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.

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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Phuket International Airport

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Phuket International Airport is located in Phuket, providing flights for people in that area as well as from abroad. You will find Phuket in one of the southern provinces of Thailand. The name of the island and of the international airport is taken from the word Bukit, which is Malay, and means mountain. This is because the island is mainly made up of mountain ranges and from a distance it looks like one complete mountain. The airport is only 32 km from downtown Phuket and transport is easily accessible to take you around.

Phuket International is a relatively small public airport and is operated by the Airports of Thailand Public Co. Ltd. The airport is about 25 meters or 82 feet above mean sea level and its coordinates are 08 degrees 06’48″N and 98 degrees 19’01″E. The Phuket International airport has only one runway made from asphalt, being 3,000 meters or 9,843 feet long and 45 meters wide. In Thailand, Phuket airport is ranked second in the amount of passengers and cargo it processes, which has a lot to do with the spectacular beaches and tourist attractions that the island has.

Phuket International Airport services ten different airlines and can handle more then 2,900,000 passengers as well as 12,000 tons of cargo a year. Every hour approximately 10 flights take off, so regular flights internationally and domestically are provided out of Thailand’s biggest island and to other provinces in Thailand. The airport accommodates many different tourists from around the world who enjoy Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese architecture and of course the world-famous beaches.

While you are enjoying the many attractions of Phuket don’t forget to make time to visit the other surrounding islands, namely Koh Phi Phi and the Similan Islands. There you can do a variety of underwater excursions and take time to view the beautiful marine on your day trip out there. If you are planning a trip to the island in October then look out for the Vegetarian Festival where you can sample a variety of non-meat delicacies while enjoying the entertainment provided there.

Penang International Airport

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The Penang International Airport is located in the Bayan Lepas area of Penang. Because of this, it is also referred to as the Bayan Lepas International Airport. The airport is located just outside of Penang’s capital city of Georgetown and has been in use for quite some time so it is well-established and operations generally run quite smoothly. Penang is seen as being one of Malaysia’s bigger airports and is quite a popular choice for those wishing to fly to this part of the country. However, because the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is newer it is often chosen in preference to the Penang Airport.

The airport is a fairly large public facility that is currently operated by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. It mainly serves the surrounding areas of Penang and has a relatively low elevation of only 9 ft (3 m) above sea level. The airport has only one runway which is made of asphalt and which measures 11 003 ft (3 354 m) in length, long enough to cater to most types of larger aircraft. When compared to other Asian airports, the services at Penang International are quite limited. However, they do provide for most of one’s basic needs and you will find two duty-free shops, a restaurant, a bank, restrooms, waiting areas, a foreign exchange office and a car rental facility at the airport.

When you arrive at Penang International Airport, you will find that the majority of the airlines that operate from here are of Asian origin. Thus, the vast majority of flights arriving at the airport are from other Asian countries and if you are planning to travel from further away you will most likely have to get a connecting flight to the country. Most foreign visitors choose to take taxis from the airport to their place of accommodation although you may also want to consider making use of the bus services available. You might also consider renting a car if you have been to Penang before and are confident that you can navigate your way around successfully. For those living in Penang, the airport has a long-term parking service and you may leave your car here for the duration of your trip.

Oslo International Airport

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The Oslo International Airport was approved by the Norwegian authorities on 13 November 1992, and the construction of the new airport was completed in 1998. It is located approximately 50 kilometers outside the city of Oslo and is currently the largest and most busy commercial airport in Norway. The Oslo International Airport accommodates international flights, domestic flights and charter flights, with the international flights connecting Oslo Airport to more than 60 international destinations and more than twenty-five domestic destinations. At the end of 2009 it was determined that approximately 18 million passengers used the Oslo International Airport.

Oslo International Airport has two asphalt runways that are 3,600 meters and 2,950 meters respectively. Commercial airlines that operate to and from
Olso Airport include Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Finnair, Coast Air, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, Islandair, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Condor and Austrian Airlines. Charter airlines such as Novair, Spanair, Air Europa and SAS Braathens operate from the airport. The Oslo Airport also handles many cargo flights that are run by airlines such as DHL, Korean Air, Lufthansa, SAS Cargo Group, United Parcel Service and TNT Cargo.

Getting to and from the Oslo Airport can be done by taxi, buses (of which there is a night bus service available), trains such as the regional trains or the Airport Express, which is called Flytoget. The subway can also be used to get to the airport, and car rental facilities are available. For travelers that arrive by car, there are over 3,500 parking pays available in the short term parking area, and approximately 7,900 parking bays in the long term parking area which is located outdoors. Shuttle services are available, free of charge, to assist getting passengers and their luggage from the carparks to the airport terminal.

The Oslo International Airport has a variety of passenger facilities available within the terminal, including duty free shops, ATM’s, foreign exchange services, book stores, sweet shops, toy stores, gift shops and clothing stores. Passengers can choose from various cafes, fast food outlets, seafood bars and restaurants. Gourmet Norwegian foods and dishes are also available in the terminal. Disabled passengers have been provided for, through accessibility and spacious, clean restrooms.

Mykolaiv International Airport

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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

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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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