Transportation in the United States

June 4, 2012 - 12:40pm
Siim Kallas, EC vice president of Transport

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the European Commission agreed on June 1 to recognize each other’s air cargo security regimes in what they described as an historic accord.

June 3, 2012 - 3:50pm
J.J. Green

The heads of six general aviation groups last month strongly rebuked a report by a Washington, D.C.-area radio station that alleged GA is the “Achilles Heel” of aviation security. “We are concerned because the report treats issues that were raised and addressed 10 years ago as if they are new, and because it fails to make any mention of the myriad, multi-layered changes to general aviation security that have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” they said.

June 1, 2012 - 3:22pm
Security lines at Orlando

Florida congressman John Mica is still tilting at the Transportation Security Administration’s windmills, but time may be fleeting.

May 30, 2012 - 11:45am
The passenger terminal and control tower at Floyd Bennett Field, NYC's first municipal airport

Quick, what was New York City’s first municipal airport? If you answered Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, give yourself a pat on the back as not many people would know that. Fewer still appreciate the patina that the former airport, located at the southernmost tip of Flatbush Avenue, has accumulated over the past 80 years. As a teen I lived less than a mile from the site, and I scarcely knew anything about it.

May 21, 2012 - 1:10pm
Former TSA chief Kip Hawley

The U.S. aviation security system is broken because of an “unhealthy” separation between the traveling public and the Transportation Security Administration, according to former TSA chief Kip Hawley. “There’s always been some separation and disconnect when the public looks at security measures,” he said.

May 4, 2012 - 1:45am

It seems that Fox News commentator John Stossel has enlisted in Rep. John Mica’s war to neutralize or minimize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The television journalist reported last month that when the Florida Republican was helping to create the TSA, he added a provision that allows airports to “opt out” of federalized security.

April 6, 2012 - 5:20am

At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.

April 4, 2012 - 2:10am

Two aviation association executives have been appointed chairman and vice chairman of the Transportation Security Administration’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac).

March 1, 2012 - 5:06pm
John F. Kennedy International Airport

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).

February 13, 2012 - 9:15pm
A Coast Guard Eurocopter H-65 touches down on the rooftop heliport at the Dallas Convention Center. It flew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to help commemorate 1.25 million flying hours by the entire Coast Guard Dauphin fleet.

This could be a called a tale of two cities, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

First, you have Washington, D.C., which has had a viable heliport since early 1998, but it depends on your definition of the word “viable.”

Then you have Dallas, which has had Garland/DRW Heliport since 1988, one of fewer than a dozen stand-alone public-use heliports in the U.S. It was joined in 1994 by 49T, a heliport on the roof of the Dallas Convention Center.

 
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