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Airport security needs radical overhaul, airline execs say
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airport security needs to undergo a radical overhaul or else passengers will become further disgruntled, lines will grow and terminals will be overwhelmed, airline executives said at a global aviation conference. "We simply can't cope with the expected volume of passengers with the way things are today," said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airlines' trade group. More

Domestic Airport News

Former FAA administrator to handle unions for Southwest
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The former head of the Federal Aviation Administration has joined Southwest Airlines as its new senior vice president of labor relations. Randy Babbitt resigned from the FAA in December 2011 after he was arrested for drunken driving in Virginia. The charge was dismissed earlier this year by a Virginia judge who ruled that the police officer had no good reason to pull over Babbitt. More

$110 million in fed funds announced for TF Green Airport
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
T.F. Green Airport is moving ahead with plans to extend its runway and enhance airplane safety thanks to $110 million in federal funds announced. The work could lead to more non-stop flights in and out of the state's main airport, said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who announced the funds at the airport in Warwick alongside Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Mayor Scott Avedisian. More

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Here's why some airports wind up with code names that make no sense
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some people brush off airplane codes as one of life's little mysteries. Boston's airport code is BOS, which is simple enough, but EWR for Newark is just "one of those things." Right? Turns out there's a rhyme and reason for just about every airport code out there. An article originally published in December 1994 in Air Line Pilots journal by Dave English explains nearly every mysterious airport code you've ever come across. More

A new generation of airport hotels
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Airport hotels have always been necessary but unloved stopover spots for the depleted traveler, places to shower, rehydrate and let the body recuperate from the merciless rigors of flying. Yet checking into the Hilton Frankfurt Airport, which opened in December turned out to be much more. It's an example of the emerging generation of airport hotels that are intended to function as destinations, real places where one might reasonably stay longer than a single night. More

Corvette-size electric motor seen changing how jets taxi
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As fuel prices continue to soar, airlines are studying new technology that may save more than $200,000 per jet every year. The breakthrough only sounds mundane: It's all about how planes taxi. Travelers are familiar with the sight of low-slung airport tugs pushing aircraft away from the gate so the main jet engines can crank up safely. Thrust from the kerosene-slurping turbofans then powers planes into position for takeoff. More

Trusted traveler program coming to Fort Lauderdale airport
South Florida Sun-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A holiday gift for some frequent fliers: the Transportation Security Administration in mid-December plans to start its trusted-traveler program at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Called PreCheck, it funnels preapproved passengers into an express lane, allowing them to go through security without taking off shoes or pulling out laptops. More

Concourse changes at Mitchell a bump, not free fall, analysts say
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If Milwaukee's airline service market were a flight, this might be the point where the captain turns on the fasten seat belt sign. The continuing consolidation in the U.S. airline industry, along with the dissolving of Milwaukee's rare status as a hub for two airlines, has Mitchell International Airport in change mode yet again. More

Denver International Airport raises $856 million for redevelopment with bond sale
Airport World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Denver International Airport has sold $856 million in airport revenue bonds. The bond sale will provide $394 million of funding for the airport's South Terminal redevelopment program, as well as other capital improvement projects, and $462 million to reduce debt service costs. More

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International Airport News

Luxury brands meet the layover at Vancouver International
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airports have become the stealth shopping malls of the 21st century, with proliferating acres of restaurants, massage-therapy centers and stores selling perfume, technology, luggage and books. Now, the Vancouver International Airport is on the verge of seeing a stand-alone mall constructed on its land - what appears to be a first for North America. More

London Heathrow airport debate intensifies
Air Transport World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The debate about how to address capacity shortage at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) is intensifying, with calls for a solution getting more urgent. The Policy Exchange think-tank recently issued a report calling for a new hub airport, to be located in southeast England, with enough capacity to accommodate anticipated demand increases. More

Pearson Airport fights birds the natural way - with birds
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Meet Ivan, an eight-year-old bald eagle that weighs about as much as a newborn human baby and manages to make a pretty good living for himself without resorting to the messy business of terminating the lives of other flying creatures. After all, he doesn't know how. More

The world's oddest air routes
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For years, Armenian airline Armavia focused on ferrying Armenians across Europe and Asia. Now it is tapping a new market: Flying Sikhs between the U.K. and India. In July, Armavia started flying from Birmingham, England, where there is a large Sikh population, to Sikhism's spiritual center in Amritsar, India - via a stopover in Armenia. With just nine planes, Armavia must think creatively to compete, said Artur Zakaryan, the carrier's U.S. representative. And "there is a market, so why not?" More

ACC News

Find new solutions to common problems at the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition
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Less than three weeks remain until aviation development experts gather on Florida's Gulf coast to figure out the Post Recession Flight Plan for their firms at the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition, Nov. 5-7, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The conference will feature two sessions that are particularly suited to the future business expansion of attendee firms.

•    Firm Forum Sessions are a popular part of the program returning for a third year, featuring break-outs of big, medium, small, very small and ACC associate firms. These specific conversations provide an opportunity for firms to discuss common issues or challenges and find solutions. The reconvened joint session will provide a venue to share perspectives for more effective collaboration in the future.

•    Speed Dating Sessions will provide the opportunity to find new clients and teaming partners to solve common problems and expand future business. An expanded version of past speed dating sessions, this year will feature representatives from airports, finance companies, contractors and government agencies in addition to traditional high-energy ‘dates’ with ACC members.


ACC welcomes new member!
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Addressing Uncertainty about Future Airport Activity Levels in Airport Decision Making
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 76: Addressing Uncertainty about Future Airport Activity Levels in Airport Decision Making provides a systems analysis methodology that augments standard airport master planning and strategic planning approaches. More

Interim Guidance on Mineral Extraction and Request for Data Update
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Until a related advisory circular is finalized, this interim guidance provides guidance to airport sponsors and FAA staff on how to handle growing oil and gas extraction activity on and near federally obligated airports. More

Summary of Airport Projects, FY 2005-FY 2012, and Contacts for the Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE)
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Through VALE, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) to finance low emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements. More

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