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Apr 2, 2007

Manufacturer wants mapping device to show "other aircraft"Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems wants the FAA to include "other aircraft" on GPS moving map displays of runways and taxiways. The company is a potential manufacturer of the technology. President Kris Ganase says seeing "other aircraft" is vital to reducing runway incursions. Mar 29, 2007

TSA's Travel Redress Inquiry Program helps clear names. To correct wrongful listings on watch lists, travelers can go through the Department of Homeland Security's Travel Redress Inquiry Program, a procedure that helps clear one's name. The TSA says this program "is a central gateway to address watch-list misidentification issues," among other things. Mar 29, 2007

US DHS to test cargo screening technologies in Cincinnati DHS will test air cargo screening technologies at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport this spring. The tests are part of a $30 million pilot program launched in June 2006. Mar 27, 2007

Clerics lawsuit threatens national security USA TODAY profiles a lawsuit brought against the airline and Metropolitan Airports Commission by six Muslim clerics who were removed from an airline after their prayers raised suspicions. Industry insiders have taken offense to the suit's request to identify those who alerted authorities regarding the prayers. Mar 27, 2007

Responsibility for airport security creates confusion It is unclear who is responsible for screening workers at Orlando International Airport, observers say. Five agencies, including the TSA, play a role in the airport's security. A TSA spokeswoman says the TSA has responsibility for each airport's security plan, but the airports are responsible for access to secured areas. Mar 26, 2007

US FAA issues "staffing" memo to supervisors A memo from a top FAA manager has instructed supervisors to minimize the use of the word "staffing." Officials say the FAA wants to makes sure they are precise about how they report issues that deal with controllers. Mar 26, 2007

US FAA may approve mapping device soon The FAA is speeding up the approval process for devices able to display satellite-generated maps in airline cockpits. The maps, which look like Global Positioning System displays in cars, will help reduce the risk of accidents on the ground. Mar 26, 2007

US Registered Traveler program provider FLO Alliance today detailed its business model, outlining its focus on joint marketing programs and additional traveler benefits beyond the core expedited airport security lane offering. The provider, which includes Saflink, Microsoft and Johnson Controls, plans to implement its program upon the launch of lanes at Huntsville, Ala., International Airport, which last week became the first airport to sign a deal with the provider. Mar 26, 2007

Chicago

Chicago aviation officials call for higher tax Chicago aviation officials told a House transportation panel Wednesday that a passenger-fee increase of up to 67% is needed to help cover costs of upgrading and expanding U.S. airports. The officials hope to boost the authorized tax level from $4.50 to $7.50. Airlines oppose efforts to boost the tax and say they would lose much of the oversight they have over airport spending under the current proposal. Mar 29, 2007

function Aviation

ACSS pushing US FAA to certify 'other aircraft' function Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems said it will push US FAA to include "other aircraft" on GPS moving map displays of runways and taxiways that the agency said likely will be available for cockpit retrofits following a fast-track certification later this year. Mar 29, 2007

Los Angeles airport

Los Angeles/Palmdale Regional Airport will get its first scheduled service June 7 when United Airlines begins RJ flights to San Francisco. The Los Angeles airports department is refurbishing the civilian terminal on the joint-use field and will provide $1.2 million worth of free rent, marketing and other support for the service, which also is partly funded by a $900,000 federal grant. Los Angeles owns 17,000 acres at the airport, located about 50 mi. northeast of the city. Mar 30, 2007

San Francisco International Airport

Open skies agreement spurs new service International flying may increase at San Francisco International Airport now that Europe has approved a new open-skies agreement. The new agreement also spurred Continental Airlines to apply to fly between Houston and London's Heathrow airpor Mar 26, 2007

United Airlines, Denver

United will hire up to 100 Denver workers. United Airlines says adding more ramp workers and gate agents at its Denver hub will help it operate more efficiently. "We're trying to increase support for our customers," general manager Mike Scanlan says. "This will strengthen what we can provide during peak operational hours." Mar 29, 2007

US Airways, Philadelphia, Charlotte

US Airways' 'bigger' cutover problem was complexity of closing flights News from Travel Technology Update: The merging of the US Airways and America West reservations systems got a lot of attention because of the check-in problems that resulted in long lines at Philadelphia and Charlotte, but the "larger issue was the processing for closing a flight," US Airways president Scott Kirby said. Mar 27, 2007

Washington National Ronald Reagan Airport

Washington air traffic controllers to receive more noise trainingWashington air traffic controllers each quarter will receive "refresher training" in procedures aimed at controlling noise from flights in and out of Reagan National Airport, the FAA said. Attempts to avoid restricted airspace in Maryland and Washington have led to complaints about increased noise in Northern Virginia neighborhoods. Mar 29, 2007

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