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Airport Consulting Weekly
May. 17, 2012
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Airplane security debated anew after latest bombing plot
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest attempt by Al Qaeda to make an underwear bomb designed to be detonated on a plane headed to the United States has set off a fierce debate among security officials in Washington and their critics in Congress about whether the current measures to protect airliners would have detected the bomb. More

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$200 million O'Hare cargo facility expected to open next year
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new $200 million cargo facility on former military land at O'Hare International Airport is expected to open next year. Aeroterm, which was chosen as developer for the project in 2009 under then-Mayor Richard Daley, plans an 820,000-square-foot facility with an aircraft ramp that can accommodate planes including Boeing's 747-800 series. More

New report highlights importance of parking to airport operations
International Parking Institute    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parking is a key component of business operations at airports, generating between $2 and $118 million in gross revenues annually, with a large hub airport generating $55 million per year, according to a newly released report of a study conducted by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), LeighFisher, and the International Parking Institute (IPI). More

In defense of the TSA
New York Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Graham Holt writes, "Not long ago, I was taking a train from my arrival terminal at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to the car rental area, and I ran across an off-duty airport employee. She seemed tired and burdened with the day of work; she kept her head down and stuck to herself. I struck up a conversation with her and she, somewhat reluctantly, revealed that she was a Transportation Security Agency worker. I thanked her for doing a tough and often thankless job. After I expressed my thanks, she perked up immediately and mentioned how nice it was since very few people bother to do so." More

FAA chief touts benefits of NextGen to FedEx and Memphis
The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal Aviation Administration acting administrator Michael Huerta came to the right place to check on America's air traffic system on the graveyard shift. As his air traffic controllers directed 146 FedEx jets into Memphis International Airport in just over two hours, Huerta had a virtual bird's-eye view in the company's mission control. More

Bill Shuster appears ready in possible chairman shuffle
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The most familiar name in highway politics - Shuster - is emerging as the best bet to run the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee next year. The current chairman, John Mica of Florida, is term-limited at the end of this Congress, and he's looking for a new perch - at the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a couple of years if all the chips fall into place. More

TAIT approves contract for baggage conveyor system
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A $4.5 million contract for an outbound baggage conveyor system at Tulsa International Airport was awarded by the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, subject to approval of the Transportation Security Administration, airport executives said. More

Southwest, Frontier object to United deal with Denver airport
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Southwest and Frontier airlines have objected to a debt-reduction plan by Denver International Airport that they say gives United Airlines disproportionate economic relief. Letters sent by Southwest and Frontier officials question the legality of the deal, noting that it was negotiated only with United without involvement by other DIA carriers. The two airlines ask that the city suspend further action on the proposal until an analysis can be done. The proposal is scheduled for a first reading Monday by the Denver City Council. More

Atlanta airport opens Maynard Jackson international terminal
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world's busiest airport gets bigger today when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport opens its new international terminal that's being touted as the city's "new front door" for the world. The $1.4 billion terminal adds only 12 gates to an airport that already has 195. But local officials say the new terminal - titled the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal - is necessary to keep Atlanta and its airport at the forefront of global aviation. More

International Airport News



Berlin airport opening delayed until 2013
Reuters via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Berlin's new airport will not now open until 2013 due to fire regulations, German paper Bild reported, heaping further embarrassment on authorities who had said the hold-up would only stretch to three months. The capital's long-awaited new airport had been due to open on June 3, replacing two from the Cold War era. But just weeks before its launch date the operators said Berlin-Brandenburg airport would not be ready in time. More

Ukraine unveils new airport in Donetsk
The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Country officials open the renewed terminal at Donetsk international airport in Ukraine just in time for EURO 2012. The renewed airport boasts a seven-story terminal capable of servicing up to 3,100 passengers per hour (previously - 700), reads the statement by Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry. More

Bomb plot raises questions over European security
The Associated Press via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A shimmy toward the body scanner, a step into the booth and a wave of the arms - routine procedure now at U.S. airports, but not necessarily in Europe. In the wake of a foiled al-Qaida plot to bomb a jet heading to the U.S., it's unclear whether cash-strapped Europe has the latest security equipment to thwart an airliner attack, or whether machines will be able to keep up with determined terrorists. More

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Last chance to register for BIM for Bosses webinar
ACC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation is designed to explain the end goal of using Building Information Modeling (BIM) in your firm, the processes needed for a seamless implementation, and the hard facts in getting there. As importantly, "bosses" will be given a realistic view of what to expect, and what not to expect, once BIM is up and running. More

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General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
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General Aviation Airports: A National Asset documents an 18-month study of the nearly 3,000 general aviation (GA) airports, heliports, and seaplane bases identified in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). This in-depth analysis highlights for the traveling public the pivotal role GA airports play in our society, economy, and the aviation system. The study also aligns the GA airports into four categories - national, regional, local, and basic - based on their existing activity levels. The new categories better capture their diverse functions and the economic contributions GA airports make to their communities and the Nation. More

Measurement of Gaseous HAP Emissions from Idling Aircraft as a Function of Engine and Ambient Conditions
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 63: Measurement of Gaseous HAP Emissions from Idling Aircraft as a Function of Engine and Ambient Conditions is designed to help improve the assessment of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions at airports based on specific aircraft operating parameters and changes in ambient conditions. More

Airport Apron Management and Control Programs
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 62: Airport Apron Management and Control Programs explores the effectiveness of apron management programs around the world. The report compares and contrasts apron management programs around the world to U.S. airports, while considering the common operational and ownership differences between U.S. and non-U.S. airports. More

Despite recommendations, FAA still not budging on mandatory bird strike reports
Medill Reports Chicago    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One Canada goose: 10 pounds. One Airbus A320 jetliner: 172,000 pounds. Combine the two at 200 miles per hour, and 155 lives are suddenly in need of a miracle in the Hudson. Last month the FAA announced a revised plan to lower the risk of bird strikes to aircraft through research and wildlife management. This strategy relies on database analysis and predictive models, yet fails to make reporting bird strikes mandatory - a move some experts say will hinder the effectiveness of the program. More

TSA defends its handling of security breaches
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Transportation Security Administration is defending its safety record after a report released this week contended that the agency had not properly responded to cases of airport security breaches. The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general released at report commissioned at the request of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D, that showed that TSA only responded to 42 percent of the security breaches that were reported between January 2010 and May 2011 at Newark International Airport. More

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