Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 10, 2013

2013: The year ahead in air travel
Uncertainty. About the only thing aviation industry insiders are clear on heading into 2013 is that there are very few sure bets to be had. Following a banner 2012 highlighted by a thousand or so orders for its 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing faces a possible workers strike. Fallout could be devastating. More

FCC to boost Wi-Fi speeds in airports, public places
Chicago Tribune
Telecommunications regulators are planning a push to increase Wi-Fi speed in airports, convention centers and other major hubs where travelers see download speeds slow to a maddening crawl. Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the agency planned to free up unlicensed spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band to improve Wi-Fi service in speed and capacity. More

Shuster lays out agenda for House Transportation Committee
The Hill
New House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said that the panel will make sure transportation is a high priority in the 113th Congress. In an op-ed published in Roll Call, Shuster said transportation is important because it's "about people and how they live their lives. How they get to work; get their children to school; go to stores to buy food, clothing and other necessities; and how they visit family and friends."More

Airlines scrap clunkers sooner as oil prices bite
Jets are heading off to their final resting place at a rate similar to cars as airlines scrap aircraft at earlier stages, according to new research by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Aircraft are being "parted out" - scrapped and sent to the jet cemetery - after just seven to eight years, compared to traditional lifespans of 20-25 years, as airlines look for newer, more fuel-efficient models. More

Pilot shortage looms for airlines
USA Today
Some U.S. airlines may see a pilot crunch as soon as this year, as thousands of pilots start to retire and new rules requiring extra training and more rest start to kick in, some aviation analysts say. As the economy slowly improves, potentially increasing the desire by Americans to travel, a wave of pilots is reaching the federally mandated retirement age of 65. They'll be walking out the door just as it gets harder for a new crop of pilots to walk in because of new rules set to begin in August that require co-pilots to have as many flight hours as captains before they can work in a cockpit. More

Jeff Fegan announces retirement as DFW Airport CEO
Global Airport Cities
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport's CEO Jeff Fegan has announced that he will retire on Sept. 1, 2013 after 19 years in the role. Jeff Fegan is one of the longest serving airport CEOs in the world and has been at DFW International Airport in different roles for the past 28 years. More

Minor airline fender benders a major safety concern
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It was barely a bump. But it demonstrated a critical safety problem: airliners, loaded with people and fuel, occasionally collide with other planes, service trucks, baggage carts and jet bridges while on the ground. More

Boeing's 787 faces scrutiny after several reports of mishaps
NBC News
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is facing fresh scrutiny after two incidents involving the new model passenger plane at Boston's Logan International Airport. Richard Walsh, a spokesman for Massport, told NBC News that a fuel leak was discovered on a Tokyo-bound 787 while it was on the taxiway. The airplane was towed back to the gate and passengers deplaned. More

New TSA program makes fast security lines at Tampa International even faster
Tampa Bay Times
Delta fliers at Tampa International Airport can already enjoy the convenience of using the Transportation Security Administration's prescreening program. By agreeing to undergo background checks in advance, select fliers can get through Airside E security without taking anything off, or opening their laptops, or even taking liquids out of their carry-ons. More

Airport security checks might change
The Los Angeles Times
Catherine Hamm writes, "Travelers are as diverse as the destinations they're headed to, but on this much many can agree: Getting through airport security is, at best, annoying. I'm tired of taking my shoes off, sick of removing my laptop and my liquids, fed up with feeling like a suspect in some sinister plot of which I am completely unaware. But after a sit-down with the head of the Transportation Security Administration, I have some hope that things will change for the better in 2013, thanks to a risk-based assessment approach to security."More

Runway closures mean delays at SFO
San Mateo County Times via
Even on sunny days travelers flying to and from San Francisco International Airport may see extra delays in 2013. That's because the airport will be temporarily shutting down some runways in January, April and June as part of a multiyear construction project. Travelers on shorter, West Coast flights could see their departures pushed back by 30-45 minutes, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said. More

Airline industry turbulence has hindered passenger growth at Mineta San Jose International Airport
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose's arduous campaign to establish the first direct flight between Silicon Valley and Asia in more than six years highlights the obstacles regional airports face in luring more planes to terminals in an era of airline industry cost-cutting. More

New group targets New York City's 'embarrassing' airports
Crain's New York Business
When developer Joseph Sitt returns to New York from places like Paris, Singapore and Dubai, walking though John F. Kennedy International Airport triggers two emotions. "Embarrassment," he said, "and jealousy."More

Loveland, Colo.'s airport considered for 'virtual' tower
Loveland Reporter-Herald
A first-in-the-world solution to air traffic control might be in the offing for Loveland's airport with city, state and federal collaborators working on a system that would make a control tower unnecessary. Denver consultant William Payne described a "blended airspace" traffic management system at a November meeting of the two-city committee that runs the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, and the cities have been inching toward implementation since. More

Malaysia's YTL Corp, Malaysia Airports in joint bid for UK's Stansted Airport
Fox Business
Two Malaysian companies have formed a consortium to bid for the U.K.'s Stansted Airport in a deal valued around one billion pounds ($1.6 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said. Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd has teamed up with YTL Corp. Bhd - a Malaysian conglomerate with interests in power plants, construction, cement and property development - to work on the deal, one of the people told Dow Jones Newswires. More

Mayor to leave panel overseeing delayed Berlin airport
The New York Times
The seemingly endless series of delays and debacles entangling the new Berlin airport claimed its first political victim, after the project's planned opening was pushed back yet again. The mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, who helped build the city's reputation as an affordable, bohemian metropolis, told reporters that he would quit as head of the board overseeing construction of the airport. He said he would stay on as mayor, despite calls for his ouster. More

Sydney airport is forecast to hit full capacity by 2025
The Australian
Sydney airport will reach its full capacity 20 years earlier than its management expects, predicts a new report, adding fuel to demands for a second airport in the harbor city. In the report titled "Sydney Versus the World," Commonwealth Bank infrastructure analysts have calculated that Sydney airport will hit capacity by 2025, when about 60 million passengers a year will be using the major transport hub. More

Deadline for reduced hotel rates for Symposium: Friday, Jan. 11!
Have you registered for the preeminent technical event in the industry? Rooms are being held for the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, phone (504) 581-1000. All attendees will receive a special rate of $179 single/double. Reservations must be made by Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in order to guarantee this rate. Reservations made after this date only can be honored on a space and rate available basis. To make your hotel reservations, call the hotel toll free at (877) 622-3056 and identify yourself as part of the ACC/AAAE Airport Symposium group.More

View the agenda for the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in Memphis!
View the latest agenda for the ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be on how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Registration for the course includes an airport tour of construction projects at Memphis International Airport and a tour of the FedEx sorting facility at the airport.More

Statement on Airport Safety Management System Rulemaking
The Statement explains that the Department of Transportation has amended the next stage for the Airport SMS rulemaking as a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM). It discusses next steps, identifies issues being considered, and provides a timeline for the SNPRM. More

TSA testing broader PreCheck trusted-traveler eligibility
Business Traveler News
A new Transportation Security Administration behavioral screening program will allow more air passengers who appear non-threatening to enter special PreCheck airport security lanes, where travelers may not be required to remove their shoes or their laptops from bags. The program, unofficially called "managed inclusion," is being tested in airports in Indianapolis and Tampa, Fla. More

Updated Airport Privatization Pilot Program Fact Sheet
The Fact Sheet reflects the updated application status of Chicago Midway and Luis Munoz Marin Airports. More

FAA, aerospace companies face new sequestration deadline
Air Transport World
The U.S. FAA and U.S. aerospace companies have been temporarily spared from the consequences of steep across-the-board federal government budget cuts that were scheduled to become law. Congress on New Year's Day passed a "fiscal cliff" deal that revised U.S. tax rates and postponed the cuts known as budget sequestration - but the budget reductions are now set to take effect March 1.More