4 most beautiful US airport terminals
Airline travel can involve unpleasant moments, from going through security to waiting out bad weather to watching thoughtless passengers with too much baggage. One way airlines and airports can enhance the experience is by making terminals pleasant places to be. More
Airports consider electricity inside runways to melt snow
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Airports are considering a new way of clearing snow -- heating pavement. Workers have traditionally relied on chemicals, plows and sweepers to clear snow on runways and taxiways. But some in the industry are pitching the Federal Aviation Administration to make the new methods -- passing electric current under the pavement or circulating warm liquids through pipes or tubes -- eligible for the federal funding that airports receive for capital-improvement projects. More
Congress might finally break the FAA funding logjam -- maybe
It's been a rough few years for the FAA. Big projects have been put on hold primarily because Congress can't pass a new budget for the agency. Now that Rep. John Mica (R-FL) has been voted in as the new chairman of the relevant House committee, there's a chance things will finally start moving. More
Airline industry emerges from COP 16 meetings with ICAO recognition, no green tax
UNFCCC climate talks in Cancun ended with ICAO firmly established as the proper forum for addressing aviation's role and responsibilities regarding emissions, according to air transport industry officials attending the event. In a clear sign of this development, aviation was not mentioned in the agreement that emerged from the meeting. More
Airline industry group sees holiday travel up
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The industry group for the nation's airlines said that it expects 43.6 million people to travel by air over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. That's about 3 percent more than last year. ATA says the busiest days will be Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-3, based on 2009 patterns. The airlines have added surcharges of $10-$30 on most of those days, anticipating heavier bookings. More
American Air: Puerto Rico Airport talks make progress but miss deadline
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An effort to win sufficient airline backing for potential privatization of Puerto Rico's main airport is making progress but fell short of a goal to wrap up by the end of November, according to American Airlines. More
ACC soliciting comments on FAA SMS NPRM
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will provide a 60-day extension on the comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring Part 139 airports to establish a safety management system (SMS). The comment period deadline is extended from Jan. 5, 2011 to March 7, 2011.
Airport stakeholders have raised a number of issues and concerns regarding the NPRM, including cost/benefits, implementation, scope, results of pilot project data and protocol for project approvals and risk assessments.
ACC needs your comments on the SMS NPRM. Please review the NPRM and send comments to T.J. Schulz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 18, 2011.
ACC introduces 2011 Board of Directors
ACC announced the election of the 2011 Board of Directors at the 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. The board will be led by 2011 Board of Directors Chair Terry A. Ruhl, P.E. with CH2M HILL; Vice Chair Courtney A Beamon, P.E. with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.; Secretary/Treasurer Andy Platz, P.E. with Mead & Hunt, Inc.; and Immediate Past Chair Ronald L. Peckham, P.E. with C&S Companies. More
Recommended Guidelines for the Collection and Use of Geospatially Referenced Data for Airfield Pavement Management
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 39: Recommended Guidelines for the Collection and Use of Geospatially Referenced Data for Airfield Pavement Management offers recommended guidelines for the collection and use of geospatially referenced data for airfield pavement management. More
Understanding Airspace, Objects, and Their Effects on Airports
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 38: Understanding Airspace, Objects, and Their Effects on Airports provides a comprehensive description of the regulations, standards, evaluation criteria, and processes designed to protect the airspace surrounding airports. More
TSA chief: 'We'll never eliminate risk'
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Ever since new airport security procedures went into effect in late October, the Transportation Security Administration has been at the center of controversy. The combination of enhanced image screening with invasive patdowns for those who opt out has rankled civil liberties advocates and some of the flying public. More