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October 8, 2009
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FAA Bill Could Pass This Year
from Aviation Week
A senior Senate staffer believes there is still a very good chance that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill can be finished this year, despite a congressional calendar crowded by the health care debate and other issues. More
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Domestic Airport News

Delta, Hartsfield-Jackson Reach Lease Deal
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines have reached a crucial lease agreement that continues their decades-long partnership and clears the way for the airport to continue construction of its new international terminal.  More
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Airports Spread Out Check-in Kiosks to Cut Down on Lines
from USA Today
Airports have a new message for frequent travelers: Move along. To ease crowds jamming airline counters, more airports are installing self-service kiosks farther from the terminal lobby for travelers who don't print their boarding passes at home.   More
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FAA Stimulus Recipients Got Low Priority Ratings
from The Wall Street Journal
More than $270 million in stimulus grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have gone to projects that scored below the agency's own threshold for weeding out low-priority proposals, according to data being released Wednesday by a government watchdog group.  More
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Airport Users in Montana's Small Towns See Importance
from The Billings Gazette
Small, non-commercial general aviation airports are a necessity, not a luxury, in small Montana towns. Pilots and airport supporters say the airports are necessary for spraying crops, watching for and fighting fires, bringing hunters and fishermen in, and helping businesses transport goods. The facilities are especially vital for emergency medical flights and patient transfers.  More
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Coalition Says FAA Reauthorization "Critically Overdue"
from AW Web
The aviation community has had a tough time this fall getting Congress to focus on the issue of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, but patience -- and time -- are running out. The FAA budget was due to expire this week, on Sept. 30, but has now been extended to Dec. 31.  More
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    International Airport News

    Report: EC to Postpone Aviation Emissions Cap Announcement Until 2010
    from ATW Daily News
    The European Commission won't formally announce a baseline aviation sector CO2 emissions standard until mid-2010, postponing the announcement for the second time, Bloomberg reported.   More
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    Air Traffic Control Problem Fixed
    from BBC
    Air traffic control systems are back up and running after an earlier computer breakdown at Prestwick grounded transatlantic flights from U.K. airports. Some travelers may still experience delays due to the problem at Prestwick's air traffic control hub.   More
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    Israel's Ben Gurion Airport Plans 50-Kilowatt Solar Project
    from Clean Technica
    Flying into Israel's soon-to-be solar powered Ben Gurion Airport may feel like arriving in the "promised land" for more than just those with vested religious interests. Located just outside Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, the airport has made plans to install 50 kilowatts of solar energy in order to cleanly power the country's largest international portal.  More
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    ACC News

    New ACC Associate Liaison Program Launched
    from the ACC
    The new Associate Liaison Program will enable ACC Associate members to contact the appropriate person at Executive member firms and provide that liaison the right vendor information, as needed, for particular technical projects and/or overall education. This information will be available to ACC members only through a secure Web page. Solicitations for firm contact information are currently out to the ACC membership and the listings are expected to be made available next month. Contact ACC for more information.  More
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    Summer Workshop Series Meeting Secures AICP Accreditation
    from the ACC
    ACC is pleased to announce that participants in the Planning and Environmental Workshops of the July 15-16 Summer Workshop Series conference are now eligible to receive American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) accreditation hours. The accreditation of this event was made possible through the assistance of the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association, who was a co-sponsor of the event. ACC is currently working to secure AICP accreditation for the back-to-back ACI/ACC/FAA Airport Planning Redefined Course and NEPA Workshop on Dec. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo.   More
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       Product Showcase: ADB Airfield Solutions

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    FAA/TSA/ACRP News

    Airports and the Newest Generation of General Aviation Aircraft, Volume 1: Forecast
    from TRB
    The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 17: Airports and the Newest Generation of General Aviation Aircraft, Volume 1: Forecast explores a forecast of anticipated fleet activity associated with the newest generation of general aviation aircraft for 5- and 10-year outlooks. ACRP Report 17, Volume 2 is a guidebook designed to help airport operators assess the practical requirements and innovative approaches that may be needed to accommodate these new aircraft.  More
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    GAO: Improvements Needed in Airport Perimeter and Access Control
    from GAO
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled Aviation Security: A National Strategy and Other Actions Would Strengthen TSA's Efforts to Secure Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls.  More
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    FAA Committed To NextGen Recommendations
    from Aviation Services Directory
    Senior Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials are adamant that a recent report on ATC modernization efforts will be used to reshape NextGen priorities and make better use of existing technologies.   More
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    Airports Get Aid for Device to See Debris
    from The New York Times
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking steps toward helping airports buy equipment that will spot dangerous debris on their runways. The agency published an advisory circular on Sept. 30 that lays out the specifications the equipment must meet.  More
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    TSA to Expand Use of Body Scanners
    from USA Today
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to install 150 security machines at airport checkpoints that enable screeners to see under passengers' clothes. The installation will vastly expand the use of the controversial body scanners, which can reveal hidden bombs and knives. But the devices have been labeled as intrusive by some lawmakers.   More
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