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Sequester and budget stalemate worry backers of air traffic modernization
Government Executive
Transportation Department leaders are gearing up for a long-predicted autumn budget battle that poses a threat to NextGen, the decade-old $40 billion-and-rising program for modernizing air traffic control technology systems.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


Biometric ID viable at US entry points: Report
The Washington Times
Federal law has long called for all visitors to the U.S. to submit to biometric identification both coming and going, but the government has never lived up to that promise — and senators in their immigration bill this year even announced a retreat, weakening the law, saying the requirement is too expensive.
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FAA awards $40 million to explore alternative jet fuels and new aircraft technologies
Dallas Morning News
The Federal Aviation Administration said today that it will award $40 million to help support a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence that will study alternative jet fuels, new aircraft technologies and the environment.
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Proposed airline merger could prevent fare increases
Chicago Tribune
A federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be good for penny-pinching fliers. The legal challenge filed in August by the U.S. Department of Justice says that the deal to create the world's largest carrier would cut competition and lead to higher fares.
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Customs waits at airports found to be three to five hours
Bloomberg
U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffing shortages are leaving arriving international travelers standing in line for nearly five hours at the busiest airports, according to a travel industry report.
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Change in tax policy helps Maine's aviation industry take off
Bangor Daily News
Six aircraft, some stripped down to not much more than their shells, are crowded into Maine Aviation's hangar on the outskirts of the Portland International Jetport. The planes range in size from two-seaters to small corporate jets. The hangar doors are wide open to allow a seventh, much larger plane — a 16-passenger jet owned by a hedge fund in Washington, D.C. — to fit its nose inside so mechanics can install a new, $40,000 windshield.
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Bob Hope Airport may get much-needed makeover
KCAL-TV
Bob Hope Airport may be getting a much-needed makeover in the near future, but not everyone is on board with the potential upgrade. Portions of the airport's terminal are over 80 years old, and are reportedly not up to current earthquake standards, while its close proximity to a number of active runways prevents it from meeting FAA safety standards.
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2025 and beyond: Visioning the future of the airport experience
Tnooz
The think tank arm of the Future Travel Experience has envisioned the airport experience of the future, looking to 2025 and laying out just what a passenger-focused airport travel experience looks like.
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FAA: All revenue must stay with Majors Field
AviationPros.com
If an increase in rent is part of the new L-3 Mission Integration lease contract currently being negotiated, that extra revenue won't be making its way to the city's general fund. According to a 1990 report from the Federal Aviation Administration, Majors Field is one of thousands of airports from around the country that are affected by agreements with the Federal government. The document, which was released on April 30, 1990, indicates that Majors Field is affected by five such agreements.
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What it's like to fly for 18 hours on the longest flight in the world
Jaunted
9,500 miles on one fell swoop. Welcome to the longest commercial flight in the world, Singapore Airlines non-stop between Singapore and Newark.

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On a roll
Airport World
Ian Putzger discovers than an ever-increasing number of North American airports are warming up to the benefits of rail links.

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Durability of Concrete
Transportation Research Board
This circular is an update to Transportation Research Circular 494: Durability of Concrete, published in 1999. This publication is intended to provide the latest information for consideration by practitioners on producing durable concrete for transportation structures and pavements.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Etihad to establish Belgrade hub through Air Serbia
By Matt Falcus
Belgrade Airport in Serbia is set to see its operations change as the country’s reimagined national carrier looks to establish its new network and fleet hub under the guidance of Etihad Airways. The Serbian government and Etihad recently announced that Jat Airways would be rebranded as Air Serbia, with a period of transition taking place to introduce a new corporate identity, aircraft fleet and network of destinations.
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China opens world's highest civilian airport
The Associated Press via Philadelphia Inquirer
In an effort to boost tourism, China officially opened the world's highest civilian airport on Sept. 16.
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Somalia: Turkish firm takes over management of Mogadishu airport
allAfrica.com
Turkish company Favori LLC took over management operations of Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport from Dubai-based SKA Air and Logistics on Sept. 15.
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UK's CAA postpones regulatory decision on Stansted airport
Reuters
Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said it would defer making a judgment on how to regulate London's Stansted airport in future following the airport's new 10-year deal with Ryanair which was announced on Sept. 16.
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Asia's second biggest slum hurts Mumbai airport expansion
Bloomberg
India's airlines are desperate to get space in Mumbai as travel demand surges. Standing between the carriers and their growth plans are a million people living in slums around the airport.
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ACC Institute: FAA Office of Airports (ARP) Field SOPs Webinars
ACC
Airport sponsors will receive more consistent delivery of services in FY 2014 through the use of new FAA Office of Airports (ARP) Field Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Before FY 2014, each of the 29 ADOs and Regional offices implemented FAA programs in different ways, including multiple checklists for the same requirements. Through collaboration with the FAA workforce, ARP identified 23 high-value activities that are in need of standardization. This two-part webinar will provide information on standard review processes for two of the pilot SOPs: airport layout plans and safety/phasing for airfield construction projects. Register now for these two hour-long webinar sessions describing specific SOP applications.

SESSION 1: During the first session, FAA presenters will overview the uniform procedures for reviewing and approving Airport Layout Plans (ALPs). ALPs are drawings used to graphically depict current and future airport facilities. Standards for ALPs can be found in Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans.

SESSION 2: During the second session, FAA presenters will overview the uniform procedures for receiving, evaluating, processing, approving/disapproving and archiving Construction Safety and Phasing Plans (CSPPs) for construction projects within the Airport Operations Area (AOA).

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


FAA orders inspections of Honeywell emergency locator transmitters
FAA
The FAA is issuing an Airworthiness Directive (AD) identical to the August 26 Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) directive which requires airlines to inspect Honeywell emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) by Jan. 14, 2014 to prevent an electrical short and possible ignition source.
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How Airports Measure Customer Service Performance
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 48: How Airports Measure Customer Service Performance examines the strategic importance of customer service and how airports are measuring the quality of customer service.
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Helping New Maintenance Hires Adapt to the Airport Operating Environment
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 49: Helping New Maintenance Hires Adapt to the Airport Operating Environment highlights comprehensive safety and security training resources as well as successful practices for new maintenance hires at general aviation airports.
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