Airport Consulting Weekly
Jun. 21, 2012

Airports focus on the ground
The New York Times
At a time when federal and state public works programs are stalled, the nation's biggest airports are in the midst of major renovations or expansions that, taken together, amount to some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. More

Congress wants DHS to consider all-cargo air carrier screening
The Journal of Commerce
The investigative arm of Congress wants the Department of Homeland of Security to determine the costs and benefits of requiring all-cargo air carriers to report screening data for U.S.-bound freight, a move that could raise costs for shippers. Despite handling the majority of U.S.-bound freight, all-cargo air carriers don't have to report the same amount of screening data as their passenger airline counterparts, according to a Government Accountability Office report released in May. More

Longtime Memphis airport president stepping down
The Associated Press via Knoxville News Sentinel
As the longtime Memphis International Airport president begins winding down to his 2014 retirement, it remains unclear what issues will shape how the next president and CEO is chosen. Larry Cox, 65, told officials last year that he would retire in 2014, which caps a 41-year career that saw him rise from intern to executive at the facility. More

Gateway airport plans $1.4 billion terminal with 60 gates
East Valley Tribune
The booming Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has unveiled a $1.4 billion plan for a new passenger terminal that could open as soon as 5 years from now and eventually expand to 60 gates. The airport is anticipating that rapid growth will continue with its focus on low-cost air travel, and that its continuously-expanding temporary terminal will soon reach capacity. More

New plan calls for different site for new terminal at KCI
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City could save time and money - as much as $500 million - by building its new airport terminal on the site of Terminal A rather than on land south of KCI, aviation officials said. Aviation Director Mark VanLoh told the City Council's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that his department continues to study how to replace Kansas City International Airport's three-terminal facility with one new terminal. More

Regional jets crowd skies, squeeze fliers
USA Today
Of all the changes that have overtaken the airline industry in recent years, one of the most dramatic has been the rapid transition to regional carriers, as "mainline" airlines outsource more and more flying to their regional "partners." You may be surprised to learn that 53 percent of all commercial airline departures in the United States today are operated by regional airlines. More

US security expands presence at foreign airports
The New York Times
An ocean away from the United States, travelers flying out of the international airport here on the west coast of Ireland are confronting one of the newest lines of defense in the war on terrorism: the United States border. More

Bangkok airport draws new complaints
The Wall Street Journal
Runway repairs at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport are causing flight delays, and a global airline association says carriers and passengers could be significantly affected in the weeks ahead. The gleaming facility, which was four decades in the making and finally opened in 2006, has long been a lightning rod for criticism. More

Munich residents vote against new airport runway
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Munich residents voted against development of a third runway at Germany's second-biggest airport, dealing another blow to airlines clamoring for growth in Europe's biggest economy. Just over 54 percent of polled voters were against the new runway and 45.7 percent in favor, according to preliminary results of the vote. More

A federally-funded program for testing security technologies at airports
ACC
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar will provide the opportunity to learn how to participate in a Federally-funded program - the ASSIST program - for pre-procurement testing of security technologies and systems in actual airport environments. The discussion will include how airports can participate, key security issues facing airports that provide opportunities for participation under the program, how consultants can help their airport clients participate, and how vendors can participate so they can show how their products work in actual airport operating environments. Information on security products will also be provided.
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Security Capabilities Day early registration deadline - Monday, June 25
ACC
Register for the ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day before Monday, June 25, to receive early registration rates. Attend this single-day event that immediately precedes the Summer Workshop Series to find out how the TSA realignment; recapitalization & optimization updates; and implementation of risk-based security will impact the priorities, programs and procurements of the TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC).More

Former ACC Board Chair Ed Beale, 69, passes away
ACC
Edward L. Beale passed away on Wednesday, June 19, at the age of 69. After working at FAA, Beale served as ACC board of governors chair in 1999 as part of a 30 year career building and growing the engineering consulting practice of Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. - the firm of current ACC Board of Directors Chair Courtney Beamon.More

FAA felt offshore wind farm pressure
The Associated Press via Google
Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod and did so amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety, according to FAA documents obtained by the project's opponents. More

TSA names John Halinski as deputy administrator
TSA
The Transportation Security Administration announced John W. Halinski will serve as the new Deputy Administrator beginning July 1, 2012.  Halinski replaces Gale D. Rossides, who last month announced her retirement after more than 34 years of dedicated public service. "Since joining TSA in 2002, Gale has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the organization and its employees," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. "We thank the Deputy Administrator for her untiring efforts in public service and wish her well in her retirement." More