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EU said to plan carbon-market aviation adjustment in October
The European Union plans to present a change to its emissions curbs on airlines in the first half of October that will take into account a decision later this month by the United Nations on whether to pursue global measures to cut pollution by the industry.
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Recession reverses California airport's growth
The New York Times
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Alabama and Tennessee team for effort to land 1 of 6 FAA drone test sites
You won't find the ISR Group's Unmanned Aerial System Research and Test Center during a leisurely drive through the woods of southwest Tennessee. It takes an effort — and an escort — to get to the company's testing facility on 6,000 gated acres near Savannah, Tenn.
Lawmakers' words highlight deep divisions over airport
The Charlotte Observer via AviaionPros.com
Eight months after the fight to take control of Charlotte, N.C.'s airport from the city began, common ground is still in short supply.
Cincinnati's airport: Best in the US?
In the grand days of railroad travel, passengers arrived in monumental terminals. There was grandeur, style and comfort — qualities that today's equivalent for long-distance travel, the airport, mostly lack. Especially in the United States.
Sea-Tac biologist tweaks airport ecosystems to manage bird threats
As the resident wildlife biologist at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Steve Osmek is in charge of making sure animals play nice with the planes. Preventing bird strikes is a big part of his job, and ecosystem conservation helps him do that.
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Cost of DFW terminal renovation project may grow by $220 million
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Renovating Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's 39-year-old terminals may cost as much as $220 million more than anticipated, airport board members were told at a recent meeting.
Airport Land Use Commission could slow down LAX growth plan
Pasadena Star News
A Los Angeles County commission could soon take steps that might slow a proposed runway change at Los Angeles International Airport. A staff report recommends the county Airport Land Use Commission uphold part of what's called "impasse appeal" filed by the Culver City, the City of Ontario and San Bernardino County.
DFW Airport was 8th busiest airport in the world in 2012
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With 58 million passengers in 2012, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was the 8th busiest in the world, according to a new report. Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson Airport topped the list compiled by the Airports Council International with 95 million passengers, easily beating second place Beijing, which had 81 million passengers.
Airport wait times set to drop with new technology, Arinc says
Passengers will spend less time at airports in coming years as more efficient operators deploy advanced technology to reduce waiting, aviation services company Arinc Inc. said.
FAA grant will fund new airport fire station
Spokane International Airport announced it has received a $7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to build a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility. The grant comes on top of a series of other FAA grants that will bump up construction work and land acquisition at the airport and Felts Field this year and for the next two years.
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Edinburgh Airport — increasingly the place where Scotland meets the world
By Matt Falcus
Edinburgh, Scotland, has reportedly weathered the poor economic climate quite well, and its airport could be described as thriving, on the back of new routes and record passenger figures. The airport is now looking to capitalize on this position by committing to expansion for the future. A recent announcement outlines a terminal expansion costing $39 million at the heart of a bigger $233 million investment in the airport.
YVR first airport to open automated passport control to Canadians
PR Newswire via AviationPros.com
Vancouver Airport Authority announced that Automated Passport Control, the innovative technology solution developed by Vancouver Airport Authority in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is now available to Canadian passport holders traveling to the United States from Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
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Greece's main airport sees summer rise in foreign tourists
Nearly 2 million foreign visitors flew to Greece's main airport during the summer season, recent data showed, a boost for the Mediterranean country which relies on tourism to help pull itself out of an economic crisis.
Toronto's city airport tunnel finally sees the light
Any frequent traveler from Newark Airport has seen the cute little prop planes of Porter Airlines on their frequent and friendly routes to Toronto's more convenient airport — the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It looks like flights to and from the airport might be even more fun in the near future, as the city is hard at work constructing a tunnel to whisk passengers from the airport to the city center.
Construction to start for Istanbul's 3rd airport by new year
Turkish Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim said, "We aim to finish preparations for the construction of Istanbul's third airport by the end of 2013." Yildirim said they would try to finish works on the land such as nationalizing all the properties by the end of the year or early next year in order to allow the contractors to start the actual construction.
Middle East's big aviation ambitions
The Middle East is currently the setting of a new form of airspace race. As the economies grow in a handful of countries in the region, so too do ambitions — and few things symbolize a country's aspirations as aptly as an airport.
Join us at the ACC/ACI-NA Airport Planning & NEPA Workshop
The 2013 ACC/ACI-NA Airport Planning and NEPA Course will be held Dec. 9-11 in Washington, D.C., and is designed for airport planners and environmental specialists of all skill and experience levels. This conference will provide you with the tools you need to plan and deliver your airports' facilities successfully in our post-recession, post-consolidation, globalized world. Jointly sponsored by Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), the event will include lessons learned, best practices, and interactive roundtable sessions that will make you a better planner or environmental specialist. Be ready for the challenges of today and the future-meet us in Washington this December.
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ACC visits FAA Headquarters regarding an upcoming Federal Register Notice
On Sept. 5, ACC and other key stakeholders met at FAA Headquarters to discuss an upcoming Federal Register Notice (FRN) that provides interim guidance on the FAA review and approval of solar projects at airports. This notice includes the availability of new software available to the public that can be used in the application process to assess the risk of ocular glare for pilots and air traffic controllers from solar panels. The guidance will only be applicable to solar applications on airport properties, although there is a desire to educate local communities to use the software for solar facilities located close to airport grounds. The FAA will seek comments from industry representatives on the notice within the next month. If you wish to learn more about this meeting, please contact T.J. Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-683-5900.
TSA PreCheck expands to 60 additional airports
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will expand its TSA expedited screening program to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40, bringing the total number of airports with TSA PreCheck to 100. These airports are expected to have TSA PreCheck lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year.
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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