Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 2, 2012

Lawmakers agree on a $63 billion, four-year FAA bill that boosts air traffic modernization
The Washington Post
An agreement on a bill to provide operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration over the next four years and to boost the agency's air traffic modernization effort was reached by House and Senate negotiators, culminating a five-year struggle that included a partial shutdown of the agency.More

Napolitano: Expanded pre-screening could spare more airline passengers intrusive body searches
The Houston Chronicle
Those intrusive pat-downs at airport screening checkpoints may be unpleasant. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says they're still essential to combat the continuing terrorist threat besieging the nation's commercial aviation system. The homeland security chief defended steps taken by the Transportation Security Administration during her annual address describing the state of homeland security more than a decade after the 9-11 attacks.More

Airports may provide useful home for alternative energy
The NWI Times
Unused airport land such as at O'Hare International Airport might be one option for the placement of alternative energy production systems, including solar panels, windmills and biofuels. Alternative energy production requires a lot of space with minimal disruption from wildlife, which is already the case for safety reasons at airports across the United States, according to a study published in the most recent issue of Environmental Management. More

Oklahoma's Gov. Mary Fallin opposes user fee for general aviation
The Oklahoman
In a letter to President Barack Obama's administration, Gov. Mary Fallin voices her opposition to a proposed user fee on general aviation aircraft. The Alliance for Aviation Across America publicized letters from Fallin and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch supporting the general aviation industry and opposing the proposed tax. More

Maine's small regional airports confront big challenges
MPBN
Two of Maine's smaller regional airports are facing some tough challenges ahead. They're reliant on a federally-subsidized air service, often flying planes that are mostly empty. Now the search is on to find a carrier to replace a key daily service - an airlink to Boston described by many as an economic lifeline for northern and downeast Maine. Tonight we have the first of two reports. More

Airports fight it out in Los Angeles
The Bond Buyer
The tug of war between Los Angeles World Airports and Ontario city officials over control of LA/Ontario International Airport has picked up steam over the past few weeks, but the issue appears unlikely to be resolved any time soon. More

LAX: American Airlines changes Terminal 4 to self-service check-in
The Los Angeles Times
American Airlines has changed its Terminal 4 lobby at LAX from old-fashioned ticket counters to self-service kiosks, which, it says, is designed to streamline check-in and bag drop. AA agents are out in front rather than behind the counter. These agents can show passengers who aren’t familiar with kiosks how to use them. The 36 machines in T4 West Lobby can check in both international and domestic passengers. More

LaGuardia, Newark Liberty airports under consideration for improvements to terminals
The Associated Press via New Jersey Real-Time News
The agency that owns the New York City area's major airports says it is considering improvements to terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. Tuesday was the deadline for contractors to send proposals to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace La Guardia's Central Terminal. The agency will be looking at them over the next few months. More

55 major European airports join carbon emissions program, industry group says
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Fifty-five major European airports accounting for over half of all passenger traffic on the continent are now part of a program aimed at cutting carbon emissions, Airports Council International said. Airports are changing airport vehicles and buses to electric or hybrid power, and installing solar panels to generate the airport's own electricity, among other measures. Specific taxiing techniques are used to reduce fuel burn, and ground power is provided to parked airliners instead of having them leave their engines running. More

BAA loses appeal over Stansted airport sale
Reuters
Airport operator BAA must sell London Stansted airport, Britain's fourth busiest, after a court dismissed its appeal against a ruling by the UK's competition watchdog. The ruling is the latest twist in a long battle between BAA and the Competition Commission CC.L stretching back to 2009 when it ruled that the group exerted a dominant hold on airports in Scotland and the southeast of England. More

Heathrow Airport to build temporary 'Games Terminal' for Olympics 2012
AOL Travel UK
Tourists heading to the UK for the 2012 London Olympics will no doubt be relieved to hear that Heathrow has unveiled plans to build a temporary terminal for athletes when the Games finish. The Games Terminal will be the departure point for around 10,100 athletes, and will alleviate congestion on other terminals and immigration checks. More

Beat the deadline for discounted hotel rates in Denver
ACC
Reserve your accommodations at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel now for the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium from Feb. 29-March 2, 2012. Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 3 to guarantee the discounted rate for conference attendees. All reservations made after this deadline will be honored on a space and rate available basis. To make your hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (303) 893-3333 or toll free at (800) 325-3535 and identify yourself as part of the ACC/AAAE Airport Symposium group. More

AC 150/5200-36A, Qualifications for Wildlife Biologist Conducting Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Training Curriculums for Airport Personnel Involved in Controlling Wildlife Hazards on Airports
FAA
Describes the qualifications for wildlife biologists who conduct Wildlife Hazard Assessments for Part 139 airports and at non-certificated airports funded by the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) or Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program. Also discusses the minimum wildlife hazard management curriculum for the initial and recurrent training of airport personnel who implement FAA-approved Wildlife Hazard Management Plans. More