FAA Reviewing Passenger Use of Electronic Devices

May 21, 2013 by  
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With electronic devices firmly entrenched as part of daily lives for many travelers, airlines are under pressure to allow passengers to use their tablets, laptops, smartphone, e-readers and other devices without restriction during flights. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been working on a set of regulations to govern the use of these devices on airplanes, but is reportedly far from ready to put any new rules into action, with the delay being attributed to the authority’s desire to put into place a concise set of regulations to deal with current, and even future, technology.

A year ago, the industry working group set up by the FAA noted that, faced with evolving electronic technology, the FAA was reviewing the use of personal electronic devices, excluding the use of cellphones, on aircraft. A full year later the FAA appears to be no closer to resolving the issue and this has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. Among the critics is Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) who recently announced her plans to circumvent the FAA and introduce legislation allowing passengers the freedom to use their electronic devices throughout a flight.

The increasing number of different types of electronic devices brought by passengers onto airplanes is adding to the difficulty of drafting a set of standard regulations. The FAA working group needs to include all these devices and take into account the different modes of operation they offer. Currently a number of electronic devices include an “airplane mode” option, which generally means that they do not send or receive wireless signals, but this is not necessarily standard across all devices with this option. Also, there is concern that FAA’s desire to have rules that will apply to devices of the future may not be realistic given the speed at which technology is developing. The group has apparently also noted concerns over expecting already busy flight attendants to police the use of various devices.

The initial concern with the use of electronic devices on flights addressed, among other things, the issue of possible interference with electronic signals pilots rely on for safe flight. To date, the FAA reportedly has no record of aviation accidents caused by interference from personal electronic devices. Flight attendants note that their main concern is that passengers should not be using electronic devices when the safety measures are presented at the beginning of the flight, as they need to hear and understand what should be done in the event of an emergency.

The FAA anticipates a final report from the working group later this year, with rule changes being implemented by the end of 2013.

Grand Canyon West Rim Air Adventure 2010

April 20, 2010 by  
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To enjoy a unique day trip adventure, book a Grand Canyon West Rim Air Adventure excursion, which is bound to be very memorable. Visitors can be collected by shuttle bus from any hotel in Las Vegas and be transported in a fixed wing aircraft to the Grand Canyon West Rim. The flight lasts approximately forty minutes, which is followed by a ride in a helicopter, which descents to the floor of the canyon. Visitors will also be treated to a boat ride, a tasty barbeque lunch and a visit to the Eagle Point Indian Village.

Inquiries in regard to this magnificent day trip can be made at your hotel, or the local tour operator. The trip is available every day, although departure times are subject to change, depending on the season.

Date: 30 April 2010
Venue: Grand Canyon
City: Las Vegas
Country: United States of America

Puerto Rico Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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If you plan to visit the breathtaking island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, keep in mind you have approximately 23 different airports at your disposable to take you where your heart desires.

If you plan to visit the breathtaking city of San Juan then your airport option is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport situated only 9 miles away from this historical city. You can explore San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, by car or you can obtain a walking map from the tourist office at the airport and explore all its historic sites on foot.

The Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is the main airport between the island and the mainland of the United States, as well as providing many different domestic flights to various towns and cities. The Luis Munoz Marin Airport is given an overall rating of 37th place out of all passenger airports in the United States. From the Luis Munoz Marin airport situated in an area called Isla Verde you will find an abundance of transport to the city or to the town of Carolina on the outskirts of San Juan, of which Isla Verde is a suburb. At the airport, previously known as the Isla Verde International Airport, you are can book into the airport hotel if you need accommodation for the night before you continue on your travels. There are also a variety of ATMs as well as a barber and beauty salon and a duty free shop for your convenience.

Another airport in Puerto Rico, found in Aguadilla, is the Rafael Hernandez Airport, one of the regional airports, named after composer Rafael Hernandez Marin. Other regional airports in Puerto Rico are the Fajardo Airport in Fajardo, Humacao Airport also named after the city its in, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport in Mayaguez and Mercedita Airport in Ponce. This relatively small airport is set out on 1,600 acres, with one of the longest runways of all the airports in the Caribbean. From the airport you are given a variety of transport choices, including taxi, bus to get into the city, or a rental car giving you the freedom to explore Aguadilla and surrounding areas.

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Mariscal Sucre International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located in the city of Quito, in Ecuador, and was established in 1960. The airport was given its name in memory of an independence hero named Antonio Josè de Sucre. The Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located within the city and is one of the highest and most dangerous airports in the world today. Because the city is surrounded by mountains landings are extremely difficult for both the pilots and their aircraft. The Mariscal Sucre Airport sees approximately 2.5 million passengers in a year, and moves about 125 000 metric tons of cargo annually.

Mariscal Sucre Airport has only one terminal building, and handles all traffic, international and domestic flights, by dividing the building into two sections. There is also only one runway that is used for take offs and landings. The runway is paved and measures 3 120 meters in length. Airlines such as Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, LAN Airlines, Avianca Airlines, TACA, Iberia Airways and Copa Airlines operate flights to and from this airport in Ecuador.

Transportation to and from the airport is taken care of by taxis and car rental agencies. Car rental companies are available at the airport and include Budget Rent-A-Car, Avis Car Rental and Localiza. For travelers who prefer driving to the airport, there are approximately 300 parking bays available at the airport, and these are divided between long term parking and short term parking.

Facilities at this Ecuadorian airport are limited, but do include the necessities such as ATM’s, foreign exchange services, public telephones, cafeterias, restaurants and a small range of shops and stores that are located in the airport’s commercial area. Duty free shops, emergency services and medical services are also located in the airport building.

The Mariscal Sucre International Airport has also gone to a great deal of trouble to ensure that the airport is accessible to disabled passengers. Parking areas, restrooms and lifts have been adjusted to accommodate travelers in wheel chairs, and ramps are located throughout the airport building.

Orlando International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Orlando International Airport was once the base for the American Air Force. It began in 1928 as the Orlando Municipal Airport with flights being serviced by PanAm. In 1940 the airport was renamed to the Orlando Air Base, after which the airport was returned to the control of Orlando City in 1946, with the building of the airport terminal in 1951. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority was created in 1975, with greater support from the city to facilitate the airport. The airport was renamed in 1978 to the Orlando International Airport. In the following years, the Orlando Airport built another terminal, established the Orlando Tradeport and saw the first international flight take off in 1984. Within twenty years of establishing the airport, the once deserted site started building confidence in passengers, until it was seeing approximately 30 000 000 passengers per year.

As the Orlando International Airport is situated in Florida, traffic was increased by the flock of tourists to the Walt Disney World that had become a popular attraction for visitors from across the world. The pressure started to mount as aircraft started lining up for access to the airport. By the 1980s passenger numbers had grown and the international and business traffic increased dramatically. It was this boom in air and passenger traffic that led to the construction of a third runway to accommodate the incoming and outgoing flights. Passenger traffic had shot to over twenty million by 1992 and was still increasing. The Orlando International Airport had to remain up to speed with development programs and new initiatives. Nursery stock, flowers and plants had become lucrative industry in Florida and the Orlando Airport was called upon to ensure the safe export of these items, and therefore developed a Department of Agriculture at the airport to inspect this precious cargo and keep operations running smoothly.

The Orlando International Airport also has sufficient parking available, convenient transport systems to and from the airport that includes shuttles, taxis and buses. The parking area caters for valet parking, satellite and garage parking, an Express Pick-up zone and Cell Phone Lot. Car Rental is also available at the airport, with snack bars, coffee bars, pizza parlors, fast food outlets, pet stores, jewelry shops, bars, health shops, gift shops and restaurants available within the airport building.

Mexico Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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As a gateway for many from the United States to Central and South America, Mexico enjoys quite a bit of activity. The country has almost 2 000 airports to choose from, although only a few are able to cater to the demands of larger aircraft. This colorful country with its interesting people is often considered a quick and fun getaway for those living in the southern part of the United States and many choose to zip over the border for a few short days at one of the many great cities along the country’s coast. Those further north usually have to catch an airplane and so will arrive at one of the Mexico’s larger airports feeling relaxed and ready for a great holiday. A number of private plane owners also prefer to fly regardless of where they live in the United States and there are also those who enjoy a short stopover in Mexico before moving on to holiday in Central America.

The biggest airport in Mexico is the Mexico City International Airport. Known locally as the Benito Juarez International Airport, the airport is located in the country’s capital city. The Benito Juarez International Airport caters to both international and domestic flights and you can fly to more than 100 different international destinations from the airport. However, since this airport also has the distinction of being the busiest in Latin America, you may want to consider one of the country’s smaller airports such as the Cancun International Airport, which can be found on Mexico’s Caribbean coast in Cancun. The Cancun International Airport is the second busiest in the country and it has recently undergone a bit of upgrading and expansion and now has a new runway as well as a new terminal.

There are a large number of other international airports which offer flights to international destinations as well as some which are only suitable for domestic use. International airports include the Conzumel International Airport, the Tapachula International Airport, the Uruapan International Airport and the Xoxocotlan International Airport. While these are rather minor airports, they are definitely the best way to get to lesser-known parts of the country.

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Sheremetyevo International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Sheremetyevo International Airport was first opened on 11 August 1959, providing the Moscow region of Russia with a public international airport. The first international flight from the grounds of Sheremetyevo was about six months later to Berlin. Of all the airports found in Russia, Sheremetyevo is rated second in the amount of passenger traffic it experiences, with Domodedovo International Airport at number one. In 2005 Sheremetyevo had approximately 12,174,000 million passengers pass in and out its doors, a number which is sure to increase in coming years.

The official operator and the joint-stock company that operates and possesses the airport is the ‘International Airport Sheremetyevo’. The authorities of Moscow own none of the shares in the airport as the federal government owns them. The airport’s elevation above mean sea level is about 190 meters or 622 feet. The Sheremetyevo airport has two concrete runways, one being 3,550 meters or 11,647 feet long and the other being slightly longer at 3,700 meters or 12,139 feet long.

There are plans to expand the Sheremetyevo International Airport in the nearby future by adding a needed third runway and another international terminal. Work is also being planned on the second runway as well as ideas on increasing the variety of transportation between the airport and the capital. The goal would be to increase the 12 million passengers a year to as much as 30 million passengers a year, which would of course increase the air traffic hence the new runway.

On the third of September 1964 Sheremetyevo-1 was opened specifically for domestic flights whereas Sheremetyevo-2 was only opened two decades later as the entrance for foreign flights for the Moscow Olympics. The second entrance is bigger and is where passengers coming in and out of the country will find the arrival and departure lounges. The Sheremetyevo-1 entrance for domestic flights is almost a separate airport, with its terminal building being some distance from the main terminals, although they use the same two runways.

France Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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With the promise of romance, the beauty of the Louvre and the iconic Eiffel Tower topping the skyline, France is one of the most visited countries in the world. People from all over the world come to experience the country’s magic and usually airplanes are their chosen means of transportation. Many of the country’s larger international airports, such as the Orly International Airport and the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, are linked to the nearby city by buses, shuttles, taxis and trains. The underground railway network is one of the most popular means of transportation, though navigating the system can prove to be somewhat challenging if you do not know the language. However, these various means of transport to and from the airports in France make them more easily accessible.

If you are planning a trip to France soon, you will find that the country has a great variety of airports to choose from. There is an international airport in each of the country’s major cities and a number of smaller airports that will allow you to gain access to almost every region in the country. Whether you are a foreigner looking to enjoy your slice of France or a pilot looking for a place to land, you will find that France has everything you need. Since the country is relatively large, you may well find that choosing to make use of domestic flights between destinations will cut your traveling time down drastically. You will also usually find that domestic flights are really not that expensive and are well worth paying for.

So whether you are looking to visit the Eiffel Tower or simply looking for an easy way to access the Swiss Alps, consider flying across France and making use of the country’s well-developed travel infrastructure. There are airports in Bordeaux, Lyons, Marseille, Nice and Strasbourg as well as, of course, the more popular city of Paris. As of yet we have not had the opportunity to cover the smaller, regional airports and if you find yourself needing the service of such an airport it would be wise to investigate your options thoroughly.

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Cancun International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Cancun International Airport (CUN), gateway to the marvelous Riviera Maya, is amongst the Caribbean’s busiest airports. Annually large numbers of passengers pass through the halls of Cancun Airport International eager to begin their adventure in this unique region. Situated just 12km from Cancun’s hotel zone, the airport hosts some 800 000 passengers every month during vacation season, totaling some 10 million a year. It is a well-designed, top-class airport that sees charter airlines and international airlines landing each day. Easily accessible with top facilities, Cancun International Airport adds to the enjoyment of your journey.

As Mexico’s second most important airport, Cancun International Airport is operated by the ASUR (Aeropuertos del Sureste). The airport, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, stands at the coordinates 21º02’11.50″N, 86º52’37.50″W and an elevation of 20 ft or 6m above mean sea level. This public airport has a two asphalt runways in a 12R/30L direction with a length of 11 483ft or 3 500m and in a 12L/30R direction with a length of 9 186ft or 2 800m. Major airlines from both the USA and Canada as well as a few from South America and Europe have scheduled flights to Cancun International Airport.

This fine airport in Cancun, Mexico has 3 terminals with a total of 47 boarding gates. Cancun International Airport boasts top facilities and services such as banks, ATMs, VIP lounges, a business center with internet access, tourist information desks, lockers, public telephones, money exchange, duty-free stores, shops, a beauty parlor and a video arcade. If you have to satisfy your hunger or thirst there is a food court as well as bars and vending machines.

Transportation to and from Cancun International Airport is available in the form of a shuttle service. Car hire agents are also located at the airport if you would like to hire a vehicle for the duration of your stay. Airport parking in Cancun is also available for those with their own vehicles. Official taxis operate from the airport and can be paid for in the arrivals hall.

South Africa Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Over the recent years, the air traffic in South Africa has increased dramatically due to the influx of tourists, visitors and business related visitors. South Africa has become a leader in safari, wildlife and eco-tourism, and thousands flock to the country every year, to experience the African wildlife and explore a country with diverse cultures, an amazing history and a vast landscape of natural treasures and magical destinations. To accommodate the vast numbers of visitors and travelers, South Africa depends on its strong aviation infrastructure and the network of airports that are scattered over the country.

The airports in South Africa fall into different categories, as some are international and domestically orientated, while others focus on chartered flights and light aircraft. The largest South African airports are owned and managed by the ACSA, or Airports Company of South Africa. Airports under ACSA management include the biggest airport in South Africa namely the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the second largest, which is Cape Town International Airport and the Durban International Airport, which is third. Other airports include the Bloemfontein Airport, East London Airport, George Airport, Kimberley Airport, Port Elizabeth Airport, Pilanesburg Airport and Upington Airport. Nine of ACSA’s airports have international airport status and between them handle most of the air traffic in South Africa.

To cover the entire landscape, South Africa makes use of smaller airports, like Margate, Nelspruit, Port Alfred and Vryheid that divert passengers from the bigger airports to specific destinations. Most of these South African airports or airfields make use of light aircraft and assist in flights for privately owned aircraft. The Lanseria International Airport, which is located in Johannesburg, is owned by a consortium of private owners and investors, and was given International airport status in 2001. Lanseria International Airport does deal with commercial airlines such as Kulula, but concentrates mainly on charted flights.The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is another airport that deals with chartered flights, but also handles flights from airliners such as SA Airlink, Nationwide, Interlink Airlines, Nelair and Pelikan Air Services. This airport is known as the port to Mpumalanga, and is also close to the world renowned Kruger National Park, and other popular attractions.

The Air Traffic Navigation Services, or ATNS, provide most of South Africa and surrounding countries with a sophisticated, technologically advanced and functional navigational system. They are also responsible for the training of air traffic controllers, to ensure safer skies and better service delivery. Safety standards, licenses and Air Traffic Services that are implemented at airports throughout South Africa, are managed and regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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