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AA, US Airways dealt setback in merger-lawsuit trial
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
A court-appointed official, called a special master, recently recommended that the federal judge hearing the American Airlines and US Airways merger-lawsuit trial reject the airlines' request.
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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN


FAA air traffic controllers work without pay, concerned with passenger safety
WPTV-TV
They have been working for free for two weeks since the start of the government shutdown and now air traffic controllers are worried their lack of pay could start impacting travel and safety.
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FAA furloughs delay decision on electronic devices
NBC News
While travelers hope for a speedy decision regarding the use of personal electronics in flight, the government shutdown has turned the process into the regulatory equivalent of a 56k modem. With non-essential Federal Aviation Administration staffers currently furloughed, all passengers can do is watch and wait.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


Airports seek improvement dollars elsewhere as federal fiscal woes deepen
McClatchy DC
The nation's airports once counted on billions of dollars in federal grants to upgrade their facilities, but in an increasingly uncertain fiscal environment, some would prefer to leave the money on the table and leverage their own resources instead.
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Pollution, railroad tracks blocking Gary, Ind., airport expansion
Northwest Indiana Times
Gary/Chicago International Airport's new interim director is tackling the daunting task of how to complete the $166 million runway expansion project on budget and on time. "We are all working together to identify exactly what the challenges are and how they can be approached," Interim Airport Director B.R. Lane told the airport authority board at its regular meeting.
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TSA screenings at Phoenix airport draw fire from disabled travelers
Fox News
Dozens of disabled travelers have filed complaints with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, accusing Transportation Security Administration security agents of conducting inappropriate and humiliating screenings.
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Small airports become hubs for new business as flights decline
Press of Atlantic City
Fewer planes are taking off at municipal and county airports these days, thanks to the long economic downturn and high aviation fuel prices. But small businesses such as T-shirt printers, breweries, car dealers and equipment renovators are taking off there, and bolstering the bottom line. Other small airports have discounted fuel, or are in talks with educational facilities about hosting air traffic control classes.
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Paulding County, Ga., protestors hope to stop airport commercialization
WBS-FM
Well after most construction workers have gone home for the day, the giant earthmovers at Silver Comet Field in Paulding County, Ga., continue to rumble from the huge mounds of stockpiled dirt to the departure end of Runway 31, adding on to the length of the concrete strip. This work is necessary for the airline traffic that is expected to begin arriving here before the end of the year.
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Larger, modern terminal planned for Bob Hope Airport
Los Angeles Daily News
The future of Bob Hope Airport may include a new two-story terminal 68 percent bigger than the current 80-year-old facility. Preliminary plans say the new terminal will be 335,000 square feet but have the same 14 gates, which designers say will provide ample space for passengers and amenities.
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Summer's end pulls down airport numbers
Quad-City Business Journal
The Quad-City International Airport posted a 12 percent decline in passengers for September, due largely to a "seasonal hiatus" of Allegiant's service to Florida, airport officials said. Monthly statistics show enplanements for all the carriers combined were 28,364 last month. That compared to 32,143 enplanements a year ago.
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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport terminal on pace for summer 2014 opening, contractor says
Al.com
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's new terminal could be ready for travelers in summer 2014, an official with the contractor team in charge of the project said. Work continues on the $201.6 million terminal modernization project, with a goal of working on Concourse C's furniture and fixtures — a final step before opening the terminal — in May or June, Jeff Hart, with Brasfield & Gorrie, told Birmingham Airport Authority board members.
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Tiny Newfoundland, Canada, airport sets its all-time passenger record
USA Today
It's been a good summer at the tiny Deer Lake Regional Airport located in Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province.

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White House: Obama would veto House Republican aviation funding bill
Reuters
For insight into the competitiveness of China's main airlines, overlook their domestic operations, which are generally profitable — though not lately. Domestically, the carriers compete mainly against each other.

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FAA brings back some workers as shutdown drags on
The Associated Press via AviationPros.com
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has asked 800 furloughed employees to return to work despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


A new terminal at Incheon Airport
The New York Times
South Korea's Incheon International Airport broke ground late last month on a new terminal, set to open in 2018 before the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The new Terminal 2 will double the size of the existing airport, adding 72 gates, and 7.4 million square feet.
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Airbus's A380 backlog is shrinking
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Airbus aimed to tally 25 new orders in 2013 for its largest aircraft, the A380. But after one high-profile cancellation, Airbus now has three fewer orders than at the beginning of the year. Could this be the beginning of a trend?
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Controversial immigration court opens at Paris airport
FRANCE 24
After a high-profile campaign to try to block a controversial immigration court near Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, the court's first session opened to a somewhat surreal scene. In a building abutting an immigration detention center surrounded by cargo warehouses, the modest-sized new courtroom was crammed with lawyers, journalists and representatives of human rights organizations.
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Fast-growing Etihad grows stake in Virgin Australia
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
As part of Etihad Airways' efforts to bolster its international partnerships, the airline says it has nearly double its stake in Virgin Australia to 19.9 percent.
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Airport confidence in Qantas deal may be premature
AWIN First via Aviation Week
Brisbane International Airport has launched a key stage in its controversial new runway project, even though it has still not reached a funding deal with its largest operator, Qantas Airways.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


FAA and EASA will upgrade stall training
Aviation International News
The FAA this month will issue a rule requiring a new approach to stall training for airline pilots that runs counter to previous guidance. According to Dr. Jeff Schroeder, the agency's chief scientific and technical officer, the new approach will, "take a lot of work to undo previous training because some pilots are 'spring-loaded' to the previous technique."
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