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May 20, 2010
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Obama taps deputy FBI director for airport security post
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President Obama plans to nominate Deputy FBI Director John Pistole to lead the Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for airport security. "The talent and knowledge John has acquired in more than two decades of service with the FBI will make him a valuable asset to our administration's efforts to strengthen the security and screening measures at our airports," Obama said in a statement. More

Domestic Airport News

Airplane design could use 70 percent less fuel
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Researchers at MIT say they have come up with designs for a new generation of commercial aircraft that could use as much as 70 percent less fuel than today's airliners. As part of a $2.1 million NASA grant, the MIT-led team said that its designs for a so-called "N+3" airplane -- meaning three generations beyond today's airplanes -- could leverage new technologies like advanced airframe configurations and propulsion systems and could deliver the 70 percent fuel savings by around 2035. More

First LeBron, now this: Cleveland air hub threatened by merger
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Continental Airlines Inc.'s merger plans are giving Cleveland something to fret about besides the possible departure of LeBron James, basketball star for the hometown Cavaliers. More

Hot seat: Airport furniture designers battle for glory
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After 40 years of turning his creative visions into reality, English designer Rodney Kinsman doesn't take trendy new rivals' work sitting down. During a recent show, he called one competitor's innovation "hype" and another's move up-market "a sad mistake." More

Climate change may impact aviation safety, ICAO warns
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While most of the air transport industry is focused on aviation's impact on climate change, ICAO held a conference last month in Montreal looking at the potential impact of climate change on aviation. "While increased mitigation efforts will reduce climate impacts, even the most aggressive mitigation efforts will not eliminate the need for substantial adaptation," ICAO said. More

Rarely-used airports get millions of federal dollars
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A 5 Eyewitness News Tracking Your Money investigation revealed rarely-used airports in Minnesota are receiving millions of federal dollars to make improvements. The investigation showed that in the next five years Minnesota airports without commercial airline service will get or try to get $411 million dollars. The money comes directly or indirectly from tax payers in the form of taxes on airline tickets and fuel. More

Airlines fill seats with holiday, summer travelers
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Holiday travel is making a comeback. The downside for Memorial Day weekend fliers, though: higher fares and packed flights. "People seem to feel more confident about travel and the economy in general," says Genevieve Brown, senior editor of travel website Travelocity. More

FAA chief says air traffic upgrades are on their way
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The promises of a better way to manage air traffic are becoming reality and will help travelers sooner than expected, Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt told airport executives meeting in Dallas. A package of technology upgrades that are intended to cut flight delays and save fuel has served as a piñata for FAA critics as it has fallen behind schedule and gone over budget. More

FAA determines wind farm is 'no hazard'
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The Federal Aviation Administration determined yesterday that the proposed 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound will not significantly interfere with planes or radar. The determination of "no hazard’" is one of the last approvals Cape Wind Associates needed for the project, which has undergone nine years of permitting review. US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave his final OK -- by far the most important decision for the project -- late last month. More

International Airport

European airports begin to reopen
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Heathrow and Gatwick airports began reopening on after a new cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland prompted aviation authorities in Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands to close much of their airspace for several hours. More

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Kosovo's only airport to expand under new operator
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Authorities say a French-Turkish consortium has won the bidding for a $126 million (euro100 million) contract to run Kosovo's only airport for the next 20 years. Under the deal Limak-Aeroport de Lyon will also add a new passenger terminal at Pristina International Airport. More

ACC News

Register now for ACC-sponsored AEC Speed Dating at AMAC Annual Conference
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ACC will present a second speed dating session at AMAC's annual Airport Business Diversity Conference on Tuesday, June 22 in New Orleans. This session, Speed Dating Part II – AEC, will particularly engage airport architects, engineers, and consultants to find the most qualified DBE firms with which to team on future projects. Advance Registration is required. If you are interested in participating in this session, contact AMAC Executive Director Gene Roth, More


Airline CEOs send letter to Congress opposing PFC increase in FAA reauthorization
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CEOs from 10 airlines sent a letter to Senate leadership this week opposing PFC increase in FAA reauthorization. "This increase would be harmful and is unnecessary," the letter states. More

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