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.

Nicaragua Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Nicaragua might not be the most affluent country in the world but what it lacks in financial prosperity it certainly makes up for in terms of natural beauty. The virtually untapped splendor of this country makes for stunning eco-adventure opportunities and more and more people are starting to see Nicaragua as a holiday destination worth considering. In fact, some have even seen fit to invest in the slowly growing property market here since prices are low and properties are big and spacious. If you are considering a visit to Nicaragua, you will likely arrive by air even though the country can be reached by various other forms of transport. Air transport is quick, efficient and relatively low cost and there is simply no better way to save time while navigating your way around the country.

There are two main airports in Nicaragua. Corn Island Airport is a popular choice, although this airport only really serves the Corn Islands. Despite their small populations, these islands are popular with tourists and are a great place to escape to during the holiday season. Even more popular is the Managua International Airport, which specializes in handling large aircraft such as Boeing 707s, 727s, 737s, 757s and 767s. Previously named the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, the airport employs some 350 people and features a 8 012 ft runway.

There are also several other airports in Nicaragua and if you are planning to go somewhere other than the usual tourist destinations, you might well consider using one of them. Although very small, Bluefields Airport is a popular choice, as is Puerto Cabezas Airport. Other choices include Bonanza Airport, Siuna Airport, Rosita Airport and Waspam Airport. Since most of these alternatives are very small, there is little that can be said about them. They mainly handle small aircraft and customs must usually be contacted in advance. Most of them also feature a dirt runway. However, if you see the opportunity to fly to your destination instead of catching a public bus, you certainly wont regret your choice!

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Spain Airports

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When the holiday period comes around and you are lost for ideas on where to go with your family, think no further than Spain – the ideal family vacation destination. The Spanish life-style naturally encourages family oriented holidays because the family is viewed as such an important institution. From the minute you arrive in Spain you will be overcome by the warmth and hospitality shown to you and the usual worries associated with a ‘family holiday’ will be a thing of the past. All you need to know is that there is more than enough sunshine and beaches to go around.

What is there to do in Spain you may ask? You have to go no further but to look around you at all the old historic buildings that the different beautiful cities and towns in Spain have. No matter where you travel you will be enchanted with what you see, with each of the different regions of the country opening your eyes to something new.

Spain has an array of airports to take you to your destination, wherever it may be. One of the airports you may make use of is the Barcelona Airport, which sees the second most passenger traffic in the country. If you want to see Barcelona or any small towns along the Costa Brava then this is the airport you and your family will use. The actual airport can be found only 12 kms from the Barcelona city center.

Just 8kms outside the city of Palma de Mallorca you will find the Palma Airport which is the third most used airport, and in summer can be the busiest airport in the country. Tenerife North Airport is probably not an airport that you will use much unless you are really taking an in-depth trip of Spain. More often than not, foreign tourists will visit Tenerife using the Tenerife South Airport. The Granada Airport is 16km west of Granada city and can be found in the plains of the River Genil. The Granada Airport handles mainly domestic flights but is slowly increasing the number of international flights it provides.

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Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

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Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also commonly known as Fiumicino International Airport, is one of the largest public airports found in Italy with more than 30 million passengers having flown from there in 2006 alone. The airport was named after the famous Leonardo da Vinci and can be found in Fiumicino from where it serves the whole of Rome.

From the historic city center of Rome to Leonardo da Vinci airport is about 34 kilometers or 21 miles by car. It is also accessible by train, which is available at the airport terminal, as well as by cab but that can be quite expensive. The Leonardo Express trains run twice an hour for twenty-four hours to the Termini Station in Rome. The regional trains leave the station every fifteen minutes but will stop at all the train stations between the city center and the airport, making the journey so much longer.

There are four runways used at the Leonardo da Vinci airport all of which are asphalt and are between 3,309 and 3,900 meters long. Aeroporti di Roma provided all the ground handling services for the airport up until 1999 when it formed the Aeroporti di Roma Handling, which was later sold to Flightcare.

Terminal areas in the airport were upgraded between 1991 and 2008. This included the construction of Terminal 5, particularly for the American carrier flights check-in and it deals with some 950 000 passengers per annum. The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is a major hub for Alitalia, Air Alps and Blu-Express.

Managua International Airport

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The Managua International Airport was formerly known as the Las Mercedes International Airport when it opened in 1968. It was later renamed to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport at the time of the Sandista regime. In the 1970s the airport building was remodeled to offer background music, air conditioning, restaurants and conveyors belts. The changes also brought about the recruitment of customs inspectors, health inspectors and immigration officers. By 1975, the airport was able to accommodate three airplanes simultaneously, and led to airlines such as Airline of Nicaragua, Pan Am Airlines, Lanica Airlines and Iberia Airlines to operate flights to and from this airport in Nicaragua. Refurbishments were done to airport in 1996, and it was renamed to the Managua International Airport.

This airport in Nicaragua is managed by the EAAI,or Empresa Administradora de Aeropuertos Internacionales. Many factors such as alliances, airline infrastructure and globalization have led to the success of the air traffic industry. The EAAI have broadened their outlook on future of the Managua International Airport by implementing long term and short term goals and strategies.

The Managua International Airport has one asphalt runway that is 2 442 meters in length, and can easily accommodate airplanes such as Boeing 767’s, Boeing 707’s, DC10’s, Boeing 727’s, Boeing 757’s and the Boeing 737’s. The airport employs about 350 Nicaraguans, who oversee and assist the daily running of the airport and create a safe and pleasant environment for passengers. Airlines that have flights running to and from the airport include Delta Air Lines, TACA, Air Transat, Copa Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Aero Caribbean.

The facilities in the terminal of the Managua International Airport include restaurants, banking facilities, gift shops and postal services. Taxi, bus and shuttle services are available to passengers to get to the airport, or to leave the airport by. Car rental companies such as Argus Car Hire are located in the airport building.

Gothenburg International Airport

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Gothenburg International Airport, is also known as Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, and is located
approximately 25 kilometers outside of Gothenburg. Gothenburg has a secondary airport, named Gothenburg City Airport. The Gothenburg International Airport is significantly smaller than Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, but still accommodates almost 4 million passengers annually. Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport is an international airport, and is the second largest commercial airport in Sweden, second to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

The Gothenburg International Airport used to operate from two terminals that were housed in one building, one for international travel and one for domestic travel. All passengers, domestic and international, book in through one side, and all arrivals come through the other. Booking in has now been streamlined to one area, as baggage needs to be screen and checked for dangerous objects and illegal goods.

Getting to the airport or leaving it couldn’t be simpler, with a number of transport options available. Airport busses leave the airport almost every fifteen minutes, and public busses are also stationed at the airport for passenger convenience. Taxis and limousines are available to passengers outside the airport building. Car rental companies can also assist travelers in their transportation needs, and the airport can accommodate 7,315 vehicles in their parking area. Indoor parking spaces are offered and all parking areas that are located indoors or outdoors, are continuously monitored by guards and cameras, to ensure safe and trouble free parking for passengers and people collecting passengers from the airport. Car rental companies that are located at the airport, if travelers want to make bookings prior to their arrival, include Avis Car Hire, Hertz Car Hire, Europcar Car Rental, Sixt Car Rental and Budget Rent-A-Car.

The Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden has only one runway for landings and for take offs. The runway is constructed from asphalt and is 3,299 meters in length.

Facilities that are provided in the airport terminal include restaurants, ATM’s, news-stands, book stores, cafes, gift shops, bars, banking facilities, clothing stores, duty-free stores and conference facilities. There is a secure and safe play area for children and a hotel is located within 500 meters of the airport terminal.

Malpensa International Airport

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You can find Malpensa International Airport in the province of Varese, close to Milan, Italy. In the Milan area there are three airports altogether. The Malpensa International Airport can be reached from Milan on either the Milano-Varese highway, which goes directly to the airport, or by the “Malpensa Express”, a train that deals directly with the international airport. The Malpensa airport is also connected to Linate, the other international airport, by a scheduled bus service. The last international airport in the Milan area is the Orio al Serio International Airport that deals more with charter traffic and low-cost flying.

The Malpensa Express links Malpensa Airport to the Milan Cadorna Station, a 40 minute journey, and departs from Terminal 1 every 30 minutes. The Malpensa Bus Express and Malpensa Shuttle also connect the airport to the Milan Central Station and the Subway, taking about an hour depending how bad the traffic is. Within the airport there is a free shuttle bus that links Terminal 1 and 2, leaving every twenty minutes throughout the day and night. Of course there are always the Taxis that are on hand at the Arrivals at Terminal 1 and 2 but they are quite expensive and the traveling conditions are not the best in and around Milan.

Malpensa is one of the two hubs of Alitalia, the Italian national carrier. Altogether the international airport had over 21.7 million passengers in 2006, over 31 million if you include Linate. Malpensa International Airport is rated the top Italian airport when dealing with international traffic and second largest when handling passengers as well as being the leading freight air gateway into Italy.

Over the years the ground handling services have proved useful in providing a variety of services like disabled assistance, providing ramps and passenger handling, although there is much to do in improving the quality and the services provided. Airport security services have changed hands since 2000; it is no longer with the State Police but is now being handled by SEA. The Italian State Police, the Italian Customs Police and Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority control the SEA Airport Security with private security companies helping to provide services like airplane guarding and ID checking.

Norway Airports

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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.

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