Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 2, 2014

A new era for ACC
T.J. Schulz, President, Airport Consultants Council
A prosperous and productive 2014 to each of you ! It is clear that 2013 was a year of change for the airport development industry. As you can see in our year-end staff report, ACC showed its ability to be nimble and adaptive, and became a much stronger technical resource to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Congress. The past year also offered the ACC community an opportunity to reflect on Paula Hochstetler's imprint on the Council after 20 years as president. Thanks to Paula's leadership, ACC stands stronger than ever.More

Lawmakers eyeing next FAA reauthorization bill
Aviation International News
House Transportation Committee chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., set the table for the next round of FAA reauthorization and federal aviation programs when he told the International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C., last month that "we have to begin laying the groundwork now." The current FAA reauthorization became law in 2012 and expires in September 2015.More

The future of aviation: Airline leaders' predictions
The Associated Press via USA Today
On the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight, The Associated Press reached out to today's leaders in aviation to get their predictions on the future of flying.More

Cyber terrorism is 'biggest threat to aircraft'
The Telegraph
The threat of cyber terrorism poses a major risk to aircrafts' systems every time they enter an airport, a senior Boeing executive has said. More

Q&A: What robots mean for airport security
The Wall Street Journal
Aviation and government authorities world-wide have started automating parts of airport security and immigration, including using computers to verify fliers' identities, an effort to reduce wait times that's raising questions over its effect on safety.More

Cuts in air service stifling midsize cities
As the U.S. airline industry continues to shrink, dozens of small and midsize cities are scrambling to try to maintain their economic lifelines. Take Syracuse, N.Y. The city has been struggling to bounce back from the Great Recession by promoting high-tech business to replace factory jobs that have melted away. Some of the most promising growth has come from emerging radar technologies that have drawn interest from the Defense Department, according to Mayor Stephanie Miner. More

Atlantic City, NJ, airport starts campaign for more flights
USA Today
New Jersey state officials are hoping a new $500,000 advertising campaign will attract more airline service and reverse a drop in passenger traffic at Atlantic City International Airport next year. The South Jersey Transportation Authority, the state agency that owns the airport, has approved the campaign, according to the Press of Atlantic City. More

New York-area airports gear up for Super Bowl
Aviation International News
Next month, as the Super Bowl and its pageantry take the New York City area by storm for the first time, local GA airports and service providers are hoping that metaphorical storm will be the only one on the radar. At last year's NFL championship game, held in New Orleans, more than 80 percent of the approximately 800 private aircraft in town for the game departed in the hours immediately after the Baltimore Ravens hoisted the championship trophy.More

Grazing herd at O'Hare successfully completes landscaping project initiative
Earlier this year, the Chicago Department of Aviation hired a herd of goats, sheep, llamas and burros to help maintain landscaping at up to 120 acres of land on four sites identified for grazing on O'Hare International Airport property. The sites included hilly areas along creeks or streams and roadway right-of ways that were overcrowded with dense scrub vegetation that is difficult to maintain with traditional landscaping equipment.More

FAA wants pilots with high body mass index to undergo sleep testing
Aviation International News
Ever since two pilots fell asleep in the cockpit of a Bombardier CRJ operating as Go! Flight 1002 during a February 2008 flight from Honolulu to Hilo, Hawaii, the NTSB has urged the FAA to tackle the issue of obstructive sleep apnea among pilots.More

Seatac's minimum-wage measure faces setback
Los Angeles Times via
A closely watched ballot measure that would set the minimum wage at $15 an hour for certain workers in the small city of SeaTac was dealt another setback, when a superior court judge ruled that the proposition would not affect employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.More

At Newark airport, a 3-D distraction
The New York Times
Post-holiday travelers facing delays at Newark Liberty International Airport currently have something other than departure screens to stare at, thanks to a recently added distraction: a free 3-D movie. More

ServiceTec International chosen to remain as provider of IT services at OAK
ServiceTec International, Inc.
ServiceTec International, Inc. announced that has once again been selected by the Port of Oakland to provide on-site IT services at Oakland International Airport. As part of a new, multi-year agreement, ServiceTec will continue to provide support for a wide range of the airport's IT needs including the common use passenger check-in environment, flight information display systems, network and infrastructure support, and site management. ServiceTec will also participate in planning, scheduling and executing equipment and system installations including upgrades and replacement projects.More

Cyber terrorism is 'biggest threat to aircraft'
The Telegraph
The threat of cyber terrorism poses a major risk to aircrafts' systems every time they enter an airport, a senior Boeing executive has said.More

Beijing Capital Airport handles 80 millionth pax for the year, remain second busiest worldwide
Centre for Aviation
China's Beijing Capital International Airport stated year-to-date passengers at the airport exceeded 80 million on Dec. 14, 2013, an increase of 2.2 percent year-on-year.More

FAA makes tower closing decision
The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.More

Abu Dhabi airport showing fast growth
By Matt Falcus
Abu Dhabi International Airport is seeing the results of investment as traffic growth has come in at over 12 percent in the previous year, and passenger numbers are up almost 10 percent in the last month. November's figures saw 1.33 million passengers use the airport, and almost 12,000 aircraft movements. This boost reinforces the airport's position within the busy Middle East against nearby competitors at Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain. Aside from these official figures, a number of positive news stories have emerged from Abu Dhabi over the past couple of weeks.More

Montreal's airport assigns passengers screening times
USA Today
The worst part of traveling for many people is the long wait at security to get to the gate. One airport in Canada is experimenting with a new service that could eliminate that hassle. Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport recently launched an online service that lets passengers ask for an assigned time to pass through screening rather than leaving it to chance, according to CBC News in Canada.More

Air China ups widebody capacity for US routes
Aviation Today
Air China will upgrade the aircraft it flies on U.S. routes to 777-300ER jets as of Feb. 11, 2014. At that time, all its routes to continental U.S. destinations San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston will be flown on the Boeing widebody aircraft Air China announced Dec. 30.More

Singapore leads surge in airport construction across Asia-Pacific
The Economic Times
Travelers passing through the gigantic Changi International Airport here rarely have to wait long for bags or boarding. Unlike many other airports in this fast-growing region, Singapore's airport can handle far more than the 53 million travelers that embarked and departed there this year.More

Gatwick latest airport to land A380, thanks to Emirates
USA Today
The footprint of Airbus A380 superjumbo jet continues to grow. Emirates will begin flying the world's largest passenger jet to London's Gatwick Airport on March 30. There have long been A380 flights to London's Heathrow Airport, but this will be the first regularly scheduled passenger service on the A380 to Gatwick.More

More infrastructure won't make Hong Kong airport more competitive
South China Morning Post
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project that was planned before the handover will finally be completed in 2016. But times have changed from when it was conceived: the convergence of Hong Kong and the mainland has already been made possible in many ways, due to the 24-hour open border and upcoming high-speed railway. As a result, the bridge has lost the economic function that it was supposed to serve, which means it might easily turn into a white elephant.More

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The CTX 5800 recently was added to the TSA RSEDS QPL, thereby allowing for new and innovative checked baggage screening designs using this state-of-the-art technology. These designs can accommodate a number of applications, including screening out-of-gauge bags — such as golf clubs. The CTX 9800 also has state-of-the-art technology enhancements that will allow for easy upgradability to high speed screening capability. Register for this free opportunity to join ACC on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. to hear about this new checked baggage technology.More

ACRP Progress Report: January 2014
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Progress Report highlights the value of near-term practical solutions developed by ACRP since it was established in 2005. Through its unique engagement with stakeholders and well-established research process, ACRP provides the airport community with relevant, valuable guidance and tools that have proven to help practitioners successfully manage their day-to-day operations, avoid common problems, and take advantage of new opportunities for growth and innovation.More

FAA UAS Test Site Program
Precision Pays
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving steadily ahead to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the largest, most complex air traffic systems in the world. The agency's activities must address the needs of a diverse aviation community while ensuring current users both in the air and on the ground remain safe.More

Recycling Best Practices — A Guidebook for Advancing Recycling from Aircraft Cabins
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 100: Recycling Best Practices — A Guidebook for Advancing Recycling from Aircraft Cabins describes procedures for recycling airport, airline, and flight kitchen waste and includes action plans designed to improve recycling and reduce waste disposal costs for airports of varying sizes and characteristics.More