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With $20 million worth of airport development in
the last five years, Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP) increased
its odds of winning - and won. It was recently named 2011 Airport of the
Year by the Arizona Department of Transportation, beating out 82 other
Surrounded by the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain
ranges, Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in southwest Oregon
has always been prone to freezing fog and the operational complications
associated with it. These days, however, MFR is using a new system developed
by its own staff to diffuse fog and help reduce flight delays and
cancellations. That's good news for passengers on about 56 flights per day,
many who are connecting to eight larger hub airports...[more]
Catherine (Kate) M. Lang has served as FAA's deputy associate
administrator for airports since August 2003.
On Valentine's Day, President Obama signed the
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, a 4-year authorization, ending
41/2 years of split Airport Improvement Programs (AIP) and a record 24
congressional extensions. While the legislation did not make the sweeping
changes hoped by some and feared by others on airport-related programs,
airports and communities all over the country feel relief with the
predictability and stability this bill provides for airport planning and
development. Despite an environment of serious budget cuts, the AIP
authorization level remained robust at $3.35 billion.
With reauthorization finally behind us, we can all
focus on the opportunities and challenges at hand. Front and center, the
economy continues to fuel the important national debate on what we can
afford and who pays. While the economy has stabilized and begun the long
road to recovery, we still see evidence of the course correction sorting
itself out. Last year saw yet another wave of airline consolidations and a