Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 31, 2013

Transportation Secretary LaHood to leave office
USA Today
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he is leaving office after four years as arguably the most consumer-friendly secretary that airline passengers have had. LaHood, 67, a former Republican member of Congress serving in President Obama's Democratic administration, says he will stay until a successor is chosen and confirmed. He will be the sixth department head of 15 to leave as Obama begins his second term. More

FAA changes in Memphis save jet fuel, cut emissions and reduce aircraft noise
The Commercial Appeal
Federal regulators have tweaked a key aviation standard to improve the flow of cargo jets in and out of FedEx's world hub at Memphis International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says it has boosted overall efficiency at the Memphis airport by more than 15 percent by reducing separation between most of FedEx's jets. More

Airport-centric magazine takes flight in special niche
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Paul Bowers got caught up in the nation's most recent economic downturn, and he couldn't be happier. Bowers is founder and publisher of Airport Improvement magazine, a Brookfield business-to-business publication that serves the airport industry. Going on five years after he established it, the magazine continues to gain altitude. More

Culture and function: 'Airports have transformed from transportation hubs to shopping malls'
Airport World
Architect, Matt Honegger, reflects on the continued transformation of airports into multi-faceted facilities designed to meet ever-changing customer demands and business requirements. Over the past few decades, airports have transformed from transportation hubs to a new kind of entity. More

When listing airports, don't forget about the small ones
Peoria Journal Star
Steve Tarter writes, "Now I love lists. Give me a Top 10 on just about anything and I'll read it. But sometimes they're just not worth much. Take the latest from the Travel Leaders Group: Top 10 Best U.S. Airports (for connecting flights) and the inverse, the Top 10 Worst U.S. Airports (for connecting flights). Sounds reasonable but the problem is that the nation's busiest airports (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and New York) appear on both lists."More

New York City airspace seeks a decongestant
USA Today
DaWane Wanek has to travel from Texas to New York City for work several times a year, but he's figured out a way to avoid flying to do it. "On a perfect day, things are challenging, so when the slightest thing happens, say weather-related or, God forbid, the president comes to town, forget about it," he says of flying. More

Denver International Airport facelift underway
KUSA-TV
9NEWS got a look inside at the site, which is part of DIA's South Terminal Redevelopment Program. The area, known to construction workers as "The Hole," will be the future home of a 500-room Westin Hotel and a public-transit center to house the East Rail Line, which will connect the airport to Denver.More

American Eagle will compete for flying of larger regional jets
Airline Biz Blog
Dan Garton, president and chief executive of AMR Eagle, told the troops that the carrier wasn't able to bid for the flying that American Airlines is sending to Republic Airlines. AMR Eagle was "not in a position to meet a key requirement of securing and financing large regional jets in the timeframe requested," Garton said in a message to his employees.More

US is 'gold standard for aviation security' says TSA's Pistole
TheStreet
The best indication that the Transportation Security Administration is doing its job well is that terrorists appear to have little interest in challenging it. Since the agency was established following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, every attempt to attack U.S. commercial aviation has been initiated at one of the 275 airports around the world with non-stop service to the U.S., said TSA Administrator John Pistole, who spoke with reporters in Charlotte. More

Airport rally seen extending to longest in 20 years
Bloomberg
U.S. airport debt is on pace to beat the $3.7 trillion municipal market for the longest stretch in at least two decades as carriers' finances improve and a growing economy spurs Americans to travel. Airport bonds earned 8.6 percent in 2012, compared with the broader market's 7.3 percent gain, data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch show. In 2011 the securities earned 14 percent to the market's 11 percent. A third year of outsized gains would be unprecedented, according to the data, which began in 1993. More

Tulsa airport runway rehab under way
Tulsa World
After 30 years, a runway begins to show its age. Repeated landings of 150,000-pound aircraft at Tulsa International Airport's 10,000-foot main north-south runway have taken a toll on the pavement, airport executives said. More

TSA head in Charlotte, NC, pitching smarter, kinder security at airports
Charlotte Observer
John Pistole knows that most people like the Transportation Security Administration - which provides security at 450 of the nation's airports - about as much as the Internal Revenue Service or Department of Motor Vehicles. He's hoping to change that. More

Atlanta airport best for amenities, business travel in US
Reuters
Atlanta's Hartsfield airport has the best services and amenities of any in the United States and scored top marks for business travel and connecting flights, according to a recent poll. The southern hub was also voted the best airport for dining, and placed third for activities to keep children occupied, the survey by Travel Leaders Group found. More

Overseas travel remains a bright spot
Orlando Sentinel
International travel to the United States rose 6 percent in August, according to federal government statistics, marking the 17th consecutive month of rising international traffic. The top two inbound markets remained Canada and Mexico, which rose 6 percent and 2 percent respectively for the month. More

Canadian federal government wants more private sector cash in new infrastructure plan
Postmedia News
The federal government is hoping to use its upcoming budget to introduce a new long-term infrastructure plan for municipalities that draws more private-sector dollars to match billions of dollars in federal investments in city roads, public transit, water systems and other infrastructure. More

Paris airport opens museum for passengers
The Epoch Times
The new Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport launched its art museum Espace Musées on Jan. 15, a space to showcase the best of French art. The idea is not as innovative as it is ambitious. Amsterdam Airport already exhibits the Rijksmuseum collections, and Toulouse Airport has hosted contemporary art since last May. However, the project of the Charles de Gaulle will be at the second largest European airport in terms of passengers - 61 million last year - and the seventh largest airport in the world. More

Nürnberg Airport welcomes Ryanair and new Air France London City service
anna.aero
When airberlin announced recently that its network strategy would be based around development at four main hubs (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Palma de Mallorca and Vienna) the management team at Nürnberg Airport in southern Germany will have started to worry.More

Come see us in New Orleans!
ACC
Visit ACC in Booth 18 at the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in New Orleans to hear about membership, getting engaged and upcoming events and services!More

View the agenda for the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in Memphis!
ACC
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. The early registration deadline to receive reduced rates is Monday, Feb. 11.More

TSA looks for ways to use data to expand PreCheck trusted travelers
Homeland Security Today
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held an industry day to explore the possibility of using commercial data to prescreen air passengers and thus speed their physical screening at U.S. airports. TSA has been putting trusted travelers through expedited screening through its PreCheck program but the agency is now seeking ways to expand the population of travelers eligible for faster and lighter screening. More

Legal Issues Related to Developing Safety Management Systems and Safety Risk Management at US Airports
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 19: Legal Issues Related to Developing Safety Management Systems and Safety Risk Management at U.S. Airports explores the basics of a safety management systems (SMS); discusses the concept of a "just culture;" highlights efforts to implement SMS at airports and in other industries such as maritime, patient safety, and oil and gas; examines theories under which SMS could lead to increased liability for airports; and provides a review of select state sunshine laws and the federal Freedom of Information Act.More

National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: Clarification of Wildlife Hazard Management Requirements for Non-Certificated Federally Obligated Airports
FAA
This action extends the comment period for a Notice that was published on Dec. 10, 2012. Nothing has changed from the original document published on Dec. 10, 2012. In that document, the FAA proposed to clarify Grant Assurance No. 19, "Operation and Maintenance," which is required of an airport sponsor as a condition of receiving a development grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). More