The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, in conjunction with the FAA, is sponsoring a survey designed to evaluate low-visibility operations/surface movement guidance and control system (LVO/SMGCS) symbology used on low-visibility taxi charts. To qualify for the 45-minute online survey, participants should be Cat III-qualified ATP pilots, preferably with five years of experience. Fifty participants will later be randomly chosen for a $50 Amazon gift card.
America’s airports will require more than $71 billion worth of essential infrastructure programs over the next five years, according to a report released this week by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). That total is down by 11 percent over the organization’s previous study, which covered 2011 to 2015, a decrease attributed to the current challenging economic conditions, airline consolidation and capacity reductions and projects completed or postponed beyond the report’s horizon.
The Airports Council International-North America board of directors unanimously approved a resolution that calls upon the U.S. government to create “a national aviation policy that will provide the kind of long-term stability aviation needs to remain the nation’s gateway for economic growth and development.” The resolution calls for “flexible, adequate funding sources” for infrastructure improvements needed to ensure the safety and security of air travel.
Angela Gittens, director general of the Airports Council International (ACI), and Roberto Kobeh Gonzales, president of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council, have signed a memorandum committing their two organizations to jointly pursue the highest possible levels of safety at airports around the world.
U.S. commercial airports combined rank as the nation’s second largest employer after Wal-Mart, directly supporting 1.3 million jobs in 2010, according to a study commissioned by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
A new report about global air traffic, released last week by Montreal-based Airports Council International (ACI), shows a strong rebound in 2010 after a two-year industry slump, as passenger traffic rose last year by 6.6 percent and topped the 5 billion mark for the first time. The cargo business also recorded record volumes, growing by 15.3 percent, to 91 million metric tons, according to the report.
Proposed new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) standards from the National Fire Protection Association would not have changed the outcome of previous aircraft accidents, according to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), citing a six-month study conducted by the Airport Cooperative Research Program.
The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) is disappointed in the latest U.S. government budget proposal, which seeks nearly $1 billion in cuts from the FAA Airport Improvement Plan in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The proposal for 2009 would reduce airport improvement plan spending by $765 million compared to 2008 but also by $1.1 billion compared to numbers in the FAA reauthorization bill pending in Congress.
When President Bush signed the FAA reauthorization act (generally known as Vision 100) late last year, the bill called on the agency to work with airports, communities and other agencies to protect the environment while sustaining the economic vitality that will result from continued growth of aviation.
Since taking over as president of the Regional Airline Association (RAA) from Walt Coleman six years ago, Debby McElroy has steered the organization toward a more vocal and active role in government affairs, helped heighten the regional airline industry’s influence over transportation policy and shepherded the association through some of the most tumultuous and transformative times in the history of air transport.