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Anchorage Alaska – The “Air Crossroads to the World”

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nac b732f 2 The mission of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport  "is to Develop  - Operate - Maintain The Airport for Anchorage - Alaska - the World".  That sounds like a very tall order... until one grasps the importance of where the airport sits geographically and understands its importance on local and international levels.  It's location makes it a prime stop for long-range international air cargo operations; as the largest and busiest airport in Alaska, it's an important hub for intrastate transportation and commerce. In 1948, the U.S. Congress appropriated millions of dollars to build an "international" type airport at Anchorage.  The airport opened in 1953, and soon handled about 90% of Alaska's passenger traffic and two-thirds of the state's mail...Read More

Frontier Airlines Flight 859 “Stu the Rabbit”

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    get-attachment2   PHXSpotter member Billy Ellison who is a longtime fan of the Airbus A318 had the chance to take a ride on the last ever US airline to operate the A318. On August 5th 2013 Frontier Airlines held its last passenger revenue flight from Denver to Phoenix on "Stu The Rabbit" N803FR. Here is his report While waiting to board flight 859 to Phoenix I had seen some more Airplane geeks waiting to board the flight. I step over to chit chat with them. Like me they were very excited to be on the last Frontier A318 flight. As the flight crew got to the gate area I asked the Captain if he would mind if I took some photos of the crew and cockpit when we landed in Phoenix. I had explained to the flight crew that this will be the last time the Airbus 318 would depart Denver...Read More

Boeing 787 Enters Commercial Service – Again

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United 787   On April 19, 2013, the FAA approved a new design for the 787’s lithium-ion battery system. This comes just over three months after all 50 of the jets were grounded world wide for flaws in the battery system. It was determined that the original design would pose a fire risk.   The Japanese authorities cleared ANA and Japan Airlines, who together own about half of the 50 Dreamliners flying, last week to return their jets back into service. Both airlines will conduct more tests to ensure that the battery modifications will solve the overheating issues that plagued two jets back in January 2013. The Japanese carriers will also add battery monitoring into the flight deck. ANA said that it would resume operations after all 17 of its planes are repaired...Read More

Air-Traffic-Control Furloughs To Be Suspended

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The Federal Aviation Administration will suspend all employee furloughs and return air traffic facilities to their regular staffing levels by Sunday evening, according to a statement released on Saturday.

Travelers across the nation faced delays while the FAA grappled with cuts to air traffic controllers this week forced by the sequester, the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that took effect on March 1.

The FAA was forced to furlough 13,000 air traffic controllers among its 47,000 employees.

A bill to give the FAA flexibility in defraying its spending cuts was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday. White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday that President Obama would sign the legislation when it arrives on his desk.

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