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Regional airlines face closings, bankruptcy
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Passengers hopscotching across the U.S. may book their trip on one of the major airlines such as United, but it's often smaller, regional carriers with such names as Colgan Air that do the flying. Regional airlines operate half the nation's scheduled flights and are often the link between smaller communities and the national air service network. More

Domestic Airport News

Report questions value of high US aviation security costs
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US aviation security costs have skyrocketed since 9/11 but it is not certain the benefits outweigh those costs, a new industry report finds. Authored by RAND Corp., the report suggests the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Congress should weigh both the costs and benefits of the complex US aviation security system. More

TSA subcommittee to address passenger concerns
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Sure, you can get a group of people riled up talking politics, but if you want to set off real fireworks, mention the TSA. That'll get 'em going. And perhaps partly because of that, the Transportation Security Administration has formed a passenger advocacy group. It's a subcommittee of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee. More

US Airways inches toward merger deal
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Any merger between US Airways and American Airlines wouldn't occur until next year but a key step in US Airways' non-stop efforts to forge a deal is likely to occur within weeks, US Airways executives said. The Tempe-based airline, whose months-long merger overtures have been largely dismissed by American executives, is currently reviewing whether to agree to sign American's so-called non-disclosure agreement. That will allow the two to confidentially share competitive information on the path toward possible merger talks.

Audit: FAA ineffective in program to keep animals from hitting planes
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The FAA has not effectively implemented a program designed to keep birds and other animals from causing damage to airplanes, according to an audit from the Department of Transportation. The agency did not have robust inspection practices, inspectors did not have expertise in wildlife hazards, and they failed to keep adequate records of inspections, Jeffrey Guzzetti, the assistant inspector general for aviation and special program audits, wrote. More

With footwear scanners failing in airport tests, the shoes still have to come off
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After spending millions of dollars testing four different scanning devices that would allow airline passengers to keep their shoes on at security checkpoints, the United States government has decided for now that travelers must continue to remove their footwear, by far the leading source of frustration and delays at the airport. More

"A little love" for Terminal F at Philadelphia airport: More upgrades are planned
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Businessman Thomas Bennett did not relish taking a shuttle bus from Terminal C, where he flew in from Pittsburgh, to connect to a flight in Terminal F, at the other end of Philadelphia International Airport. Especially in the rain. More

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Southwest Florida International Airport will get I-75 connector
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Skip over local traffic and possible road congestion near Southwest Florida International when taking Interstate 75 to and from the airport? It's not a dream; it starts becoming reality this fall when work begins on the I-75-Airport Direct Connect. More

Airships could transform Alaska's transportation system
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Massive airships could begin operating in Alaska within a decade, and sharply reduce the cost of supplying isolated villages, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell told Nextgov by phone prior to the start of a cargo airship conference in Anchorage. The conference, sponsored by the NASA Ames Research Center and the University of Alaska, will focus on how airships, which can carry up to 500 tons, could transform Alaska's commercial transportation system. More

TSA: Behavior detection is simply common sense
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There is no one silver bullet approach to overall airport security. This is why the Transportation Security Administration utilizes a risk-based, intelligence-driven layered approach to security, using everything from passenger information to technology and importantly, behavior-detection techniques. More

Chattanooga Airport plans $2.3 million cargo expansion
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With air freight soaring at Chattanooga Airport in Tennessee, officials plan to expand a cargo ramp on the south end of its main runway. Airport Authority members agreed to spend more than $2.3 million on the project that's the first of two expansion phases. "We're making the ramp bigger," said John Naylor, the airport's vice president of planning and development. "We're providing more opportunities for cargo." More

Corbett: 19 airports to see improvements with state investment
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Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a $3.7 million state investment that will help 19 airports enhance their operations and accommodate increasing business needs. "Transportation is an economic driver, and Pennsylvania's aviation industry plays a major role in delivering good-paying jobs and connections for commerce," Corbett said. "We continue to invest in airport improvement projects because they help meet business demands and support the jobs that rely on these facilities." More

Tupelo, Miss., has long history of approving FAA grants
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The federal grant rejected by city leaders who deemed it a dubious, last-minute request by the airport is the same type of grant they have approved nearly every year since 1974. In most cases, the City Council approved these Federal Aviation Administration grants for airport improvements within two weeks of their offer from the FAA, according to FAA records provided by the Tupelo Regional Airport. In at least nine cases, the council approved the grants within one day, records show. More

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International Airport News

New urgency on airport plan for Britain's Cameron
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The idea has been kicking around for nearly 70 years, and now it is Prime Minister David Cameron's turn to confront it: whether to support the building of a new hub airport on the Thames estuary east of London or to shelve it again, even as projections for future air traffic show London's existing airports seizing up under the strains within 20 years. More

Edinburgh and Glasgow airport passengers to be body scanned
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Body scanning of some passengers is being introduced at two of Scotland's busiest airports. Bosses at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports said the measure would be implemented from Sept. 1, following direction from the U.K. government. More

Passenger traffic at Greece's biggest airport drops through July
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Passenger traffic at Athens International Airport SA declined 12 percent in the first seven months of the year as Europe's economic crisis continued to hurt spending on travel. The number of people passing through the country's biggest airport dropped to 7.4 million in the seven months through July 31 from 8.4 million a year ago, according to a statement posted on the airport's website. International passenger traffic fell 14 percent to 4.8 million and domestic travelers were down 8.4 percent to 2.6 million. More

ACC News Founder, Publisher, Editor Holly Hegeman to speak at ACC Annual Conference
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Holly Hegeman writes the most widely-read weekly financial subscriber publication of the airline industry - Planebusiness banter, along with the blog Daily Banter. Few others in the aviation arena have a finger on the pulse on this wacky industry we know and love as she does. Come hear Hegeman's perspectives on the state of the airlines and what it will mean for airport development in the future at the ACC 34th Annual Conference & Exposition in Bonita Springs, Fla., Nov. 5-7, 2012. More

ACC webinar
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Can You Take the Heat? Geothermal as an Airport Energy Source
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
12:30 - 1:30 EST
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FAA issues PGLs on AIP eligibility for Noise Insulation Projects and GIS
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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued new Programmatic Guidance Letters (PGLs) regarding AIP eligibility for noise insulation projects and GIS data collection. These are available on the FAA PGL website. More

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