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US open to new ideas on ATC privatization, Foxx says
Aviation International News
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government is open to ideas on privatizing the nation’s ATC system, as long as aviation industry “stakeholders” agree on making that transformation. Foxx remarked on privatization after delivering the keynote speech at an Aero Club of Washington luncheon on Feb. 25, his first major address to an aviation audience.
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Privacy concerns swirl around TSA Pre-check program
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration is greatly expanding its expedited airport screening program called Pre-check for millions of passengers, although security and privacy experts continue to raise concerns about the program.
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DOT chief: Airplane congestion to cost $63 billion
The Hill
Airport congestion will cost airlines $63 billion in lost revenue by the year 2040 without additional investment in a new national flight navigation system, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned.
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Camp would repeal tax-exemption for new PABs, advance refunding bonds
The Bond Buyer
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp's draft tax reform plan would terminate the tax exemption for private-activity bonds and advanced refunding bonds issued after 2014.
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A new reality and consolidation for Memphis airport
By Matt Falcus
What do you do when your biggest passenger carrier decides to all but jump ship and leave you with a hole in operations? Memphis International Airport found itself with the same conundrum last year when Delta Air Lines decided to dehub its operation and vastly reduce the number of services. Since the decision, managers at the Tennessee airport have been mulling the best way forward. On Feb. 20, they announced a bold plan to consolidate and improve the airport by spending a large sum of money on the facility.
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As communities lose air service, regional airlines decry flight-hour threshold for pilots
Aviation International News
As Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Silver Airways became the third U.S. regional airline this month to announce significant service cuts due to what it called a nationwide pilot shortage, the Regional Airline Association amplified its message of opposition to a new rule requiring 1,500 hours of flying experience for new-hire first officers.
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San Bernardino International Airport unveils new passenger terminal
San Bernardino County Sun
San Bernardino International Airport officials gave media representatives a sneak-peak at the airport’s new passenger terminal.
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Toronto Pearson International Airport "Delights" Children with Indoor Playground


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Carriers size up Cleveland Hopkins in wake of United retrenchment
The Plain Dealer
Here's what some airlines already at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport — and others who may be checking out whether to launch service out of Cleveland — have to say about Hopkins, airline fees and general strategy.
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Airlines approve first fare hike of 2014
AviationPros.com
The first airline fare hike of the year is modest and will primarily affect business travelers who book flights at the last minute. Delta Air Lines, one of the nation's largest carriers, initiated the hike by raising domestic tickets $10 per round-trip flight but only for high-priced tickets booked at the last minute.
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Southwest is returning two of AA's DCA slots to the FAA
USA Today
Southwest Airlines says it is returning a pair of slots it received as part of American Airlines' divestiture at Washington's Reagan National Airport (DCA). The slots were among 27 "slot pairs" ― or the rights for 27 round-trip flights ― that Southwest received at DCA as part of a broader divestiture deal American Airlines made with the Justice Department to clear the way for its merger with its US Airways.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Haneda airport on track to become world's third busiest airport
The Japan Times
A record 68.74 million passengers used Haneda airport in Tokyo in 2013, transport ministry data showed, putting it on course to become the world’s third busiest airport possibly this year due to a big increase in number of flights.
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Berlin's Tegel outpaces rivals as doomed airport draws travelers
Bloomberg
Berlin’s Tegel airport has subsisted by chance alone, defying the odds as passenger growth outpaces every other major hub in Western Europe. The airport reported passenger growth of 7.9 percent last year, more than twice the pace of London Heathrow, the busiest hub in Europe.
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Privacy concerns swirl around TSA Pre-check program
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration is greatly expanding its expedited airport screening program called Pre-check for millions of passengers, although security and privacy experts continue to raise concerns about the program.

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Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) recipient of the 2014 ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
ACC
The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce that the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) is the recipient of ACC's 2014 Excellence in Procurement Award.

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Southwest CEO: AirTran brand to vanish by the end of 2014
USA Today
AirTran will vanish by the year's end. Doing away with the AirTran brand has always been part of the plan for Southwest, which announced plans to acquire its one-time rival in 2010. The merger closed in 2011, but Southwest has been notoriously cautious on its public timeline for how long it would take to completely fold AirTran's operations into its own.

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Singapore Airlines voted 'best airline for business class'
The Hill
Singapore Airlines has been voted the best airline for business class travelers, CNN reports. The list, compiled by Executive Travel Magazine, cited Singapore Airline’s wide seats and one-two-one seating arrangement, which is designed to give each passenger access to airplane aisles.
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UK beach airport shortlisted as one of the most stunning in the world
Daily Mail
It is the world's only regular beach runway and now Barra Airport, in the Outer Hebrides, is going for gold against the home of this year's Winter Olympics.
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ACC MEMBER NEWS


Burns & McDonnell-designed wide-body hangar opens at Dulles
Burns & McDonnell
The opening of the new United Airlines wide-body hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport will, according to the company, deliver greater reliability to the airline’s customers and help to enhance their travel experience. The $45 million project, which involved design and construction administration teams from Burns & McDonnell, will mean more maintenance issues can be fixed on the spot, reducing the amount of time an aircraft must be out of service.
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C&S Companies to design runway extension Providence T.F. Green Airport
The C&S Companies
C&S Companies was selected by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation to design and manage the construction of a $40 million, 1,534-foot extension to Runway 5 at Providence’s T. F Green International Airport.
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ACC NEWS


Record attendance at the 2014 Symposium in Denver
ACC
Thanks to the more than 750 attendees, sponsors and exhibitors who gathered in Denver, Colo., last week and made the 2014 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium such a tremendous success. Panels of experts from across the airport industry focused on the most pressing topics facing airport development today and industry young professionals were able to enjoy the most comprehensive Young Professional Symposium program yet. A special thanks to Symposium Chair Mark Kuttrus and Vice Chair Jane Ahrens of Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the following track hosts who developed and oversaw an outstanding set of sessions: Evan Pfahler, RS&H (Planning); Jim Wilson, Jacobsen/Daniels & Associates (Terminal/Landside); David Hunley, Connico, Inc. (Engineering/Airside); Kelli Kelly, Parsons (PM/CM); Steve Riano, Bechtel Corporation (Global); and Jorge Gonzalez, Kimley-Horn and Associates (Finance).
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Time is running out to register for the Construction Administration Course in Ft. Worth!
ACC
The ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from March 11-12, 2014. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Thanks to Atkins Global and Kimley-Horn and Associates for sponsoring the event!
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Welcome new ACC members!
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Paul Conover, Vice President – Americas Region
paul.conover@iac-acoustics.com
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


A Guidebook for Integrating NIMS for Personnel and Resources at Airports
ACRP
TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 103: A Guidebook for Integrating NIMS for Personnel and Resources at Airports provides guidance for the integration of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) into airport response plans for incidents, accidents, and events.
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Airport Improvement Program Primary, Cargo, and Nonprimary Entitlement Funds: Deadline for Intent to Use for Fiscal Year 2014
FAA via GPO
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces May 1, 2014, as the deadline for each airport sponsor to notify the FAA whether or not it will use its fiscal year 2014 entitlement funds available under Section 47114 of Title 49, United States Code, to accomplish Airport Improvement Program (AIP)-eligible projects that the sponsor previously identified through the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) process during the preceding year.
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