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Airport Consulting Weekly
Dec. 22, 2011
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Airport subsidies: Rural lifeline or money waster?
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Graydon Grotberg remembers when his hometown of International Falls, Minn., had no commercial airport. Now, he can't imagine life without it. More than a half-century ago, Grotberg boarded a Greyhound bus for the 300-mile trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul where he enlisted in Marine Corps boot camp amid the Korean War. Two years later, he returned home to Minnesota and a bus brought him back to International Falls, safe and sound. More

Domestic Airport News

Looking to streamline airport security screenings
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travelers in the midst of another holiday season of shuffling shoeless through seemingly interminable airport security lines may find it difficult to imagine a future where screenings are not only speedy but thorough. But Kenneth Dunlap, director of security at the International Air Transport Association, a global airline lobbying group, suggested just such a situation, seemingly straight out of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Total Recall." In it, travelers would stop only briefly to identify themselves before entering a tunnel where machines would screen them for metals, explosives and other banned items as they walked through. More

Landing the FAA's top job
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who will be the next pilot of the Federal Aviation Administration? Former chief Randy Babbitt's drunken driving arrest - and subsequent resignation several days later - caught the aviation industry by surprise. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta was immediately named to replace him in the interim, but a permanent nominee might fall prey to 2012 politics. More

Aviation, highway funding fights on tap for 2012
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The beginning of 2012 could feel a lot like the summer of 2011, as lawmakers will be faced with another decision on the funding of the Federal Aviation Administration in the first month of the new year. Congress passed a short-term extension of the agency's funding after talks on a long-term bill broke down in a disagreement over labor rules for transportation workers this summer - and the agency was temporarily shut down for two weeks. But the short-term measure expires on Jan. 31, meaning the issue will be back on lawmakers' desks very early in the new year. More

Los Angeles airport board discusses closing one Ontario terminal
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Because passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport is continuing to drop, officials began to explore closing one of the airport's two terminals. The idea comes as Ontario International finds itself among the fastest-declining midsize airports in the country. A pillar of pride for the Inland Empire, the sprawling facility - owned and operated by the city of Los Angeles - lost a third of its 7.2 million passengers during the economic downturn between 2007 and 2010. The airport is on track to have as many passengers this year as it saw in 1987. Nationally, only Cincinnati is shedding travelers at a faster pace. More

Delta plays catch-up to woo business fliers with $1.2 billion JFK overhaul
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Delta Air Lines Inc.'s $1.2 billion overhaul at New York's Kennedy airport is taking shape as the carrier bolsters its international hub in the busiest and most competitive U.S. aviation market. Expanding Terminal 4 will bring all Delta's overseas gates under one roof and add a lounge as big as five basketball courts. That consolidation will allow for the demolition of the adjacent, 1960s-era Terminal 3 that a Delta executive once said evoked a "Third World country." More

Boyd Group takes a look at the causes behind the AMR/American Airlines bankruptcy filing
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Terry Maxon writes, "The Boyd Group's report on AMR's bankruptcy has hit the must-read list, at least for many AMR, American Airlines and American Eagle employees. At 6 p.m. Dec. 1, I received a Boyd Group International email announcing its special report. I read it, thought it was well thought out. In fact, I used some of it when I did a story for Dec. 4 in which we looked at how AMR and American drifted downward into bankruptcy, and I talked to Mike Boyd about his conclusions." More

Skype offers free airport WiFi for the holidays
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Beginning tomorrow, you'll be able to tap into free WiFi access at major airports across the country, courtesy of Skype. "From Dec. 21-27, travelers passing through or delayed in over 50 airports across the country will be able to access third-party hotspots using Skype WiFi and connect with loved ones via a Skype video or voice call for free," the voice-over IP service wrote in an official blog post. More

Bill would ease airport screening of troops
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Military personnel and possibly even their relatives will get a faster route through airport security under legislation Congress is expected to approve decisively this week and send to President Obama. The legislation is the latest government effort to focus security screening on the worst threats, under what is called a risk-based strategy. Other steps the Transportation Security Administration has taken include experiments allowing pilots to skirt security lines at some airports and having expedited screening for frequent flyers on several airlines. More

20 best US airports for tech travelers
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Looking for a place where you can get things done - or be entertained - while waiting for a flight? We tested Wi-Fi quality and cell reception (and counted electrical outlets) at the 40 largest airports in the United States, to find the ones that do the best job of keeping you plugged in at the gate and in the air. More

International Airport News

Delhi Airport braces up for foggy days ahead
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With Met department predicting 120 hours of dense fog till mid February, Delhi Airport is bracing up for winter woes by providing additional bays to function in low visibility, flight updates on social networking sites and better facilities for passengers in case of disruptions. More

Film producer leads calls for 'Václav Havel airport'
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Prague's international airport should be renamed in honor of former president Václav Havel, a well known Prague-based film producer has suggested. "To put up statues and pass laws in parliament is quite nice, but the best proof that we will continue to take care about democracy and freedom in our country is a place we encounter daily," Fero Fenic, a well-known film producer at home and abroad told the Czech daily Lidové noviny. More

ACC News

Begin the new year with the latest information on computing and reporting PCNs
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Join ACC for the latest training in airport pavements at the ACC Institute Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Aimed at engineers and practitioners responsible for the design or construction of new or rehabilitated airfield pavements, this course consists of a combination of lecture discussion and pavement design workshops from airport consultants, FAA representatives and other industry leaders. It reflects the changes to FAA AC 5320-6E and provides hands-on experience with FAARFIELD, the FAA's pavement design software. With the recent release of the revised Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5335-5B Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN, and the impending PCN reporting requirements for both primary and non-primary airports with air carrier aircraft, the approximate half-day of this workshop spent on computing and reporting PCNs is essential content for airport engineers. At the end of the course, successful participants will have completed 18 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and will be able to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects, calculate a PCN, and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools. More


Airport Industry Familiarization and Training for Part-Time Airport Policy Makers
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 58: Airport Industry Familiarization and Training for Part-Time Airport Policy Makers highlights policy issues affecting airport administrative and operational decisions. The report is designed to provide airport policy leaders, stakeholders, and policy-related decision makers with a common framework to understand airport administrative and operational requirements in order to assist them in making more informed policy decisions. More

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