FAA low priorities get $3.5B in grants
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Airports have spent $3.5 billion in federal money since 1998 on projects the Federal Aviation Administration rated as low priority because they do little to improve the most pressing needs in the nation's aviation system, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Bird risk to jets a 'flashing beacon'
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Several spectacular collisions between aircraft and birds in recent months are stark evidence that last January's water landing of a US Airways jet that hit geese is far from unique and that the hazards may be increasing, according to federal records and aviation safety experts. More
What does the Copenhagen summit mean for aviation?
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With delegates from 192 countries congregating in the Danish capital for two weeks of debate on how to tackle the problem of climate change, the travel industry is watching with interest to see how it will affect the future of flying. The last time global targets were agreed for reducing greenhouse gases was at the 1997 conference in Kyoto, but the airline industry was not included. More
TSA awards $150M grant for LAX baggage screening system
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The Transportation Security Administration awarded $150 million to help pay for a new baggage-screening system at Los Angeles International Airport, a long-awaited project that's faced delays due to soaring costs. The new $670 million system will be installed in several terminals by 2012, funded with $481 million worth of TSA grants. The balance will be paid by airlines operating out of the nation's third-busiest airport, officials said. More
BART board OKs people mover to Oakland airport
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Travelers bound for Oakland International Airport could ride the rails to their flights as soon as 2013 after BART directors approved a much-debated, long-planned elevated people mover. More
U.S. and Japan near landmark aviation agreement
The U.S. and Japanese governments look to sew up an agreement in Washington to further open transpacific air service, a crucial deal for American Airlines and an important one for investors looking to capitalize on closer ties between carriers. More
Berlin airport to be named after Ex-Chancellor Brandt, Bild says
Berlin's Schoenefeld airport that's currently being developed into the German capital's main hub will be named after Ex-Chancellor Willy Brandt, the Bild newspaper reported, citing unidentified officials. More
Over 120 aviation professionals attend the Planning Redefined Course and NEPA Workshop
Over 120 representatives from airports, the Federal Aviation Administration and consulting firms attended the ACI-NA/ACC/FAA Planning Redefined Course and the NEPA Workshop in Kansas City, Mo. last week. Each course featured technical training on the latest in airport planning and environmental reviews, along with interactive sessions and problem solving exercises. Airport planners and environmental experts participated in a joint session on Dec. 9 and learned ways to better integrate the planning and NEPA process. For the first time, the courses offered American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credit hours.
Nominations solicited for ACC Aviation Award of Excellence
ACC is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. The award recognizes the contributions of an individual, group or organization to the airport and aviation industry. Selections are based on candidates who have provided significant, visionary and/or innovative contributions and have advanced the airport and aviation industry. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 29, 2010 and should be sent to Gloria Bender, ACC 2010 Awards Committee Chair at email@example.com. More
FAA announces SMS Implementation Study
The FAA announced that it will conduct an Airport SMS Implementation Study as a follow-on to the Airport Safety Management System Pilot Studies. "The intent of the implementation study is to examine how airports implement the elements of the Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance components throughout their airfield environment (movement and non-movement areas). The study will also evaluate the validity of original SMS deliverables developed during the 1st pilot study." The FAA notes that only those airports that participated in the first or second pilot study will be eligible for the follow-on study. FAA states that the results of the implementation study will help the agency develop standards and guidance. Airports have until Dec. 21 to tell FAA if they are interested in participating. More
TSA moves to deploy new screening technology
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The US Transportation Security Administration said it is moving ahead steadily with procuring and deploying next-generation airport security technology to screen both checked and carry-on baggage, spurred by $1 billion that was allocated to the agency for aviation security in the $787 billion stimulus passed by the government. More