Category Archives: DFW International

DFW Airport earns awards for 2012 United Way Campaign

Tim McKinney, CEO of Tarrant County United Way, presented four awards to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for their 2012 campaign.

“On behalf of United Way of Tarrant County, I just want to say DFW runs a wonderful campaign out here,” McKinney said. “We appreciate everybody’s efforts.”

The awards included the following:

1. The DFW Golf Tournament, which raised $240,000, was the largest money raiser for Tarrant County.

2. Innovation Award for the Strive for Five Campaign. Forty percent of DFW employees participated in the program.

3. MVP Campaign Manager Award to Barbara Pack, community relations specialist, public affairs.

4. Industry Leader Bi-County award for running the largest campaign, which contributed$400,000.

NASA probe observes meteors colliding with Saturn’s rings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings.
These observations make Saturn’s rings the only location besides Earth, the moon, and Jupiter where scientists and amateur astronomers have been able to observe impacts as they occur. Studying the impact rate of meteoroids from outside the Saturn system helps scientists understand how different planet systems in the solar system formed.
Our solar system is full of small, speeding objects. Planetary bodies frequently are pummeled by them. The meteoroids at Saturn range from about one-half inch to several yards (1 centimeter to several meters) in size. It took scientists years to distinguish tracks left by nine meteoroids in 2005, 2009 and 2012.
Results from Cassini already have shown Saturn’s rings act as very effective detectors of many kinds of surrounding phenomena, including the interior structure of the planet and the orbits of its moons. For example, a subtle but extensive corrugation that ripples 12,000 miles (19,000 kilometers) across the innermost rings tells of a very large meteoroid impact in 1983.
“These new results imply the current-day impact rates for small particles at Saturn are about the same as those at Earth– two very different neighborhoods in our solar system, and this is exciting to see,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “It took Saturn’s rings acting like a giant meteoroid detector — 100 times the surface area of the Earth — and Cassini’s long-term tour of the Saturn system to address this question.”
The Saturnian equinox in summer 2009 was an especially good time to see the debris left by meteoroid impacts. The very shallow sun angle on the rings caused the clouds of debris to look bright against the darkened rings in pictures from Cassini’s imaging science subsystem.
“We knew these little impacts were constantly occurring, but we didn’t know how big or how frequent they might be, and we didn’t necessarily expect them to take the form of spectacular shearing clouds,” said Matt Tiscareno, a Cassini participating scientist at Cornell University. “The sunlight shining edge-on to the rings at the Saturnian equinox acted like an anti-cloaking device, so these usually invisible features became plain to see.”
Tiscareno and his colleagues now think meteoroids of this size probably break up on a first encounter with the rings, creating smaller, slower pieces that then enter into orbit around Saturn. The impact into the rings of these secondary meteoroid bits kicks up the clouds. The tiny particles forming these clouds have a range of orbital speeds around Saturn. The clouds they form soon are pulled into diagonal, extended bright streaks.
“Saturn’s rings are unusually bright and clean, leading some to suggest that the rings are actually much younger than Saturn,” said Jeff Cuzzi, a Cassini interdisciplinary scientist. “To assess this dramatic claim, we must know more about the rate at which outside material is bombarding the rings. This latest analysis helps fill in that story with detection of impactors of a size that we weren’t previously able to detect directly.”
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

Source: NASA

TSA Travel Tips: Wearing expensive jewelry through checkpoints

Some passengers come through TSA checkpoints wearing a simple piece of jewelry, and others are all blinged out like the A Team’s Mr. T.
So what’s the scoop? Should you remove jewelry or keep it on to go through security? The answer, in most cases is that you can keep it on, but there are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is.
Here’s my advice:

Unless it’s a really bulky piece of jewelry, keep your jewelry on. Chances are, it won’t alarm and if it does, you can let our officer inspect it with you there. It really doesn’t take long to inspect, unless you are blinged out like the aforementioned Mr. T.

If you choose to remove your jewelry and it’s expensive or has sentimental value, take it off and put it in your carry-on bag. Bowls have been known to tip over on conveyor belts, seemingly sending small jewelry into another dimension where it is never seen again.

If you’re wearing inexpensive jewelry and you don’t mind placing it in a bin or bowl, go for it.

In the event that an officer informs you that your jewelry might be the culprit as to why you alarmed a walk through metal detector or the Advanced Image Technology, the officer will work with you to clear the alarm. It could involve a visual inspection or in some cases you might have to take it off.
Bonus tip #1: Metal body piercings may cause an alarm at the metal detector, resulting in additional screening. You may be asked to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search.
Bonus Tip #2: Although not jewelry, I wanted to mention that your eye glasses can remain on. I’ve seen people take them off and stumble through the checkpoint. Your glasses should not cause an alarm, and in the unlikely event that they do, it’s better to keep them on than to take a spill.

Source: The TSA Blog – http://blog.tsa.gov

American Airlines Cargo named ‘Best of Americas’ by customers

American Airlines Cargo, a division of American Airlines, has been named the Best Cargo Airline of the Americas for the sixth consecutive year by readers of Air Cargo News, the world’s leading air cargo industry publication.

The award, which is considered one of the most important honors in the industry, is based on the voting results of more than 25,000 supply-chain professionals. Participants were asked to vote on the publication’s website for the airline that provided the best overall customer experience. The results for the 30th annual competition were audited by the U.K.-based British International Freight Association.

Kenji Hashimoto, president of American Airlines Cargo, was on hand April 27 to accept the award at the Lancaster London Hotel.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, especially because it’s voted on exclusively by customers,” said Hashimoto. “This award is really a reflection of all of the hard work of our worldwide cargo team, and it inspires us to continue raising the bar to deliver industry-leading products and services for our customers.”

“Winning companies, like American Airlines Cargo, employ best practice whilst weaving continuous innovation into their business plans, even though the air cargo industry has been in the economic doldrums during the last two or three years,” said Nigel Tomkins, managing director and editor of Air Cargo News. “Winning an accolade from customers under such difficult circumstances is particularly rewarding.”

With a continued focus on its customers and operations, American continues to expand its global network, providing more cargo capacity for customers worldwide.

This is the second customer-voted award the cargo division has received this year. In March, American was named the 2012 International Airline of the Year by the Express Delivery and Logistics Association, a trade association for companies engaged in providing and procuring services within the global air express mail and logistics industry.

Source: American Airlines

Survey reveals Americans’ summer 2013 travel plans

Americans are already busy making their summer travel plans, according to a survey conducted By DreamPlanGo.

America still loves the family vacation: 42 percent of respondents who are planning to travel indicate that a family trip is in the works. National parks are a traditional destination, with Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier and Acadia mentioned frequently. Many travelers also mentioned South Dakota, and beaches.

Today’s lifestyles are busy though, and 26 percent of respondents say a weekend escape is the longest they can manage. Adventure travel (13 percent), romantic getaways (11 percent) and guys or girls getaways (8 percent) round out the top five trip ideas.

A full three-quarters of respondents say that gasoline prices have not altered their summer travel plans. Likewise, 75 percent of travelers considering flying say that airline ticket prices have not changed their plans.

The road trip is alive and well in America, with 64 percent of respondents planning to drive to their summer travel destination. And a robust 28 percent of travelers say they will fly this summer; Alaska, Ireland, Paris, Belize and Costa Rica emerged as popular destinations.

Comfort and convenience are big factors, as indicated by the 41 percent of respondents who said a hotel or motel was their lodging choice. Bed-and-breakfasts and inns get the nod from 7 percent of travelers. The outdoor experience has its own following, with 15 percent camping in a tent, trailer or RV, and 14 percent staying at a resort, cabin or cottage, often near a lake or beach.

Visiting family and friends is big on the travel list, as evidenced by the 23 percent of respondents lodging with family and friends at some point in their travels.

Source: DreamPlanGo

DFW News Brief

DFW Airport lowers landing fees for airlines

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport Board has agreed to lower landing fees for its airlines by $9 million through the remainder of the fiscal year, making DFW more cost competitive for airlines. From June through the end of September, landing fees will be reduced by 69 cents to $2.36 per 1,000 pounds of maximum gross landing weight of an aircraft. This cost benefit for the airlines comes as the airport is experiencing a surplus of revenue totaling $13.5 million more than projected for fiscal year 2013. Much of the revenue surplus is attributed to concessions and rental car service, both performing over budget as the airport continues to experience an uptick in passenger traffic.

“DFW Airport is knocking it out of the park this year and achieving all of its goals,” said Chief Financial Officer Chris Poinsatte.

Service expanding to Seoul, South Korea

DFW Airport will see expansion of service to Seoul, South Korea beginning May 9 as American Airlines begins non-stop, daily service from DFW to Seoul aboard Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Korean Airis expanding its service from five times weekly to daily, non-stop service which began May 6. Together these flights will support the rise in international travel, providing business and leisure travelers better access between Seoul, South Korea and Dallas/Fort Worth area. With DFW Airport located less than four hours by air from most major cities across the United States, Asian travelers can take advantage of seamless, one-stop travel to reach destinations in America, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Travelers heading to Seoul, South Korea non-stop can now more readily connect to destinations across Asia.

Source: DFW Airport