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US aviation still stymied despite recall of FAA staff
Reuters via Yahoo Finance
The U.S. government shutdown is blocking Boeing Co and Airbus from delivering aircraft to U.S. airlines and raising safety concerns, even though hundreds of furloughed workers are being recalled.
Pompeo hopeful for reopening government functions key to general aviation
Wichita Business Journal
Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo said he believes some functions of the Federal Aviation Administration that are key to the general aviation industry's ability to do business can be reopened even without the passage of full spending bill.
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Grounded: How the shutdown disproportionately affects Alaska aviation
Most media coverage surrounding the government shutdown's impact on aviation has focused on air traffic control and what if any further suffering airline passengers might expect at the nation's airports. But air traffic controllers are considered essential government employees, which conceals the real consequences for the aviation industry, particularly in Alaska.
White House: Obama would veto House Republican aviation funding bill
President Barack Obama would veto a bill by the Republican-led House of Representatives that would extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration during the government shutdown, the White House said.
Airport noise linked to heart risks
The New York Times
Older people living near noisy airports may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, a new study reports. Researchers used data from the Federal Aviation Administration to establish noise levels in zip codes abutting 89 airports in the contiguous United States.
Shale gas drilling helps Pittsburgh airport reduce fees again
Money from a Marcellus shale drilling deal at Pittsburgh International Airport is fueling a second decrease this year in fees airlines pay to use the airport although county officials acknowledged the move may take time to attract more flights.
US Air CEO 'highly confident' merger will close
US Airways Group Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Doug Parker said he is "highly confident" his airline will close its merger with American Airlines, which antitrust regulators are trying to block.
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Largest airport solar power system soon to be at Indianapolis International Airport
A 12.5 MW solar PV farm — which will be the largest solar power system on airport real estate in North America — will soon be opening at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. The impressive solar power system will feature more than 41,000 solar photovoltaic panels, each of which is capable of producing 280 W at peak production. The system as a whole will cover around 75 acres of otherwise unused land.
Duluth, Minn., touts growing aviation industry
Minnesota Public Radio
Duluth, Minn., officials used a giant aircraft hangar as a backdrop to tout job gains in the aviation sector and in the region's economy as a whole. AAR Aircraft Services, a Chicago-based airplane maintenance company, set up shop last year in an old Northwest Airlines facility in Duluth empty since 2005. Now 276 employees maintain Air Canada jets. The company is looking to hire 40 more workers.
TSA's new Pre-Check programs raises major privacy concerns
The Washington Post
When the Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check formally launches sometime this fall, its trusted-traveler program will already have the enthusiastic endorsement of frequent travelers — and an equally enthusiastic denouncement from privacy advocates.
Airlines hire pilots as shortage looms
As airlines plan to hire hundreds of new pilots, industry officials warn that a shortage looms because of retirements, greater training requirements and longer rest periods between shifts. American Airlines, which is reorganizing in bankruptcy court while proposing to merge with US Airways to become the world's largest airline, announced plans this week to hire 1,500 pilots over five years.
Ground broken on Southwest's new international terminal at Houston
By Matt Falcus
Southwest Airlines has marked the beginning of its expansion at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport by breaking ground on its new international terminal. Hobby is primarily a domestic airport with no international airline service, but corporate and general aviation traffic does regularly arrive from across the border in Mexico. The competition this generated with United Airlines at Houston's other airport, George Bush Intercontinental, led to objections. However, the transition was approved May 30 with the support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and a 16-1 vote by the City of Houston
Ruling on in-flight use of electronic devices stalls
If the federal government was not entering its second week of being shut down, the Federal Aviation Administration would likely be getting ready to announce it was going to let airline passengers keep their electronic devices on longer during flights.
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Backers make push for second Atlanta airport; Delta opposed
Could Atlanta finally be on the verge of getting its second commercial airport? The idea has been broached many times during the past two decades in Atlanta, currently the largest U.S. metro area to be served by a single airport for commercial passenger airline flights.
JetBlue plans A321 for premium long-haul service
The airline world has become used to low-cost carriers offering more and more perks. Even some form of premium cabin is no longer uncommon. But JetBlue is taking that concept one step further. Or rather, two.
Redevelopment plan for Brown Field moves forward
San Diego Daily Transcript
Brown Field Municipal Airport will undergo a major transformation over the next 20 years, as a redevelopment project was recently approved by the San Diego City Council. The City Council, with Interim Mayor Todd Gloria absent from the meeting, unanimously approved a lease agreement with developer Brown Field International Business Park LLC and a master plan to develop aviation and non-aviation facilities and amenities on 331 acres of the 881-acre airport in Otay Mesa.
Fitch affirms Houston airport's special facility Terminal E Project revenues at 'B'
Fitch Ratings affirms the city of Houston's outstanding $323.5 million airport system special facilities revenue bonds (Continental Airlines Inc. Terminal E Project) series 2001 at 'B'. The series 2001 bonds are fixed-rate revenue bonds with a final maturity in 2029. The Rating Outlook has been revised to Positive from Stable, reflecting the Positive Outlook on United Continental Holdings, Inc., whose rent payments secure the bonds.
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS
ICAO Assembly climate change outcome hailed by industry but seen as a missed opportunity by environmental NGOs
Green Air Online
The adoption of a resolution by ICAO States at the close of their 38th Assembly that commits to developing a global market-based measure to limit the growth of international aviation emissions was hailed by the aviation industry as an historic and landmark agreement.
Passenger traffic at European airports up 3.9 percent during August
Travel Daily News
European airport trade body, ACI Europe released its comprehensive report of airport traffic performance during the month of August. The report — which encompasses all scheduled air traffic at Europe's airports, including networks carriers, low cost carriers, charter and others — reveals a much better performance compared to July, reflecting improvements in economic sentiment across Europe.
Prestwick airport set to be nationalized
Scottish ministers are to take Prestwick airport into public ownership in an attempt to rescue the ailing site after years of losses. Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister, said her officials were in talks with Prestwick's New Zealand-based owner, Infratil, to discuss a buyout. The site is a hub for the budget airline Ryanair and a strategic refueling base for Nato aircraft.
Loyal Boeing customer Japan Airlines turns to Airbus
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
Usually a Boeing customer, Japan Airlines recently strayed and ordered its first jets from European plane maker Airbus.
Britain needs to build new runways, says Airports Commission chairman
The chances of expanding Heathrow and other airports in the south-east has increased substantially as Sir Howard Davies, the chairman of the Airports commission, affirmed for the first time that Britain will need new runways.
Like a sneak preview inside Doha's new Hamad International Airport?
ACI via AviationPros.com
Doha's new Hamad International Airport is preparing to become the luxurious and highly efficient gateway to Qatar and the rest of the world. However, at the moment, the 590,000 square meter, 30 million passenger-capacity building is still under wraps.
Jet fuel demand forecast to double as Tokyo airport adds slots
Jet fuel demand is forecast to double at Tokyo's Haneda airport as the Japanese government adds 40 slots for international flights, according to a survey of four local refining officials.
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TSA defends handling of ticketless boy who stowed away on flight
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is defending its handling about a boy who allegedly boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket, even as the agency admits it is investigating the reported stowaway.
FAA updates Notam format for airport operators
Aviation International News
The FAA published the new version of its Notices to Airmen (Notam) guide — JO 7930.2N — on Sept. 25 to bring airport operators up to ICAO standards. For example, Notams must now include key words or phrases to make them easier to identify and sort. New terms might include RWY, TWY, APRON, AD, OBST, NAV, COM, SVC, AIRSPACE, ODF, SID and STAR among others.
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