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Congress Puts Off Action on Road, Air Bills
from The Associated Press via Google
The Democratic-led Congress' determination to do something about health care this year has slowed legislation affecting the safety of almost every traveler in America. Barring some miracle, lawmakers acknowledge they don't have the time or the political capital to act on new bills bringing major improvements and more money to those overworked, underfunded infrastructure systems. The House is expected on Wednesday to simply extend existing surface and air transportation programs through the end of the year. More
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Domestic Airport News

Airport Darwinism, or Survival of the Biggest
from The New York Times
Domestic airlines, staggered by steep revenue declines during the peak summer leisure-travel season, are welcoming the annual autumn resumption of business travel with fare sales, elite-status mileage promotions and emphasis on better in-flight comfort. And in one notable recent case, American Airlines is making a significant shift in routes to bolster competitive strength in important business markets.  More
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Feds Keep Little-used Airports in Business
from USA Today
One of the USA's newest airports has a 5,500-foot lighted runway, a Colonial-style terminal with white columns, and hundreds of acres for growth. But Kentucky's Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport lacks one feature: airline passengers.  More
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Continental Sending Boarding Passes to Cell Phones
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
So you are in Philadelphia, traveling on Continental Airlines and you hate paper, waiting at airport kiosks, and lines at the ticket counter. You're in luck. Starting today Continental passengers in Philadelphia who go to the airline's Web site within 24 hours of their flights can get their boarding passes e-mailed to cell phones or personal digital assistants, like a BlackBerry or Palm.  More
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Clean Landing: Mass. Airport Lays 1st Green Runway
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Clean landings are about to get a new meaning at Boston's Logan International Airport. This weekend the airport expects to nearly finish the first runway in the nation repaved with an environmentally friendly material called warm-mix asphalt.  More
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Airport Check-in: New Orleans Can Go Private
from USA Today
New Orleans Armstrong International has received federal approval for its preliminary application to become a private airport, a move that could bring the city a sudden cash windfall but strip it of its oversight and operational rights.  More
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San Francisco Airport Kiosk Sells Carbon Offsets
from The Associated Press via USA Today
Passengers flying from San Francisco International Airport have a new way to potentially undo the environmental damage caused by their flights. Three kiosks recently unveiled at the airport allow flyers to pay a voluntary fee to counteract their plane's carbon emissions.  More
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    International Airport News

    Nigeria: NCAA Okays Maiden Flight Into Ibom Airport
    from AllAfrica
    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave approval for maiden flight into the $300 million Ibom International Airport, Okobo, on Sept. 23, 2009. Approval for the inaugural flight, which takes off from Abuja Airport, according to the Director General of NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren, followed satisfaction of all the requirements for an international airport by Akwa Ibom State Government.  More
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    Auckland Airport Boosts Property Occupancy
    from The National Business Review
    Occupancy levels of the properties owned by Auckland International Airport has been bumped up to 98 percent, following several new deals signed over the past four weeks. Merino clothing company Icebreaker has taken up a new store in the International airport larger than its original Airport Oaks site.  More
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    Nominations Solicited for 2010 Speas Award
    from ACC
    Do you know a person who has contributed to improve airport land usage, reduce airport noise or protect environmental resources through innovative design projects?  Is there a person or persons who have improved the relationship between an airport and its community?  If your answer is "yes", please consider submitting a nomination for the 2010 AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1, 2009.  More
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    USTDA U.S. & Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Aviation Conference
    from ACC
    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Commercial Service, are presenting the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Aviation Conference on Oct. 26-28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a region poised to improve its aviation infrastructure, offering U.S. aviation firms key opportunities. The conference will bring together SSA aviation stakeholders with U.S. aviation suppliers to strengthen strategic and commercial relationships between the aviation industries of SSA and the U.S. ACC is partnering with USTDA in promoting this unique opportunity for airport development businesses.  More
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       Product Showcase: ADB Airfield Solutions

    The next generation of LED airfield lights has arrived! ETL-Certified LED products, such as Runway Centerline Lights, Touchdown Zone Lights, in-pavement and elevated Runway Guard Lights, and FAA L-858 Signs are available from ADB Airfield Solutions. Answers to application and specification questions regarding these exciting new technologies can be found here.


    FAA Clarifies Use of USDA for Wildlife Hazard Assessments
    from FAA
    The Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a Program Implementation Memorandum (PIM) which clarifies the use of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Service (WS) in conducting wildlife hazard assessment studies (WHA) at airports.  More
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    New FAA System Improves Safety in Remote, Non-Radar Regions
    from FAA
    A new surveillance system introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Colorado allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions.  More
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    TSA Must Automate Privacy Checks, IG Says
    from Homeland Security Today
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made great progress in establishing privacy programs to protect the personal information of air passengers and others but it could go further by setting up automatic privacy tools, suggested the inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently.  More
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