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THUD bill is pulled as GOP budget frays
Politico
With support collapsing, a $44.1 billion transportation and housing bill was pulled abruptly from the House floor Wednesday, and top Republicans conceded it was a further sign that the party's budget strategy is unraveling.
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Airports are the next big battleground in the sharing economy
Forbes
Startup FlightCar wants to shake up the car rental business — particularly at airports, where the industry makes much of its money. Unlike traditional car rental companies, Y Combinator-backed FlightCar is a combination of peer-to-peer car sharing and a parking service.
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Flying around the sequester
National Journal
After five years and 23 temporary funding measures, air-travel associations hailed the stability that accompanied passage of the 2012 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. With $63.4 billion under its belt for the next four years, the FAA can continue work on major projects, like modernizing air traffic control from a radar-based system to one called NextGen, which relies on GPS technology.
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Charleston, SC, airports director quitting, citing verbal abuse, disrespect from board members
The Post and Courier
The director of Charleston International Airport is accelerating her plans to resign and is now considering legal action, saying at least two members of the board she reports to have been "verbally abusive" and "disrespectful" to her for an extended period.
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New chairman, new logo, same problems
National Journal
When Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., was elected to lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee late last year, the first thing he did was call the panel's ranking member, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and invite him to dinner.
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Airport Authority 'sweetening' incentives to lure new carriers
Memphis Business Journal
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners could ease restrictions on air service incentives in hopes of luring new service to Memphis International Airport. The board will convene for a specially called meeting to amend the Air Service Development Program expanded last summer.
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I'm Stuck app helps delayed commuters stick it to politicians
Chicago Tribune
The next time you are behind the wheel hopelessly stuck in a traffic jam, or on a broken-down train or on a bus or plane that's going nowhere fast, chances are your elected officials will not be in the same boat fuming along simpatico.
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Complaints against US airport security workers up 26 percent in three years
Reuters
Complaints against airport security workers have increased 26 percent in the past three years, and the U.S. Transportation Security Agency lacks comprehensive systems to ensure that its employees follow its rules, according to a government report.
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Fast airport screening is in store for more
The New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration is rushing to greatly expand its popular PreCheck program, with the goal of having 25 percent of all air travelers eligible for a fast-pass through airport checkpoints by the end of the year — and 50 percent by the end of 2014.
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FAA concerns may prolong Charlotte airport battle
Charlotte Observer
The Charlotte City Council declined to accept the General Assembly's plan to create a commission to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and said a letter from the FAA bolsters its position that the state’s plans for the airport should be stopped in court.
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DFW Airport faces possible cost overruns of its $2.3 billion terminal renovation project
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is looking at possible cost overruns for its $2.3 billion terminal renovation project. At the airport board's operations committee meeting, board member Bernice Washington said there may be "substantial overruns and costs" as part of the project that is renovating Terminals A, B, C, and E.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Sale of Luton airport due to arrive
Financial Times
Abertis, the Spanish infrastructure group, is close to announcing the sale of its majority stake in Luton airport to Aena, the Spanish airport operator and minority stakeholder, people close to the talks said.
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Delta CEO seeks more flights to close-in Tokyo airport
Bloomberg
Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson, targeting business fliers in Japan, urged officials there to create more takeoff and landing slots at Tokyo's close-in Haneda Airport.
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There's mucho dinero heading to Havana's airport
Jaunted
We're not sure if there's a tourism boom taking place down in Cuba, but there must be an influx of cash from somewhere. That's because the country's main airport — the one over in Havana — is scheduled for quite an upgrade, as it looks like officials are getting ready to shell out around $10 million to upgrade, improve, and update the airport.
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Uganda: CAA wants VAT exemption on airport service charge
AllAfrica.com
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has asked the Uganda Revenue Authority to exempt it from paying Value Added Tax (VAT) on the airport service charge. Samalie Kiseka, the director finance at the CAA, said airlines were not given sufficient time to prepare for the tax.
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Rise of the zombie airport: How ghost hubs are brought back to life
CNN
Though Ciudad Real Central Airport sits just 150 miles north of Spain's capital, Madrid, the bankrupt complex is a desolate stretch of concrete.

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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.

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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.

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ACC NEWS


Draft changes to Airport Design AC and other Advisory Circular Updates: Comments due Aug. 15
ACC
The FAA has issued draft Advisory Circulars for review and comment which can be found at the FAA Advisory Circular website. Please send all your comments to chriss@acconline.org by COB Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 using a FAA Draft AC Comment Matrix for the following three (3) FAA AC draft changes: Draft Change X to AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design; Draft Change 1 to AC 150/5300-18B, General Guidance and Specifications for Submission of Aeronautical Surveys to NGS: Field Data Collection and Geographic Information System (GIS) Standards; and Draft AC 150/5340-1L, Standards for Airport Markings. 
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ACC welcomes new member
ACC
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Garver is a 95-year-old aviation, water and transportation engineering and construction management firm with offices across the southern U.S. Garver has provided planning, design, and construction oversight of air carrier and general aviation airport projects for over 60 years, including paving, lighting, project management and funding assistance services.

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Engineering Aviation Security Environments — Reduction of False Alarms in Computed Tomography-Based Screening of Checked Baggage
ACRP
The National Materials and Manufacturing Board, part of the National Academies' Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS), has released a report that examines the technology of current aviation-security explosive detection systems (EDSs) and false positives produced by this equipment. The committee that produced the report examined and evaluated the cases of false positives in the EDSs, assessed the impact of false positive resolution on personnel and resource allocation, and made recommendations on investigating false positives without increasing false negatives.
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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: TSA PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program
TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on a new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    TSA chief warns of 'Underwear 2' bomb (The Hill)
Air-traffic upgrade harmed by US budget cuts: FAA chief (Bloomberg)
Trial run shows airport's 'virtual tower' exceeds expectations (The Register-Herald)
Gov. Pat McCrory hosts negotiations on Charlotte, NC, airport (Charlotte Observer)
Vermont's general aviation field reflects national trends (Addison Eagle)

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