Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 18, 2010

FAA reauthorization and rule changes to see debate in March
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said a week of Senate floor time will be scheduled in March to address aviation safety reforms and the FAA reauthorization bill. Senators have been pressured by surviving family members of victims of Flight 3407 to move the process, and its included safety reforms, along. More

Milwaukee airport wants to be considered Chicago's third one
USA Today
Mention Milwaukee, and many people would think of city icons such as bratwurst, Miller Beer or even Laverne and Shirley. But the city's General Mitchell International Airport is quickly putting Milwaukee on the map for travelers in the Midwest.More

Surge in air cargo at D/FW airport could signal boost in employment
Dallas Morning News
Those looking for a rebound in consumer demand might take a peek at Dallas/Fort Worth International's Asian cargo figures. Cargo tonnage to and from Asia spiked 38 percent in December from a year earlier, when recession ills took hold in earnest. Outbound cargo to Asian ports -- what we ship there -- rose an even healthier 42 percent. More

Philadelphia airport's $45M expansion opens
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A $45 million expansion to Terminal E at Philadelphia International Airport, where Southwest Airlines Co. has its gates, opened to passengers. Mayor Nutter will be on hand, as will officials from the airport and Southwest Airlines, for a ribbon cutting and dedication in a central rotunda of the terminal.More

Smaller jets gain bigger role at O'Hare
The Chicago Tribune
Smaller jets once reserved for short hops to cities like Des Moines, Iowa, are taking on a larger role at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, squeezing both passengers and city revenues.More

Exit interview: Larry Kellner's thoughts on fixing the airline industry
Wall Street Journal
Continental Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Kellner left the airline at year-end to pursue the dream of building his own company: a private equity real estate firm. In an interview in Houston after the departure, he offered some candid thoughts on what's fundamentally wrong with the unstable and loss-plagued airline industry.More

Airport commission approves more runway safety lights
Daily Breeze
More stoplights will be installed along 10 high-speed taxiways and one runway to improve safety at Los Angeles International Airport under a deal approved by the airport commission. The Federal Aviation Administration will design, maintain and pay for the entire light system, which will warn pilots when it's safe to enter or cross a runway, airport officials said. More

Airlines vie to serve Haneda Airport
The New York Times
Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines, the four largest carriers in the United States, asked regulators for clearance to fly to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The airlines filed their requests on Tuesday with the Transportation Department as they sought to take advantage of looser rules for flights to and from Japan under the so-called Open Skies accord, to which the two countries agreed in December.More

Air France to resume flights to Haiti as airport partially reopens to commercial jets
The Canadian Press via Google
Air France says it plans to resume flights to earthquake-devastated Haiti starting this week. Air France will operate two flights a day, five times a week. One of the flights will connect the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and Miami, Fla., while the other will link Port-au-Prince and the Guadaloupe capital of Pointe-a-Pitre, where passengers can fly on to Paris.More

The ACC Airport Consulting Weekly now available as an iPhone app
ACC understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members. ACC is expanding its partnership with MultiBriefs to provide another convenient avenue to receive the ACC Airport Consulting Weekly; it is now part of the new MultiBriefs app available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the iTunes App Store, download the app free of charge, and add the ACC feed. News is streamed into iPhones or an iPod Touch each week, and just like the e-mail news brief, articles can be shared with colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. More

Renew your ACC membership now to be featured in 2010 ACC Membership Directory
Be sure to renew your ACC membership in order to be featured in the 2010 ACC Membership Directory. The Directory is distributed to all members, hundreds of domestic and international airports, government agencies, associations, and members of the media. To be featured, firms must renew membership by Friday, March 5, 2010. If you have questions about renewal or if you would like to advertise in the 2010 ACC Membership Directory, contact ACC Headquarters at (703) 683–5900.More

ACI-NA/ACC/AGC Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit scheduled for June
The 5th annual Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit will be held on June 16-17, 2010 in Indianapolis. It will build upon the previous year's program offering valuable insights to all organizations who are involved in airport construction. This year's program will cover standardized practices, definitions and terminology in an effort to create a unified understanding of the four steps to successful project delivery, plus the ability to use Project Delivery Systems, definitions, selection and implementation.More

TSA expands use of explosive trace detection technology at airports nationwide
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it is expanding the random use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at airports nationwide as an additional layer of security. "Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security," said TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides. "Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances security to keep the traveling public safe."More

FAA updates Advisory Circulars
The Federal Aviation Administration recently added the following to the New and Revised Airports Advisory Circulars page on the FAA Web site: Standards by Part and Item for AC 150/5370-10E, Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports and Errata Sheet for AC 150/5220-23, Frangible Connections.More