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TSA chief: Focus should be on 'non-metallic threats'
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole said that airport security should be focused on "non-metallic threats." The comments came during an interview with the Tampa Tribune newspaper in which Pistole was touting the TSA's "risk-based" security initiatives.
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Should American Air tout record profit as it seeks a merger?
Now it gets tricky for American and US Airways. The two carriers are trying to merge, making the case that consumers are entitled to a third global U.S. carrier that can compete with Delta and United. They are also trying to show investors, employees and potential customers that they are operating successfully.
Council approves Garcetti's nominees for airport commission
The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Mayor Eric Garcetti's six nominees for the Board of Airport Commissioners. Seated were Jackie Goldberg, a former council member and state assemblywoman; Cynthia Telles, a civic leader and former vice president of the City Ethics Commission; and Sean Burton, a former Warner Bros. executive, real estate developer and attorney.
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FAA lifts landing restriction at SFO for foreign air carriers
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a temporary restriction at San Francisco International Airport that prevented foreign airlines from landing side by side, a spokesman said. The temporary restriction, which required solo approaches by foreign flights landing on SFO's parallel runways, was put in place two weeks after the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214.
Dealing with airport parking issues: DFW's new parking plaza
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is nearly set to launch its new parking control plazas. Soon there will be an all-around faster and better experience for travelers with self-service lanes, speedier transactions and more discounts for electronic toll users. The new plazas were set to open Aug. 26, but DFW announced the night before that the system would be delayed because of a data glitch. When ready, the new plazas will significantly reduce wait time for passengers entering or exiting the airport.
Officials say airport drilling won't interfere with flights
The planes will continue to take off and land at Pittsburgh International Airport — but they'll have company. Dotted about the property in the coming years will be six well pads — with a total of 47 Marcellus wells. But CONSOL Energy says they won't interfere with airport operations.
West Michigan firm wins $16 million contract to build controversial Ford Airport deicing system
A West Michigan company was awarded a $16.37 million contract to build a new storm water treatment system at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Ford Airport's Board of Directors approved the construction contract for the $20 million system with Grand Rapids-based Kamminga & Roedvoets.
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The world's best and worst airports for connecting on time
PRNewswire via AviationPros.com
Which are the best and worst airports for making connecting flights and why? Wayne Chen, president of Mo'Zippity Apps, discovered the answers while creating Connect On Time — the only mobile app available anywhere that provides specific gate-to-gate connect times for many of the world's top destination airports. His picks are based upon the number of barriers and amount of time needed at each airport to get between its furthest gates once security and passport control lines have been cleared.
Houston's George Bush Intercontinental named best airport in the country
The Houston Chronicle
Participants in a poll by Executive Travel magazine for their 2013 Leading Image Awards have named Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport as the best in the country. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., came in second, with airports in Newark and Salt Lake City in a tie for third place.
Oil boom spurring rural airport growth in North Dakota
The Jamestown Sun via AviationPros.com
Rural airports may be small, but they're used for more than just crop dusters, and since the oil boom, airports across North Dakota have seen an increase in traffic. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission doled out its highest amount of grant money ever this year, meaning small airports in the area are able to take on large improvement projects, like new hangars, revamped runways or new terminals, said Kyle Wanner, aviation planner with the aeronautics commission.
Architecture star Cesar Pelli joins Armstrong airport design team
Cesar Pelli, an international architecture star, has joined the team redesigning the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, according to an announcement by airport officials. If all goes as imagined, the $826 million project will result in a new 30-gate terminal, complete with hotel, parking garage, highway access and other amenities. The ambitious airport rebuild is supposed to be finished by New Orleans’ 300th anniversary on May 5, 2018.
SeaTac's $15 minimum wage initiative draws big money, attention
The Seattle Times via AviationPros.com
A proposal to raise the wages of workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has drawn national attention — and big cash is starting to follow. There are just 11,852 registered voters in the city of SeaTac eligible to vote Nov. 5 on an initiative setting a $15-an-hour minimum wage for thousands of airport, hotel, car-rental and other employees. (The state's minimum wage is $9.19 an hour.)
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS
When a big part of Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta international airport was gutted by a fire in early August it was widely expected to wreak havoc on Kenya's vital tourism industry. Instead, it has become a model of the country's talent for makeshift solutions.
Incheon airport clears US inspection for security
A recent U.S. inspection has confirmed that South Korea's Incheon International Airport satisfies all international standards for airport security, the government said. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration had dispatched five experts for the inspection, conducted on June 10-16, that checked 203 items in 10 major areas that included passenger inspection and aircraft security, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
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Sierra Leone: Airport pleads for adequate water and electricity
General Manager of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority (SLAA), John Sesay, has called on the ministry of transport and aviation and the National Power Authority to provide the institution with adequate water and electricity supply.
Cardiff Airport expansion plan wins Web vote
An ambitious idea to make Cardiff Airport a new western hub airport for Heathrow has beaten other plans for U.K. air capacity expansion to win an online poll. The Western Gateway plan wants to extend Cardiff's runway so larger aircraft can land and to build a high-speed rail line link to London.
ACC Members: Participate in a panel at the 2014 Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium
The 2014 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium offers airports and industry professionals the opportunity to present your knowledge and experience on the latest concepts and trends in airport development and operations. Specific workshop sessions that will be held under each track have been identified for the 2014 Symposium. We are now soliciting potential moderators and panelists for the workshop topics and sessions that have been identified. Suggestions are due Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
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Draft Changes to AC 150/5335-5C, Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength — PCN — Comments due Sept. 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 using a FAA Draft AC Comment Matrix for the following FAA AC draft changes: Draft AC 150/5335-5C, titled: "Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN."
NextGen time-based metering tool initially deployed
The FAA is now one significant step closer to better optimizing the flow of aircraft into busy airspace thanks to the initial deployment of a new system called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM). TBFM, which was recently installed in all 20 en route centers, will replace Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) as a time-based scheduling tool that meters aircraft through all phases of flight in order to deliver the correct number of aircraft to airspace sectors and down to the runway at the exact pace at which the aircraft can be accommodated.
Airport Responsibility for Wildlife Management
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 20: Airport Responsibility for Wildlife Management compiles the laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife hazard management and discusses mitigation techniques applicable to airport operators.
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