Airport Consulting Weekly
Jun. 12, 2014

A message from ACC Board of Directors Chair David Peshkin
ACC
A Little Spilled Paint Can't Stop Business
I remember a memo from management my colleagues and I once received early in my professional career. It announced that employees were no longer allowed to ship cases of pavement marking paint in their airline-checked luggage. As it turns out, an engineer with several advanced degrees had put a case of aerosol paint in checked luggage to avoid heading to a hardware store at his final destination. Of course, the cans exploded, and my colleagues and I got a new company-wide policy.

In October 2010, the General Services Administration (GSA) was caught in a mess of its own. Three hundred of nearly 13,000 employees were sent to a spa and casino outside of Las Vegas to enjoy a conference that was admittedly and purposefully "over the top." Unfortunately, taxpayers were left paying the $822,000 bill.More

Mobile presents threats and opportunities for self-service kiosk market
Mobile Payments Today
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More airports adopt free Wi-Fi
The New York Times
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TSA charts a rise in guns at checkpoints
The New York Times
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Plan for $468M terminal approved by Des Moines Airport Board
WHO-TV
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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport looks to improve passenger experience with Lockheed Martin
PRNewswire via MarketWatch
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Houston Metroplex implements ATC updates
AINonline
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TSA to extend 'risk-based security' system to screening luggage
Los Angeles Times
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Interpol chief says US won't join international aviation security program
ABC News
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IATA appoints Glyn Hughes as Global Head of Cargo
International Airport Review
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Metros, airports and entertainment centers fast becoming marketing hubs
The Economic Times
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World's largest welcome sign rivals Hollywood on Heathrow Airport approach
Metro
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Rough landing awaits World Cup fans traveling through Brazil's dilapidated airports
The Associated Press via Fox News
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VIVOTEK and Genetec enhance security in Santo Domingo Airports
ACC
In this project, Metrotec adopted Genetec video management system and integrated videos of both airports in a Central Command Center CESAC C4 where all the images and audio are received. A huge video wall is built to present alarm events to 15 security operators to have detailed viewing for immediate action while at the same time all data are stored in a huge datacenter through non-stop 24-7 operations. More

AIP funded at $3.35 billion in House and Senate FY 2015 DOT appropriations bills
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The House and Senate are moving on their respective FY 2015 appropriations bills for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The House of Representatives approved its bill on Tuesday, June 10, while the Senate Appropriations Committee cleared its measure on June 5. It is unclear at this time when the Senate bill may come to the floor for consideration. Each bill funds the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) at the authorized amount of $3.35 billion. To join the ACC Advocacy Committee or for information on specific funding levels, contact ACC President T.J. Schulz at tjs@acconline.org. More

ACC Committee Leadership Appointments
ACC
Due to recent vacancies, ACC has made three new appointments to important committee leadership positions, effective immediately. Tim Hudson, aviation market sector leader at LEO A DALY, will serve as chair of the ACC Terminal Committee. Ruthanne Stoll, vice president of aviation at Rapiscan Systems, will serve as vice chair of the ACC Security Committee. Finally, Steve Pelham, vice president at RS&H, will serve as vice chair of the ACC Globalization Committee. New 2-year terms of committee leadership positions begin at the ACC Membership Meeting in November. More

ACC Members: Provide comments on FAA Draft Advisory Circular 150/5100-14
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Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the draft update of AC 150/5100-14, Architectural, Engineering, and Planning Consultant Services (draft version 14E). This advisory circular provides guidance for airport sponsors in the selection and engagement of architectural, engineering, and planning consultants. It also discusses services that normally would be included in an airport grant project, types of contracts for these services, contract format and provisions, and guidelines for determining the reasonableness of consultant fees. ACC has convened a task force to review the draft AC and develop comments on behalf of the membership and also welcomes comments and concerns from all member companies. Please send your comments to Chris Spaulding at chriss@acconline.org by Wednesday, July 2. More

NextGen is now for general aviation
FAA
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FAA approves 1st commercial UAS flights over land
FAA
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Task order contractors for ACRP legal studies quality assurance activities
Transportation Research Board
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Airport Response to Special Events
ACRP
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Nevada becomes 3rd operational FAA UAS test site
FAA
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