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FAA Funding Bill Hits Turbulence

Politico - Negotiations over a new FAA bill took a turn south this week when a top House Republican made it clear he doesn’t want to make concessions on other issues without resolving a controversial labor fight.  Read More>

NextGen Needed in Future

Sun-Sentinel - Imagine a behemoth Boeing 747 gliding for about 200 miles before landing, conserving hundreds of gallons of fuel along the way.  Read More>

Airlines Cut Flights Ahead of UK Strike

Aviation Week - Airlines are cutting flights into London’s largest airport on Wednesday because of fears of long delays and overcrowding when border staff join a mass strike over public sector pensions.  Read More>

Airlines Attempt to Prevent Gridlock at Heathrow/Gatwick

Financial Times - Foreign airlines on Friday started taking steps to try and prevent “gridlock” at Heathrow next Wednesday during the planned strike by immigration officers.  Read More>

Plane Builders and Airlines Spar on Designs

Aviation Week - When manufacturers set out to define a new aircraft, they always say their product decisions are driven by long discussions with airlines. But do the airframers really listen?  Read More>

Lawmaker Predicts Agreement on FAA Funding

Washington Post - House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica says he is optimistic that Congress will break a stalemate over critical aviation funding before the current spending plan expires at year’s end.  Read More>

Global RNP Deployment Is Uneven

AIN Online - With demonstrated benefits of reducing track miles, mitigating noise and lowering fuel burn and emissions, performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are being adopted on a worldwide basis.  Read More>

Congress Debates EAS Program

Duluth News Tribune - As lawmakers in Washington struggle to slash federal spending, a transportation program called Essential Air Service has received close scrutiny.  Read More>

TSA Expanding Trusted Traveler Program

Star-Tribune - Testing for a new program aimed at getting certain travelers through airport security with less hassle is expanding to airports in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Minneapolis and St. Paul over the next few months, the government said Wednesday.  Read More>

Trade War Possible Over EU Carbon Tax

New Scientist - THE world could be on the brink of a trade war over European Union efforts to impose carbon charges on the emissions of all planes landing or taking off within the EU. The scheme, if implemented, would be the first global financial sanction on greenhouse gas emitters.  Read More>

Big Ambitions For Middle East Carriers

Aviation Week - With the more than 400 wide-body aircraft on firm order by the three largest Middle Eastern carriers, one question is being asked frequently: Is there a market for all of these aircraft?  Read More>

Republic Pilots May Strike

[Although about one airline group, this could affect multiple major carriers - JimG]

IndyStar.com - Just weeks before the peak of the annual holiday travel season, Teamsters union pilots at Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings could strike if they don't get a better contract.  Read More>

FAA: Inspect 737 Classics More Often

Aviation Week - The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring earlier and more frequent fuselage inspections of a specific area on some Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 series aircraft after a report of two similarly situated cracks that went through the frame and fail-safe chord.  Read More>

Capacity Cuts Expected Over N Atlantic In 2012

TravelPulse - If your clients want to go Europe, tell them to book now. Airlines are expected to cut seating capacity on international flights to Europe next year between 5 and 10 percent, according to TravCorp USA.  Read More>

Seat Fees Gaining Popularity...With Airlines

WSJ - An airline ticket gets you a seat on a plane. But which seat, now that's a different story.  Read More>

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