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Are Post-Sept. 11 Airport Screens Just 'Security Theater'?
from NPR
As any airline passenger can attest, security at the nation's airports has gotten infinitely more stringent in the eight years since the Sept. 11 attacks. While the technology to screen passengers has become more advanced and the check-in lines a little shorter, the question of whether flying is terrorism-proof remains. More
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Domestic Airport News

Sea-Tac Int'l Airport Number One in Going 'Green'
from KING5
The skies may be blue, but a recent report in a national magazine discovered most American airports are not very green. Scientific American found many airports lack the infrastructure to recycle well. The good news is that Sea-Tac International Airports topped the list of airports whose recycling infrastructure is now saving them significant amounts of money. In fact, the airport now saves about $180,000 a year by diverting garbage from landfills.   More
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A Warmer World Could Make Current Airport Runways Too Short
from The Christian Science Monitor
Next time you're in an airplane racing down the runway for takeoff, make a mental note of that moment when the plane leaves the ground. In a warmer world, that moment of liftoff will come later.
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Airport Screeners Will Test Some Powders for Explosives
from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Transportation Security Administration said it will soon start additional screening for powder explosives at airport checkpoints but expects that only a small percentage of powders will require it. The TSA said it will begin using the detection kits at Hartsfield-Jackson and other airports around the country this week.   More
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A New Air Traffic Control System Using Satellite Technology Gets a Roll Out in Gulf of Mexico
from The Associated Press via The Chicago Tribune
Air traffic controllers will begin using satellite technology in December to track aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico, a significant milestone in the government's program to replace the nation's radar-based air traffic system, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.  More
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Port Authority's Aviation Chief Dies at 52
from The Poughkeepsie Journal
The chief aviation executive for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has died, the agency reported. William R. DeCota had been the agency's director of aviation since 1999, and he played a key role in its decision to acquire the long-term lease on Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. The Port Authority also owns the three major airports in New York City and New Jersey, as well as Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.  More
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    International Airport News

    Copenhagen Airports Approves New Airport Charges
    from Forbes
    Copenhagen Airports said it has approved a new system of airport charges and would invest at least 2.6 billion crowns ($508 million) in infrastructure expansion and improvements. The investments of at least 500 million crowns per year on average would be made from Jan. 1 next year to March 31, 2015, Copenhagen Airports said in a statement.   More
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    Bangkok Airport Embarks on Image Makeover
    from The Associated Press via Google
    Baggage handlers at Thailand's main airport now wear uniforms with pockets sewn shut to prevent pilfering. Police are hauling away illegal taxi touts. And cushions are being added to metal seats at departure gates derided as a "pain in the rear."  More
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    Dubai Surges into World's Top Five Airports
    from The Media Line
    Dubai International, the Middle East's largest airport, has seen exceptional growth in passenger and cargo volume in the first half of 2009, a sign that struggling city is withering the global economic downturn better than expected.  More
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    ACC News

    ICAO Secretary General Reception
    from ACC
    On Sept. 9, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and President/CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Marion Blakey held a reception honoring the current International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Raymond Benjamin. During the event ACC President Paula Hochstetler spoke with Babbitt and Benjamin about ways for ACC and its members to most effectively interface with the two agencies. Hochstetler, with assistance from the ACC Globalization & International Affairs and technical committees, has already begun to take action based on these discussions.  More
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    ACC to Co-Chair ASAC Airport Security Design Guidelines Working Group
    from ACC
    The DHS Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) met on Sept. 10th for the first time since its charter was renewed in March of 2008. The formation of two ASAC working groups was approved: 1. Airport Security Design Guidelines; and 2. Air Cargo. ACC members will be playing a major role in the design guidelines group and ACC President Paula Hochstetler will serve as co-chair. Other topics discussed: Secure Flight Program, general aviation, and new air service to foreign countries.   More
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    ACC Welcomes New Members
    from ACC
    Metron Aviation, Inc.
    Metron Aviation, Inc. joins ACC as an executive member. Metron provides comprehensive consulting services, including analysis of and software development for distributed and collaborative planning systems, airline operations control systems, route congestion, air traffic constraints, airport noise and surface movement optimization.
    Simtra Aerotech
    Simtra Aerotech joins ACC as an associate member. Simtra is a supplier of software for airport design and operations, including the renowned Pathplanner Software Package.

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    White House Names LA Official to Head TSA
    from The Journal of Commerce
    President Obama, filling a key transport position on the eve of the anniversary of Sept. 11, named Los Angeles airports security chief Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration. The nomination would put the longtime police officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and leader in anti-terror efforts in California into a post that has been vacant for more than eight months.   More
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    TSA Issues Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule
    from TSA
    On Sept. 16, the TSA issued the Air Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule (IFR). The IFR will expand the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) beyond the current pilot status, providing air carriers with much needed assistance in meeting the August 2010 deadline to screen 100 percent of cargo transported by passenger carriers. The 50 percent screening requirement was met in February 2009.
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    U.S. House's Foreign Repair Station Provision Remains Divisive
    from ATW Daily News
    U.S. Congressional staff expressed optimism Friday that FAA reauthorization legislation can be passed this year but conceded that several contentious issues, in particular regarding FAA inspections of foreign repair stations, remain unresolved.  More
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    New Orleans Accepted in FAA's Privatization Program
    from FAA
    The FAA has preliminarily approved the application of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to participate in the agency's airport privatization pilot program  More
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    FAA Releases List of Equipment that Meets Buy American Requirements
    from FAA
    The FAA has published a list of equipment that complies with Buy American requirements for AIP or ARRA funded projects.  More
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