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Sep 17, 2007

EU lawmakers admit carbon trading is politically expedient. Members of the European Parliament admitted Sept. 12 that emissions trading may not be the best way to lower aviation emissions, but that public opinion is driving a push in that direction. U.K. MEP Brian Simpson said climate change is an emotional issue in the EU and "there is a perception, correct or incorrect...that the U.S. does not care about climate change." FAA environmental regulator Carl Burleson responded that the U.S. is committed to the issue but believes energies should be focused on research into alternative fuels. Sep 14, 2007

Air travel has become a lightning rod for people concerned about global warming, as recent protests at London Heathrow Airport clearly demonstrate. Media coverage was intense and more than 70 arrests were made. Still, analysts say that Europeans are not likely to fly less and will probably fly more. Industry groups point out that over time, advances in technology will lessen aviation's already small impact on Earth's climate. Sep 13, 2007

Demonstrators plan "strand-in" in Washington, D.C.. The Coalition for Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights is planning a demonstration with a mock airplane cabin, hoping to spur congressional action on a passenger bill of rights. Assistant Transportation Secretary Andrew Steinberg notes, however, that very few passengers ever become stranded for long periods. "Last year, your chances of being on the tarmac for more than five hours after leaving the gate were about 1 in 200,000," Steinberg said. Sep 13, 2007

According to the FAA, about 25% of all flights nationwide are delayed, with busy airports seeing even higher percentages. The agency says that its antiquated radar-based air traffic control system is one of the primary causes of the delays. The FAA is seeking $15 billion to $22 billion by 2025 to build a satellite-based system that can better handle the traffic demand. Funding the new system is problematic, and the FAA has proposed an increase in fuel tax for general aviation aircraft, and for airlines to pay a 50-cent-per-mile user fee for using the airspace and $105 per landing at major airports. FlightTracker is a new service where passengers can share real-time information about flight status, delays, airport conditions, security delays and weather before leaving home. For more go to http://www.airguideonline.com/airline_tracker.htm Sep 12, 2007

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