Airport Consulting Weekly
May 27, 2010

FAA bill schedule raises concerns
Aviation Week
With little progress being made in resolving key policy questions, the prospects of completing the FAA reauthorization bill before a July 3 deadline are fading, says a source close to the negotiations.More

Airport planners look to a futuristic transit solution: 'pod cars'
San Jose Mercury News
Someday in the not too distant future, passengers may be getting to and from the San Jose airport on a curious-looking, driverless shuttle the size of a Smart car. San Jose, meet the pod car.More

Airline passenger revenue jumps in April, ATA says
Bloomberg Businessweek
The main trade group representing U.S. airlines said that passenger revenue rose 12.5 percent in April compared with the same month a year earlier. The Air Transport Association gathers data from its member airlines. Passenger revenue has topped 2009 figures every month this year.More

FAA moves to establish research center of excellence for airport safety technology
Avionics Intelligence
Leaders of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington are making plans to establish a research center of excellence for airport safety technology. FAA research centers of excellence are partnerships with colleges and universities to operate regional centers of air transportation excellence. These centers may contract with others to conduct crucial research and development to improve U.S. and global commercial airline transportation.More

Remodeled Bradley International Terminal puts emphasis on customer service
The Los Angeles Times
The cavernous ticketing center of the newly remodeled Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is airy and better lighted than it used to be. Crowded, chaotic conditions have been reduced because passengers no longer have to lug their bags to security scanners before check-in.More

Heathrow's third runway is grounded but expansion spreads to regions
The Guardian
On the face of it, it was a very good day for campaigners fighting UK airport expansion. Airport operator BAA bowed to the inevitable and formally scrapped the third runway at Heathrow, while activists from Plane Stupid temporarily halted flights at Manchester airport in protest at its expansion.More

UK Bristol airport gets green light for expansion
Local authorities cleared plans to expand Bristol Airport in western England, to allow it to almost double the number of passengers it handles. Clearance by North Somerset Council will allow the airport to press ahead with plans to handle 10 million passengers by 2019-20, up from around six million at present.More

ACC provides briefing on efforts to accelerate airport projects
ACC Executive Vice President TJ Schulz briefed transportation specialists on efforts in the airport industry to accelerate the delivery of airport projects at the Women's Transportation Seminar's (WTS) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Schulz discussed initiatives to streamline the environmental review process and the use of alternative project delivery methods at airports, along with new technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).More

Wisdom exchanged during ACC/AAAE Board breakfast
More than 90 ACC and AAAE members met for breakfast on May 18th during the AAAE Annual Conference in Dallas. AAAE outgoing Board Chair John Duval and incoming Board Chair Jim Bennett, along with President Chip Barclay, shared their insights on future industry trends and on practices that consultants should avoid. Duval cited the negative consequences of inaccurate project cost estimates, Bennett advised consultants against trying to sell services without the expertise, and Barclay suggested the economic/aviation downturn is due to debt, not the more common challenge of oversupply. The ACC/AAAE Board Breakfast is held annually to provide casual and unique interface between ACC members and AAAE leaders.More

Webinar on AIT implementation at airports scheduled
ACC is sponsoring a webinar titled 'Advanced Imaging Technology Implementation at Airports' on June 24 and July 29. This webinar will provide an overview on the different types of AIT equipment from the two approved manufacturers and explore the "real world" implications for airports regarding the integration, installation and operational impacts from this new machinery. The webinar is eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours, although participants should check with their local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this webinar. ACC webinars are offered under a single registration fee for each site, allowing offices to schedule brown-bag lunch training opportunities for their staff.More

ICAO & ACC meet in Montreal
ACC representatives met with members of the U.S. Delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with members of ICAO's Aerodromes, Air Routes and Ground Aids Section in Montreal, Canada, on May 25. Led by ACC International Committee Chair Steve Peters with Jacobs, the meetings focused on opportunities for the ACC membership to effectively interface with ICAO on technical matters. A variety of opportunities are available to the ACC membership. Implementation of these options will be explored by Peters' committee, the ACC technical committees and the board of directors in future weeks. A full report will be available on the ACC website in coming weeks.More

FAA seeks comments on draft Engineering Brief
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is soliciting comments on draft Engineering Brief 67C, "Light Sources Other Than Incandescent and Xenon for Airport and Obstruction Lighting Fixtures". Comments are due to FAA on June 10.More

TSA pick renews call to make the job a 10-year term
The Washington Post
President Obama's nomination of FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole to serve as head of the Transportation Security Administration revived calls to give the agency boss a 10-year term.More

Reference Guide for Understanding Common Use at Airports released
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released Report 30: Reference Guide on Understanding Common Use at Airports. The report is designed to assist airports and airlines exploring the possibility of and evaluating the appropriateness of integrating "common use" in their operations. In addition to providing an alternative source of and approach to the information found in the reference guide, the report's accompanying CD-ROM includes spreadsheet models that can be used in analyzing and evaluating how to integrate common use.More