Airport Consulting Weekly
May 5, 2011

Christa Fornarotto - Associate Administrator for Airports
Christa Fornarotto has been named the Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator for Airports. She oversees a $3.5 billion annual Federal airport grants program and passenger facility charge collections totaling $2 billion. She also manages programs for national airport planning and development including safety standards, design and engineering, certification, environmental processing, and financing.More

Life in the slow lane
The Economist
On Friday afternoons, residents of Washington, DC, often find a clear route out of the city as elusive as a deal to cut the deficit. Ribbons of red rear-lights stretch off into the distance along the highways that radiate from the city's center. Occasionally, adventurous southbound travelers experiment with Amtrak, America's national rail company.More

Security on higher alert across US
The New York Times
There have been no known specific or credible threats received since American troops killed Osama bin Laden this week, but security at public spaces - including mosques, synagogues, train stations and basketball arenas - remained at elevated levels.More

Aviation board postpones Aurora Airport development decision
The Oregonian
Oregon's aviation board decided to consider new development options for the Aurora State Airport, choosing not to adopt an initial growth plan for the busy airport just south of the Clackamas County line.More

Parking jets takes time
Memphis Daily News
Delta Air Lines Inc. executives seemed set on post-Labor Day as the time when the Atlanta-based airline will cut its capacity at its Memphis International Airport hub as well as overseas.More

Small budget airlines zoom between small cities
The New York Times
Eva Pickens has made the six-hour drive between Huntsville, Ala., where her son lives, and her hometown near Destin, Fla., too many times to count. So when she saw that a carrier called Vision Airlines was advertising $49 one-way nonstop flights between the two places, she snapped up a ticket. By comparison, "filling up my gas tank now costs like $62," said Ms. Pickens, a community association manager for a beachfront condo.More

Delta makes best argument yet for waiting to equip for NextGen
Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation
The industry has been saying for some time it wants to see proof that NextGen equipage will deliver results to the industry's bottom line for a long time, but Delta, at its 1Q2011 earnings call, expressed doubts about the necessity for equipage in the near term, suggesting promised improvements may be little more than a sales job by the avionics industry. More

Middle East Careers: Business aviation back in business
The "gold rush" atmosphere that preceded Dubai's financial crash in 2009 saw a frenzy of activity in the business aviation sector. Investing in a fast-appreciating business jet became de rigueur for the region's wealthy, while almost overnight a host of management companies, brokers and other middle men emerged to offer these aircraft to the charter community.More

Dubai airport flies high
7 Days
Dubai International Airport could be the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic in just four years' time, and the emirate's two major airports will welcome close to 100 million flyers a year by 2020, according to the man in charge of Dubai's travel hubs.More

ACC Institute webinars

Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Update
May 11, 2011 | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Discuss current challenges at airports concerning wildlife hazard management, proposed revisions to FAA guidance documents, and the status and direction of the FAA GA WHA program. The webinar will include challenges such as funding, protocol and other pertinent information that would help ACC members assist the airports that they serve.

Runway Safety Area Solutions Including EMAS
June 1, 2011 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
June 21, 2011 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (repeat)
Improving runway safety areas (RSAs) continues to be one of the top priorities for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the federal mandate to improve RSAs by December 31, 2015 rapidly approaching, many Part 139 commercial service airports will be challenged to bring their RSAs up to FAA standards over the next several years. This webinar will provide an industry update on the latest runway safety area requirements along with a detailed discussion concerning Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) and its application.More

Writing safety rules could get tougher for FAA
The Associated Press via Google
New airline safety regulations, including long-sought rules aimed at preventing exhausted pilots from flying, will be harder to issue if an industry-backed measure supported by House Republicans becomes law, federal aviation and safety officials are warning Congress.More