Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 6, 2014

Inspector general not satisfied with NextGen progress
AINonline
The FAA continues to fall behind with the implementation of its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general. The IG has been conducting ongoing assessment of the FAA's progress with NextGen under the provisions in Title II of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.More

FAA to examine airport towers
The Associated Press via ABC News
The Associated Press has learned that FAA officials have been prompted to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide because a lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms.More

FAA Reauthorization Act: Progress and challenges implementing various provisions of the 2012 Act
GAO
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) contained several provisions related to implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) — a complex, long-term initiative to incrementally modernize and transform the national airspace system (NAS). GAO's recent work on NextGen has highlighted three key implementation issues.More

FAA's implementation of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 remains incomplete
Office of Inspector General
The Inspector General testified on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) progress in implementing key provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The Inspector General stated that while FAA has made progress implementing provisions of the act, significant actions are needed to meet the act's intent and improve the execution and management of its programs.More

FAA selection sets UAS test sites into motion
Aviation International News
The FAA kept its oft-repeated promise to designate six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites by the end of last year. On December 30, the agency announced that it had selected universities and other public entities in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia to operate test sites at their own expense, fulfilling a requirement of Congress in the 2012 FAA reauthorization act. Entities in several other states will also participate in the UAS testing through partnerships.More

Flight delays expected at San Francisco airport during spring, summer runway safety upgrades
The Associated Press via Minnesota Star Tribune
Due to construction work on some of the runways at San Francisco International Airport, air travelers will likely have to endure delays throughout the spring and summer.More

D/FW Airport CEO sees need for 6th terminal; unworried by Wright Amendment expiring
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could get even bigger with a sixth terminal to handle increased growth in international travel, Sean Donohue, the CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said.More

O'Hare Runway 10C-28C receives Infrastructure Project of the Year Award
AviationPros.com
The Chicago Department of Aviation was honored by the Construction Industry Service Corporation with the Infrastructure Project of the Year award for O'Hare International Airport Runway 10C-28C. More

United Airlines says it will drastically cut flights from its unprofitable Cleveland hub
The Plain Dealer
United Airlines told its employees here that it will slash around 60 percent of its flights that depart from the city beginning in April in a massive downsizing of what it called its unprofitable Cleveland operation. More

Study finds Philadelphia airport number one in unreported plane delays
Philadelphia Inquirer
Ah, Philadelphia International Airport. Hub to the world, former home of our unofficial spirit animal, and the picture of dead-on logistics in action. Well, not exactly — at least according to a new study reported in the New York Times. As it turns out, Philadelphia leads the nation in unreported flight delays, which ordinarily result from flights operated by large carriers like Delta and American Airlines not reporting delays. More

Pittsburgh airport looks to Emirates Air and lower fees to halt falling traffic
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via Skift
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald describes Pittsburgh International Airport as an economic engine for Western Pennsylvania. Yet while Fitzgerald points to improved employment, production and tourism as signs of the region's economic vitality, growth at Pittsburgh International is stalled.More

New World Business Partners Advisory Board elected
Airports Council International
The World Business Partners Advisory Board (WBPAB) is pleased to announce the election of Roddy Boggus, National Aviation Director, Parsons Brinckerhoff, as its 2014 Chair. Boggus replaces Randy Pope and shall serve as the new World Business Partners' Representative to the ACI World Governing Board. Pope replaces Jo Lary as Past Chair, who will remain active on the Advisory Board as a "Member at Large." More

NCR Corporation receives 2014 NBAA 60-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award
NBAA
A global tech company, NCR’s solutions portfolio of software and hardware services range from point-of-sales terminals and ATMs, to barcode scanning systems and mobile technologies that facilitate more than 450 million transactions a day. "By continually learning about – and pioneering – how the world interacts and transacts," said Jeffrey Michael, NCR's director of aviation, "we're helping companies not only reach their goals, but also change the way all of us shop, eat, travel, bank and connect."More

Corgan wins Shanghai Airport Authority competition
PR Newswire
Corgan, in association with Chinese partner IPPR, won the global design competition for the new Terminal South Satellite Concourse at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG). This expansion is in support of the Shanghai Airport Authority objective to be the premier international hub airport in Asia.  More

ServiceTec International chosen to provide common use operations support technicians at SAN
ServiceTec
As part of a new multi-year agreement, ServiceTec International, Inc. has been selected to provide professional technical support services for a wide range of airport IT systems and equipment at the San Diego International Airport (SAN). This includes maintaining the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's common use environment which consists of computer/enterprise servers, self-service kiosks, audio paging, VoIP and links to airline data feeds. ServiceTec will also support current and future IT projects that the airport is deploying to meet their evolving business and technical needs. More

FAA downgrades India's aviation safety ranking
Reuters
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded India's aviation safety ranking, which means Indian carriers cannot increase flights to the United States and face additional checks for existing flights, the Mint newspaper reported, citing the Indian aviation regulator.More

Southeast Asia airports prepare for traffic boom
AINonline
Two of the fastest growing airports in Southeast Asia plan to invest in new communications and navigational systems to cope with increasing air traffic. Malaysia's Ministry of Transport (MMOT) said it will invest $212 million to build a new air traffic control center at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to replace the 20-year old system at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, 15 miles outside the city. More

Copenhagen Airport launches new expansion plan
The Wall Street Journal
Denmark's Copenhagen Airport is launching a new expansion plan that it hopes will almost double its passenger numbers in coming years as it strives to keep up with rival hubs across Northern Europe.More

Atlantia says no talks with foreign investors over Rome airport stake
Reuters
Italy's Atlantia, which controls airport operator AdR, said it was not in talks with foreign institutional investors to sell a minority stake in the group that runs Rome's airports. In a statement, Atlantia said a bond issuance in December had given AdR all the financial muscle it needed to fund its five-year business plan. More

Singapore consortium back in running for Myanmar airport
Reuters
A consortium including Singapore's Changi Airport Planners and Yongnam Holdings has been invited by the government of Myanmar to re-enter negotiations to build and operate a new international airport in the country. More

Register before the early-bird deadline next Friday, Feb. 14, for the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course!
ACC
The ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from March 11-12, 2014. 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 how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Reserve your spot now! More

ACC welcomes new member
ACC
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Why is the Port Authority only raising wages for some airport workers?
The Nation
In a surprise move last week after months of inaction, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey mandated a series of improved conditions for subcontracted workers at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.More

FAA and industry work together to improve general aviation safety
FAA
Improving general aviation safety is a top priority for the FAA and industry. The general aviation fatal accident rate has flattened over the past six years and there were 259 fatal accidents in 2013, at a cost of 449 lives.More

FAA demands BWI and other airports make safety improvements
WJZ-TV
The FAA forces BWI and other airports to make changes to improve safety. As Mike Schuh reports, this comes after five near misses at similar airports last year. About 1,000 times a day, a plane will take off or land at BWI–and do so safely.More

Guidance for Estimating Airport Construction Emissions
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 102: Guidance for Estimating Airport Construction Emissions provides guidance and an interactive electronic tool — the Airport Construction Emissions Inventory Tool — to assist airports and other stakeholders in developing airport construction emissions inventories.More

Guidelines for Ensuring Longevity of Airport Sound Insulation Programs
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 105: Guidelines for Ensuring Longevity of Airport Sound Insulation Programs provides best practices in all phases of a sound insulation program to reduce or eliminate future deterioration issues.More

Integrating Community Emergency Response Teams (A-CERTs) at Airports
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 95: Integrating Community Emergency Response Teams at Airports (A-CERTs) provides guidance and tools designed to help organize and operate a citizen volunteer program to assist airport staff in emergency events or disasters.More