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Dec. 3, 2009
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Rockefeller eyes FAA extension
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Senate lawmakers are considering another three-month extension to FAA's operating authority, the clearest signal yet that a full reauthorization bill is not expected to be passed this year. More

Domestic Airport News

Some rediscover the benefits of business travel
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When the economy collapsed last fall, many companies had to make some quick decisions about travel, typically one of the first areas they trim when finances are tight. Should they cut back as most of their competitors were, continue business as usual or spend even more to get a leg up? More

Govt. report: Air cargo still vulnerable to terrorists
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The Transportation Security Administration is failing to ensure the security of boxed cargo in passenger planes, leaving the airplanes at risk for a terrorist attack, according to a government report obtained by USA TODAY. More

Airport puts its stimulus to work
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Anybody who has flown into Melbourne International Airport in recent months has probably noticed the construction equipment. The airport was the first place in the county to get and use transportation infrastructure money from the Obama administration's stimulus plan. More

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Dallas' Love Field overhaul faces some delays, but 2014 finish still expected
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Dallas Love Field's big face-lift may be slightly behind schedule in some areas, but both the city and Southwest Airlines Co. expect an on-time finish for the $519 million project. Early timelines for a new terminal and ticket lobby showed demolition under way at this point, but now that's not likely to get started until early next year. More

Airlines prepare for closure of Kennedy's busiest runway
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The FAA, U.S. airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are scrambling to find ways to avoid major delays and traffic disruptions this spring, when New York's Kennedy Airport begins a construction project that will knock its busiest runway out of commission for four months. More

New Orleans airport embarks on $755 million renovation
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As air travel to and from New Orleans continues to grow to nearly the level it had attained before Hurricane Katrina, Louis Armstrong International Airport is embarking on $755 million in modernization projects that will be highlighted by the construction of a new concourse and the eventual abandonment of two old ones. More

Plume of Pollutants from a Small Airport
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For people who live near an airport, noise is a major concern. But air quality can be an issue, too: after all, aircraft engines produce emissions on the ground as well as in the air. Air quality around airports has not been studied much, however, and when it has, the focus has been on larger airports, which usually have buffer zones separating them from neighborhoods. More

Edward Stimpson, aviation advocate, dies at 75
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Edward Stimpson, an aviation advocate who pushed to rejuvenate struggling small aircraft manufacturers in the 1990s and served on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has died after a five-month illness. He was 75. More

William R. DeCota Selected as Recipient of 2009 Engen Trophy
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The Board of Governors of the Aero Club of Washington has selected the late William (Bill) DeCota, former Director of Aviation, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) as the 2009 recipient of the Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence. DeCota served as the PANYNJ Director of Aviation from December 1999 until his death in September 2009, overseeing the world's largest airport system. More

International Airport News

Transatlantic paperless boarding debuts at Frankfurt Airport
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Continental Airlines has become the first carrier to offer paperless boarding passes on inbound transatlantic flights to the United States from Frankfurt Airport, Germany. The new technology speeds up check-in by allowing passengers to scan a barcode on their smartphone instead of presenting a paper boarding pass, removing the need for any physical documentation apart from a passport. More

EU clears UK Gatwick Airport's sale to Global fund
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Private equity fund Global Infrastructure Partners, controlled by Credit Suisse and General Electric Co., won permission from the European Commission to buy London's Gatwick Airport. More

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Still space left for the ACI-NA/ACC/FAA Airport Planning Redefined Course & NEPA Workshop
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Space is still available to attend the new ACI-NA/ACC/FAA Airport Planning Redefined Course and the NEPA Workshop. The Airport Planning Redefined Course on Dec. 7-9, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. extends beyond the latest Master Plan advisory circular and tackles issues such as airport property use and revenue generation, planning for sustainability, facility flexibility, electronic mapping and safety risk assessments. The Dec. 9-10 NEPA Workshop will feature comprehensive instruction and interactive workshops on key issues that repeatedly trip up the NEPA review process. A joint session between planners and NEPA practitioners from both events will be held the morning of Dec. 9. For more information, go to the ACC Web site. More


David M. Stone, former TSA Administrator, dies at 57
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Retired Rear Adm. David M. Stone, who once headed the Transportation Security Administration and was the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport in the critical months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has died. He was 57. More

FAA issues notice of Buy American Waivers under ARRA
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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice of the Buy American waivers that have been issued for grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). More

FAA issues updates to Advisory Circulars
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The FAA posted revisions to the following Advisory Circulars: AC 150/5340-26B, Maintenance of Airport Visual Aid Facilities and AC 150/5380-8A, Handbook for Identification of Alkali-Silica Reactivity in Airfield Pavements.

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