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OST Docket Filings for September 25, 2015

 

Applications and Renewals:

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Notices and Orders:

EAS at Kake, AK - Extending Contract (Alaska Seaplanes)

EAS at Perryville and Twin Hills, AK - Extending Service Obligation (Grant Aviation)

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Accessibility of Web Sites and Automated Kiosks at US Airports - Notice of New Information Collection and Request for Comments




Essential Air Service at Kake, Alaska

Order 2015-9-21
OST-2008-0217

Issued and Served September 25, 2015

Order Extending Contract

By this order, the Department is extending the service period of Kalinin Aviation, LLC d/b/a Alaska Seaplanes to provide Essential Air Service at Kake, Alaska, at an annual subsidy rate of $194,302 for year one under this extension, $181,621 for year two, and $167,030 for year three for the three-year period from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2018. The new rates for these three years are the four-year annual rates that the carrier proposed prior to being selected in Order 2014-10-12 (October 16, 2014). Alaska Seaplanes will continue to operate 9-passenger Cessna Caravan or Piper Navajo aircraft to Juneau to provide two round trips per day during the 21-week peak summer season, and one round trip per day during the 31-week, off-peak winter season.

By: Brandon Belford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kake_Airport - Kake Airport

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Essential Air Service at Perryville and Twin Hills, Alaska

Order 2015-9-19
OST-2015-0116
- Perryville
OST-2015-0117 - Twin Hills

Issued and Served September 25, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Grant Aviation at Perryville and Twin Hills, Alaska, for an additional 30 days, through October 27, 2015.

By: Todd Homan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perryville_Airport - Perryville Airport
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Hills_Airport - Twin Hills Airport

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Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Accessibility of Web Sites and Automated Kiosks at US Airports

OST-2011-0177

Issued September 21, 2015 | On File at Federal Register September 25, 2015

Notice and Request for Comments

Online Request for Disability Accommodation - Each carrier will provide a mechanism on its website for passengers to request a disability accommodation service for a future flight and provide advance notice of their request. Carriers may, but need not, require passengers to include contact information on the form in order to follow-up and request more specific information about the passengers’ accommodation needs. Carriers may also use the aggregate data from the online service requests to understand and better plan for the volume and types of service requests they receive across time periods and routes, but also are not required to do so.

While the content and design of the online service request form is up to the carriers, the Department anticipates that each covered US and foreign carrier that markets scheduled air transportation to the general public in the United States would incur initial costs associated with developing and reviewing a design and implementation plan for the request form, developing, coding, and integrating the form into the Web site, as well as testing, debugging, and connecting the form with a backend database to store the information. The revised final regulatory analysis estimated that it will take an average of 32 labor hours per carrier to develop, implement, integrate, connect, and test the online request form. Should carrier associations or some other entity develop a common request form that all carriers could adapt and incorporate to their Web sites, the initial costs per carrier would be reduced.

Web Site Accessibility Disclaimer Notice - In order to be in conformance with the accessibility standard required by the final DOT rule, carriers must provide a disclaimer notice for each link on their primary Web site that enables a user to access software or an external Web site that is not in the carrier’s control. The disclaimer notice must be activated the first time a user clicks the link and must notify the user that the application/Web site is not within the carrier’s control and may not follow the same accessibility policies as the primary Web site. The Department anticipates that each covered US and foreign carrier that markets scheduled air transportation to the general public in the United States will incur costs associated with identifying all links on their Web sites that may require a disclaimer such as developing and reviewing the design and language for the disclaimer notice, as well as developing, testing, and deploying the code to the appropriate web pages.

The incremental labor hours associated with providing the required disclaimer may vary depending on the number of links on the Web site to which this requirement applies. The FRA estimated that it will take an average of 6 labor hours per carrier to identify the links and then develop, test, and deploy the disclaimer notice on the Web site.

By: Claire Barrett

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