DOT Proposes U.S. Airlines and Cities for New Tokyo Haneda Routes

Tokyo Haneda airport.jpg Secretary Foxx announced the tentative selection of four airlines to provide five daytime scheduled passenger flights to Tokyo’s centrally-located Haneda airport as early as this fall.

The availability of these new daytime slots is the result of a successful negotiation earlier this year between the U.S. and Japan to amend our bilateral Open Skies agreement. The amendment provides that, effective October 30th of this year, the four existing U.S. nighttime slot pairs at Haneda will be transferred to daytime hours. In addition, one new daytime flight opportunity and one new nighttime flight opportunity will become available for U.S. carrier scheduled passenger services. DOT launched a proceeding to award the new opportunities in March.

Previously, all U.S. service to Haneda was restricted to nighttime takeoffs and landings, which proved to be commercially difficult and offer less than ideal take-off and landing schedules for consumers. The availability of daytime access to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport will create more choice and convenience for both business and leisure travelers, and advances the Department’s work to increase competition and bring enhanced service options to the marketplace.

FAA Improves Runway Conditions Reporting

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other members of the aviation community have developed new standards to improve safety at U.S. airports during inclement weather. On October 1, 2016, U.S. airports, airline flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers will begin using new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) standards to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors.

The FAA developed the standards based on the work of the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which was formed after the December 2005 overrun accident at Chicago Midway Airport. In that accident, Southwest Flight 1248 ran off the end of the runway and into a city street after landing during a snowstorm.

GE Appoints New President and CEO for its Power Conversion Business

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Azeez Mohammededit.jpg GE has announced that Azeez Mohammed has been appointed President & CEO of GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion business, effective July 11, 2016.

Azeez comes to Power Conversion from his most recent role as President and CEO, of GE’s Power Services business for Middle East and Africa. He was instrumental in leading GE’s digital transformation, helping to position the organization as the world’s foremost digital-industrial company by launching innovative customer solutions in the power and LNG sectors. Today, he brings that experience to the Power Conversion business where he will lead the company to reinforce its digital capacity while bringing a new focus on research and development, increasing the company’s ability to provide innovative solutions to customers for electrifying tomorrow’s energy.

Wisconsin airports are hub of economic activity with great stories

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed July 25 to 31 as Wisconsin Aviation Week—a week during which the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA) team up to promote, educate and celebrate the state’s aviation industry.

Wisconsin aviation is a thriving industry, and boasts hundreds of landing facilities—127 of which are public-use airports linking Wisconsin’s residents and businesses to national and global markets. Wisconsin aviation is a key driver of Wisconsin’s economy—and your local airports have many great stories to tell.

Recent Cabinet on the Road visits have highlighted just a few:
· Iowa County Airport, started by Texas cattle ranchers, recently welcomed UW Health’s Med Flight, which provides emergency medical services to residents in the area.

Airbus Helicopters to Feature Seminole County Sheriff’s H125 AStar Helicopter at ALEA

Sem heli Airbus.jpg Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office H125 AStar at the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga., July 18-23.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office operates two H125’s (formerly AS350 B3e) to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions, including patrol, search & rescue and aerial firefighting with a Bambi bucket. Airbus Helicopters Inc. produced the Seminole Sheriff’s H125 at the company’s Columbus, Miss. production facility. Metro Aviation, in Shreveport, La., installed the law enforcement completion package.

“The H125 has been a workhorse for our agency,” said Sgt. Steve Farris, Chief Pilot of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit. “The power and performance of the H125 make it easy for us to perform all of our missions. And the support that we get from Airbus Helicopters with spare parts and training has been excellent.”

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