Plans to expand the main runway at Chicago’s third commercial airport have hit another delay. The latest estimate now places completion in September next year.
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The Essential Air Service (EAS), a $193 million DOT program that subsidizes scheduled airline service to approximately 160 rural communities, saw an initial 2013 budget cut of $16 million in response to sequestration. The media response in rural communities was shrill, with headlines such as “Sequester could ground commercial air services statewide” (Mississippi Business Journal, March 22) and “Sequester could ground Great Lakes airline” (Wyoming Business Report, March 7).
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents confiscated 33 handguns at airports all over the U.S. in the week ending August 23, the agency reported. Thirty of the 33 handguns were loaded when they were discovered. The TSA also confiscated eight stun guns and five large knives in the same week.
The U.S. Customs office at Fargo (N.D.) Hector International Airport has moved to the north general aviation ramp into a new facility adjacent to Fargo Jet Center. Before the move, crews and passengers flying in from airports outside of the U.S. had to clear customs at a facility more than a mile from the FBO, the airport said. Now located just 100 yards from the Fargo Jet Center, the new 3,603-sq-ft customs office allows passengers and crews clearing customs and immigration to have easier access to the FBO facilities. Customs is open 24/7 in Fargo.
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) has condemned H.R. 2946 as a potentially fatal legislative stall tactic that would prevent the installation of secondary cockpit barriers aboard commercial aircraft. The bill, introduced by House aviation subcommittee chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to study and report on the risk posed to commercial aviation security if a cockpit door is opened during flight.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule. The agency’s inaction means that the FAA remains under a moratorium on certifying foreign aviation repair stations that has been in place since 2008.
After nearly three months of pushback from pilots, flight attendants and aircraft operators, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed its plan to allow small knives aboard airliners on June 5. TSA Administrator John Pistole’s March announcement that the agency would align U.S.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reached a new record when inspectors at U.S. airports confiscated 65 guns in one seven-day period ending May 24. That number represents a 30-percent increase over the agency’s previous record of 50 in a week.
Northstar Aviation, the lone service provider at Providence, Rhode Island’s Theodore Francis Green International Airport, has just completed its new 5,000-sq-ft terminal.