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Feb. 10, 2011
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FAA fund declines; fees could result
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The Federal Aviation Administration's primary source of funds is drawing down unsustainably, according to a Government Accountability Office report released. Increased fees on flyers are among the possible results.

Domestic Airport News

Slots issue at DC airport is holding up FAA legislation, says Senate leader
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A debate over adding more long-distance flights to and from Reagan Washington National Airport is holding up the entire Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a floor speech. More

Democrats warn amendment could hamper aviation safety
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Several Democratic senators are urging Republicans to abandon their push to reduce the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) budget to 2008 levels, which they say would hamper the upgrading of the nation's air traffic control systems and force layoffs. More

US Senate mulls higher fuel tax for private planes
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Owners of business jets and other private aircraft would pay sharply higher fuel taxes under a U.S. Senate proposal to fund government-run air traffic control and the modernization of that network. The plan, released by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, would not increase fuel taxes for airlines and would not impose taxes on checked bag fees, which have become an important revenue source for carriers. More

Rural air subsidies test resolve to cut spending
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A program that subsidizes air service to small airports, often in remote communities, is shaping up as an early test in the new Congress of conservatives' zeal for shrinking the federal government. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has proposed an amendment to an aviation bill pending before the Senate in order to eliminate the $200 million annual essential air service program.

FAA bill full of politics as usual
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Earmarks might be on the outs in Washington, but the first bill on the Senate floor since Democrats reluctantly embraced an earmark ban is still chock-full of expensive aviation pet projects that lawmakers are eager to defend for their voters back home. More

Senate rejects GOP plan to lower labor cost of FAA construction projects
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The Senate rejected a Republican proposal to lower labor costs in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) construction projects. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered an amendment to the FAA authorization bill that would have exempted infrastructure projects under the FAA from an 80-year old law, the Davis-Bacon Act. That act requires prevailing wages to be paid on public works projects. More

Smart fence recognizes threatening footsteps
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New small, low-powered devices modeled after the human brain can help make security smarter by being able to distinguish between a person sneaking around and trees simply rustling in the wind. Video cameras can only go so far, especially in monitoring every inch of an expansive perimeter, such as an airport. More

Sen. Rockefeller says Democrats delaying FAA bill
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Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) indicated that consideration of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill is being delayed because Democrats haven't proposed their amendments to the bill yet. "Democrats aren't coming forward with them," Rockefeller said on the floor just before noon. He added that Republicans have come forward with their amendments, but "the Democrats really aren't doing our part." More

International Airport News

Croatia to award Zagreb Airport, Rijeka port contracts in March
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Croatia will award 40 billion kuna ($7.4 billion) in infrastructure contracts next month, including a concession to build a new airport for the capital, Investment Minister Ivan Domagoj Milosevic said. Among the projects is the planned overhaul of Croatia's leading port of Rijeka, Milosevic said in an interview. More

Car parking prices go up, up and away but airport review may find landing gear
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission finding that Sydney and Melbourne airports might be extracting monopoly rents in car parks and other areas and the criticism Commonwealth Bank will cop once again for demonstrating that it is a solidly profitable business come down to the same thing: you get what you pay for. More

ACC News

Hotel deadline approaching for Salt Lake City Pavement Maintenance Course
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Register now for the Techniques for Airfield Pavement Maintenance, Repair & Rehabilitation workshop in Salt Lake City from March 7-8, 2011. This workshop will teach you how to specify, design and construct airfield pavement repairs that work, and avoid techniques that don't meet expectations. All sessions will be held at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, where all reservations must be made by Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 to guarantee the discounted rate for ACC Institute attendees. More

FAA/TSA perspectives to be provided at the 2011 Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium
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The 2011 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning Design and Construction Symposium will feature informative sessions with top agency personnel from the FAA and TSA. Kate Lang, Acting Associate Administrator for Airports, will be the featured panelist at the Open Mic with FAA session on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Lang will discuss timely issues that directly impact airports, including FAA reauthorization and funding, and major programmatic initiatives that are underway at FAA. A diverse panel of experts will participate in the Open Mic with TSA session on Friday, Feb. 25 to discuss TSA funding and the newest security initiatives and equipment. Confirmed panelists include Nick Bianchini, General Manager, Passenger Screening Program (PSP), Office of Security Technology; Chris Runde, Branch Manager for Operations, TSNM Airports; Scot Thaxton, Asst. GM Operations Improvement, Office of Security Operations (OSO); and Scott Dalton, attorney with TSA.   More

ACC welcomes new member firms
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Alanna Consulting Group
Alanna Consulting Group is a transportation business and technology consulting firm staffed exclusively by experienced industry professionals. The Alanna team has worked closely with clients and industry partners to provide advanced solutions to over twenty major transportation hubs. Areas of focus include IT program management, needs analysis and master planning, infrastructure design, and implementation support for a variety of transportation specific systems.

GE is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For airports and airlines, GE offers a wide-range of energy efficient products and services, including LED lighting, reciprocating engines for combined-heat and power, water filtration equipment, motors and VFDs, and fuel and carbon services. In 2010, GE was named in Business Week's list of the world's 25 most inventive companies.


FAA partners with JetBlue to advance NextGen innovation
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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for targeted investments that harness American innovation to strengthen our nation.  And if you've been a frequent reader of this blog, you know that NextGen -- the transformation of our national air traffic control system from ground-based to satellite-based -- is one such American innovation. More

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Declining balance raises concerns over ability to meet future demands
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This testimony discusses the status of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (Trust Fund). Established in 1970, the Trust Fund helps finance the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) investments in the airport and airway system, such as construction and safety improvements at airports and technological upgrades to the air traffic control system, as well as FAA operations, such as providing air traffic control and conducting safety inspections. More

TSA begins testing new advanced imaging technology software
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin testing new software on its advanced imaging technology (AIT) machines that enhances privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detects potential threat items and indicates their location on a generic outline of a person, TSA Administrator John Pistole announced. More

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