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NTSB chief leaving to head safety council
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman is resigning from the accident investigation agency to lead the National Safety Council, the Itasca, Ill.-based NSC announced.
Stolen passports show post-9/11 airline security flawed
The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
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Senate confirms Kerlikowske to head Customs and Border Protection
The Washington Post
The Senate voted by unanimous consent to confirm U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske as the next head of Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske has an extensive background in law enforcement. Besides serving as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy since 2009, he was Seattle’s police chief for more than eight years. He also led police departments in Buffalo, Fort Pierce, Fla. and Port St. Lucie, Fla., in addition to working for two years as deputy director of the Justice Department’s community-oriented policing division during the Clinton administration.
Airport authority's chief builder sets an example for excellence
By her own accounts, as a little girl growing up in rural Colorado, Ginger Evans never saw herself where she is now. An engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Evans has recently been hired as the new vice president for engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. She's previously served for several large private engineering firms, has received three national awards for her work and directed major construction projects at Denver International Airport.
First look at plans for new $467 million Des Moines Airport
A proposal to build a new Des Moines International Airport terminal has recently been revealed. The plan calls for a new 14-gate terminal building that could easily be expanded to add four more gates. The building would be located just south of the existing terminal building along Fleur Drive.
Oklahoma City airport eyes $70 million expansion project
Oklahoma City is one step closer to seeing a major expansion project for the state's busiest airport. The project proposal, which has been presented to city council members, is intended to attract more airlines to Will Rogers World Airport. "We're at 88 percent [gate] capacity right now, and we need to accommodate future airline growth in this city," airport spokesperson Karen Carney said.
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Logan secures 5 new international airlines in 2 years
Direct flights from Boston’s Logan Airport to Dubai recently began. In May, there’ll be another new destination: Istanbul. Then in June, nonstop flights between Boston and Beijing begin. Logan has signed up five new international airlines in the past two years. The airport is courting carriers from around the globe, and the charm offensive seems to be working. Experts say it’s a remarkable feat.
American gets $425 million for slots at DCA, LaGuardia
American Airlines received more than $425 million for takeoff and landing spots at Reagan National and LaGuardia airports, an amount that highlights how important the spots were to lower-cost carriers wanting to compete, according to the Department of Justice.
TF Green in midst of $250 million worth of projects
The runway safety improvements planned for T.F. Green Airport are among several major projects that the airport will be tackling over the next few years and which are expected to cost about $250 million. The biggest is a 1,500-foot extension of the main runway, to 8,700 feet. That will enable heavier aircraft to fly out of Warwick, which can increase passenger capacity and longer distance flights.
KCI choice comes with a cost, consultants tell task force
The Kansas City Star
With a looming deadline for a recommendation, the KCI citizen task force still has a difficult choice to make for the airport’s future: Undertake major renovations at two existing terminals that will likely cost in excess of $700 million and won’t solve all the airport’s problems. Or build a new single terminal and solve all the problems — but be ready to spend $800 million to $1.2 billion.
Beairsto named Security Manager of LaGuardia Airport by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Lydia Beairsto, ACI-NA’s Director of Public Safety and Security has accepted an offer from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be the Security Manager for LaGuardia Airport. In her new role, Lydia will be responsible for the overall operation and management of LaGuardia’s Airport Security Program, as well as coordinating and serving as a liaison between local TSA staff, the Port Authority Police Department and airport stakeholders. Her last day at ACI-NA is Friday, March 14.
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS
A great start to 2014 for Copenhagen airport
By Matt Falcus
Denmark's principal aviation gateway has had a great start to 2014 and is set to continue with ambitious plans for growth over coming months and years — growth that will rely on more routes and continuing profits for the airport. Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, located close to the Danish capital and a short distance from the road crossing to neighboring Sweden, handled 24 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 3.1 percent. The airport is looking increase its capacity toward doubling the number of passengers to around 40 million per year, becoming the "strongest hub in Northern Europe."
Middle East witnessing massive airport developments to meet future demands
Keen on building a strong and sustainable future for their airports, the Middle East countries in general and Arabian Gulf states in particular are pumping in billions of dollars in the race to building new airports or expanding the existing facilities to meet the demands of future air travelers and expanding fleets of airlines, especially their national carriers.
Vietnam tightens airport security following disappearance of Malaysian Jet
Voice of America
Airports in Vietnam have stepped up security procedures as the country continues its search for a missing Malaysian airliner. Pham Anh Tuan, a senior security official at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, told VOA's Vietnamese service the airport has strictly followed a government order that puts Vietnam on the first level of a three-tiered security alert system.
Award Winning Architects Cristina Ghets, Kevin Ashton join RS&H
RS&H, Inc., announced that New York-based aviation architects Cristina Ghets, AIA, MBA, LEED AP, and Kevin Ashton, AIA, LEED AP, have joined the firm and will lead its New York City office. Ghets and Ashton established their award-winning careers working together while leading large terminal projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and other airport authorities, as well as international projects, most recently in China.
Port of Bellingham chooses AirIT's Integrated Platform System for Bellingham International Airport
AirIT will deliver its contemporary platform architecture to provide the airport with its Extended Airline System Environment (EASE™) passenger processing solution; Local Departure Control System (LDCS); Airport Operational Database and Resource Management System (AODB/RMS); and Electronic Visual Information Display System (EVIDS) solutions. The terminal expansion program at Bellingham International Airport increases the square footage of the passenger terminal from 27,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet; one of the largest projects in the history of the Port of Bellingham. Expansion was needed to meet the demands of steadily growing traffic, which has grown 25 percent year-to-year for the last seven years.
LEO A DALY promotes Dennis W. Petersen, P.E., to Corporate President
LEO A DALY
Petersen has 34 years of experience as a designer, manager, and executive with LAN, a national, full service engineering firm headquartered in Houston (LAN merged with LEO A DALY in 1991). For the past 16 years he has served as president of LAN, leading the firm to success every year, and he will continue leading LAN as part of his new role. Under his leadership, the firm has managed major projects nationwide, such as Houston Surface Water Transmission Program, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Rail, NFL Texans Reliant Stadium, San Antonio Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pipeline, Houston Hobby Airport Redevelopment, and a 75-mile corridor study for I-69.
SITA Lab Report: Beacons — coming to an airport near you?
Beacon technology has been hailed as a game-changer in retail. It uses Bluetooth to trigger the display of information on phones and tablets that is relevant to the specific location and context of the user. But will Beacons be used at the world’s airports? SITA Lab, the technology research team of the air transport industry’s IT provider SITA, has conducted the earliest trials of beacon technology at airports and has today issued its findings in its paper "Connecting to your passenger — are beacons the breakthrough?"
Nominate outstanding agency partners for the ACC Agency Best Practices Award!
The ACC Agency Best Practices Award recognizes valuable industry partners within the FAA, TSA or other suitable organizations for the work they do each day as they interact with the airport consultant community. From now until the Monday, April 7th deadline, ACC Members can nominate worthy individual(s) with the FAA, TSA or other federal agency who exemplify teamwork; are innovative and flexible; and go above and beyond to cooperate with stakeholders. The award(s) will be presented at the July 2014 ACC Airport Technical Workshop Awards Luncheon.
FAA forecast sees continued, steady growth in air travel
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) annual forecast released today shows the nation’s aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades with a greater number of people expected to fly more miles each year.
FAA updates automated clearance procedures
Aviation International News
The FAA published an update to the 13-year-old JO 7110.113D order governing procedures for issuing departure clearance using the pre-departure clearance system available through the electronic control tower datalink system. The change resulted from the agency and user community jointly identifying several inconsistencies in the process, as well as misunderstandings about how the process is understood by those receiving clearances.
FAA appeals decision on UAS case
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice appealing a decision by an NTSB Administrative Law Judge in the civil penalty case, Huerta v. Pirker.
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