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ACC President Paula Hochstetler announces December 2013 retirement
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Paula Hochstetler announced that she will retire as president of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) on Dec. 31, 2013. The ACC board of directors has unanimously selected ACC Executive Vice President T.J. Schulz to succeed her as president. At the time of her departure, Hochstetler will have led ACC for more than 19 years. Prior to becoming ACC president she was a member of the ACC board of directors and served as its chair in 1992. More

Domestic Airport News

Study: US airports, ATC system should be self-supporting
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A new Reason Foundation study argues that U.S. passenger airports could support themselves and fund capacity improvements with user fees and long-term financing, eliminating the need for government grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The study by the libertarian research organization also proposes spinning off the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) into a separate federal entity that charges users for ATC services. More

FAA approves preliminary plan to privatize Chicago Midway
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The FAA has formally accepted the City of Chicago's preliminary application to privatize Midway International Airport. The decision means that the city is free to pursue the option of allowing private investors to sign a lease to operate the gateway for close to 40 years. More

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TSA is one of many falling off fiscal cliff
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Micah Christenson writes, "For those of you that had the opportunity of flying over the holiday; I hope you remembered your drivers’ licenses.  I unfortunately did not. As a result I got to enjoy six Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) agents walking me through security." More

How airports are keeping planes safe from migrating birds this winter
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There's more than one kind of snowbird that flocks to Florida in the winter. Annual migrations bring birds from up north through Tampa Bay. Keeping them off airport property is part of Paul Anderson's job. He's the operations manager for Tampa International Airport. More

Implant sciences receives TSA approval for explosives trace detectors
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved an explosives trace detection (ETD) device from Implant Sciences Corp., Wilmington, Mass., for use in screening air cargo, the company announced. The Implant Sciences' Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 can identify trace amounts of many different explosives as well as drugs, according to the company. The sniffer can test packages loaded into air cargo quickly and safely, lending speed and accuracy to explosives screening. More

Airports improve the pick-up experience
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When grandma is flying in for a special occasion, you'll find a spot in the airport's short-term parking garage, go into the terminal and wait where you'll be sure to see her when she exits the secure area.  But if it's "just" a friend coming in for the weekend or a spouse coming home from a quick business trip, these days you're likely to wait in your car in the cellphone lot, have your friend or family member call you when they've landed and then drive over and make a quick pick-up at the curb. More

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Pittsburgh International Airport drilling deal could net $40 million
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A month ago, it looked as if the Allegheny County Airport Authority was throwing money away. But county officials now say that a bid by Consol Energy Inc. to drill for shale gas on airport land will give the authority a lump-sum payment of up to $40 million, nearly double the original offer. More

The principle of parsimony
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Art Kosatka writes, "I admit up front that we are often unjustifiably defined by a single questionable deed rather than our hundreds of intervening positive good deeds. Such is often the case with some TSA endeavors in the past, perhaps more so by those odd deeds encountered at the relatively uncontrolled outer edges of the system than in the belly of the beast at HQ." More

International Airport News

China's set to rule the skies of air travel
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When it comes to flying, China has arrived. Beijing Capital International is poised to become the world's busiest airport by the end of this year, toppling Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, which has held that title since 1998. More

Dubai Airports seeks bids for Concourse D advertising concession
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Dubai Airports is inviting specialist advertising companies to submit expressions of interest to be awarded the official concession for Concourse D, currently under construction at Dubai International. Concourse D will become the new home of more than 100 international airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015. The new facility, which will house all gates and extensive commercial outlets, will be linked Terminal 1 via a new elevated train. More

Manchester Airports to buy Stansted Airport
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Airports operator Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd. said it will sell London Stansted Airport to Manchester Airports Group for 2.4 billion. The deal means that the operator, formerly called BAA, will be responsible for just four U.K. airports compared with its original seven. More

Prime minister said 3 international airports for Lithuania is too much
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As many as 3 international airports for Lithuania is too much, but no changes are planned about that, says Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, informs LETA/ELTA. "It has been estimated that having as many 3 international airports for a country like Lithuania is just too much, but this is a situation that we have now and we do not plan to change it. Yet, we must think of a mechanism to use the airport in Kaunas more for cargo aircrafts, in addition to passenger transportation," he said in an interview on the national radio. More

ACC News

ACC Finance Committee poised to weigh in
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ACC Board Chair Andy Platz with Mead & Hunt, Inc. has elevated the ACC Finance Subcommittee to a standing committee in recognition of the importance of the issues the committee is undertaking. Ben DeCosta, principal of DeCosta Consulting, LLC, and Lou Wolinetz, senior manager of Infrastructure Management Group, Inc. are the committee chair and vice chair, respectively. Issues to be considered by the committee during 2013 may include:

•    Support for the maintenance of Federal AIP funding;
•    Potential cuts in AIP;
•    Changes in PFC funding limits or eligibility requirements;
•    Cost cutting measures for airports;
•    Public private partnerships;
•    Collaboration between ACC members and financial interests and institutions; and
•    Revenue enhancement ideas for airports, etc.

The committee membership will finalize which areas to focus on during their first meeting, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. immediately prior to the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium in New Orleans. A committee conference call will also be held during February. ACC members interested in joining the committee should contact Colleen Flood at

Register now for two new ACC Institute webinars on Safety Management Systems in February!
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The ACC Institute will present two separate webinar sessions on safety management systems (SMS) during the month of February. The first session, Implementation of a Safety Risk Management Process, webinar will give a general overview of the four components of an SMS program, with a specific focus on the core area of Safety Risk Management (SRM) for both day to day operations and planning and construction purposes in the movement and non-movement areas as defined under the FAA Draft FAR Part 139 SMS rule and draft AC 150/5200-37A, as well as FAA Internal Order 5200.11. The second session, Managing the FAA Risk Analysis Process, webinar will look at a specific component of SMS that FAA has already implemented - safety risk management (SRM) for airport planning and development projects and standards (the risk analysis process).  It will explain the relationship between the proposed regulation for SMS at Part 139 airports, and the new SRM requirements. More


ACRP 2012 Annual Report of Progress
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released its annual report that provides background on the program, a listing of products developed under the program over the last 7 years, a summary of the status of projects in progress or completed, and more. More

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