Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 26, 2009

Airports Benefiting From Economic Stimulus
from USA Today
President Obama last week signed the $787 billion economic stimulus program that will inject about $1.1 billion into Airport Improvement Program, or AIP, grants that the Federal Aviation Administration doles out to airports each year for such upgrades. More

Tulsa Passengers Try Out TSA's Full-Body Scanners
from USA Today
Here's a glimpse at the future of aviation security: Airline passenger Natalie Miller steps into a glass booth at a checkpoint. She raises her arms. Within moments, a screener asks what is in her back pocket. More

Palmdale Airport Land May Become a Solar Farm
from Los Angeles Times
After buying 17,750 acres in Palmdale for an intercontinental jetport that has not gotten off the ground, Los Angeles airport officials say they might finally have a use for much of the property: a solar power facility capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of clean energy. More

Shopping Sprees Boost U.K. Airports
from Forbes
Foreign shoppers have proved to be the saving grace of BAA, the Ferrovial subsidiary that operates most of Britain's airports including Heathrow and Gatwick. Declining passenger traffic across all its airports was partially offset by a rise in spending at its terminal shops in 2008--a trend likely to continue into the New Year. More

Lufthansa Loses Case Over Ryanair Fee at Hahn Airport (Update2)
from Bloomberg
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-biggest airline, lost a German court appeal over alleged airport subsidies to low-cost competitor Ryanair Holdings Plc. The Higher Regional Court of Koblenz today backed a lower court ruling rejecting Lufthansa’s bid, according to the tribunal’s spokesman Tobias Eisert. More

Robinson Steps in on Airport Plan
from BBC News
First Minister Peter Robinson has objected to the terms of a motion on a proposed extension of the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport. The motion calls on Environment Minister Sammy Wilson to establish a public inquiry into the matter. More

FAA Talks About Birdstrikes With House Committee
from Aero-News Network
The FAA has made a statement before a House Committee that seems, at best, to be looking to gain a few more headlines in the wake of the successful USAir ditching in the Hudson River last month. More

TSA Checks Out Systems for Waiting Time Data
from Federal Computer Week
The Transportation Security Administration is considering buying Web-based systems that can generate hourly reports on real-time passengers' waiting times at security checkpoints in airports. More

Updated List of Airports Eligible to Receive Airport Improvement Program Grants for the Second Airport SMS Pilot Study
from the FAA
FAA recently added the following item(s) to the Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airports page. More