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Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 5, 2012
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2012 US airport bonds outlook positive
Aviation Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the parlous state of local and regional government finances in 2011, airport bond ratings and bond issuances remained strong, and the outlook for next year remains positive, industry experts say. While airports in the U.S. have issued $7.7 billion in bonds through the end of this year, this is below the annual average of approximately $10 billion, says D.J. Mehigan, Managing Director of investment bank Morgan Keegan. The issuances, however are in line with and slightly above the 35 percent downturn in total 2011 negotiated municipal issuance, he says. More

Domestic Airport News

Airports court fliers with rewards programs
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Laura Fuller has her choice of three Florida airports when she travels for her job at a software company. Jacksonville International and Orlando International airports offer more frequent and inexpensive flights. But only Gainesville Regional Airport has given her a Nook e-reader. More

Airlines are retrenching, and alternatives are slim
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The coming year will be a time of reckoning in business travel, as airlines reduce service at many airports and prospects fade for practical alternatives to flying, including the long-term promises of high-speed rail. Consider the new realities of air travel. Competition is decreasing, fares are rising and airlines are adjusting routes (and charging extra fees) in ruthless calculations to extract the greatest possible revenue per mile flown. More

Stalemate over FAA leaves bill unsettled
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House and Senate leaders remain at odds over labor provisions in a long-stalled FAA reauthorization bill, increasing the likelihood of another short-term legislative extension early next year to keep the agency functioning, according to government and industry officials. More

Reid wants to move FAA, highway bills in 2012
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Fresh off his win on the payroll tax break, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he plans to prioritize aviation and highway legislation in 2012. He sold both bills as job-creators - the Federal Aviation Administration bill would create "a couple hundred thousand" jobs, he said, and the highway/transit measure "will create jobs, not just save jobs." More

The new frontier in air safety
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's some good news for anyone boarding a plane this holiday season: Flying on U.S. airlines has become so safe that experts increasingly believe the biggest remaining risk of an accident is when the wheels are on the ground. More

Dayton airport pursues extra $4.4 million for upgrade
Dayton Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dayton International Airport's management wants to use $7.1 million of federal money to demolish an idle concourse and create more space for overnight parking of airliners. The approximately $7.5 million project would involve razing the airport's Concourse D, which has been idle since the early 1990s and was once the home of a Piedmont Airlines hub. The goal is to increase ramp space for parking planes that airlines use for morning departures. More

GSP to launch $102 million facelift in 2012
Spartanburg Herald-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Basically, this project makes a great airport even better," Weston said. "It furthers the dream that was here in the late 1950s, when people envisioned turning this farmland into a thriving regional airport." GSP commissioners began moving forward with the project last year, just as the airport was courting low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines, among others. More

International Airport News

EU green tax triggers fears of aviation trade war
The Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Governments from Washington to Beijing are said to be drawing plans to retaliate after the EU made clear it will impose the greenhouse gas levy on any airline operating flights anywhere in the EU. One option feared by airlines in Europe is an additional carbon levy being imposed on European airlines flying to America. More

ACC News

Final week for discounted rates at pavement design, GIS workshops
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This is the final week to receive discounted rates on registration and hotel reservations for the upcoming Airport Pavement Design Workshop and the immediately following GIS Workshop being held in Tampa, Fla., from Jan. 30-Feb. 2. After Jan. 8, all registrations and reservations will be at prevailing rates on a space available basis. Register for these updated workshops now to start the new year with the latest training. More

ACC welcomes new members
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ACC has recently welcomed the following firms as members. You can find out more information about these and all ACC members in the online directory.

Ballantine Aviation Consulting Services, PLLC
Ballantine Aviation Consulting Services is a small business professional limited liability company registered with the federal Central Contractor Registration (CCR) under DUNS No. 968378948. Mr. Richard D. Yarnold, P.E. has been providing airport design and construction expertise meeting the criteria for civilian (FAA) airports and military (DoD) airfields since 1987.

Connico Inc.   
Connico Inc. is a construction consulting firm specializing in cost estimating, scheduling, project management and dispute resolution; working with architects, engineers, owners, planners, contractors, attorneys and other consultants.

Skanska USA Buildings, Inc.
Skanska's Aviation Center of Excellence supports local projects with global expertise, including: New terminal construction, Major renovation of operating terminals, Airside and landside projects, Tenant improvements, Baggage handling systems, Checked baggage inspection systems, Security checkpoints, Airport people movers, Parking garages, Roadways, Cargo facilities, Hangars and Air traffic control towers.

Sustainable Engineering Group  
Sustainable Engineering Group specializes in commissioning of Net Zero Energy buildings, geothermal design, and energy studies. The firm has been involved with over 50 LEED projects across the nation.


CBP Commissioner Bersin to become DHS assistant secretary for international affairs
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As she announced the passing of the baton as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from the incumbent, Alan Bersin, to CBP's current deputy commissioner, David Aguilar, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano also announced that Bersin had just been named by President Obama to take over as assistant secretary at DHS for international affairs. More

Airport Insurance Coverage and Risk Management Practices
TRB    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 30: Airport Insurance Coverage and Risk Management Practices identifies both the variables that affect insurance purchasing for airport operators and the range of risk management practices that exist among U.S. airports. The report is designed to help airport officials confronted with risk-financing and insurance-purchasing decisions. More

TSA funding up in 2012 consolidated appropriations act
Homeland Security Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although overall appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are down slightly this year from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) remains a consistent winner in the battle of the budget. More

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