FSS reauthorization bill back in process
The U.S. Senate at last cleared its FAA reauthorization bill which, among other provisions, funds the Airport Improvement Program at $4 billion in FY 2010 and $4.1 billion in FY 2011. The legislation moves into conference committee to resolve major issues that remain between the House and Senate versions, including a passenger facility charger increase, FedEx unionization, and new ARFF mandates.
Other provisions of the Senate bill include:
- • Raise the tax on general aviation fuel from the current 21.9 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon;
- • Accelerate the deadlines for adopting existing Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) navigation and surveillance technology, including the development of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures at the busiest 35 airports by 2014, and for the entire National Airspace System (NAS) by 2018; and
- • Increase authorized funding for Essential Air Service (EAS) to $175 million annually, a $48 million increase.
Senate holds hearings; harding says no thanks
In March the Senate Commerce Committee and Homeland Security Committee held hearings on the nomination of Maj. Gen. Robert Harding as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in an effort to fill the void at the top level of the agency, which has been without an administrator for more than a year. Following the hearings, Harding, who had called for more consideration being given to Israeli-style anti-terrorism efforts such as profiling, withdrew his name over concerns raised about military contracts with a security company he founded in 2001 after retiring from the U.S. Army.
aaae — American Assn. of Airport Executives president Chip Barclay
testifies to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Trans-portation Security and Infrastructure Development and urges the subcommittee to give airports a direct role in developing and approving AIT deployment plans; require TSA to pay for space and terminal modifications necessary to accommodate AIT equipment; and proactively address passenger throughput issues.
acrp — Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) and the Transportation Research Board seek industry participation in two industry workshops to solicit feedback about the Airport Performance Indicators (API) Guidebook. Workshops will be held in conjunction with the ACI-NA Economics & Finance Conference (May 2, Miami) and the AAAE annual conference (May 18, Dallas); www.apiworkshops.com.
air associates — is now providing pilot training, aircraft rental, and maintenance services from the West Terminal at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO.
air europa — of Spain begins non-stop service from Madrid to Miami Int’l Airport on March 19.
akron-Canton (OH) airport — receives $16.625 million from FAA to complete the runway 5/23 safety upgrade and extension. When finished, runway 5/23 will be 8,200 feet long with ILS landing systems at both ends.
ARGUS Int’l, Inc. — introduces a new subsidiary, PRISM Solutions, LLC — Professional Resources In System Management, which offers a range of products and services including safety management system (SMS) solutions, safety and security training, system design and implementation, manuals, and consulting; www.aviationresearch.com.
asig — begins aircraft refueling services for American Eagle and American Connection at Chicago O’Hare Int’l Airport.
austin-bergstrom int’l airport — adds American Airlines’ nonstop service to New York’s JFK Airport from Austin starting July 2, 2010.
avocet aircraft services — begins construction for its new hangar at Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport. Avocet provides aviation repair, maintenance, and aircraft tear-down services for a variety of commercial customers.
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