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Long-delayed air-traffic upgrade now on track, FAA chief says
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A $2.4 billion replacement of U.S. air-traffic control computers that’s been plagued by delays and cost overruns will be completed within its revised budget and 2014 deadline, said Michael Huerta, acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration. More

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Collaborative funding can help facilitate airport ground access
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The Mineta Transportation Institute has released its newest peer-reviewed research report, Collaborative Funding to Facilitate Airport Ground Access. The research team examined the range of funding sources that have been used for intermodal airport ground access projects and then developed guidance  material for project planners. More

Older facilities not designed to handle security procedures
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A year ago, a dingy, cramped and aging terminal greeted travelers to Sacramento International Airport. The utilitarian, 44-year-old building was designed for another era in air travel, one without long security lines and with in-flight dining. Now the old terminal is gone, replaced by a soaring structure filled with natural light and restaurants, shops, artwork and a row of wooden rocking chairs where passengers can sit and watch planes take off and land. More

Report: FAA should improve control of birds, wildlife near airports
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The victims could fill a novice bird-watcher's bucket list: blackpoll warbler, double-crested cormorant, American black duck, short-billed dowitcher, black-crowned night heron, magnolia warbler, budgerigar and green-winged teal. The other victims could fill an airplane repair shop: several Boeing 737s, a Boeing 717, a Beechjet 400, a Boeing 747, a Boeing 757 and a Boeing 767. More

TSA's PreCheck program reveals promise and problems
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As both an elite member of Delta's mileage plan and a participant in the government's Global Entry program, George Reese could be considered a "trusted traveler" two times over. Yet, based on his last two airport experiences, he could be forgiven for thinking the government doesn't trust him at all. Despite being approved for PreCheck, TSA's expedited screening program, the Minneapolis-based chief technology officer found himself directed to the regular screening lines, negating the entire point of enrolling in the first place. More

US airport terminals upgrade to first class
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A year ago, a dingy, cramped and aging terminal greeted travelers to Sacramento International Airport. The utilitarian, 44-year-old building was designed for another era in air travel, one without long security lines and with in-flight dining. More


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Connecticut looks to airport as a business draw
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For more than a year, Martin Seifert, president of Nufern, a fiber optics company based in East Granby, Conn., felt like the most beautiful girl at the dance. With the purchase of a small company in Maryland in 2010, he started scouting places to expand his labs and found himself being wooed by economic development officials from Connecticut, Maryland and Canada. More

Airport controllers complain of solar panels' glare
New Hampshire Union Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About 25 percent of a solar-panel array at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has been temporarily shut down after air-traffic controllers started complaining about glare, an airport official said. Officials recently draped tarps over the troublesome panels, which are part of the 2,200-panel solar field installed on top of the airport parking garage this year. It went online early this month. More

Sacramento airport director to retire
The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hardy Acree, the man who oversaw the recent $1 billion Sacramento International Airport expansion, has announced his retirement after 13 years as head of the county's airport system. Acree, who arrived in 1999, plans to leave county service on Dec. 15, an airport spokeswoman said. Acree could not be reached for comment, but has told friends and county colleagues he intends to maintain a role in the aviation industry post-retirement. More

Charlotte Douglas International Airport announces plans to build new 12,000-foot runway
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport says it's building a 12,000-foot runway that will reduce noise for some residents under current flight paths, the airport aviation director said. The Charlotte Observer reports that Aviation Director Jerry Orr said the new runway would be longer than existing runways, allowing for nonstop departures "deep into Europe or the Pacific rim," although no such flights are in the immediate future. More


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Aviation security goes beyond passenger screening
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News reports about airport security breaches have become rather common recently, yet discussions about airline security continue to focus on the passenger screening process, with all of its rapidly changing rules and regulations on electronic scanning, pat-downs, liquids, gels and shoe removal. More

New DIA plane-tracking, noise-reduction system met with skepticism
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A presentation in Adams County, Colo., on how noise will be reduced as a result of changing the way airplanes will be tracked in and out of Denver International Airport was met with some skepticism. "This sounds like a winning proposition - not that I always believe the government - but so then why are we here?" one resident asked. "You're showing me all of this stuff, but I'm not a pilot. I'm a regular guy." More

Budget cuts could close Peninsula airport, Scott warns
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Across-the-board federal budget cuts set to begin in January could mean the shutdown of the Newport News and Roanoke airports because the government won't have enough air traffic controllers, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott warned. More

International Airport News



Airport delays undermine image of German efficiency
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The ambitious Berlin airport project conceived two decades ago as a glittering symbol of German unification and the city's importance as a global hub has hit yet another delay and may not open before late next year, officials said. More

UK reshuffle suggests rethink on airport expansion
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Britain signaled it could rethink its opposition to airport expansion in southeast England when it surprisingly moved its transport minister, a vocal critic, into another role. As part of a wider cabinet reshuffle, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron named Patrick McLoughlin as transport secretary, replacing Justine Greening who had been strongly opposed to any expansion of Heathrow Airport. More

Edinburgh Airport becomes first Scottish pet passport hub
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Scots who take their pets abroad can now fly them directly back into the country rather than shipping them via England. It follows the launch of the new border inspection post at Edinburgh Airport. Freight forwarding company Extrordinair has started operating Scotland's first approved "PETS" Animal Reception Centre at Edinburgh Airport. More

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Visit ACC at booth #936 at the ACI World Annual Conference in Calgary!
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ACC will be exhibiting at the ACI World Annual Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Stop by the ACC booth #936 to talk to staff, learn how to get more involved with the organization, and hear the latest updates to the agendas for upcoming events like the ACC 34th Annual Conference & Exposition in Bonita Springs, Fla., in November and the ACC Global Business Summit in Washington, DC in December. See you in Calgary!

ACC welcomes new members
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Can you Take the Heat? Geothermal as an Airport Energy Source
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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It is no accident that most net zero energy and low energy buildings use ground source heat pumps as a key system strategy to save energy. As we move toward a new energy future, design professionals must be familiar with the benefits and applications of these systems. This webinar explains how a ground source heat pump works and reviews a case study of a large recent installation at the Portland Jetport in Maine.

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 36: Exploring Airport Employee Commute and Parking Strategies analyzes what is known about airport employee commute patterns and commute modes. More

TSA PreCheck begins at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with US Airways
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Under TSA PreCheck U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select US Airways frequent flyers or members of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening. The TSA PreCheck line is located at the Terminal 4A security checkpoint. More
 

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