Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 27, 2014

Rep. LoBiondo: Act now to prevent FAA shutdown repeat
The Hill
The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation issues said that lawmakers should get an early start on crafting the next funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid another shutdown of the agency. More

FAA names new air traffic organization COO
Aviation International News
The Federal Aviation Administration named agency veteran Teri Bristol as the new chief operating officer of its Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which is responsible for managing the U.S. ATC system. Administrator Michael Huerta announced the appointment in an email to employees on March 21. More

San Francisco set for summer disruption as runways close
By Matt Falcus
Travelers using San Francisco International Airport this summer are set to experience delays and frustration as runways are taken out of action for essential upgrades. Two of the airport's four runways will be closed during the busiest period of the year for the main Bay Area airport, but the works are part of a federally-mandated project that will improve safety. When the runways close May 17, the daily throughput of traffic at the airport will be reduced with the remaining two runways having to cope with all arrivals and departures until the work is completed in September.More

Smaller airports are being left behind
The New York Times
Joe Sharkey writes, “My son Chris is on a business trip in India this week, and his choice of how he got there from his home in Tucson underscores a reality in air service. More often these days, business travelers will choose to drive a few hours to a bigger airport because airline service is not as convenient at their local airport.” More

North Dakota: Hot state for fast-growing airports
USA Today
North Dakota's airports again ranked among the fastest-growing among all U.S. states in February, extending a trend entering its fifth year. The latest milestone for the state's airports came in February, when the cumulative passenger boardings on airlines flying from North Dakota last surpassed 100,000. That set a February record, according to The Associated Press. More

Atlanta airport saves in $706 million debt offering
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, plans for even more passengers to throng its terminals, which may benefit bondholders. Atlanta, which owns the airport, will sell about $706 million of mostly tax-exempt debt this week backed by revenue from the operations, deal documents show. More

SeaTac goes green with electric GSE
The News Tribune via
Working with the airport's biggest tenant, SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines, airport authorities have retired some 200-diesel-powered baggage tugs, planeside luggage conveyors and pushback aircraft tugs and replaced them with battery-powered vehicles recharged from a network of electrical connections lining aircraft ramps on the northern side of the airport. More

New Orleans airport may harness the sun for power
The Associated Press via USA Today
Besides futuristic architecture, airport officials are also considering an ambitious plan to harness enough solar energy to allow it to operate independently most of the time, and especially when disaster strikes. More

At airports, a misplaced faith in body language
The New York Times
Like the rest of us, airport security screeners like to think they can read body language. The Transportation Security Administration has spent some $1 billion training thousands of “behavior detection officers” to look for facial expressions and other nonverbal clues that would identify terrorists.More

DART will roll into D/FW Airport this summer
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Area Rapid Transit will begin running light-rail trains to its new station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Aug. 18, officials announced. The station will directly connect DART’s Orange Line to Gate A10 of the airport. More

Houston Airport System eyes space as destination in near future
Your Houston News
Houstonians are able fly farther than ever, and the list of destinations could include the near reaches of space in the not-so-distant future, the city’s aviation director told business and community leaders last week. More

At airports, a misplaced faith in body language
The New York Times
Like the rest of us, airport security screeners like to think they can read body language. The Transportation Security Administration has spent some $1 billion training thousands of “behavior detection officers” to look for facial expressions and other nonverbal clues that would identify terrorists.More

United to let fliers stream TV, movies to personal devices
USA Today
United Airlines passengers will soon be able to watch United's in-flight entertainment offerings on their own laptops or on personal devices powered by Apple's iOS operating system. More

'Giving props'
By ACC Board of Directors Chair David Peshkin, P.E.
It’s my first article addressing the ACC membership as president and I know I need an aviation theme. Along those lines, the expression “giving props” comes to mind and I’ll bet it resonates with many of you as well. More

New satellite data adds wrinkle to MH370 search
Aviation Week
New details about communications between the missing Malaysia Airlines 777-200 and an Inmarsat satellite show an additional, “partial ping” occurred 8 min. after the final hourly contact between the aircraft and spacecraft. More

San Miguel's Ang revives plan for $10 billion Manila airport
San Miguel Corp., the Philippines’ largest company, revived plans to build an airport in Manila as the fastest-growing Southeast Asian nation attracts tourists and investors. More

Norwegian Air pushes back on work condition criticism
The Hill
Norwegian Airlines is pushing back on criticism of its work conditions in an escalating battle over whether it should be allowed to fly to the U.S.More

The world's most incredible abandoned airports
They are the airports to nowhere; commercial flights ceased long ago and they have been left to fall into ruin, yet we remain intrigued at just what went so “plane” wrong. Here are the amazing stories behind 15 of the biggest, weirdest and most expensive abandoned airports in the world. More

Swaziland unveils new international airport
Voice of American
Swaziland has officially opened the new King Mswati III International Airport. The newly constructed airport cost about $150 million and fulfills part of the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says Percy Simelane, spokesman for the government. More

UK Kent's Manston Airport in consultation over closure
Air Transport World
Manston Airport in Kent, in the U.K. Southeast, has begun a period of consultation with staff over the possible closure of the airport. The consultation is aimed at facilitating the possible “orderly closure” of the airport, according to a spokesperson for airport owner Manston Skyport (formerly Lothian Shelf (710) Ltd). More

HOK's Richard Gammon named Director of Aviation + Transportation
Based in London, Gammon will co-lead the Aviation + Transportation practice with Robert Chicas, AIA, LEED AP, in HOK’s New York office. Gammon joined HOK in 2011 as the director of Aviation + Transportation for the firm’s London office.More

Greg Topping joins C&S as manager in aviation group
C&S is proud to announce that Greg Topping, P.E., has joined the firm as our eastern region aviation manager. He is responsible for managing the staff in the New York-based aviation practice, which includes Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo offices. More

Arconas wins Best Managed Company award celebrating Canadian business excellence
Arconas has been chosen as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for 2013. The Best Managed designation is a recognized symbol of excellence and a source of pride for winning Canadian businesses. More

Mead and Hunt wins top state engineering award
Mead & Hunt
Mead & Hunt accepted the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin Grand Award for excellence in engineering for work on the Outagamie County Regional Airport general aviation terminal.More

Arora Engineers opens Baltimore office
Arora has a new office located in heart of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. Mark Mosko, AIA, NCARB, Director of Transportation, Mid-Atlantic Region, leads the office and looks forward to developing new business opportunities in the region.More

Woolpert is looking for a Senior Project Manager for Aviation!
Woolpert, Inc.
Woolpert, Inc. seeks an experienced Senior Project Manager for Aviation in its Denver, Colo., office.More

ACC participates in passenger terminal conference in Barcelona
ACC President T.J. Schulz discussed current initiatives to harmonize international security standards for passenger checkpoints at the 2014 Passenger Terminal Expo in Barcelona, Spain. Schulz provided an overview of efforts by the U.S., EU, Canada and Australia to identify alignment and gaps in intelligence gathering, equipment testing and certification, con-ops, and research and development. He outlined progress on implementing the introduction of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) at checkpoints in a phased approach, and how international harmonization efforts could impact the checkpoint and passenger facilitation in the future. Larry Studdiford with URS Corporation, chair of the ACC Security Committee, joined Schulz in outlining opportunities in the harmonization of checked baggage initiatives. The Aviation Security track was co-hosted by Art Kosatka with TransSecure. Steve Riano with Bechtel, chair of the ACC Globalization Committee and member of the ACC board of directors, discussed ACC’s role in updating IATA’s Airport Development Reference Manual (APDRM).More

ACC briefed on TSA LAX active shooter report
TJ Schulz represented ACC at a March 21 briefing by TSA Administrator John Pistole outlining the recommendations identified as a result of the November shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The report findings and recommendations were made public this week. The report, “Enhancing TSA Officer Safety and Security at Airports: Agency Actions and Path Forward,” takes into account comprehensive input by all industry stakeholders and outlines significant improvements and recommendations to training, communications, employee support, equipment and technology, and law enforcement presence and response.More

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April 24, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 EDT

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TSA report identifies new measures to ensure safety and security of TSA employees and travelers
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a report, which concludes a comprehensive review of policies, procedures and operations following the Nov. 1, 2013, incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which took the life of Transportation Security Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez and injured two other officers and a traveler.More

FAA completes second study of general aviation airports
The FAA issued its second study of general aviation (GA) airports called ASSET 2: In-Depth Review of the 497 Unclassified Airports. The original ASSET study completed in 2012, categorized nearly 3,000 GA airports into four areas: national, regional, local, and basic; defining the vital and diverse roles small airports play in the national air transportation system. However, 497 airports did not fit into a category under the original study. More