Republican Mica says no end in sight for FAA shutdown, Senate Democrat Rockefeller "appalled"
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As federal talks on a debt ceiling and deficit reductions remain stalemated, at least one federal agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, is already a casualty of a House-Senate impasse. The FAA partially shut down Friday, furloughing employees and bringing construction projects to a halt, after the House inserted a provision to strip out subsidies for rural airports into a routine funding extension bill. No safety services have been affected. More
2 US senators tell airlines not to 'pocket' tax
Airlines should not "pocket" revenue from a passenger tax that has lapsed during a partial aviation shutdown, two U.S. Senate transportation leaders said in a letter sent to the industry association. "Although this policy may increase your bottom line in the short term, we are afraid it will have long-term repercussions for the industry," wrote Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chair of the Transportation Committee, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, chair of the Aviation Subcommittee. More
Partial FAA shutdown drags into fourth day
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued additional "stop work orders" to construction and technology contractors after Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the federal agency. Tuesday marked the fourth day of the partial FAA shutdown, which has forced thousands of employees from their jobs and halted dozens of major projects around the country. More
US airlines fight prospect of higher security fees
U.S. airlines are fighting the prospect of sharply higher passenger security fees that could be part of any deficit-reduction plan. The approach is among a handful involving aviation that have swirled around the ever-changing complexion of efforts by Congress and the White House to avert a debt default. More
Some flyers won't benefit from expired travel taxes
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Some airline customers won't see savings this weekend even though several federal taxes on tickets have expired. US Airways and American Airlines raised fares to offset the tax savings. That means instead of passing along the savings from expired taxes, the carriers are pocketing the money while customers pay the same amount as before. More
Sacramento, Calif., airport's new terminal works on the finishing touches
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They're flushing toilets - a lot - at Sacramento International Airport this month. With the airport's $1 billion new terminal due to open in less than 10 weeks, it's down to details. That includes answering the question of what happens when several planes land and everyone hurries to the restrooms. More
Construction at St. Louis airport has visitors feeling lost at Lambert
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Visitors to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's Main Terminal will be seeing more plywood than ever as the airport enters the heart of its major makeover with construction of a new security checkpoint for the B and D concourses. "This is the most intrusive part right now," said airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. "The next three months is the most construction you will see." More
Airlines go back to boarding school to move fliers onto planes faster
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Boarding an airplane can be a bit like the after-Christmas sale at Wal-Mart. Passengers jockey to get better positions in line as gate agents bark commands. On board, the aisles become clogged with travelers stuffing luggage the size of a fourth-grader into overhead bins. More
Congress' inaction halts Oakland, Calif., airport tower project
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Construction of Oakland International Airport's new air traffic control tower was halted because Congress missed its Friday-night deadline to reauthorize routine funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. The Oakland tower, for which ground was broken in October, is among dozens of stalled projects across the nation worth $493 million. More
LAX airport: Newly revamped hotel plays up mod, 1960s-airline look
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Boutique hotel operator Joie de Vivre revamped the Custom Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport, giving fliers a funky new option amid a sea of chain hotels such as Hiltons, Marriotts and Sheratons. More
Tourists dominate on world's longest 747 route for Qantas
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Qantas's new flights to north Texas are carrying mostly leisure passengers from Australia looking to visit the U.S., airline figures show. The Flying Kangaroo started services to Dallas/Fort Worth in May, operating four times a week using a Boeing 747-400ER. The decision to head to Texas was made in part to offer better connections to other U.S. destinations at its oneworld alliance partner American Airlines' biggest hub, the airline said at the time. More
Heathrow to install facial recognition scanners
The U.K.'s largest airport, Heathrow, will install facial recognition scanners by September for international and domestic passengers to prevent illegal immigration in the country. The scanners will go in terminals one and five, where international and domestic passengers commingle, said Mary Kearney, senior media relations manager for BAA, which operates Heathrow. More
ANA to form low-cost carrier with AirAsia
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Japan's All Nippon Airways and Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier AirAsia said they will form a joint venture to establish a low-cost airline that will be based in Tokyo. AirAsia Japan will be the first low-cost carrier out of the capital's Narita International Airport when it begins domestic and international operations in August 2012, the companies said. More
ACC cites negative impacts from FAA shutdown; urges Congress to act
With prospects for a prolonged shutdown of FAA growing, ACC sent a letter to Capitol Hill today urging leaders to pass an FAA funding and tax extension bill as soon as possible. In the letter, ACC cites the impacts the FAA funding stalemate has had on airport projects and firm operations. More
ACC participates in TRB 2012 ACRP Project Selection
Projects for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2012 Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) were selected by the ACRP Oversight Committee during meetings on July 17 -18. ACC President Paula Hochstetler participated as an Ex Officio member of the committee, providing input in the context of ACC membership perspectives. A list of the selected projects will be released by TRB in early August, although which projects will ultimately be funded depends on specific provisions in the FAA reauthorization bill that is yet to be passed.
ACC participates in FAA ASSET meeting
A workshop to discuss the National Airport System Strategic Evaluation Task (ASSET) was held at FAA Headquarters in late June. The goal of ASSET is to develop a general aviation strategic plan that captures the diversity of roles and functions for nonprimary airports (nonprimary commercial service, relievers, and general aviation). Newly proposed general aviation group names were reviewed by the ACC Planning Committee and their input was contributed by ACC President Paula Hochstetler during the workshop. The evaluation process is ongoing. If you are interested in participating, join the ACC Planning Committee by contacting Emily VanderBush at emilyv@ACConline.org.
ACC Institute Webinars
FAA Airports GIS Program
August 10, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
August 24, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This webinar will discuss the breadth and organization of airspace protection criteria and processes for airspace protection. Through providing an overview of ACRP Report 38, presenters will review case histories of conflicts between airspace protection and proposed or actual construction of tall objects near airports, how conflicts were resolved, and lessons learned. The webinar will conclude with recommendations for best practices.
Self Bag Tagging – What Is It and When Is It Coming?
August 23, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
September 16, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The process of passengers self tagging their checked baggage is growing in European airports, and there is great interest in when this process will be available in the United States. While there are a few pilots underway in the U.S., what is self bag tagging, and when it will be commonplace? This webinar will explain the technology and process, the pros and cons of the process, and the opinions of the airports, airlines, TSA and conveyor manufacturers about self bag tagging
Notice of FAA intent to carry over Airport Improvement Program (AIP) entitlement funds
By 12 p.m. prevailing local time on Friday, August 12, 2011, airport sponsors eligible to receive entitlement funds under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) must notify, in writing, the designated representative in the appropriate FAA Regional or Airports District Office if they intend to submit a final grant application in support of eligible projects with their fiscal year 2011 and/or prior-year entitlement funds. More
With modesty in mind, TSA rolls out new body scans
Beginning in 2007, full-body scanners were installed at the nation's airports to address concerns that terrorists could smuggle explosives hidden in their clothing - or, in one infamous case, their underwear - that wouldn't be picked up by standard metal detectors. The scanners produced a fairly detailed image of a traveler's body, which was viewed on monitors by TSA screeners in a separate room. More