Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 3, 2011

Amendments on FAA bill could jam Senate for weeks
Government Executive
The Senate is starting its 2011 workload with a bill that it already passed. Last year, the Senate approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization measure 93-0. The FAA bill didn't go any further because of disagreements with the House over a few provisions that the Senate bill didn't address -- and it still doesn't.More

Reach for the skies
The New York Times
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama talked about why things like high-speed rail and faster Internet connections were critical to American prosperity. But he left out the fastest, safest mode of transportation available: aviation.More

Democrats push aviation bill as jobs program
The Associated Press via Google
Democratic leaders brought an aviation bill that authorizes $8 billion for airport construction to the Senate floor, pitching it as a jobs measure in keeping with President Barack Obama's call to boost the economy through transportation projects.More

Chicago delays $1 billion bond sale for O'Hare
The Chicago Tribune
Facing a lawsuit from two major airlines, Chicago has delayed a $1 billion bond sale aimed at keeping runway construction progressing at O'Hare International Airport, city officials said. City attorneys also filed a motion asking a Cook County Circuit Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed Jan. 18 by United and American Airlines over O'Hare expansion. More

Stuck on the tarmac: Satellite navigation
Bloomberg Businessweek
For years, airlines have been frustrated with the U.S. government's slow progress in adopting a satellite-based navigation system for landings and takeoffs. Ground-based instruments aren't reliable in foul weather, causing flight delays and diversions that waste fuel. To hasten the switch-over, the Federal Aviation Administration in 2007 enlisted the private sector's help. More

Planning group calls for $15 billion expansion of Newark, LaGuardia, JFK airports
The Star-Ledger
For years, Newark Liberty International Airport has routinely ranked at or near the bottom in on-time performance among the nation's busiest airports -- in large part because it, along with John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, serve the busiest travel market in the world.More

An airport whose time may not come
The New York Times
Stewart International Airport was supposed to be the long-sought fourth major airport to serve the New York metropolitan area. But four years after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took control of it, Stewart remains a mystery to most travelers. More

DOT takes action to help small and disadvantaged businesses rev up their engines
With the nation's economic recovery advancing, it is more important than ever to fire up America's small and disadvantaged businesses. And DOT is working to make sure that’s a natural part of how we do business.More

DFW readies for corporate aircraft headed to Super Bowl XLV
North Texas Super Bowl
DFW International Airport -- already the world's third busiest airport when the Super Bowl isn't in town -- is anticipating more than 1,000 corporate aircraft and private jets flying into  North Texas come when the big game gets here.More

Frommer's picks the top 10 airport lounges
USA Today
Jay Furr's health care company could no longer justify the expense of paying airline club membership fees for employees, so the frequent flier reaches into his own pocket to pay the annual dues.More

Dubai airport sees 11 percent rise in passengers in 2011
Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport rose 15 percent in 2010 as the global economy picked up, and is poised to expand 11 percent this year, Dubai Airports said.More

Mexican regulators scratch bidder from list
Fox News Latino
Mexican anti-trust regulators have excluded Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, or Asur, from the bidding for the new airport in the Caribbean region's Riviera Maya to prevent the company from having monopoly control over air transport facilities.More

Upcoming ACC Institute webinars
Two ACC Institute webinars will be held in early February. Both of these programs are potentially eligible for professional development hours (PDHs). Register now at

Designing Airfield Pavements with the FAA's New Advisory Circular and Software
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011; 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

FAA Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies at Airports
Monday, Feb. 14, 2011; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDTMore

ACC welcomes new member firms

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
SOM offers consulting, architecture and engineering services through seven established offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. SOM has been involved in the planning, design and management of airport and transportation projects for 40 years. SOM's current work includes projects at the following airports: John F. Kennedy, Newark, Boston Logan, Washington Dulles, Toronto, San Francisco, San Jose, Ben Gurion, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dublin.

The Sheward Partnership, LLC
The Sheward Partnership is a growing, energetic architecture, planning and sustainability consulting firm with a service-oriented attitude. We are dedicated to creating architectural solutions that respond completely to client needs. Our highly qualified team of architects, planners and sustainability experts is experienced with a diverse range of project types. The firm's three decades of experience has gained us a wealth of knowledge, including a very comprehensive understanding of transportation, education, and healthcare facilities. Conscious of the benefits inherent in sustainable design, The Sheward Partnership is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is dedicated to helping clients to realize sustainable goals. The Sheward Partnership prides itself on its experience and its ability to readily meet the needs of clients who have complex projects and demanding schedules.

Tell a friend!
Did you know that ACC offers incentives to members who act as an ambassador of ACC? When a current member refers two new firms (or firms that were formerly an ACC member) to ACC, that member will receive a $300 credit applicable towards any ACC-related costs (conferences, dues, advertising, etc…)More

Congress: Senate takes up FAA funding
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate will take up the Federal Aviation Administration funding bill beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday and that senators wishing to offer amendments should approach the floor managers Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas.)," The Hill writes.More

TSA will not expand private screening program at airports
Fox News
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided not to expand a program that would allow airports to replace government screeners with private screeners. The news comes a month after the agency said it was "neutral" on the program. The screening program became popular following the uproar over enhanced security pat-downs, which some travelers found intrusive.More

TSA tests scanner with 'generic' body outline
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Federal airport screeners will soon test new software on one full-body imaging machine at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as part of an effort to allay privacy concerns raised about the devices.More