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Airport layovers, more pleasure than pain
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Airport layovers can be the most gruesome leg of a journey. But airports are increasingly getting wise to the needs of their passengers, offering a range of amenities from swimming pools to yoga studios and even a golf course. More

Domestic Airport News

Atlanta retains title as world's busiest airport
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Atlanta's airport is keeping its title as the world's busiest. Airport officials said passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 - making 2012 the busiest year ever for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Authorities said the 2012 total of 95.5 million passengers is 3.35 percent higher than the previous record of 92.4 million passengers, set in 2011. More

Pittsfield Township, residents ask federal government to block Ann Arbor, Mich., airport expansion    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees and a citizen group have formally asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to stop the proposed runway expansion at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, township authorities announced. More

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Fall in airport infrastructure development may hit US economy
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The U.S economy may suffer over the next few years, as airport infrastructure investment drops. According to a new report, there will be an estimated $39 billion gap between today and 2020 in airport investment. More

DHS research project aims to significantly improve explosive detection
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Researchers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are hoping to vastly improve explosive detection systems (EDS) to more quickly and accurately identify improvised explosive devices for carry-on and checked baggage at U.S. airports. More

Schiff, Feinstein reintroduce bill to fight helicopter noise
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Local residents may finally get some relief from the helicopter noise that disrupts sleep and makes it hard to work. Congressman Adam Schiff is joining with Congressmen Henry Waxman and Brad Sherman, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to keep the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act in the legislative pipeline. More

$2.1 billion Orlando, Fla., airport expansion plan unveiled
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The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority wants to spend $2.1 billion on Orlando International Airport improvements through 2018 under a plan presented to the authority Feb. 1. Whether the multi-billion plan becomes a reality during the next five years depends on continued growth in passengers and successful negotiations with the airport’s top airlines on the fees they pay to the airport. More

Delta to debut first-ever outdoor airport terraces
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Delta Air Lines has partnered with Architectural Digest to develop the airline's first-ever outdoor airport terraces. Called The Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club in Concourse F of Atlanta's new international terminal and in New York's redeveloped Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the terraces were designed by Thom Filicia, who was selected by Architectural Digest for the project. More

Mario Rodriguez presides over new era at Long Beach Airport in California
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Mario Rodriguez has seen the aviation industry change dramatically in his 25 years in the business. And it's this rapid pace of change that so interests the director of the Long Beach Airport. During his tenure here, which began in February 2009, Rodriguez has presided over a remarkable evolution at the airport, culminating in December with the opening of a world-class, brand-new $45 million concourse and terminal. "We're stepping into a new era," he said. More

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Airport officials will revise $3.9-million LAX publicity contracts
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Los Angeles airport commissioners unanimously decided to withdraw and renegotiate $3.9 million in public relations contracts for LAX that have come under fire from two city councilmen. Last month, the Board of Airport Commissioners awarded three-year contracts to the Phelps Group in Santa Monica, Calif., AdEase Inc. in San Diego and Nothing Films Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif. More

Milwaukee County, Wis., considers $60 million in Mitchell International Airport improvements
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Mitchell International Airport is planning a $41 million makeover of its aging and increasingly decrepit baggage claim area that would be financed with bonds issued by Milwaukee County and paid for with fees that airlines pay to use the airport. More

Hobby Airport's international expansion plans revealed
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The Houston Airport System recently released a new plan and schedule for Hobby Airport's international expansion. According to a presentation shown to Houston City Council Feb. 4, Houston's airport authority plans to build a new parking garage and a new concourse, expand its terminal and make roadway modifications at Hobby to accommodate international flights. The project is scheduled over the course of more than two years. More

Charleston, SC, airport looks for long-range extension of passenger fee
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Charleston International Airport was one of the last major airports in the country to impose an FAA-approved $4.50 maximum fee on departing passengers. It started in March 2010 and ran for 21 months. It was first extended through 2013 and then through 2015, bringing about $26 million to help pay for airport improvements. More

International Airport News

European airport traffic growth reports alarming decline in 2012
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European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE, today released its traffic results for 2012, a year marked by a progressive slowdown in passenger traffic and continued recession for freight traffic. The overall passenger traffic at Europe's airports saw an increase of just +1.8 percent compared to 2011, with a clear divide between the EU market and other European countries. More

Heathrow signals confidence with £3 billion investment
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Heathrow is to invest £3 billion in developing infrastructure in a major boost to Britain's leading airport. In a signal that the company believes that it could still be backed by the Government, which is undertaking a review of runway capacity, the airport group will announce the modernization plans later this month. More

Rousseff's ambitions face airport test
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Sao Paulo, Brazil's Guarulhos Airport is undertaking its biggest expansion in almost three decades in a test of President Dilma Rousseff's $94 billion plan for private companies to improve facilities from roads to ports. More

Air India clears major share of Delhi, Hyderabad airport dues
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Air India has cleared a large chunk of its dues to GMR-led operators of Delhi and Hyderabad airports, with the latest installment of Rs 415 crore being paid a few days ago. "It is heartening for us to note that Air India has made large payments over the last two months to clear the outstanding dues to the GMR Group. We are hopeful that Air India will clear the remaining dues in an expeditious manner to reach a regular payment status," a GMR spokesperson said. More

China's SkyTeam carriers will move to new Beijing airport
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SkyTeam member carriers that currently operate out of Beijing Capital Airport are planning to move to the new airport in Daxing. The new airport, currently under construction, is expected to be completed by October 2017; formal operations are scheduled to begin in 2018. More

Flash mob music at Bucharest airport: Video
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The Bucharest Symphony Orchestra staged a flashmob at Henri Coanda International Airport near Bucharest. The 40 musicians, disguised as pilots, cabin and ground staff, or even as passengers, delighted and surprised onlookers with a short recital of classical music. More

ACC News

ACC remembers Suzanne Geckle
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It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that Suzanne Geckle, a senior environmental aviation planner with CH2M HILL, passed away on Feb. 2 due to complications from cancer. Suzanne was an active member of ACC and used her expertise to directly contribute to ACC environmental and sustainability efforts and events, and served as vice chair of the ACC sustainability committee. She was a good friend and colleague to many in the ACC community and will be missed. More

Register now for two new ACC Institute webinars on Safety Management Systems in February
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The ACC Institute will present two separate webinar sessions on safety management systems (SMS) during the month of February. The first session, Implementation of a Safety Risk Management Process, webinar will give a general overview of the four components of an SMS program, with a specific focus on the core area of Safety Risk Management (SRM) for both day to day operations and planning and construction purposes in the movement and non-movement areas as defined under the FAA Draft FAR Part 139 SMS rule and draft AC 150/5200-37A, as well as FAA Internal Order 5200.11. The second session, Managing the FAA Risk Analysis Process, webinar will look at a specific component of SMS that FAA has already implemented - safety risk management (SRM) for airport planning and development projects and standards (the risk analysis process). It will explain the relationship between the proposed regulation for SMS at Part 139 airports, and the new SRM requirements. More

Monday, Feb 11 is the deadline for early registration to the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course
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View the latest agenda for the ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be on how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Registration for the course includes an airport tour of construction projects at Memphis International Airport and a tour of the FedEx sorting facility at the airport. The early registration deadline to receive reduced rates is Monday, Feb. 11. More


Invitation to comment on draft FAA Order 5100-38, Airport Improvement Program Handbook
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This notice announces the request for comments on the draft of FAA Order 5100–38D, Airport Improvement Program Handbook. When finalized, this Order will replace Order 5100–38C, Airport Improvement Program Handbook, issued on June 28, 2005. This update clarifies statutory requirements, including changes to the AIP statute from the recent FAA reauthorization. More

Actions needed to analyze data and ensure canine teams are effectively utilized in the TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency that administers the National Canine Program (NCP), is collecting and using key data on its canine program, but could better analyze these data to identify program trends. More

Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices: 2013
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 17: Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices is a digest of the progress and status of ACRP Project 11-03, Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. More

IG Report: FAA wildlife hazard plans ineffective
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Prompted by a scathing audit report by the Transportation Department inspector general about the ineffective implementation of its wildlife hazard plans, the FAA is analyzing comments it received on three draft advisory circulars. One of the ACs is new, but the other two are revisions of existing ACs. More

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