Travel Log – New Procedures for Air Traffic Controllers

March 31, 2011
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It is hard to imagine an air traffic controller falling asleep while on the job in the main control tower at Reagan National Airport. Even more impossible to believe is that two jet liners landed without assistance while the controller apparently took a snooze. This is exactly what occurred on Wednesday, March 23. There...

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TSA officers help family and dignitaries Pay their Final Respects to Mr. Shriver

March 31, 2011
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By Nantucket TSO Mary Salem The world lost an American peace builder, political leader and activist on Jan. 18 with the passing of Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. Mourners came from all walks of life to a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Md., followed by a wake and burial...

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Gaff Skates to a National Championship

March 31, 2011
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-By Cary Shuman Kyleigh Gaff has in her possession what college athletes pursue at the start of every season: a national championship. Gaff and her teammates on the Miami (Ohio) University synchronized skating collegiate team outpointed 11 other collegiate teams and one independent team to win the national title in Ontario, California. It’s the...

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When the President Comes to Town

March 15, 2011
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When the President Comes to Town

This includes weather and wind reports, runway and taxing routes, airfield security sweeps, designated parking for Air Force One and security checks and designated areas for guests and media who have ramp side access at guest and media locations. During the president’s recent visit, Massport’s Rudy Chiarello was Massport’s pointman for airfield operations. Logan’s...

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Appreciation:Thomas Butler

March 15, 2011
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Appreciation:Thomas Butler

Massport’s director  of government and community affairs -By Joshua Resnek Massport lost one of its most popular and influential leaders with the death of Thomas Butler, the well liked and highly respected director of government and community affairs. Mr. Butler, one of Massport’s most endearing public voices since first coming here in 1987, had...

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Q&A: George Naccara

March 15, 2011
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Q&A: George Naccara

George Naccara is currently serving as the Federal Security Director for the Transportation Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security at Logan International Airport. He holds a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and was a Research Fellow in National Security at Harvard. He is a Coast Guard Academy graduate. He served in...

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Convention Centers Earn ‘Gold’ Designations from International Assoc.

March 15, 2011
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The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center have both earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making them only the fourth and fifth convention centers in North America and the 14th and 15th worldwide to have been awarded this top...

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When the President Comes to Town

March 15, 2011
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Staff Report When Air Force 0ne comes to Boston and lands at Logan Airport, it is the result of two to three days of intensive planning and the successful culmination of complex security arrangements that are coordinated down to the last detail. President Barack Obama’s trip to Boston and his landing and departure from...

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Leaving Boston Behind

March 1, 2011
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Leaving Boston Behind

With historic downtown Boston in the backdrop, a Continental jet departs from Logan Iinternational Airport.

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Massport CEO Leaving in June

March 1, 2011
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Massport CEO Leaving in June

Staff Report Massport Chief Executive Officer Thomas Kinton will be leaving Massport in June following a 35-year career. Kinton, who has guided the airport in the post 9/11 era, has presided over a dramatic and ongoing period of growth at Logan Airport, perhaps the airport’s greatest growth spurt in its long history. His contract ends...

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Airfield Safety is a Top Priority at Logan Airport

March 1, 2011
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Airfield Safety is a Top Priority at Logan Airport

The safety of the airfield is a top priority at Boston Logan International Airport, which was rated 2008’s Airport of the Year for safety by the 55,000-member Air Line Pilots Association, International. Massport is responsible for maintaining a safe and efficient airfield, which includes, proper signage, lighting, markings, maintenance and ice and snow removal...

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No Snow Slowdown

March 1, 2011
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Logan Airport passenger numbers increased 3.7 percent in January despite numerous weather issues and extraordinary snowfall throughout the month, according to Massport officials who released Logan’s monthly airport traffic summary figures last week. The increase, according to officials here, represented the 19th consecutive month that overall passenger numbers continued moving upward. “Considering the number...

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Quick-thinking LTSO Helps a Child in Danger

March 1, 2011
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By STSO Richard Swanson Newly minted LTSO Patricia Abruzzio’s quick-thinking response to a child in danger demonstrated not only the longtime TSA officer’s clear-headed reflexes, but, to her, the realization that we are perceived not as individuals but as representatives of this agency, every minute we wear our uniform. And while the rest of...

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White … out!-When it Comes to Snow Removal, Nobody does it Better than Logan Airport

February 15, 2011
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White … out!-When it Comes to Snow Removal, Nobody does it Better than Logan Airport

Snow. More snow. And still more snow has been shoveled down on Logan Airport by Old Man Winter who appears to be working overtime this wintery season.  It’s still anyone’s guess as to what he has in store for the rest of the snow season. Freeze that though! The yearly average snowfall at Logan...

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Travel Log – Radar vs. GPS

February 15, 2011
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-By Joshua Resnek editor@thelogantimes.com Like most of us who fly frequently, I tend not to give a moment’s thought about my safety once I’m past security and seated comfortably inside the plane. Then comes the take-off and the strong feeling of all that thrust and power pushing me deeper into my seat. Then the...

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Holding steady- Airline employment unchanged in 2010

February 15, 2011
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-Logan Times Staff Report Job hunting for work at American airlines based in American airports did not allow for many new employment opportunities between 2009 and 2010, according to statistics recently released by the US Department of Transportation. In fact, airline employment was unchanged. Prior to November, 2010, there were 28 consecutive months of...

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Logan Gears up for February School Break

February 15, 2011
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February school break is expected to be a very busy time at Logan Airport. Airlines have advised Massport that load factors could reach one-hundred percent on both arrivals and departures. Additional staffing will be put in place at the airport for customer service, convenience, public safety and security. “This year’s school break comes at...

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TSA Says Security, Safety and Peace of Mind: Things You Should Know Before You Travel

February 15, 2011
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Families urged to prepare for screening and pack wisely in advance of school vacation week travel As many families around the nation head to the airport for February school vacation week , the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is urging travelers to pack wisely and to remember “3-1-1” when taking liquids, gels and aerosols in...

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A Sea Change in Radar Technology

January 31, 2011
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A Sea Change in Radar Technology

The FAA and Massport have been successful partners in making Logan an airport that the nation’s airline pilots – just last year — singled out as their Airport of the Year because of the many strides we’ve taken to protect the safety of everyone who uses this airfield. The installation of a new, unique...

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What Boston Offers All of Us

January 31, 2011
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Your flight has landed safely at Logan Airport. If you are a first timer, there is that palpable feeling of wonder, and the resounding question inside your head: “What will Boston be like?” Whether you ride into Boston in a cab or take rapid transit or limousine, or a friend has come to pick...

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Visitation up More Than 11% in 2010; Trends Pointing to a Strong 2011

January 31, 2011
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International visitation to the United States – and to Boston – was up dramatically from 2009, according to statistics compiled by the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. Although the OTTI is now compiling final statistics for November and December, the organization reported that for the first ten months of 2010, 50.4 million international...

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Logan Cell Phone Lot Moved to a More Convenient Location

January 31, 2011
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Boston Logan’s popular Cell Phone Waiting Areas has been relocated to a more convenient spot at the intersection of Hotel Drive and Service Road near the Airport Gulf Gas Station. The new location has 60 spaces and is now much closer to the airport’s four terminals. The lot is landscaped with trees and shrubs...

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Logan Presents 23 Customer Service Awards

January 31, 2011
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Massport presented 23 Logan Stars Awards in 2010. Created in 2008, the award honors non-Massport employees and aviation business partners at Logan Airport whose actions epitomize the highest level of customer service at an airport that handles over 25 million passengers a year. During 2010, twenty-three airport employees were recognized for outstanding service...

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Logan Pet Medical Safety Program Is Working Well

January 31, 2011
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“Passengers with Paws” the first of its kind Pet Safety Medical Response and Assistance Program in the country has been in place at Logan Airport for about a year. The program which is working well, it was initiated based on a comprehensive needs assessment review which indicated that 1,500 to 2,000 pets travel through...

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