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Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 1, 2012
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NextGen ramps up amid flat airport improvement funding
Engineering News-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After 23 short-term funding extensions that dragged out over five years, the $63-billion Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill that President Barack Obama recently signed is giving the aviation industry plenty to cheer - and plenty to loathe. More

Domestic Airport News



Reauthorization of FAA means higher costs for Lincoln's airport
Lincoln Journal Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The recent vote by Congress to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration's operating authority for another four years contains a little-publicized provision that could wind up costing Nebraska's smaller airports millions of dollars. The bill, passed earlier this month, requires the state's small airports - all those except Omaha's Eppley Airfield - to contribute a 10 percent local match to any FAA projects. That's double what the airports had been paying for the past decade. Eppley pays 25 percent, and that percentage won't change. More

Smaller airports in Western Massachusetts provide big service to state economy
The Republican    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four airports in the Pioneer Valley contribute more than 44 percent of the total economic impact made statewide by Massachusetts' 30 general-aviation airports. Turners Falls, Northampton, Orange Municipal and Barnes Regional airports provide employment for more than 2,280 workers and pump more than $196.5 million into the regional economy; all told, the state's 30 general-aviation airports employ more than 4,300 workers with a total economic impact of $443.2 million. More

Developers envision an "airport city" around DIA
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Development around Denver International Airport could include a golf course, a wildlife viewing area, an aerospace campus, hotels and a business park, according to an early version of a land-use map prepared for the property. City leaders have long considered the prospects for developing the vast acreage surrounding DIA, and now it appears a plan is finally taking shape, based on the map obtained by The Denver Post. More

US Airways files objections to Philly airport expansion
The Philadelphia Inquirer via The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
US Airways Group Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week that a multibillion-dollar runway and terminal expansion at Philadelphia International Airport could harm its finances and business operations and force it to shift flights elsewhere. The airline, which operates its largest hub in Charlotte, N.C., spoke out after the city of Philadelphia demanded that airlines sign a 15-year lease agreeing to pay for the runway. More

Airport authority, Airmall USA partners in bid for San Juan
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Allegheny County Airport Authority and Pittsburgh-based Airmall USA are part of a consortium that is competing for a contract to run Puerto Rico's busiest airport. "This is a unique situation," said airport authority spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny. "We're thrilled to be considered so highly by such important partners." More

Continental, Airtran relocating gates at Port Columbus following mergers
Columbus Business First    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two airline mergers will result in gate and ticket counter changes at Port Columbus International Airport in coming months. Airport officials expect Continental Airlines Inc. to move from Concourse A to Concourse B by March 31 so the airline's operations are closer to United Airlines, which merged with Continental in 2010 to form United Continental Holdings Inc. More

International Airport News



Frankfurt Airport seeks to prevent strike spreading to air traffic control
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Frankfurt airport's ground crew is scheduled to resume a strike over pay as workers await a labor-court ruling on whether they can continue their protests longer than scheduled. The Frankfurt Labor Court last night approved an application by their employer DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, airport owner Fraport AG and Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Germany's biggest airline, to stop a sympathy strike by control-tower staff. Fraport and Lufthansa have filed a separate injunction to halt the current ground-staff strikes. More

Malaysia airports said to mull raising Istanbul airport stake
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Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd. may raise its stake in Istanbul's second-largest airport, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. The companies that operate Sabiha Gokcen International Airport are working with Rothschild to manage a potential sale, said the people, who declined to be identified as the deliberations are private. The process is at a preliminary stage and the other owners - Malaysia Airports' joint-venture partners GMR Infrastructure Ltd. and Limak Holding AS - haven't decided if they’ll sell their stakes, the people said. More

Dubai Jan airport passengers up, cargo falls
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Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport jumped 14 percent from a year earlier in January, buoyed by holiday season demand, but cargo shipments fell, Dubai Airports said. The world's fourth busiest airport for international passenger and cargo traffic handled 4.85 million passengers last month, up from 4.25 million in the year-ago period. The 14 percent rise was the largest increase in 14 months. More

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Important Document Updates by the ACC Project Delivery and IT&S Committees
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•    ACI-NA, ACC and AGC are pleased to announce a comprehensive update of the Airport Owners' Guide to Project Delivery Systems. New information in the updated edition (2012) includes information on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), additional information on Private Public Partnerships (P3) and examples of owner selection processes and roles and responsibilities.

•    ACC is pleased to announce the availability of the updated ACC Airport Information Technology & Systems (IT&S) Best Practice Guidelines for the Airport Industry. These guidelines provide a holistic framework of information technology systems that should be taken into consideration to accommodate the needs of the airport industry and each airport's stakeholders. They emphasize IT&S involvement during the early planning and budgeting phases of airport capital improvement projects (CIP) and describe the appropriate processes used to accomplish successful IT&S implementations alongside an airport's CIP. This guide was updated in 2011 by the ACC IT&S Committee to reflect a number of updates in best practices, technology and standards.

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Airport X-ray machines are safe for passengers, report says
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Full-body X-ray scanning machines at airport security checkpoints use an "extremely low dose" of radiation that's safe for passengers, the Homeland Security Department's inspector general reported. In drawing his conclusion, Carlton Mann, an assistant inspector general, cited previous scientific findings. More

TSA education program expands to employees in all 50 states
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that the TSA Associates Program, a program that allows Transportation Security Officers to advance their education and career development in the field of homeland security, is now represented in all 50 states. The TSA Associates Program was launched in 2008, and in partnership with local community colleges, provides TSA's frontline workforce with the opportunity to receive a TSA Certificate of Achievement and pursue an associate's degree in homeland security. More than 2,500 officers at airports across the country have enrolled since the program's inception. More

FAA proposes to raise airline pilot qualification standards
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Consistent with a mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the proposed rule would require first officers - also known as co-pilots - to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time. Currently, first officers are required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires 250 hours of flight time. The proposal also would require first officers to have an aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to the airplanes they fly. More

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