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Airport Consulting Weekly
April 29, 2010
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Senate passes FAA extension
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The Senate approved a bill to extend aviation programs and excise taxes through July 3. Since the House approved the short-term extension, the Senate action clears the way for the President to sign the bill into law. Unable to pass a multi-year FAA bill in the past two and a half years, lawmakers have approved a series of short-term extensions instead. The current extension expires at the end of April. More

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Napolitano pledges new spending for aviation security
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Obama administration is spending more than $70 million to expand explosives screening capability at U.S. airports. Napolitano said $35.5 million in federal stimulus money will be used to buy 1,200 more explosive trace detection machines. They will join 7,000 units already in use. More

SFO's new terminal 2: A model for green airports?
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Flying is an inherently unsustainable activity -- the amount of CO2 spewed from planes on a daily basis is cringeworthy -- but that doesn't mean airports can't be models of green innovation. Enter San Francisco Airport's new Terminal 2, a $383 million project that will expand and renovate the old international terminal into a 587,000 square foot LEED Silver terminal for Virgin America and American Airlines. More

Problems plague new air traffic control computers
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New computers crucial to modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system have run into serious problems and may not be fully operational by the end of this year when the current system is supposed to be replaced, a government watchdog said. More

New program to help small businesses compete for government contracts
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new bonding education program aimed at helping qualified small and disadvantaged businesses compete for government contracting opportunities. More

Key lawmaker upbeat on FAA bill
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A key lawmaker predicted that Congress would soon resolve its differences over aviation legislation, including key safety measures -- but he then insisted that the bill include a union-backed provision -- unrelated to safety -- that could lead senators to block the bill. More



Free flights help small airports win big money
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North Central West Virginia Airport boasts quick check-ins, free, accessible parking and a convenient baggage claim. That's not surprising, considering that fewer than 20 people fly out of the facility on any given day. And all three scheduled daily departures to Washington have a stop in Morgantown, West Virginia, only 35 miles away. But the airport offers a special treat as the end of the year approaches -- free sightseeing flights. More

Delta says 1960s JFK terminal offers 'third world' conditions
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Delta Air Lines Inc. must upgrade its 1960s-era terminal at New York's Kennedy airport to win more higher-fare international business travelers, an executive said. Delta is working to compete for New York corporate fliers with American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc., Treasurer Paul Jacobson said. Kennedy's Terminal 3 is known for its saucer-shaped roof and was dubbed Worldport. More

New rule could increase airline traffic through Pittsburgh
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A government regulation aimed at eliminating lengthy tarmac delays could lead to more airline traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport, officials say. Pittsburgh has a "good track record" of accommodating diverted flights, particularly those bound for congested East Coast airports that frequently suffer weather-related delays, said Brad Penrod, executive director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. More

Philadelphia is test site of new satellite-surveillance radio system
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At Philadelphia International Airport's busy tower, air traffic controllers showed off new satellite technology Monday that will one day transform the nation's air traffic system from radar navigation to an Internet in the sky. Philadelphia is one of four airports to get the technology, which relies on global positioning satellites, like GPS in a car, to transmit a plane's location to radios on the ground, controllers in towers, and to other aircraft nearby. More

International Airport News



Ash forces Iceland airport closure
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Airspace over Iceland's main international airport was shut Friday as shifting winds blew ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano west toward the capital of Reykjavik. The closure marks the first time since the volcano's April 14 eruption that the airport has been shut. Flights on Icelandair that normally stop in Iceland were rerouted through Glasgow. More

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Ryanair to cancel Prague flights in fee dispute
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Prague's Ruzyne International Airport is declining to lower airport fees for Ryanair, prompting Europe's biggest budget carrier to pull out. Ryanair had complained that fees in Prague were too high. Last month, it offered to open a base in the Czech capital with six planes that would fly to 33 international destinations in exchange for lower airport fees. More

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ACC Institute debuts SMS and Pavement Design training webinars
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ACC introduced two new ACC Institute training webinars, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Designing Airfield Pavements. Both live webinars were held in April and will be repeated in May. ACC webinars are offered under a single registration fee for each site, allowing offices to schedule brown-bag lunch training opportunities for their staff. Register for either of the May webinars and continue to check for future webinar subjects at www.ACConline.org. More

ACC welcomes new members
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Challenges with partner agency and FAA coordination continue, and efforts to integrate near-, mid-, and long-term NextGen activities are ongoing
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To prepare for future air traffic growth, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including its Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and Air Traffic Organization, is planning and implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in partnership with other federal agencies, such as the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the aviation industry. More

Enhancing Airport Land Use Compatibility, Volume 1 and 2
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Volume 1: Land Use Fundamentals and Implementation Resources
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 27: Enhancing Airport Land Use Compatibility, Volume 1: Land Use Fundamentals and Implementation Resources is part of a three-volume report that explores issues related to land use around airports. Volume 1 provides guidance designed to help protect airports from incompatible land uses that impair current and future airport and aircraft operations and safety.

Volume 2: Land Use Survey and Case Study Summaries
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 27: Enhancing Airport Land Use Compatibility, Volume 2: Land Use Survey and Case Study Summaries is part of a three-volume report that explores issues related to land use around airports. Volume 2 includes 15 case studies that targeted a wide range of airports and land use issues. The case study sites include large commercial service, military, and general aviation airports and are geographically diverse. Volume 2 also provides states and local governments with examples and a common basis for establishing zoning that protects the public interest and investment in airports.
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TSA is entering a new developmental phase, executive says
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The Transportation Security Administration is poised to enter a second stage in its development, the Homeland Security Department's top workforce official said. "What it takes to build a 50,000-person agency from zero -- from absolute zero -- is incredibly difficult," Jeff Neal, chief human capital officer at Homeland Security, told Government Executive during an interview. "Being at DHS now, and looking at what they accomplished, I give them a lot of credit. That said, what it takes to operate it long-term, there are differences. ... Operating is different from building." More

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