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May 14, 2014
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AAAE 86th Annual Conference & Exhibition
The AAAE 86th Annual Conference & Exhibition provides an opportunity to network among aviation professionals and is an ideal setting to visit one of the largest exhibit halls filled with aviation products and services.

The event is scheduled for May 18-21, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. The educational sessions, professional development and special conference events will be enhanced by the charm of San Antonio and this year's theme of ¡Viva! San Antonio.

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Security News 
  • Automated passport kiosks speed up entry at Charlotte Douglas International
    International passengers arriving at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina now have the option to scan their passports and make customs declarations at one of 24 automated passport kiosks. Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle is enthusiastic about the kiosks, which are expected to cut re-entry times for U.S. citizens by as much as 50%. "They are a wonderful amenity, and they are allowing us to more efficiently process passengers," he said. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former air marshal says agents are unprepared and dangerously tired
    Retired U.S. Air Marshal Allen Robinson writes that members of the Federal Air Marshal Service assigned to protect commercial air passengers are under-trained, out of shape and usually too tired to perform their jobs effectively. "The condition we were in -- most of the time the passengers would probably be safer if we weren't on the plane," he wrote. New York Post (5/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy & Regulatory 
  • TSA says 40% of U.S. fliers get expedited screening
    The Transportation Security Administration has good news for fliers: 40% of travelers are being screened at expedited security lanes, resulting in faster-moving checkpoint lines. TSA Administrator John Pistole has said the agency plans to provide expedited screening to half of all fliers by the end of 2014. Travelers enrolled in the TSA's PreCheck program, military personnel, and travelers deemed low-risk on a per-trip basis are all given access to expedited security screening. (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting pilots on board with ADS-B
    The Federal Aviation Administration announced in early April that it had completed installation of NextGen equipment across the country. By 2020, 100% of aircraft operating in controlled airspace must be equipped with ADS-B. However, many pilots are reluctant to invest early in the equipment because of cost and the potential for quickly improved technology. General Aviation News (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Trends & Technology 
  • Wearable technology could streamline travel experience, observers say
    Wearable technology may have the potential to transform the travel experience, according to some industry experts. Virgin Atlantic in February, for example, began a trial using Google Glass and the Sony Smartwatch to start the check-in process, greet passengers by name and provide real-time travel information. Tim Graham, IT Innovation and Development Manager at Virgin Atlantic, said travelers were generally supportive of the technology and agents "like the fact that it's reduced the amount of paper they have to carry and removed the need for use of radios for communication when allocating jobs." (U.K.) (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need a boarding pass? Check your watch
    Airlines are starting to offer smartwatch boarding passes, an innovation that lets users glance at their watches to get flight details quickly. "This option makes opening the boarding pass on the iPhone or even searching for the paper pass in your purse a thing of the past," says Andre Rahn at Air Berlin, which updated its iPhone app for smartwatch connectivity. Skift (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury retailers to open at Dallas-Fort Worth airport
    The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport will soon welcome luxury retail to its Terminal D. "To bring brands in like Coach, Mont Blanc and Michael Kors, we are really raising the game in Terminal D and with all the international expansion this is really a great achievement," said Sean Donohue, airport CEO. Meanwhile, the airport approved construction of a $21 million Hyatt Place Hotel for the airport's Southgate development. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/Sky Talk blog (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airport hotels see global growth
    A growing number of airports are incorporating hotels into their layout, especially in Asia and the Middle East where international travel is growing rapidly. Airport hotels can be especially attractive to groups holding conventions or major business meetings, says Simon Turner, president of global development for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which recently launched Le Meridien hotel in Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airport. "If you are pressed for time with a meeting with 100 people, the cost and time to move people from the airport to downtown is a factor," Turner says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NextGen fund offers low-interest loans for GA avionics upgrades
    Individuals and businesses that operate general aviation aircraft can apply for a low-interest loan from the NextGen GA Fund to upgrade their avionics systems. The loans can be used to pay for a variety of upgrades including ADS-B, glass cockpit displays, antennas and installation costs. To apply for a loan, an aircraft owner must first get a quote for the proposed upgrade and then fill out an online application form. AIN Online (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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