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FAA reinstates funding for some small airports
The Courier
The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports — including Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas — that were slated to close as a result of the federal government's automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said recently. The towers, which are operated by contractors for the administration at low-traffic airports, were scheduled to close June 15 as part of the sequestration.
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NBAA Maintenance Committee awards Tracs Scholarships
AIN Online
At the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference held April 30 through May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, the NBAA Maintenance Committee awarded Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (Tracs) to 35 people. The Tracs program is open to current and aspiring A&P mechanics enrolled in an accredited A&P program or Part 147 school and military technicians who are transitioning to civilian careers in business aviation, according to NBAA.
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The military steps up its PR to stave off sequestration
The Boston Globe
This is Armed Forces Week, a time when the nation honors the military, and when many bases welcome the general public with open houses and receptions. The observances culminate on Saturday, Armed Forces Day. In the past, the celebrations featured the precision flying teams — the Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds — but they are grounded this year due to sequestration cuts.
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Dallas-Fort Worth airport raising millions to build American Airlines a bigger hub
Skift via Bloomberg
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is selling $366.5 million of debt as its primary carrier, American Airlines, prepares to merge with US Airways Group Inc. to create the world's largest airline. The offering of bonds with maturities from 2026 through 2050 would help pay for capital projects such as the $2.05 billion initiative to overhaul four terminals, according to deal documents.
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Midsize airports suffer biggest cuts in airline service
Los Angeles Times
Airline mergers, a deep recession and surging fuel prices have led to sharp cuts in airline service around the country. Hardest hit: Medium-size airports. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, Calif., and other midsize airports lost an average of 26.2 percent of their flights from 2007 to 2012, according to a new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's International Center for Air Transportation.
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Midair S.A. to establish $28 million maintenance facility at Florida international airport
Area Development
Midair S.A., an international aviation company headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, will establish a major U.S. aircraft maintenance operation at Melbourne, Fla., International Airport. It is estimated the $28 million, 180,000-square-foot facility, will have a workforce of 300 to 450 within three years.
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Dreamliner's nightmare run
The Canberra Times
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is flying again. It was grounded in January after vital lithium-ion batteries burnt out on two planes. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the root cause of the failures and how hazardous batteries got approved. It is also probing whether the relationship between Boeing and its regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, is too cozy.
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