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

Narita International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Japan’s Narita International Airport (NRT) is located in the town of Narita, which forms part of the eastern section of Greater Tokyo. Its coordinates are: 35º45’50″N, 140º23’30″E. This exceptional airport handles chiefly international flights in the area, whilst Haneda Airport deals with Tokyo’s domestic flights. Formerly called New Tokyo International Airport, Narita Airport is the country’s second most busy passenger airport and the busiest air cargo center. The airport serves as an important connection for flights between the Americas and Asia. Japanese law states that Narita International Airport is a first class airport.

Narita International Airport in Tokyo was opened in May of 1978. Since that time it has seen dramatic growth and has played a vital role in creating international awareness for Japan. This well-designed airport is a grand gateway to a unique Japanese experience, opening up the country’s beautiful islands for travelers. Narita Airport boasts 2 paved runways. The first (4 000m) runs in a 16R/34L direction, whilst the second (2 180m) runs in a 16L/34R direction. The airport has 2 terminals. Terminal 1 handles North American and European air traffic. Terminal 2 is used chiefly by Asian carriers. A broad spectrum of flights depart from and arrive at Narita Airport, carrying passengers from around the world. Terminal 1 and 2 stand about 1 mile apart, however, a convenient shuttle bus provides regular transportation between the two.

Tokyo Narita International Airport offers top facilities for travelers. For their convenience there are banks, a post office, ATMs, bureaux de change, internet, business services and mobile phone hire. Also useful are the medical clinics, nurseries, a dentist, sleeping rooms, showers and children’s entertainment areas. Those who wish to dine or grab a quick beverage can make use of the numerous restaurants, coffee shops, bars and fast-food outlets. Passengers can use extra time to engage in some shopping at Narita Airport’s jewelers, bookshops, souvenir shops, clothing stores and others. Airport parking at Narita Airport is excellent with both short-term and long-term parking facilities.

Getting to and from the airport is no hassle at all. There are a variety of car hire agents at Narita International Airport. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have railway stations. Extensive taxi and limousine services are available as are shuttle buses. Narita International Airport is certainly worthy of its title as First Class Airport.

Norway Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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With almost a hundred different airports scattered across the country, Norway is an easy place to get around. Even the most remote parts of the country seem closer when accessed by an airplane. So, while you contemplate your travels in this incredibly scenic, peace-loving country, make sure that you consider all your options before deciding on a destination.

The two most popular airports in Norway are likely the Haugesund International Airport and the Oslo International Airport – the country’s two major international gateways. Since the Haugesund Airport is the lesser known and utilized of the two, it is the best place to get discounts on aviation fees and cheap flights. It is situated on the west side of the island and is one of the best airports to use if you are planning to fly to one of the country’s smaller destinations. Oslo Airport, on the other hand, is the second largest airport in Scandinavia. In 2006 some 17.7 million passengers passed through its doors giving it the distinction of being Scandinavia’s fastest growing airport. The airport is well built and has great facilities as well as plenty of domestic and international flight options.

When traveling to Norway one needs to remember to pack in a valid passport to identify yourself, and your country of origin, to customs officials. It is also a good idea to keep in mind the fact that the country employs Daylight saving time between the months of March and October to make better use of the longer daylight hours during the longer summer months, so if you are traveling during this time you must remember to set your clock one hour forward. Also, you should remember that while Norway enjoys relatively mild weather for a country with its latitude, you should always pack a variety of clothing to cater to all occasions – clothes that can be layered are preferable. This can include cool daytime wear if you are traveling during summer or waterproof trousers if you are visiting during spring. So make sure that you come prepared and you may just enjoy one of the most beautiful holidays ever!

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Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is located approximately 13 kilometers outside the city center of Shanghai. Hongqiao International Airport is the very first civilian airport that was constructed in Shanghai over eighty years ago. Renovations have been done to the airport over the years and is one of the primary airports in China. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport used to accommodate most of Shanghai’s international flights, but after the construction of Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport concentrates mainly on domestic air travel.

The Hongqiao Airport operates from one terminal that is 82 000 square meters in size. The terminal includes 18 VIP lounges and 15 waiting halls. At present, the Hongquiao Airport accommodates 300 flights a day, which is made easier by the 15 luggage conveyor belts that are in the terminal. Inside the terminal, either waiting to leave or waiting for a loved one to arrive, the terminal offers many facilities to pass the time with. Facilities such as clinics, beauty salons, fitness center, postal services, ATMs, fast food outlets, restaurants, business centers, shopping areas and smoking rooms are available to passengers. Transportation to and from the airport is taken care of by taxis, buses and rental car companies.

Airlines that fly to and from the Hongqiao Airport include China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Air China, Shangdong Airlines, Spring Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.

The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has one taxiway and one runway. The runway is constructed from asphalt and is 3 400 meters in length. The apron is approximately 486 000 square meters and can accommodate 66 aircraft. The Hongqiao Airport has an advanced infrastructure and has the latest technology available in regard to navigational, security and communication systems. Even though all international flights have been transferred to Pudong Airport, the systems still allow Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to receive any aircraft and is always on stand-by for any emergencies or diverted planes.

USA Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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If you choose to explore the vastness of the United States using air travel, you can be confident that you will have plenty of airports to choose from. The United States has a well-developed airline system and you will be able to find plenty of small and large airports if you are planning to fly your own private aircraft around the country. Some of the country’s larger airports, such as Kennedy International Airport and Orlando International Airport are usually very busy and have some restrictions for accommodating private aircraft. Most pilots tend to prefer smaller airports such as the John Wayne Airport or the Louisville International Airport.

For those traveling by more commercial methods, there are some 160 different airlines currently operating in the United States of America. Some of these airline companies offer cheaper airfare rates and may even offer redeemable discounts or bonus points on future flights. This means that choosing your flight plan and airline carefully could save you quite a bit of money. If you want a cheap airline ticket, you may also want to think about booking way in advance since these are usually in high demand and they sell out quickly. Most of the airlines operating from international airports in the United States offer both domestic and international flights so if you are going to be arriving from another country you can be sure that you will have many to choose from. Do your homework before booking and you could save yourself a lot of time and money.

The great thing about having so many airline companies operating from one location is that competition is good so you get more competitive airline fares. Most of the airports in the United States also strive to operate by the highest global standards regulated by the FAA. This means that they try to keep up with the highest level of technological innovation as well as keep all facilities of the airport in top shape. Regular upgrades are a necessary part of management and this should not deter passengers or pilots from using a particular airport. Visitors should also keep in mind that security at most international airports in the United States is quite stringent since the 9/11 attacks and should remember that these security measures are for the safety of all and are not meant to discriminate against anyone.

Airports in the USA:

Gimpo International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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Gimpo International Airport, formerly known as Kimpo International Airport, is managed by Korea Airports Corporation and is known as “Sky City” for its culture and shopping it provides. It is located on the west side of Seoul near the Han River and serves Gimpo City and all foreign visitors that come into the country. Before Incheon International Airport was formed Gimpo Airport was the main international airport for both South Korea and Seoul, now it is considered the second biggest in Korea. The airport is 18 meters or 58 feet above mean sea level and its coordinates are 37 degrees 33’29″N and 126 degrees 47’26″E.

Gimpo International has two runways, one is asphalt and is 3,200 meters or 10,499 feet long and the other is made out of concrete and is 3,600 meters or 11,811 feet long. Originally the airport was made up of just a runway, which the Japanese army built during the Korean War and was later used by the United States’ forces. The airport has now grown and has two international and one domestic terminal that can take on a total of 226,000 flights every year. It also has one cargo and two passenger terminals.

Today there is a subway that serves the airport and will take passengers into Seoul or you can take a bus to town or to Incheon International Airport. Since Incheon airport was formed, Gimpo has been restricted to only one international flight to Tokyo International Airport, as all other international flights are taken care of by Incheon.

Gimpo International Airport provides a variety of services to all but especially to the disabled. There are raised-point blocks and Braille signs for the blind on the elevators as well as information on flights and so on being broadcasted regularly. Two lifts are provided particularly for the disabled to help make their movement around the airport as easy as possible. Approximately 108 parkings are provided only for the disabled and the disabled marking printed on the floor easily identifies them. There are twelve handicap restrooms, which have special grips as well as automated doors, washbowls and toilets.

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.

Airports in Puerto Rico:

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.

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