Cargo carrier UPS has begun installing new systems in its aircraft to help contain intense fires such as the one that brought down UPS Flight 6, a Boeing 747-400 freighter, on Sept. 3, 2010, in Dubai. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) issued its final report on the crash on July 24. The report suggests that a shipment of lithium batteries possibly caught fire and led to the fatal crash.
Philadelphia International Airport
A US Airways customer service agent at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is being credited with calling attention to a passenger who attempted to impersonate an Air France pilot as he boarded a flight to West Palm Beach on March 20. The passenger had already caused a fuss over not being allowed to ride in first class. Since he was also wearing a pilot shirt and jacket with epaulets he walked into the cockpit of the waiting aircraft and attempted to take the cockpit jumpseat.
A federal grand jury in Philadelphia indicted Joseph Picklo on August 23, charging him with possession of an explosive in an airport and carrying an explosive on to an aircraft. Federal investigators said that on March 29 this year Picklo attempted to pass through security screening with explosives in his backpack at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Airport security officials searched the backpack and confiscated two M80-style fireworks, flash-powder in a concealed container, a lighting wick and a flammable lighter.
A new international airport is under construction in the Caribbean’s St. Vincent and the Grenadines. When completed late next year, Argyle International Airport will have a paved runway of 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, with domestic and international terminals designed to handle about 1.5 million passengers annually. The airport will accommodate Boeing 747-400s and will allow for direct flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Central and South America.
An EVA Air Cargo Boeing 747’s right wing clipped the vertical stabilizer of an American Eagle EMB135 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 30.
The pilot of US Airways Flight 4321 from Elmira Corning Airport [ELM] Airport reported sighting a flare off the right wing of the regional jet while on approach to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) last Tuesday and said the flare came within 50 feet of the aircraft.
The FAA is proposing a $395,850 civil penalty against US Airways, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The world’s busiest airport in terms of overall passenger traffic has added a new international terminal. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened May 16 after more than a decade of planning and nearly four years of construction.
Construction is under way to build a larger south east-west parallel runway at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). The $791 million project is slated for completion in 2014 and will allow the airport to increase flight operations capacity by 50 percent, to more than 480,000 a year.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) plans to close the current 5,200-foot south east-west runway (9R/27L) at 10 p.m. EDT on April 17, in preparation for construction of a new south runway.
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