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Airport Consulting Weekly
May. 10, 2012
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Second underwear bomb plot thwarted
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A thwarted bomb plot shows al-Qaeda remains fixed on aviation as a terror target, U.S. officials said. Acting on a tip from foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. security officials stopped a terror plot involving a bomb the FBI says is "very similar" to the improvised bombs used by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda group. The FBI is analyzing the device, which was seized abroad and "never presented a threat to public safety," the agency said in a statement. More

Domestic Airport News

US airport security could detect Qaeda device-officials
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U.S. security measures could detect a non-metallic bomb like the one in the latest plot by al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate, but key technology such as body scanners is not deployed at all U.S. airports, Obama administration officials said. U.S. and allied intelligence agencies in the last 10 days seized an explosive device that was an improved version of the "underwear bomb" in the failed Christmas Day 2009 airline bombing attempt, U.S. officials said. More

TSA equipment gathering dust, House investigators say
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The Transportation Security Administration has shelved $184 million in security equipment in a Texas warehouse rather than in the airports for which it was bought, according to a report compiled by House Republican investigators. When House investigators sought information about the stored material, the TSA "provided inaccurate, incomplete, and potentially misleading information ... to conceal the agency's mismanagement of warehouse operations." More

John Mica talks TSA, legacy, FAA showdown
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Politico Pro Transportation reporters Adam Snider and Burgess Everett recently sat down with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., in the Capitol's members-only dining room for an hour-long interview. More

US sends airport security guide to other countries
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In the wake of a terrorist bomb plot disrupted by the CIA, the U.S. advised some international airports and air carriers about security measures for passengers traveling to the U.S. The guidance from the Transportation Security Administration was a reminder of methods the U.S. provided to these international airports and carriers in the past six to eight months to help protect against threats from liquid explosives and explosives hidden inside a person's body or clothes or in printer cartridges. More

Special counsel warns White House on FAA issues
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Air traffic controllers in New York sleeping, playing video games and going home early. Planes bound for one airport hitting turbulence from big jets headed to another airport. Unauthorized planes entering U.S. airspace. Bad instruments and inconsistent rules jumbling efforts to land planes at busy airports. More

Boeing steps up production; Expects strong orders amid muted world economy
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Boeing Co. is stepping up production rates of its airplanes as it expects airlines to continue growing and replace older, less fuel-efficient jets even as the world economy remains sluggish, a senior company official said. "Passenger business, which is the heart of our airline customers' business, has been very resilient," Randy Tinseth, Boeing's the vice president for marketing, told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview in Singapore. "Except in Europe, we expect airlines to be profitable. When business is growing, airlines are profitable, they buy new airplanes." More

Airport buyout program empties South Burlington, Vt., neighborhood
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Unlike in other states, the foreclosure crisis left Vermont relatively unscathed. No overgrown yards. No broken windows. But Burlington International Airport's effort to buy properties and relocate residents from neighborhoods awash in noise from airplanes has created a scene that resembles that crisis. More

Airport projects abound
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Hartsfield-Jackson International begins a new era with the opening of its international terminal, but it's hardly the final expansion planned for the world's busiest airport. A wide range of other airport improvements and expansions are under way, being planned or still possible. They include a revamp of roads leading to the main terminal, a runway extension and concourse expansions, as well as the possibility of a sixth runway and a new south gate complex. More

Time to privatize Midway?
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Chicago aldermen signed off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to refinance $1.5 billion in Midway Airport debt - and got a strong sign that the $2.5 billion Midway privatization that collapsed for lack of financing may yet be cleared for takeoff. More

Frontier Airlines wants tax incentives to bring jobs to Colorado
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Frontier Airlines is looking for some love from its hometown. The carrier, which returned its headquarters to Denver this year following a brief stint in Indianapolis, says it wants to bring more than 500 call-center, dispatcher and mechanic jobs back to the state but needs financial incentives to do so. More

O'Hare upgrade would let you find and pay for parking with your phone
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Drivers using O'Hare Airport's 25,000 parking spaces might soon be able to use their cell phones to find empty spaces and credit cards to "pay on foot" before they exit, thanks to a technology upgrade in the works. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is seeking proposals for a new "parking access and revenue-control technology" system at O'Hare that would reduce the need for toll booth-style exit lanes. More

Aviation industry adding jobs in South Florida
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The aviation business seems to be taking off in South Florida. Two Broward County aviation service employers said they are expanding, and over the past five years, at least six South Florida aviation companies have pumped up operations and created jobs. More

International Airport News

Will JetBlue be welcoming its international partners under its roof at JFK?
The Cranky Flier    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brett Snyder writes, "It's earnings season, and that means it's time for a slew of long analyst calls to talk about the events of the last quarter. I don't listen to them myself, because I'd never get any work done if I did. Instead, I just read PlaneBusiness to get the details on what happened." More

Fire safety problems delay new Berlin airport yet again
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The opening of Berlin's new airport will be delayed by up to three months due to fire safety problems, authorities said, dealing an embarrassing blow to the German capital's flagship project less than a month before its planned launch. More

Border delay data leave fliers up in the air
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It's the great unknown for anyone on an international flight: How long will I have to wait at immigration when I arrive? It turns out even airlines and airports don't always know the exact answer, as a debate this week over waiting times at London's Heathrow Airport showed. And even when they do, the answer can vary widely depending on the time of day or year. More

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Register now for roundtable discussion with industry reps at the Summer Workshop Series
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Find out how the new FAA reauthorization bill and new FAA/TSA regulatory initiatives will impact your firm at the annual ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series. This conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of technical airport development and security issues with key decision makers. Technical experts from the consultant community, FAA and TSA will discuss new and pending Advisory Circulars, guidelines, regulations and legislation, and collectively help shape future agency directives. Participants will also explore opportunities to partner more effectively together. Register now to learn how to navigate the "pathway to implementation." More


FAA announces modifications to AIP grant assurances
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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice that it was modifying five of the Airport Improvement Program grant assurances as a result of provisions included in the recently-passed FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112– 95). The modified grant assurances include: through the fence arrangements; use of airport revenues; veteran's preference; cost of relocating or replacing owner-owned property; and disposal of land. The changes were made effective on April 13, 2012, although the FAA will accept comments until May 14, 2012. More

Risk-based security initiative reaches key milestone
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced the agency has screened more than 1 million travelers through the TSA PreCheck pre-screening initiative. TSA PreCheck is currently available for U.S. citizens who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs and select frequent flyers of participating airlines at some of the busiest airports across the country. More

DHS and TSA face challenges overseeing acquisition of screening technologies
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GAO's past work has found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have faced challenges in developing and meeting program requirements when acquiring screening technologies. GAO's past work has demonstrated that program performance cannot be accurately assessed without valid baseline requirements established at the program start. More

Weathering the storm
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The May/June 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on extreme weather. Articles provide important tips on how to detect, prepare for, and avoid some of the more extreme varieties of weather conditions GA pilots may encounter in their region of the country, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, icing, fog, freezing rain and more. More

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