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FAA efforts reopen the skies - and runways - after Sandy
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Ray LaHood writes, "The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, but there's still plenty to be thankful for. So today, I want to join Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in sharing my gratitude for the hard work of our Federal Aviation Administration in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy." More

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TSA to expand use of bomb-sniffing dogs for passenger screening in 2013
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to improve and expand upon its use of bomb-sniffing dogs through a research project on the use of canine teams starting soon at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). More

Mica drops waiver bid, endorses Shuster
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House T&I Chairman John Mica has dropped his bid to chair the committee in the 113th Congress in the face of term limits and has endorsed Rep. Bill Shuster, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO. More

SFO to return $2.1 million in misspent stimulus funds
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The Federal Aviation Administration will take back $2.1 million in stimulus funds that it gave to San Francisco International Airport because the money was used improperly, according to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general. More


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US roads, airports unready for extreme weather
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The nation's lifelines - its roads, airports, railways and transit systems - are getting hammered by extreme weather beyond what their builders imagined, leaving states and cities searching for ways to brace for more catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy. More

Airfields of dreams
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Willis and Vivian Bramstaedt planned to live out their days on a farm in rural Beecher, Ill. But two years ago, they got a disturbing letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation: the state, using its eminent-domain powers, would seize their land to provide space for a brand-new airport - intended to relieve congestion at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, some 60 miles north. More

Rumors Antonio Villaraigosa could add Cabinet to résumé
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is closely following the most important rule for a potential Cabinet member: Don't pine after the job. But the man with the top job in the nation's second-largest city admits that he, too, hears the secretary rumblings and rumors. More



Battle of the blogs: TSA vs. syndicated columnist
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The TSA and an oft-critical blogger have been giving each other heartburn. Syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon recently wrote a piece titled "How Orwellian Are We," which alleged groping from TSA officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, accused employees of attempting to obscure their names and identification, and called employees "government pension-seeking hamburger clerks." More

The strange and crowded world of really small airlines
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A few months ago, we did a report on the 10 Best Airlines You've Never Flown. Most were smaller than the giant lines - that's one of the reasons you probably haven't flown them. But six lines here in the U.S. are much smaller than those 10. If you live in their home base cities, you've probably at least heard of them, but if you only occasionally fly to one of those areas, you may be missing a good option. More

To stay competitive, BWI 'moves at the speed of business'
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Massive girders and freshly poured concrete form a bump in the middle of the low-slung terminal, almost as if BWI Marshall Airport is expecting. In a way, it is. Before next summer, a glassed-in walkway, new shops and a modern security checkpoint will spring from the framework. Passengers will be able to get from the concourses used by Southwest and AirTran to the one used by American and Spirit without leaving security. By the time summer is out, the oldest part of BWI will be modernized and directly connected to the busiest part. More



Study: Private airport towers as safe, cheaper than government towers
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Air traffic control towers staffed by private contractors are cheaper and provide the same level of safety as towers staffed by government controllers, a new government audit concludes. Contract towers, as they are known, cost on average $537,000 a year to operate, compared with $2 million for comparably busy towers staffed by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General. In addition, the contract towers had a "significantly lower number and rate of safety incidents," the report said. More

Houston airports adopt Bluetooth-based queue measurement
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Houston Airport System has installed a Bluetooth-based, real-time queue measurement system at George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports. The system has been launched across nine security checkpoints and uses Bluetooth signals from mobile devices to measure real-time waiting times. This information is then updated every 15 minutes and displayed on the airport authority's website. More

Contract towers continue to provide cost-effective and safe air traffic services, but improved oversight of the program is needed
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On Nov. 5, 2012, we issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of the Federal Contract Tower Program. Established in 1982, the Program currently oversees 250 contract towers providing low-cost air traffic control services to airports nationwide. More



Economic impact of airports, logistics cluster tops $6.6 billion, study finds
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Port Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker International Airport and Bolton Field contribute more than $4.6 billion a year to the local economy, according to a new economic impact study. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which oversees all three airports, commissioned the six-month study. It found that the total economic output spurred by the airports has jumped by 69 percent since 2004, the last time the agency conducted such a study.
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Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe
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President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it over their objections. More

Maldives recommends termination of airport contract to GMR
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In a major blow to Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure, the Government of Maldives has recommended to terminate the contract awarded to infrastructure developer to upgrade the airport at Male at a cost of $530 million. The Maldives cabinet in a meeting today decided to terminate the contract and a notice to this effect was issued to GMR Group, Maldivian President's Press Secretary Masood Imad said in a statement. The project was awarded to GMR Infrastructure during the previous regime of the island nation during mid of 2010. More

Could derelict airport be Greece's economic savior?
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Greece is hoping a derelict airport on the outskirts of Athens - one which has sparked a keen contest among international investors - will help solve its debt woes. Hellinikon airport, the sale of which initially piqued the interest of U.S. business tycoon Donald Trump, could be vital to reversing the fortunes of the Greek economy. More

Ryanair to cut Budapest routes in airport fees row
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Ryanair will cut the number of routes it operates from Budapest by a third next year, the budget airline said, as it seeks to wrestle favorable conditions from the airport operator. The move, which the airline said could still be reversed, comes months after Ryanair set up a base at Budapest following the collapse of Hungary's national airline Malev. More

Operator of Jakarta's main airport seeks $2.1 billion to fund expansion
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Indonesia's biggest airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II will seek 20 trillion rupiah in commercial loans and bonds from next year to finance its $2.7 billion development of the country's main airport, its chief executive said. More


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ACC members: Nominate your airport sponsors for the ACC Excellence in Procurement Award!
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Are you familiar with an airport that should be recognized for their exemplary procurement and contracting practices and treatment of consultants? Nominate them today for the ACC Excellence in Procurement Award! This prestigious award provides examples of model procurement policies and helps ACC promote fair, effective practices. Only ACC member firms may submit nominations, however they may submit more than one nomination. Additionally, several ACC member firms may join together to support one nominee. Airport sponsors should not be notified by the nominator of either their intent to submit the nomination or the notification of award. Nominations should be sent by Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 to T.J. Schulz at tjs@acconline.org.
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ACC Webinar
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FAA's New Airport Design AC 150/5300-13A: What it Means for Airport Planners and Engineers
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Register now for this repeat offering of our popular webinar held in October! The Federal Aviation Administration's Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13 "Airport Design" is considered by airport planners and engineers to be the "go-to" manual in designing airside facilities. There is a lot of buzz in the industry about the FAA's complete re-write of the AC, which is expected to be released this fall. So what is in store for airport planners and designers? This webinar will explore the key changes and updates that are included in the new AC, along with how these new policies should be incorporated into airport capital projects.


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Winter Design Storm Factor Determination for Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 81: Winter Design Storm Factor Determination for Airports identifies the relevant factors in defining a winter design storm for use in sizing airport deicing runoff management systems and components. More

Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE): Emission Reduction Strategies, Inventory, and Tutorial
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 78: Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE): Emission Reduction Strategies, Inventory, and Tutorial is designed to help assess and mitigate the contribution of ground support equipment (GSE) to air quality impacts at airports. More

FAA nominee in the clear after DeMint lifts objection
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After a deep freeze, it looks like things might be moving again in the Senate: Sen. Jim De Mint is no longer blocking the nomination of Michael Huerta to be Federal Aviation Administration administrator. The South Carolina Republican had put a hold on Huerta last summer, reasoning that Republicans shouldn't appoint anyone to the five-year position before the outcome of the presidential election was known. More


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