Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 17, 2013

US Rep Frank LoBiondo appointed to chair of House Aviation Subcommittee
The Press of Atlantic City
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo has been named chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee. Following the appointment, LoBiondo said he was thrilled and vowed to highlight the work being done locally at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. More

How delays propagate across the US airport network
MIT Technology Review
Flight delays are the bane of any traveler. They also have an economic impact, an estimated of $40 billion per year in the U.S. alone, according to the 2008 Report of the Congress Joint Economic Committee. So a better understanding of the nature of flight delays is surely of great interest. More

FAA to review Boeing's 787 Dreamliner
The Washington Post
The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a thorough review of Boeing's troubled 787 plane, the agency announced. The review follows a spate of recent problems for the Dreamliner, including an electrical fire that occurred at Boston's Logan International Airport. More

FAA's NextGen Program reaches critical period
Aviation Week
The next year looms as a critical period for the U.S. effort to revamp its air traffic management (ATM) system. While some of the core programs are on track to achieve major deployment milestones, the FAA will need to show that it has solved policy and technology headaches that still could stymie progress. More

Pierce County, Wash., to update master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport
Gig Harbor Patch
Pierce County will update the master plan for the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor in 2013. The county and stakeholders will evaluate potential alternatives and determine how best to meet the community's long-term development needs so that future airport improvements are eligible for federal funding. More

Chicago Department of Aviation releases Sustainability Report
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has released its 2012 Sustainability Report, A Sustainable Path, which documents the CDA's green accomplishments at O'Hare and Midway International Airports last year. It also sets forth goals for Chicago to maintain its position as a global leader in airport sustainability. More

Feds approve central Idaho airport plans
The Associated Press via KTVB-TV
A spokesman for an engineering firm says the Federal Aviation Administration has given approval to the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority to pursue two possible paths to improve safety for passengers flying into the resort area of central Idaho. Dave Mitchell of T-O Engineers says the improvements will bring the airport in Hailey into compliance with runway safety standards by relocating and extending the airport's taxiways and relocating airport hangars. More

ODOT eyeing improvements at general aviation airports as part of focus study
Columbus Business First
The Ohio Department of Transportation is taking a tour of the state to help shape funding priorities for future capital projects at Ohio's small airports. The department is trying to find out how the 97 publicly funded general aviation airports throughout Ohio contribute to their individual communities, what improvements are needed and what concerns exist about local airports. It's tapping the airports, pilots and the public to help answer those questions and compiling the results as part of ODOT's Airport Focus Study. More

Duluth, Minn.'s new airport terminal ready for takeoff
Duluth News Tribune
No doubt about it. The Duluth International Airport's new $78 million, state-of-the-art passenger terminal opening has the wow factor. It starts with the jaw-dropping check-in lobby with a glass-fronted wall rising 40 feet to the wave-shaped roof. More

Gleaming airport renovations greet Super Bowl fans
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Beyond the new railings, light fixtures, colorful sculptures and fresh carpeting laid out for the Super Bowl masses, Louisiana politicians and business bigwigs alike are hoping the $305 million renovation to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport turns out to be more than just window dressing for a ball game. More

Airport hotel discount
The Wall Street Journal
Despite the continuing recovery in commercial real estate, some properties are changing hands at fire-sale prices, a reminder that lenders still have lots of properties on their books that they are selling at deep discounts. More

China's new $11.2 billion Beijing Airport to open in 2018
International Business Times
Beijing is already one of the world's most important cities, with its 20 million inhabitants and its role as the capital of a rising power and second-biggest economy in the world. But it lacks one thing when compared to its fellow mega-metropolises like New York, Paris, Tokyo and London: It has only one airport. More

Park and fly: Airports becoming innovative and futuristic when it comes to parking services
Airport World
What are the world's airports doing in terms of car parking initiatives? Nicole Nelson investigates. From Arizona to Asia, airports are becoming increasingly innovative and futuristic when it comes to parking services. While Heathrow's spage-age pod system may have grabbed the global headlines, there are plenty of other examples of airports investing in state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering new services in a bid to boost operational efficiency, customer service levels and, of course, revenues.More

Hungary's budget threat fades as airport recovers
The danger of an 800 billion forint hit to the Hungarian budget from compensation payments linked to a fall in business at Budapest airport faded as airport operator Hochtief said the facility was doing well. Last year's collapse of state-owned carrier Malev, which was responsible for 40 percent of annual sales at Budapest airport, raised concerns a corresponding fall in passenger numbers could trigger payments to the five airport operators under a so-called hardship clause. More

Japanese airlines ground Dreamliner fleets after emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport
Fast Company
Two Japanese airlines have grounded their entire Dreamliner fleets, after the emergency landing of a Boeing 787 this morning. A total of 24 planes belonging to All Nippon Airlines and Japan Air have been withdrawn from service after the pilot of ANA flight NH 692 saw a cockpit light come on warning of smoke in one of the plane's electrical compartments. More

Stansted airport attracts three $1.6 billion bids
London's Stansted airport has attracted three final bids each worth about 1 billion pounds, three sources close to the matter said. A deal would give its new owner access to Britain's fourth largest airport, which flew 17.4 million passengers last year. More

Register now for two new ACC Institute webinars on Safety Management Systems in February
The ACC Institute will present two separate webinar sessions on safety management systems (SMS) during the month of February. The first session, Implementation of a Safety Risk Management Process, webinar will give a general overview of the four components of an SMS program, with a specific focus on the core area of Safety Risk Management (SRM) for both day to day operations and planning and construction purposes in the movement and non-movement areas as defined under the FAA Draft FAR Part 139 SMS rule and draft AC 150/5200-37A, as well as FAA Internal Order 5200.11. The second session, Managing the FAA Risk Analysis Process, webinar will look at a specific component of SMS that FAA has already implemented—safety risk management (SRM) for airport planning and development projects and standards (the risk analysis process).  It will explain the relationship between the proposed regulation for SMS at Part 139 airports, and the new SRM requirements.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

Legal Aspects of Airport Programs: 2012
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 16: Legal Aspects of Airport Programs is a digest of the background and status of ACRP Project 11-01, Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. More

Industry group begins to study portable electronics use
Government and industry experts including representatives from the mobile technology and aviation manufacturing industries, pilot and flight attendant groups, and airlines, kicked off their first meeting to study portable electronic devices (PEDs). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formed the group to examine the current PED policies and procedures aircraft operators use to determine when these devices can be used safely during flight. More

Napolitano to stay on for second term
The Hill
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will remain in President Obama's Cabinet at the start of his second term, a White House official confirmed to The Hill. Napolitano is the latest member of the president's Cabinet to choose to stay on. She joins Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, all of whom the White House said would remain in their posts. More

Safety Enhancements, Certification of Airports
This rulemaking amends regulations pertaining to certification of airports to clarify that the applicability of these regulations is based only on passenger seats in passenger-carrying operations as determined by either the regulations or the aircraft type certificate.More