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.

Mykolaiv International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Mykolaiv International Airport is about 56 meters or 183 feet above mean sea level and its position is 47 degrees 03′ 28″N, 031 degrees 55′ 11″E. The Airport is a public airport that serves the city of Mykolaiv in the Ukraine. The Mykolaiv International has two runways – one with an asphalt surface while the other has a grass surface. The asphalt surface runway is 8,438 feet or 2,572 meters long and the grass surface runway is 5,905 feet or 1,800 meters long.

In the whole of the South of Ukraine, the Mykolaiv International is considered one of the biggest airports. It is also recognized for the advanced and extensive technology that it is equipped with. This State owned enterprise is listed as a Class B airport, which means that all operations must be conducted by VFR (visual flight rule), IFR and SVFR flight rules. ATC is held responsible for clearing all aircraft and must separate each flight from one another. Like Mykolaiv airport in Ukraine, the whole world’s navigable airspace is basically divided into three categories and are allocated a specific class, either class A, B or C.

The Mykolaiv International Airport has a modern runway that can handle aircraft weighing as much as 220 tons when they land there. The runway can also hold a total of eight “Ilyushin IL-76” aircraft that have an array of lighting, navigation and radio technology. These strategic air lifters have four engines and were designed in the Soviet Union, although now they can be found throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. At the Air terminal complex there are about 400 passengers that go through every hour on domestic flights and only about 100 passengers coming through on international flights.

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.

Luis Munoz Marin International Airport

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The Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, formerly known as the Isla Verde International Airport, is located in close proximity to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico. Locals refer to the airport simply as the San Juan Airport even though it was renamed as the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in 1985. The governor at that time was Rafael Hernandez Colon, and he renamed the airport after the first governor who had been elected democratically, namely Luis Munoz Marin.

With the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport being located in the capital of Puerto Rico, it is a very important gateway between San Juan and other domestic destinations such as Ponce, Culebra, Vieques and Aguadilla. It is also of great importance to the traffic that connects Puerto Rico to the United States mainland. San Juan Airport is the hub for the airlines American Eagle and Cape Air. Many other commuter airlines such as American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines and Air Canada operate from the Luis Munoz Marin Airport.

There are two terminals at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport, one which is used as the main terminal and the other that is exclusively for the use of American Airlines. The terminals are clearly marked to assist passengers in finding their way around, with Concourse D and Concourse E being part of the American Airlines Terminal and Concourse B and Concourse C are part of the Main Terminal. Flights from American Eagle and American Airlines book and check into the American Airlines Terminal. All other airlines and flights need to go through the main terminal. If you are a little impatient to reach your destination, and cannot bear the thought of waiting a moment longer to get there, then you can make use of the services of a local charter service.

The Luis Munoz Marin Airport has two runways. Runway 8/26 is constructed from asphalt and is 3,049 meters in length, while the 10/28 runway is built from concrete and is 2,443 meters in length.

Taxis, busses and car rental companies are available for passenger convenience and the terminals at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport have a variety of facilities, including ATM’s, banking facilities, duty free stores, barbershops, health and beauty salons and gift shops.

USA Airports

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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.

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Morocco Airports

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As a country of intrigue and mystique – a place of living history, strong religious beliefs and interesting culture – Morocco has always been a popular destination. For centuries people having been exploring the country, making pilgrimages here and simply stopping by for a quick holiday. Morocco has become famous for its people, its curious wedding customs and its beautiful horses. But there is so much more to the country than just these few different elements. Why not join the millions before you and have your own sojourn in Morocco? The easiest and quickest way to get to this stunning country is by air and there are some 60 different Moroccan airports to choose from.

Of course, the most common stop over is that of Casablanca. Immortalized in film, this great Moroccan city is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and the Casablanca Mohamed V Airport is the best place to touch down. The airport was named for King Mohammed V of Morocco and is a hub for Royal Air Maroc. It sees more than 5 million passengers pass through its doors each year and is a great introduction to the country. Another popular choice is that of the Menara International Airport which is quite a bit smaller than the Mohamed V Airport. The Menara Airport receives a small percentage of European flights and flights from other Arab nations as well as a number of domestic flights. It usually serves just under 2 million passengers a year, though its runway is big enough to cater to bigger aircraft such as a Boeing 747.

There are also a number of other airports in Morocco though these are usually so small that only those flying themselves privately will consider them. Airports such as Al Massira Airport, Angads Airport, Hassan Airport, Ouarzazate Airport, Cherif Al Idrissi Airport, Dakhla Airport, Sale Airport and Mogador Airport do not really cater to very large aircraft. There are also two other international airports worth mentioning – Nador International Airport and Ibn Batouta International Airport – although both receive less traffic than the Mohamed V Airport and the Menara International since they are not as well situated.

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Domodedovo International Airport

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Domodedovo International Airport can be found 35 km south of the center of Moscow, Russia. In total Moscow has seven airports of which Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo International Airport were rated as the main two in Russia in a review carried out in 2006. However, in terms of international and domestic passenger traffic, Domodedovo is clearly ahead of Sheremetyevo with a record turnover of 15.3 million passengers in 2006 alone.

Domodedovo was officially opened in mid 1965 as an airport that would eventually be able to handle all of the USSR’s long-distance domestic traffic as it would be expanded over the years. Eighteen months after the first runway had been put in place a second one was built parallel to the first one. Domodedovo is the first airport in Russia to have two parallel runways operating at the same time. The recently new air traffic control tower has been redeveloped and can now handle as many as 70 take offs and landings every hour.

Beginning in 1996, the East Line Group had given the Domodedovo Airport a 75-year lease while still under state control. The East Line Group has undertaken a number of reconstruction and renovation projects to make the customs area more easily accessible to the passengers, providing visitor facilities, and making it easier to maintain high standards of cleanliness.

Within the airport terminal are five-business departure lounges, each designated to and cared for by individual airlines. Passengers can go to and from Moscow to the Domodedovo International Airport using the Aeroexpress train taking them to the Paveletsky Rail Terminal. The journey lasts approximately 40 minutes and airline passengers have the luxury of being able to check in for their flight at the station.

The EAST LINE’s goal is to establish Domodedovo as one of the major international airports while being able to provide various transportation options for passengers. The airport has benefited immensely from being so close to the Russian capital of Moscow. It also has approximately 13,600ha of land around the actual airport that has been kept for further development and can allow another seven runways to be built for the future.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

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John F. Kennedy International Airport, or JFK, is located in New York City, USA. It is operated and overseen by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The construction of this well known airport, started in the April of 1942, on the location of the Idlewild Golf Course. To be able to construct stable buildings on the marshy lands of the golf course, contractors had to place hydraulic fill over the construction site. The John F. Kennedy Airport was planned to be approximately 1 000 acres in size, but over the years, through additions and the need to expand, it has grown to almost 6 000 acres. The airport was named the New York International Airport on 31 July 1945, but on 24 December 1963 the airport was dedicated and renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Kennedy International Airport employs approximately 35 000 staff, but it also contributes to the economy of New York and New Jersey, thus creating approximately 265 000 jobs in the city and metropolitan regions.

The Central Terminal Area, or also known as the CTA, is made up of eight terminals that are clearly numbered. Originally, the CTA was 655 acres in size, but has expanded to 880 acres. The Central Terminal Area is surrounded by taxiways. Color-coded signs have been erected from the entrance of the airport to the relevant parking areas to assist passengers to reach the correct terminal. The Central Terminal Area is linked to Long Island Railroad by the Light Rail Transit System and includes the New York bus system, and the New York subway system.

Terminal 1 is home to Korean Air, Air France, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa. It covers a 684 000 square foot area and has various restaurants and retail shops and has eleven aircraft gates. In the years 1962 and in 1960, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 were constructed for Delta Air Lines. Terminal 4 was constructed and opened in 2001. The new terminal improved customer service greatly, with retail shops, bistros and separate levels for arriving and departing passengers. Terminal 5 is the home of JetBlue Airways, and is also referred to as the TWA Flight Center. Terminal 7 has been occupied by British Airways since 1970, and covers a 350 000 square foot area of the airport, twelve passenger gates and includes a parking area. In 1960, Terminal 8 became home to American Airlines.

JFK Airport has 4 runways, and 4 helipads. Each runway has a center line, lighting along the edges, has grooves in the tar to increase the safety of the runway and has lights that direct the crafts to the taxiway exits. Each runway is specially equipped and constructed to accommodate the aircraft that make use of the runways. Kennedy International Airport handles approximately 470 000 aircraft, 47 000 000 passengers, 1 750 000 tons of cargo and 85 000 tons of mail in a year. This is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world. It therefore provides passengers with car rental facilities, restaurants, cocktail bars, barbers, banks, ATMs, gift shops and many other facilities, to ensure passenger needs are met.

Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport

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The Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport is located approximately 25 kilometers outside of the city of Casablanca in Morocco. This airport in Morocco is the hub for Royal Air Maroc, Air Arabia Maroc, Jet4you and Regional Air Lines. The Casablanca Mohamed V Airport in Morocco has an average of 6 million passengers pass though the terminals in a year .

The Mohamed V Airport has two asphalt runways that are both 3 720 meters in length and are both used for take offs and landings. There are many airlines that operate flights in and out of the Mohamed V Airport, including airlines such as Kuwait Airlines, Tunisair, Qatar Airlines, Fedex, Royal Jordanian, Syrian Arab Airlines, Air France, Emirates Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, DHL Air, Air Malta, Lufthansa, Regional Airlines, UPS and Egyptair.

The airport in Casablanca has many facilities available to passengers that include banking facilities, a foreign exchange service, ATMs, public telephones and clean and hygienic restrooms. Duty free shops, gift shops, newsstands, cafés and restaurants are available. For passenger convenience, the airport has a postage service and a business center. The business center allows passengers to make photocopies, send important faxes or log onto the internet to check on their e-mails. There is also a prayer room, pharmacy, medical center and first aid facilities that include an ambulance service. The airport in Casablanca has specially adapted restroom facilities and lifts to accommodate disabled passengers.

Transport from the Casablanca Mohamed V Airport to the city center of Casablanca, is available through taxi services, shuttle services, buses and railway. Car rental companies such as EuropCar Hire, Hertz Car Rentals, Budget Rent-a-Car and Avis Car Hire are located in the airport building. The airport has 1 600 parking bays in its long term parking area, and approximately 880 parking bays in the short term parking area, that is located outside of the Arrivals hall.

Sheremetyevo International Airport

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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.

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