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Feb. 25, 2009
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Palmdale Airport Land May Become a Solar Farm
from The Los Angeles Times
After buying 17,750 acres in Palmdale for an intercontinental jetport that has not gotten off the ground, Los Angeles airport officials say they might finally have a use for much of the property: a solar power facility capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of clean energy. If approved, the project would help Los Angeles comply with a major portion of Measure B, a local proposition on the March 3 ballot that would require the city to generate 400 megawatts of electricity from solar installations by 2014. More

Gauging Personal Carbon Footprints
from Flight International via Flightglobal
It is a sure-fire way of losing friends and alienating people, but rationing air travel - or personal carbon trading - remains in the arsenal of every ambitious policymaker determined to find ways, however politically unpalatable, to make individuals manage their own carbon dioxide emissions. More

Carbon Offset Pricing May Confuse Tourists
from Reuters
Air travelers are paying vastly differing prices to offset their contribution to climate change, in some cases three times market levels, despite efforts to increase transparency in an unregulated market. Under a regulated carbon market, countries and companies buy offsets to help them meet binding international climate targets. More

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Bald Eagle Pair to Be Evicted From Airport Nest
from The Associated Press via USA Today
A pair of bald eagles is loving life near the runways of Martin State Airport in Baltimore, Md. ó soaking up the heat that radiates off the pavement and soaring over flat terrain where prey is easy to spot. But it's not the safest scenario, for pilots or the birds. So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evicting them. More

American Eagle to Improve Airport Safety and Efficiency at DFW With I.D. Systems' AvRamp Wireless Vehicle Management System
from MSNBC
I.D. Systems, Inc. announced that American Eagle Airlines has selected I.D. Systems' AvRamp Wireless Vehicle Management System to manage a fleet of aircraft ground support equipment at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The AvRamp system, which was developed in part through funding from the Transportation Security Administration, provides a wide range of safety, security and operational management functions for airport vehicles, including automatic fuel conservation functions to reduce energy costs and the airline's carbon footprint. More

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JAL Lowers Fuel Surcharge as Oil Prices Subside
fromThe Associated Press via the International Herald Tribune
Japan Airlines said it will lower its fuel surcharge for international flights starting April 1 because of sliding oil prices. The extra charge passengers pay to cover fuel costs will drop by between 75 percent to 92 percent, JAL Group, the nation's top carrier, said in a statement. The price of jet fuel in recent months has dropped to about $64 a barrel, compared to nearly $116 a barrel over the August-October period of 2008. More

Plane Crazy
from Southwark News
Residents of the London Borough of Southwark are up in arms over a proposal to reduce the height of flight paths over Dulwich into Heathrow's new third runway.With thousands of flights a year set to jet along new flight paths, that could be up to 1,000 feet lower than the current routes into the world's busiest airport, community members are calling on Southwark to stand against the plans. The councilís executive member for environment and transport Jeff Hook said: "The council strongly opposes the third runway and expansion of Heathrow, on the grounds of the negative noise impact on our residents." More

Environmental Meetings

Registration Now Open for the Fifth Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE,) in collaboration with Los Angeles World Airports, C&S Engineers, Inc., Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and Synergy Consultants, presents the Fifth Annual Aviation Air Quality Conference to be held April 29-May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. This year's conference, entitled Aviation in a Climate Changing World, presents a comprehensive overview of the issues and regulatory requirements facing airports, while offering interactive sessions and case studies that will enhance attendees' job performance and knowledge base. Speakers will include prominent representatives from the FAA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), airports and other aviation sectors.

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March 31-April 1
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AAAE Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) Workshop


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