a flight at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the next few months, give yourself a few extra minutes to find the new baggage claim area. And the new car rental counters. Plus the new area to buy tickets. Along with a new security checkpoint. More

Southwest to start Hobby international gate work next year
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Southwest Airlines will begin construction next year on Hobby Airport international flight facilities, which the city approved in May over vehement opposition from United Airlines. "I'm extremely pleased and thrilled that the Houston City Council cleared the way for Southwest to build a new five-gate international terminal at Hobby Airport," Bob Jordan, Southwest executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said during a conference call with analysts and reporters after the airline announced strong second-quarter earnings. More

TDOT announces aeronautics grants for 6 Tennessee airports
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $314,077 have been approved for six Tennessee airports. The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division. The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's diverse public aviation system. More

AMAC names Detroit CEO Darryl H. Daniels as Chairman of the Board
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Darryl H. Daniels, Managing Partner and CEO of Jacobsen/Daniels Associates, LLC (JDA), has been elected Chairman of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Board of Directors effective immediately. Daniels will head AMAC's 25-member board for a two-year term, replacing Don O'Bannon, whose term ended and is now serving as immediate past chair. More


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Members of terror watch list reportedly pass through London airport security ahead of Olympics
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Britain's Olympic security plans fell under fresh scrutiny, with a newspaper reporting that several people on a terror watch list have been waved through airport border controls without being flagged and officials trying to calm the uproar over a security contractor's failure to provide its promised number of staff. More

EU drops plan to end liquids ban on planes from next April
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The European Commission said it wouldn't press ahead with its plans to make controversial changes to rules on airport screening of duty-free liquids next April, bowing to concerns from some countries that the move could weaken aviation security. More

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Aviation experts gather for ACC Summer Workshop Series
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Aviation professionals came together in Arlington, Va., last week to work alongside their agency counterparts on the most pressing aviation engineering, planning, environmental and security issues. The combination of round-table discussions with technical experts and remarks by agency leadership such as FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Christa Fornarotto, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports Kate Lang and TSA Associate Administrator for Risk Based Security Doug Hofsass once again made the Summer Workshop Series a unique environment for attendees to gain the insight into aviation issues.
•    ACC Agency Best Practices Award: The 2012 ACC Agency Best Practices Award was presented to Joan Seward, FAA All Weather Operations Manager, NextGen Branch, in honor of her dedication to working with aviation stakeholders to keep continued air service at a number of communities, including Joplin, Missouri.
•    2012 FAA Airport Design Competition for Universities: Congratulations to the student teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Binghamton University and Ohio State University, who presented their first-place winning projects to attendees.

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Subsurface Utility Engineering Information for Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 34: Subsurface Utility Engineering Information for Airports examines ways in which information on subsurface utilities is collected, maintained, and used by airports, their consultants, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to help increase the effectiveness of, and enhance safety during, infrastructure development programs at airports. More

Issues With Use of Airfield LED Light Fixtures
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 35: Issues With Use of Airfield LED Light Fixtures documents the performance of light-emitting diode (LED) airfield lighting systems. More

Guidance for Quantifying the Contribution of Airport Emissions to Local Air Quality
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 71: Guidance for Quantifying the Contribution of Airport Emissions to Local Air Quality addresses procedures for using air quality models in combination with on-site measurement equipment to prepare a comprehensive assessment of air pollution concentrations in the vicinity of airports. More

Aviation Environmental and Energy Policy Statement
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This is a statement affirming the FAA's environmental and energy policy for U.S. civil aviation. This policy statement outlines guiding principles, establishes initial high level performance goals, and describes strategies to achieve the goals. More

Public Private Partnerships Public Meeting
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The FAA is conducting a public meeting on August 7 regarding program design and implementation of an equipage incentives program for commercial aircraft and general aviation to equip their aircraft with Next Generation Air Transportation (NextGen) capabilities, pursuant to the FAA's authority in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (sec. 221). The purpose of this meeting is to serve as an information sharing session. More

Subsurface Utility Engineering Information for Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 34: Subsurface Utility Engineering Information for Airports examines ways in which information on subsurface utilities is collected, maintained, and used by airports, their consultants, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to help increase the effectiveness of, and enhance safety during, infrastructure development programs at airports. More

Airport-to-Airport Mutual Aid Programs
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 73: Airport-to-Airport Mutual Aid Programs is designed to help guide airports that would like to enter into formal or informal mutual aid agreements with other airports in the event of a community-wide disaster that requires support and assistance beyond its own capabilities. More
 

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