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September 09, 2011

CrewPASS Clearances Extended To Air Traffic Controllers

Will Help Facilitate Renewed Cockpit Training For ATC Personnel

After a ten-year pause, U.S. Air Traffic Controllers will once again be allowed into the cockpits of commercial airline flights to observe operations under a renewed Flight Deck Training program of the FAA. Following recent discussions with the FAA Academy, ARINC Incorporated has agreed to enhance its widely used CASS Cockpit Access Security System to include screening of Air Traffic Controllers as well as pilots.

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Automated Tool Points Way To Safer Separation Of Aircraft On Final Approach

First Use At Minneapolis-St. Paul Leads Way For NextGen Support Nationally

Air traffic controllers at the Minneapolis Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) are using an innovative next generation tool developed by The FAA and Lockheed Martin to help maintain safe separation between aircraft on final approach. The advancement enhances the Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS), a program Lockheed Martin primes for the FAA at more than 100 TRACONs nationally.

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Boeing: China Needs 5,000 Airplanes

Company Says Worldwide Market Is 33,500 Planes Through 2030

Boeing predicts growth in the Chinese airline industry will create a market for 5,000 new airplanes worth $600 billion in the next 20 years. Worldwide, Boeing projects investments of $4 trillion for 33,500 new commercial airplanes to be delivered during the next 20 years.

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Boeing May Face Pressure To Accelerate All-New 737

Pratt & Whitney CEO Skeptical 737 MAX Will Compete With A320neo

Boeing has attracted a new critic of its plan to re-engine the existing 737 product line for increased efficiency. Some analysts say the move will buy Boeing 15 years before it needs to develop an all-new 737 airframe. But David Hess, CEO of engine-maker Pratt & Whitney, warns Boeing not to bet on that.

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TSA Orders 300 'Stick Figure' Scanners

Agency Says Older Scanners Will Be Converted Through Software Upgrades

TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced the expenditure of about $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide. The new machines have automated target recognition software. These so-called "stick figure" scanners are designed to eliminate revealing, passenger-specific images.

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Unions Rally For FAA Funding

Latest Temporary Funding Extension Ends September 16

Members of at least four aviation employee unions rallied Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport Wednesday morning, calling on members of Congress returning from their summer break to immediately pass another FAA funding bill, before the current extension runs out on September 16.

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