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Airlines face acute shortage of pilots
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U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements. Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience - six times the current minimum - raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. More

Domestic Airport News

The 787 Dreamliner's fuel efficiency makes Tokyo possible for Denver
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is made of composite plastic, uses less fuel, leaves passengers feeling more refreshed upon arrival and is twice as quiet as similar-size jets.  United Airlines successfully flew its first commercial flight of the new plane Nov. 4, from Houston to Chicago. The plane holds the potential to significantly affect the metro-Denver market. More

Zombie towers live as taxpayers fund flightless skies
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More than 100 U.S. airport towers and radar rooms have so few flights that they should be shut down late at night under the government's own guidelines, a move that would save taxpayers $10 million a year. More

Puerto Rico governor-elect says will stand by airport deal
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Puerto Rico's governor-elect pledged to not scuttle a $2.57 billion deal to privatize the island's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, saying voiding a signed contract would hurt its credibility among international investors. More

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Airport reversing revenue sources
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Officials at Louis Armstrong International Airport are predicting a substantial revenue increase in 2013 due to the airport's increased focus on bulking up its non-aviation revenue. The New Orleans Aviation Board's finance committee was presented the airport's 2013 budget, and it predicts nearly $74.4 million in income, according to Chief Financial Officer Ray Anderson. More

TSA orders new L-3 screeners
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The Security and Detection Systems division of L-3 Communications is to provide the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with advanced imaging systems. The second-generation system to be supplied under an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract is the company's new Provision 2 system. More

Hertz tentatively agrees to sell some airport locations
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Hertz Global Holdings Inc has tentatively agreed to sell around a dozen car rental locations at U.S. airports as a remedy to win over U.S. regulators for its proposed acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc, The Wall Street Journal reported. More

Airport screeners ratify first-ever union contract with TSA
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The nation's 44,000 newly unionized airport screeners have ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, giving them more say in what they wear on the job, the shifts they work and the time off they take, whether they can change from part-time to full-time work or back, their union announced. More

Busier airports, full planes seen on Thanksgiving
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The recipe for Thanksgiving travel is likely to make travelers a little bitter this year. Americans can expect airports to be busier and planes to be fuller than ever, according to a forecast by the main trade association for U.S. airlines two weeks ahead of the holiday. And fares are already more expensive than a year ago. More

Small airports gamble with revenue guarantees
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Road-weary travelers forced to drive two hours to St. Louis or Kansas City to catch big-city flights were ecstatic when Delta Airlines announced plans to expand service at a regional airport in central Missouri. University of Missouri officials in Columbia, where the airport is located in the heart of the state, eagerly awaited the new Columbia-Atlanta route. Their excitement was short-lived. More

International Airport News

EU postpones charges for airline emissions
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The European Commission said that it would seek to delay a plan to charge foreign airlines for greenhouse gas emissions for one year, potentially removing one of the most contentious issues clouding trade relations with China, India and the United States. More

How to speed up security and Customs experience
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Of all the less pleasant aspects of international business travel, few things are more odious than turning the corner after disembarking and seeing a massive line at Canada Customs filled with spring breakers or grumpy families just back from Walt Disney World. More

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Cameron under pressure over Britain's crowded runways
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Prime Minister David Cameron is coming under intense pressure from business leaders and airlines to end years of deadlock and decide whether to expand London's overstretched Heathrow airport - something that will infuriate local voters and some members of his own party. More

Himachal airports remain shut, hit hospitality trade
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flights to and from Himachal Pradesh in India have been suspended for over a month now, and this has started impacting the tourism sector - a major source of income for the state, officials said. State tourism and civil aviation officials said that Kingfisher was the only airline that operated regular flights between Delhi and the state. However, it discontinued operations in the state before it was grounded in October. More

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Time is running out! Register now for the ACC Global Business Summit in Washington, DC!
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Join us Dec. 3-4 in Washington, DC to gain valuable insight into the global aviation market. This conference - designed for airport development experts new to the international aviation sector as well as experienced professionals - will prepare you for entering international projects and provide you with the tools to succeed once there. Session topics will address the current status of global markets, alternative financing, teaming, cultural pitfalls and more. More

ACC Institute Webinar: Biometric Credentialing at Airports - Dec. 5
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Biometric credentialing is a security measure deployed across the Federal government and continues to be a potential enhancement for aviation. This webinar discusses the recent changes to the Federal biometric standards, new guidelines for non-Federal biometrics, direct feedback from one of the largest U.S. commercial airport biometric deployments, and information from TSA on their recent research into biometrics. More

ACC welcomes new member
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Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 77: Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans is designed to help airports develop and implement an airport business plan and maximize financial self-sufficiency.

FAA issues clarifications to noise insulation Programmatic Guidance Letter
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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued additional materials relating to Programmatic Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-09 - Eligibility and Justification Requirements for Noise Insulation Projects, including corrections that have been made to the PGL and Frequently Asked Questions. More

ACRP Impacts on Practice --October 2012: Development of Airport Property: Policy Guidance and Workforce Training
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The latest issue of TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Impact on Practice describes how information included in ACRP Report 47: Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Airport Property was used by the Houston Airport System to complete its due diligence of identifying stakeholders and impacts in allowing Hobby Airport to offer international flights. More

TSA Administrator John Pistole visits New York and New Jersey airports after Hurricane Sandy
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TSA Administrator John Pistole visited TSA employees in the New York/New Jersey region, making stops at LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty and JFK airports, in addition to meeting with representatives of the New York and New Jersey Federal Air Marshal Field Offices. Pistole thanked several of the more than 280 TSA officers who have come from around the country to supplement the JFK workforce, which was hit the hardest by the storm. More

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