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Airport Consulting Weekly
April 8, 2010
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The stumbling search for a TSA chief
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More than a year into President Obama's Administration -- and three months after the Nigerian underwear bomber failed in his attempt to blow a U.S. airliner out of the sky over Detroit -- the nation still doesn't have a top cop at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Why is the Administration having such a tough time filling this vital slot? More

Domestic Airport News

Three issues that will shape the future of air travel
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Capacity, debt and fuel prices are the three biggest issues facing airlines, according to world-renowned aviation analyst and consultant Darryl Jenkins. How airlines manage these challenges will shape the future of air travel and impact how we fly over the next five to 10 years. The issues are likely to impact airfares, schedules, bankruptcies, consolidation, fleet composition, airports, hubs and much more. More

O'Hare lands more federal funds for expansion
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Chicago's effort to expand O'Hare International Airport got another helping hand from the federal government in the form of $410 million for three runways. Add the $337 million transportation officials promised in 2005, and the $747 million in federal cash set aside for O'Hare is the largest financial commitment ever made to a single airport project, transportation officials said. More

EPA revises General Conformity regulations
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On March 24, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the General Conformity regulations. These rules implement Clean Air Act provisions prohibiting federal agencies from taking actions that may cause or contribute to violations of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Examples of covered actions include airport construction or expansion, and dredging shipping channels. More

Report: Arizona airports need $9.7 billion to meet future demands
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Arizona's 83 public-use airports will need a $9.7 billion infusion over the next 20 years to meet future demands, according to a study conducted for the Arizona Department of Transportation. More

City moves ahead with airport capacity study
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The Atlanta City Council's transportation committee has approved a resolution to move forward with a study on airport capacity, with possible recommendations ranging from runway changes to a second commercial airport. More

A radical cockpit upgrade Southwest fliers will feel
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Southwest Airlines Co. will soon change the way it flies, a major milestone in the push to modernize the nation's air travel system. For passengers, the last 20 minutes of a flight may feel more graceful as planes glide in without revving up engines repeatedly. More

Washington region's top airport official to retire
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James E. Bennett, who led the region's airports authority during an expansion to accommodate huge growth in air travel in and out of Washington, announced his retirement. More

International Airport News

U.S. revamps screening of travelers
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The Obama administration and foreign governments will roll out in the next few weeks a more intelligence-based system to try to stop potentially dangerous passengers from boarding U.S.-bound flights, a senior administration official said. More

Japan Airlines to cut 29 international flights, Yomiuri says
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Japan Airlines Corp. will drop 29 international flights by the end of this fiscal year, more than the 16 route cuts its had previously announced, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without citing anyone. More

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Air Canada takes helm in fight for island airport access
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Air Canada is hoping fourth time's a charm in its quest to regain access to the Toronto island airport, home to Porter Airlines Inc. Jazz Air Income Fund, which flies regional routes on behalf of Air Canada, retained Lerners LLP to spearhead three previous proceedings to crack Porter's monopoly. But after Jazz abandoned the third of those cases this week, McCarthy Tétrault LLP is now doing the steering, representing Air Canada in its application for a judicial review in the Federal Court of Canada. More

ACC News

ACC meets with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt
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Representatives of the Airport Consultants Council met with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt this week. ACC pressed on the importance of passing a reauthorization bill as soon as possible, with an increase in AIP funding and the cap on Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). ACC expressed support for using Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for consultant services on projects funded with PFCs. Babbitt and ACC meeting participants agreed on the important role of airports in NextGen. Babbitt noted that the industry needs to "make the business case" for accelerating NextGen technology equipage in aircraft and applications at airports. ACC congratulated FAA on its efficient disbursement of $1.1 billion in airport grants provided under the economic stimulus legislation. Babbitt is receptive to "pencil-ready" projects being incorporated into future stimulus legislation.

Representing ACC at the meeting were Ron Peckham, 2010 ACC Board Chair, C&S Companies; Brad Mims, member of the ACC Board, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Carlos Maeda, 2010 ACC Legislative Committee Chair; PBS&J; Paula Hochstetler, ACC President; and T.J. Schulz, ACC Executive Vice President.

Pavement webinar scheduled
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ACC is sponsoring a webinar titled Designing Airfield Pavements with the FAA's New Advisory Circular and Software on April 26 and May 26. This webinar will provide an overview of what's new in FAA airfield pavement design resulting from changes to Advisory Circular 150/5320-6E, including inputs to the design procedure and the different analyses possible with FAARFIELD. The webinar is eligible for 1.5 professional hours, although participants should check with their local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this webinar. ACC webinars are offered under a single registration fee for each site, allowing offices to schedule brown-bag lunch training opportunities for their staff. More


Revised airport screening procedures draw positive response
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New aviation screening procedures announced last week produced rare results for the Department of Homeland Security: favorable feedback from security experts, privacy advocates and both sides of the political divide. More

FAA planners size up workforce demands with new air traffic control system
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A project to deploy more advanced aviation technology won't affect the air traffic control workforce this year, but meeting future operational demands could challenge Federal Aviation Administration planners, according to observers. More

Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design, Volume 1: Guidebook
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 25, Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design comprises a guidebook, spreadsheet models, and a user's guide in two volumes and a CD-ROM intended to provide guidance in planning and developing airport passenger terminals and to assist users in analyzing common issues related to airport terminal planning and design. Volume 1 of ACRP Report 25 explores the passenger terminal planning process and provides, in a single reference document, the important criteria and requirements needed to help address emerging trends and develop potential solutions for airport passenger terminals. Volume 1 addresses the airside, terminal building, and landside components of the terminal complex. More

Administrator calls collaboration key to FAA's NextGen
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Lack of collaboration and policy changes, not technology, will be the obstacles that could trip up the Federal Aviation Administration's deployment of a new air traffic control system, aviation specialists said. More

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