Airport Consulting Weekly
April 7, 2011

Aviation bill clears House despite veto threat
Reuters
The House of Representatives approved sweeping aviation legislation despite a White House threat to veto the measure over a labor provision favorable to airline management. The chamber voted 223-196 to approve the bill, which also cuts $4 billion from the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) budget -- a reduction that the agency said could disrupt its air traffic operations.More

House passes aviation bill, targets safety rules
The Associated Press via USA Today
A sweeping aviation bill that could thwart proposed new safety regulations, including one that would prevent tired pilots from flying, passed the House. The $59.7 billion Republican-drafted bill is a blueprint for Federal Aviation Administration programs for the next three and a half years. It cuts the agency's budget by $4 billion, money GOP lawmakers said the agency can do without. Democrats said the cuts would endanger air safety.More

Airlines increasingly sharing space in US airports
USA Today
Airports increasingly are setting up common-use areas inside their terminals, in which several competing airlines must share agent counters and gates for domestic flights instead of having their own areas or even concourses.More

New way to upgrade air control
The Wall Street Journal
Aviation-equipment supplier ITT Corp. and a private-equity partner are preparing a loan-guarantee fund of more than $1.5 billion to help upgrade the nation's air-traffic control system, a novel financing plan aimed at ending an impasse over how airlines will purchase new equipment. (Subscription required.)More

Blind group sues Vegas airport over ticket kiosks
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The National Federation of the Blind is suing McCarran International Airport, alleging that the Las Vegas transportation hub has refused to make its ticket kiosks accessible to the visually impaired.More

Essential Air Service cuts could ground rural communities
USA Today
For most of us who live near airports with regular flight schedules, the ability to book a flight is a given. But in many rural and small communities across the country, the Essential Air Service program is the only protection against turning back to the clock to a time before commercial aviation.More

Aerotropolis - An interactive Teleforum with John Kasarda on April 15
Macmillan
Time magazine recently named the aerotropolis one of "10 ideas that will change the world." ACC members are invited to participate in a unique teleforum conversation with John D. Kasarda, the leading developer of the aerotropolis concept and the co-author of the new book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next (with Greg Lindsay). Join Kasarda by telephone on April 15, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.More

Global crises cause turbulent times for airlines
The New York Times
Political upheaval and the nuclear crisis in Japan have taken their toll on air travel this year. Airlines have been cutting back flights to troubled locations around the world, from the Middle East to Japan and Western Africa, and in some instances, canceling service.More

Aeromexico kicks off Fresno-Guadalajara service
The Fresno Bee
Fresno Yosemite International Airport regained its "international" status Monday evening with the arrival of Aeromexico's first flight from Guadalajara. Mexican government representatives and airport officials held a welcome reception in the airport terminal lobby for Aeromexico's 9:30 p.m. arrival, complete with Mariachi musicians and a water-cannon salute by the airport's firefighting vehicles.More

Visit ACC at the Airport Cities World Conference & Exposition
ACC
Visit the Airport Consultants Council, exhibiting at booth #8 at the Airport Cities Conference & Exposition, April 11-13 in Memphis, Tenn.More

ACC welcomes new members
ACC
Perkins Coie, LLP
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Risk Assessment of Proposed ARFF Standards
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web Only Document 12: Risk Assessment of Proposed ARFF Standards explores air carrier passenger aircraft accidents to help determine if changes to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) standards would have reduced the number of fatalities or serious injuries that resulted from past accidents.More