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Some wonder about Jim DeMint at helm
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Transportation stakeholders have one word for how they feel about Sen. Jim DeMint's likely ascendency to the top Republican spot of a committee overseeing their interests: anxious. Though nothing has been finalized, DeMint, R-S.C., is widely expected to land the lead Republican post on Senate Commerce. Wesley Denton, DeMint's spokesman, confirmed that he is interested in the position, which means Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., won't challenge him. More

Domestic Airport News

A secure future
Air Transport World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now in its second decade, the most compelling evidence of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) performance is demonstrated by what has not happened since 9/11. The number of terrorist attacks successfully brought against a U.S. carrier since TSA's creation in 2002 remains at zero. More

GAO: FAA dips its toes into SMS waters
Aviation International News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). More

TSA aims to keep air travelers guessing
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You can bring duty-free wine through airport security but not water? Inconsistency in TSA security screening drives travelers crazy, especially when it seems TSA doesn't know its own rules. But the agency is purposefully introducing more randomness in airport screening, as Scott McCartney explains on Lunch Break. More

Ontario, Calif., airport passenger traffic to continue downward, report says
San Bernardino County Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mostly empty terminals and parking lots say it all - passengers are no longer flocking to L.A./Ontario International. A report provided to the recently created Ontario International Airport Authority indicates that trend is expected to continue at least through spring 2013. More

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FAA OKs new flights paths for Sea-Tac landings
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A new way to land planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The method, part of the FAA's Greener Skies Over Seattle program, will use satellite-guided technology to change and streamline flight paths as soon as spring 2013, an FAA spokesman said. More

Jump-starting air travel after everything went dark
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Imagine a resourceful young travel agent hunkered down at a crowded, noisy Starbucks, juggling a cellphone, a laptop and a yellow legal pad while struggling to rearrange a business traveler's trip home from Beijing to Washington, after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power at both home and office. You now have an idea of how operations were going at the national headquarters of Ovation Corporate Travel on Fifth Avenue in Lower Manhattan. More

Airport security checks are vulnerable to fake boarding passes, experts warn
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More than 11 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it remains possible to use fake boarding passes to get through airport security checks, according to new evidence from security researchers and official documents. More

Boeing considers wingtips that fold on its next big jet
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boeing's next big jet may actually spread its wings as it prepares for takeoff. For the immense wings planned for the 777X, engineers at Boeing are studying a design in which the wingtips fold upward to reduce the jet's span when it sits at the gate or rolls along a taxiway. More

A market-oriented approach to aviation
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The Brookings Institution released a report with an astonishing (and potentially controversial) finding: Airports in the largest 100 metro areas handle 96 percent of all international passengers, but they receive only 36 percent of federal funds for infrastructure maintenance and improvements. More

Air service to Alaskan island ends despite new $75.5 million airport
The Anchorage Daily News via The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Aleutian Island village of Akutan has a new $75.5 million airport - on an island six miles across the water. Passengers will take a $100 hovercraft ride over the Bering Sea to catch their planes. But the new airport has no planes, or at least no scheduled air service. And Akutan finds itself without regular mail. More

International Airport News

Kuwait plans $3.2 billion airport terminal tender next month
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Kuwait plans to offer a contract to build a new airport terminal at an estimated cost of 900 million dinars ($3.2 billion), Public Works Ministry Undersecretary Abdul Aziz Al-Kulaib said in an interview. The project is part of the country’s $110 billion development plan to modernize and diversify Kuwait's oil-reliant economy. Other projects include building a subway and rail network, new power stations, hospitals, roads and a port on Boubyan Island. More

Sudan dreams big with new airports despite crashes
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After a Sudanese plane crashed at Khartoum's international airport last year, authorities didn't slow plans to build new airports and add more routes. They used the incident to shoot a video showing how safe flying in Sudan is, thanks to its skillful pilots. More

Chinese government investment fund buys 10 percent stake in London's Heathrow Airport
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The Chinese government's main sovereign wealth fund said it has bought a 10 percent stake in the operator of London's Heathrow Airport, expanding its investments in British infrastructure. China Investment Corp. gave no financial details but Ferrovial, the Spanish company that owns 49.99 percent of Heathrow Airport Holdings, said the fund paid other shareholders a total of $725.8 million to acquire its stake. More

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Heathrow shortlists 4 bidders for Stansted Airport
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U.K. airports operator Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd., formerly BAA, has short-listed four bidders for Stansted airport, people familiar with the situation said. The shortlist includes Manchester Airports Group, which is owned by 10 local authorities and already operates Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. It is bidding jointly with Australia investment firm Industry Funds Management. More

Air Berlin sues over delayed opening of capital's airport
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Air Berlin Plc sued Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, the operator of the German capital's airport, for what could amount to tens of millions of euros over a 16-month delay to the opening of the airline's new hub. The airline is seeking an order from a court in Potsdam, Germany, holding Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg liable for any damages caused by the delay, Air Berlin said in an e-mailed statement. More

ACC News

34th ACC Annual Conference focuses on industry trends and networking
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Over 150 airport development experts, airport owners and airline representatives discussed industry trends and business opportunities at the ACC Annual Conference and Exposition this week in Bonita Springs, Fla. Informative sessions were mixed with networking events that provided attendees a step up in preparing for 2013. The conference featured:

•    The state of the airline industry and its impacts on airports by keynote speaker Holly Hegeman, author of PlaneBusiness, and Sharon Pinkerton with Airports for America;
•    Future funding scenarios for airports;
•    The election results and its implications on the aviation industry; and
•    New connections through speed dating sessions.
Many thanks to Annual Conference Committee chairman Pat Askew with Gensler for his role in developing a fabulous program. Next year's ACC Annual Conference will take place on Nov. 11-13, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz.


Guidebook for Incorporating Sustainability into Traditional Airport Projects
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 80: Guidebook for Incorporating Sustainability into Traditional Airport Projects describes sustainability and its potential benefits, and identifies different applications of sustainable initiatives in traditional airport construction and everyday maintenance projects. More

Take the GA survey today
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The FAA's 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is underway and available online at It closes on Nov. 30, 2012. "Reducing GA fatalities as a top priority of the FAA and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community." More

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