Airport Consulting Weekly
March 17, 2011

Napolitano touts 'airport checkpoint of tomorrow'
The Associated Press via The Telegraph
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she's looking forward to the day when travelers won't have to shed their shoes before boarding an airplane. Napolitano said the agency is developing what she's calling the "airport checkpoint of tomorrow" that will allow passengers to go through fewer screenings. More

Airlines, Chicago reach $1.17 billion airport deal
Reuters
United Continental Holdings Inc and American Airlines parent AMR Corp reached a deal with Chicago for a $1.17 billion plan to partially extend an expansion and modernization of O'Hare International Airport, officials announced. American and United, the two biggest carriers at O'Hare, agreed to dismiss a lawsuit against the city seeking to block further financing for the program, a United spokesman said.More

Atlanta-area flights in could lose subsidies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Airline flights from Atlanta to Athens and Macon, Ga., could lose eligibility for federal subsidies as Congress looks for ways to cut programs some legislators consider wasteful. The federal Essential Air Service program subsidized 20-minute flights on nine-passenger planes that often flew nearly empty between Atlanta and Macon until January, and it continues to subsidize flights between Atlanta and Athens.More

Bids sought for new O'Hare Airport runway
The Hill
The city of Chicago will accept bids for work on a proposed second new runway at O'Hare International Airport beginning March 16, airport officials announced. The work to be done includes construction of six taxiways, installation of drainage systems and the demolition of existing buildings for FedEx and United Cargo.More

Aircraft collisions with birds increase
USA Today
Severe collisions between airborne jetliners and birds -- such as the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight downed over New York two years ago by a flock of geese -- have soared the past two years, a USA Today analysis of the latest federal data shows.More

Beijing airport ranked second busiest in the world
Sify
The Beijing International Airport has been ranked the second busiest airport next only to Atlanta's Hartsfield airport, after reporting a 13 percent growth in passenger travel compared to 2009, according to a report on world traffic growth generated by Airports Council International (ACI).More

Airlines' response to Japan quake, radiation fears
Reuters
Following are responses from airlines from several countries following Japan's earthquake and tsunami and subsequent crisis at a nuclear power complex. Workers were briefly ordered to withdraw from a stricken nuclear power plant after radiation levels surged.More

BWI, 7 other airports cleared for charter flights to Cuba
The Washington Post
Charter flights may begin flying to Cuba from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport by year's end, but restrictions remain on those who can make the trip. BWI is one of eight additional airports that have been cleared by federal authorities to handle charter flights to Cuba, joining a list that had been limited to Miami, New York and Los Angeles. More

Register now for the ACC/FAA Airports GIS Workshop
ACC
Only weeks remain until the ACC/FAA Airports GIS Workshop in Kansas City, Mo. The workshop begins by providing an overview of the FAA Airports GIS program and pertinent requirements. Participants will learn about the real world application of the Airports GIS requirements by following case study projects, working in small group exercises and facilitated discussions. Register now!More

Submit your nominations for the 2011 ACC Agency Best Practices Award
ACC
ACC is currently accepting nominations to help us recognize valuable industry partners within the FAA, TSA or other suitable organizations for their collaboration with the industry through the ACC Agency Best Practices Award. Please send nominations to SharonB@ACConline.org by Friday, March 25, 2011. Nominations will be reviewed and award recipients selected by committee. Awards will be presented July 13, 2011 at the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series Award Luncheon. If you have any questions, please contact ACC Headquarters at (703) 683-5900.More

ACC welcomes new member firms
ACC
Grafton Technologies, Inc.
Specializes in the implementation of GIS, CAD, imagery and related technologies for airports and the FAA. Founded in 2000, the firm had helped many airports and the FAA assess needs, develop standards, collect data, design databases, and implement custom and off-the-shelf solutions for operations, maintenance, properties, utilities and other needs.
 
BAS Strategic Solutions
BAS Strategic Solutions is a team of highly qualified and experienced subject matter experts who provide consulting and analytical services to clients across all levels of government and industry. Our commitment to clients is to provide expertise appropriate to the specific needs and challenges they are facing.

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Aviation Security: Progress made, but challenges persist in meeting the screening mandate for air cargo
GAO
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the federal agency with primary responsibility for securing the air cargo system. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 mandated DHS to establish a system to screen 100 percent of cargo flown on passenger aircraft by August 2010.More

TSA issues tougher international air cargo rules
Journal of Commerce
The air cargo industry is trying to sort out a new security directive from the Transportation Security Administration that effectively increases the level of surveillance on high-risk international shipments. More