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Egypt unrest could impact aviation in region
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An aviation think tank warned that the unrest in Egypt and other countries could have a profound impact on air travel in the region. The Center for Asia Pacific Aviation said the political instability engulfing Egypt and Tunisia could spread to other states in the Middle East, one of the fastest-growing parts of the world in terms of air travel. A total of 79 carriers serve Egypt, "meaning many airlines will be touched by this crisis," said a report from the center. More

Democrats push aviation bill as jobs program
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Democratic leaders brought an aviation bill that authorizes $8 billion for airport construction to the Senate floor, pitching it as a jobs measure in keeping with President Barack Obama's call to boost the economy through transportation projects. The American Association of Airport Executives estimated the airport construction funds will support 90,000 current or new jobs and have a beneficial spinoff effect on the employment of another 190,000 workers. The estimate is based on a calculation that $1 billion in federal spending supports 35,000 jobs. It presumes a 20 percent match by local airport authorities in addition to the federal dollars. More

TSA will not expand private screening program at airports
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The Transportation Security Administration has decided not to expand a program that would allow airports to replace government screeners with private screeners. The news comes a month after the agency said it was "neutral" on the program. The screening program became popular following the uproar over enhanced security pat-downs, which some travelers found intrusive. More

FAA tightens rules for charter pilots
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U.S. aviation regulators, seeking to enhance the safety of some 1,600 charter airlines and air-taxi companies, issued a final rule requiring pilots of such planes to receive specialized training to work more effectively as cockpit teams. In announcing the regulation—long sought by independent safety experts and government crash investigators—the Federal Aviation Administration said the goal "is to reduce the frequency and severity of errors" by pilots of both helicopters and airplanes conducting charter, sightseeing and other nonscheduled flights. More

TSA unveils less invasive airport scanning technology
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Thanksgiving 2010 was rife with stories about airport body scanners. Were they necessary? Harmful to your health? Sending pics to the Web? In an effort to provide a less invasive airport-scanning experience, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it will soon begin testing new software on its advanced imaging technology machines that do not display passenger-specific images but instead detect and highlight a specific area of concern. More

Global air cargo jumped 20.6 percent in 2010
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Global air cargo traffic surged by more than a fifth in 2010 from the previous year, driven by a rebound in international trade, the International Air Transportation Association said. International freight shipments grew 6.7 percent in December from a year ago, taking the full year increase to 20.6 percent, IATA reported. Cargo demand is 1 percent above pre-recession levels, but volume has slipped 5 percent since the peak of the post-recession inventory re-stocking boom in early 2010. More

Next in airport security: bomb detecting plants?
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The next time you forget to water your plants, feel guilty — that geranium could save your life. At least it could if Dr. June Medford's research comes to fruition. Medford has spent the last seven years developing vegetation that changes color when explosives are nearby. Picture it: A bomb-wielding passenger wanders into the departure lounge. How do you know? The plants have just turned white. More

Trans States Holdings firms order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets, options 50 more
Airlines and Destinations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation reveals that U.S. regional airline group Trans States Holdings firmed its order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets on Dec. 27, 2010 and took options on another 50 aircraft. TSH President Richard Leach visited Japan to attend a ceremony on Feb. 1, to mark his company's signing of the definitive purchase agreement for the 50 MRJs. Mitsubishi Aircraft says that after TSH signed a letter of intent for 50 MRJs in October 2009, TSH and Mitsubishi Aircraft have constantly exchanged views and strengthened their relationship. More

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