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Oct. 20, 2011
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House committee passes DHS authorization bill despite Democratic concerns on budget cuts
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The House Homeland Security Committee passed a fiscal year 2012 authorization bill (HR 3116) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in a 20-12 vote, advancing legislation that could become the first such bill for DHS since its establishment in 2003. More

Domestic Airport News



Airbus and Boeing predict vast sales in narrowbody sector
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Airbus and Boeing might disagree on any number of points in aircraft economics and market strategy, but both airframers are fully aware of vast potential sales in the narrowbody sector during the next two decades. More

'NextGen' air traffic system has yet to take off
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The government is trying to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, but cost overruns, software problems and management concerns are making some wonder whether the so-called "Next Generation" system may take another generation to complete. More

ASDE-X now complete at 35 US airports
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Deployment of the Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X) ground-movement surveillance system has been newly completed following commissioning of the last of 35 installations. The US Federal Aviation Administration selected Sensis - now Saab Sensis - to equip 25 US airports with the system under a contract dating back to 2000. It was later expanded to 35 facilities, among them Atlanta, Denver, New York JFK and Chicago O'Hare. More



Ray LaHood rules out running for office after Cabinet term
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Ray LaHood, who heads the U.S. Department of Transportation, said he is staying in that job for one term only and will not run for public office again. LaHood, 65, is a Republican from Peoria, Ill., who served in Congress for 14 years ending in January 2009, when he became a Cabinet secretary for President Obama. More

Houston airports put $27.6 billion into economy
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The city's three airports generated $27.6 billion for the area's economy last year, according to a new report. The Houston Airport System recently completed the economic impact analysis of Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington airports, the first such study since 2003, when the airports pumped $24.2 billion into the economy. More

Airlines keep a tight grip on profits
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Airlines, facing recession fears and falling demand, defended profits by slashing the number of available seats. Apparently it worked. Of all the airlines rolling out third-quarter results next week only one, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. is expected to post a loss for the period. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier is burdened with the highest cost structure in the industry. More

Airport questions 'fees for services' bill from South Burlington, Vt.
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Burlington International Airport, struggling with a junk bond credit rating, diminished air traffic and debt from a $14.5 million garage expansion built without a funding source in place, is resisting financial demands from South Burlington, Vt. More

Airport gets $2 million to cut idle time of airplanes
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San Diego International Airport has received a $2 million grant for equipment that will eliminate the idling of jets at the passenger terminal and eliminate as much at 176 tons of carbon emissions over the next 20 years. The $2 million Voluntary Airport Low Emissions grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will be applied to the 10 jet ports under construction as part of the $1 billion Green Build project at the western-most end of the airport terminal complex.
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International Airport News



BAA to sell Edinburgh airport and keep Glasgow
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British airport operator BAA said it was putting its Edinburgh airport up for sale, bowing to the UK Competition Commission's order to sell a Scottish airport in order to pave the way for better competition. The Scottish airports fall outside BAA's portfolio of regulated assets - London airports Heathrow and Stansted - where the Civil Aviation Authority gets to set price caps on airport charges they can levy, making them attractive assets. More

Gatwick unveils 'iris at a distance' biometric security
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Gatwick Airport unveiled its new biometric security technology at the Biometrics 2011 conference in central London. The system, which was launched at the airport last week, employs 'iris at a distance' technology to speed up security checks. Supplied by Liverpool-based Human Recognition Systems (HRS), the new security checks work alongside a facial tracking system at Gatwick's South Terminal. More

Philippines may sell Manila airport, raise up to $2.5 billion
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The Philippines will consider selling the main Manila airport estimated to raise as much as $2.5 billion that the government can use to help fund the construction of an international airport in Clark, north of Manila, Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said in a recent statement. More

ACC News



ACC Finance Subcommittee established
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On Oct 11, 2011 an ACC Finance Subcommittee was established in response to the multitude of financial-related issues facing those involved in the development and operations of airports globally. The new subcommittee will seek to inform membership, leadership and external audiences on such issues as innovative financing, the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), grant assurances, passenger facility charges (PFCs), rates & charges, potential new revenue sources, privatization and regulatory constraints and opportunities among other areas.  An initial conference call of this subcommittee will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.  On this initial conference call, draft goals, objectives and membership parameters will be discussed. If you are interested in joining or knowing more about the subcommittee, please contact Marc Champigny with the Louis Berger Group at mchampigny@louisberger.com or ACC President Paula Hochstetler at paulah@acconline.org.
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Valuable TSA interface opportunity
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On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 during the ACC Annual Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Assistant Administrator for Security Capabilities & Chief Technology Officer Robin Kane and Deputy Assistant Administrator of Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM) Doug Hofsass. This is a unique opportunity for the private sector to discuss high-priority topics with TSA representatives who are in a position to make a difference.

The ACC Security Manufacturers Coalition will lead the "Breakfast Meeting with TSA" from 7:45 am - 8:30 am. The ACC Safety & Security Committee will lead the 9:30 am - 10:30 am discussion with Kane and Hofsass during their technical committee meeting. If you are interested in having specific topics included on the agenda of either of these events, contact Paula Hochstetler at paulah@acconline.org by Nov. 1, 2011.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Mica: No more FAA shutdowns
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Central Florida Congressman John Mica wants to pass a four-year aviation re-authorization bill by January.  But to come to an agreement, he doesn't want another FAA shutdown. "What's different is we've been there and done it," the Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told a crowd gathered at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. More

Investigating Safety Impacts of Energy Technologies on Airports and Aviation
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 28: Investigating Safety Impacts of Energy Technologies on Airports and Aviation explores physical, visual, and communications systems interference impacts from energy technologies on airports and aviation safety. More

Passenger Level of Service and Spatial Planning for Airport Terminals
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TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 55: Passenger Level of Service and Spatial Planning for Airport Terminals examines passenger perception of level of service related to space allocation in specific areas within airport terminals. More

Strategies for Reuse of Underutilized or Vacant Airport Facilities
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 25: Strategies for Reuse of Underutilized or Vacant Airport Facilities presents an overview of the issues surrounding the reuse of aeronautical facilities and terminals. More

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