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Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 13, 2011
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Profit margins for airlines soaring
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bolstered by revenues from luggage fees and other charges, the nation's airlines reported the highest quarterly profit margins in years, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported. More

Domestic Airport News

Tampa airport runways renumbered due to magnetic north movement
PhysOrg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The magnetic north pole is slowly moving, and the shift is affecting runways at airports in Tampa, Fla., with the major runway at Tampa International Airport closed until Jan. 13 to allow for the signage to be changed and numeric designators at each end of the runway to be repainted. More

Final numbers show Myrtle Beach airport broke record by 20,000 fliers
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Myrtle Beach International Airport welcomed 869,032 fliers in 2010, breaking the previous record set in 2007 by about 20,000 passengers, according to airport statistics released this morning. Inbound passengers for December increased 0.88 percent compared to the same month last year. More

Arlington Municipal Airport opens its new terminal
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Calling it a premier gateway to those flying in for the Super Bowl, the city celebrated the grand opening of its $5.2 million terminal at the Arlington Municipal Airport. The two-story, 15,500-square-foot building replaces the one-story, 7,700-square-foot terminal that was built in 1982, providing a better welcome to those flying in, officials said. More

$3 billion for 'green aviation?'
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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is spearheading a potential multibillion-dollar endeavor to make Hampton Roads a leader in the emerging field of green aviation. The effort, which would draw on the region's rich history of aeronautics research, is in its initial stages of development, Warner said. More

For air cargo, a screening conundrum
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ever since 9/11, each new security threat to airlines has increased the rigor of passenger screening. They have to remove their shoes and carry liquids only in small containers. They have to take off their belts and take laptops out of their cases. Now, they have to submit to full-body scanning machines and intrusive pat-downs. More

Southwest starts using RNP procedures at 11 airports
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Southwest Airlines said it is commencing Required Navigation Performance procedures for approaches at 11 airports, asserting that "these new efficient flight procedures and enhanced avionics" will save the LCC $16 million annually. More

The favorite regional airports of USA TODAY Road Warriors
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They may not offer as many flights or destinations as their big counterparts, but for many frequent fliers, the nation's smaller regional airports provide a more pleasant travel experience. More

Include Wi-Fi among the security risks, FBI warns in Sacramento, Calif.
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Not all potential security breaches at an airport can be captured on a cell phone and posted as a YouTube video. One such danger lurks in the form of free wireless Internet access offered by many airports throughout the nation and in other public places. More

What I learned serving on the government's 'Future of Aviation' panel
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Analyzing and writing about Washington policies is a much different experience once you enter the arena where those policies are shaped. As someone who just spent seven months struggling to craft proposals for federal aviation regulations, Bill McGee has learned some lessons about the complexity of the airline industry.

More airports consider ditching TSA
Budget Travel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the country's largest airports are thinking about hiring private firms to replace the Transportation Security Administration's front-line screeners. Sixteen airports, including San Francisco and Kansas City, have switched since 2002, says The Washington Post. Charlotte, N.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., are all considering converting to private contractors, says MSNBC. More

International Airport News

World's worst airports
Bing Travel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oh, the indignities of air travel: crammed in small containers, can't move, subjected to foul smells, elbow-to-elbow humanity, accumulations of trash, unplanned delays -- and that's just in the airports. More

Greece nears announcement on airport advisers, Kathimerini says
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Greece will in the next few days name advisers for the extension of the Athens International Airport lease, Kathimerini reported, without saying where it got the information. The advisers -- one Greek bank and one foreign firm, according to Kathimerini -- will determine exactly how much can be raised by extending the lease with Hochtief AG, which expires in 2026, to operate the airport, the Athens-based daily newspaper said. More

Time to upgrade air travel safety measures
Malaysiakini    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On Jan. 10, just after 10 p.m., flight AK5218 reportedly 'skidded and veered off the runway' at Kuching International Airport. Thankfully, all the passengers were evacuated safely. Only four passengers were injured and were taken to hospital. Although this was a minor incident, it nonetheless carries serious implications. More

IndiGo to buy 180 Airbus aircraft for $15 billion
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New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo signed a $15 billion deal with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for buying 180 A320 aircraft, the biggest ever single firm order for large jets in global aviation history. More

ACC News

Rapiscan Lunch + Learn webinar draws attention to high speed baggage technologies
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Nearly 100 sites signed on to the second ACC Lunch + Learn webinar program to hear the latest developments in high speed baggage systems. ACC and Rapiscan presented 'Is Your Airport Ready for High Speed Baggage Screening?' to discuss the impact the introduction that these high speed systems will have on all phases of airport development and operations. To download the presentation from this free webinar, visit the Lunch + Learn webinar page of More

Register now for an ACC Institute webinar on solar technologies
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Register now for a new ACC Institute webinar offering, 'FAA Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies at Airports,' scheduled for Feb. 14 and again on March 9. Jake Plante, Project Manager with the FAA Airport Planning & Environmental Division and Steve Barrett, Director of Clean Energy for Harris Miller Miller and Hanson, Inc. will provide an overview of the recent FAA report on this subject and discuss the future of solar technologies in aviation. More

Pavement maintenance course scheduled for Salt Lake City
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Plan now to attend the Techniques for Airfield Pavement Maintenance, Repair & Rehabilitation workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah from March 7-8, 2011. This workshop will teach you how to specify, design and construct airfield pavement repairs that work, and avoid techniques that don’t meet expectations. More

The Robert B. Balter Company wins ad drawing at ACC Annual Conference
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Congratulations to Edward Balter with The Robert B. Balter Company who won a free half-page ad in the 2011 ACC Membership Directory for his firm when his business card was drawn at the 32nd ACC Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information about advertising your firm to the thousands of aviation professionals that receive and rely on the ACC membership directory every year, contact ACC Coordinator of Communications John Reynolds, More


FAA-meted penalties hit record high in 2010
Aviation week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FAA was unusually busy in 2010 when it came to meting out proposed civil penalties, particularly for maintenance-related issues. By our calculations, FAA proposed at least $39.4 million in maintenance-related civil penalties, and what likely is a record $50 million overall. More

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