President Obama announces robust and reformed transportation infrastructure plan
President Barack Obama on Sept. 6 unveiled a massive new infrastructure spending proposal that will encompass airports and air-traffic control modernization. Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America, comments in AIRPORT BUSINESS’ weekly blog, “It’s not three cheers — it’s sort of one and a half or two cheers. Infrastructure was deemed as important, and airports were seen as part of that; I will hold the third cheer until we see the details.”
FAA proposed policy on Through-The-FEnce access
The proposed policy will affect the way the FAA deals with airport sponsors that have allowed or are planning to allow for residential through-the-fence (RTTF) access to the airfield, says NATA. The association’s position is that RTTF agreements limit the flexibility of airport sponsors to meet future needs, and that FAA has made an overwhelming case for prohibiting new RTTF agreements and supports the proposal.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports, comments, “AOPA has always advocated for a flexible approach to determining future access. Through-the-fence operations can play a vital role in helping airports thrive.”
United wins antitrust approval to buy Continental
The approval from the U.S. Justice Department paves the way for United and Continental to merge, creating the world’s largest airline. In May, United parent UAL Corp. said it would buy Continental for $3.17 billion in an all-stock deal. The combined carrier would be known as United Airlines and be based in Chicago. Continental CEO Jeff Smisek is set to be head of the combined carrier.
ACSF — Million Air-Salt Lake City is added to the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) Industry Audit Standard Registry. The ACSF is scheduled to conduct 30 audits of Part 135 operators this year using the Industry Audit Standard.
Aircell — announces it has installed Gogo Inflight Internet on its 1,000th aircraft. Gogo Inflight Internet is now available on more than 3,800 flights daily, up from 2,100 last year. Roughly one-third of all mainline domestic aircraft now offer Gogo’s Inflight Internet service.
Air Partner — will manage CitationAir’s Jet Card customers flying privately in Europe. CitationAir clients can access Air Partner’s JetCard service for flights within Europe at a fixed, all-inclusive price with guaranteed aircraft availability on a trip-by-trip basis.
Allegiant Air — service from Fort Collins-Loveland Airport to the Phoenix area will be subsidized by the Colorado airport. The airline will be reimbursed up to $30,000 in marketing expenses under an agreement approved by Fort Collins and Loveland.
American Airlines — vows to fight a proposed $24.2 million federal penalty alleging intentional maintenance violations on some 280 jetliners, arguing the work was done appropriately and never posed any safety risks.
• American inaugurates a new, satellite-guided approach at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, the first such approach designed by a private company.
• American reveals plans to relocate its San Francisco operations to the airport’s new Terminal 2, highlighted by a new, environmentally-friendly Admirals Club lounge.
American eagle — celebrates the opening of the Miami Int’l Airport North Terminal’s Regional Commuter Facility, a 50,000-sq. ft. extension that includes two new terminal gates, a new passenger waiting area, and future outdoor walkways to 12 loading areas for American Eagle’s operations.
Argus TRAQPak — finds Part 91 operations declined in July, but increases in fractional and charter activity operators led to a 0.6 percent increase in business aircraft flights overall, when compared with June.
Atlanta Regional Airport — Peachtree City Falcon Field will now be referred to as Atlanta Regional Airport; it’s identifier will remain FFC. Change was initiated to improve marketing to corporate pilots and to avoid confusion with Peachtree DeKalb Airport.
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