Airport Consulting Weekly
June. 24, 2010

Airport privatization makes headway
Aviation Week
Private investment for airports has not been affected by the lingering impact of the recession or more recent threats raised by the European debt crisis, says David Bentley, a U.K.-based privatization advocate.More

FAA upgrade puts taxpayer dollars at risk, US says
Bloomberg Businessweek
A $40 billion overhaul of the U.S. aviation control network may put tax dollars at risk because regulators have so far failed to set realistic goals and coordinate with other agencies, a government report said.More

San Jose airport makeover includes lots of high-tech amenities
San Jose Mercury News
A nearly completed billion-dollar-plus face lift has transformed Mineta San Jose International Airport, infamously known for having a terminal that resembled a bus station, into one of the world's most tech-hip airports.More

A rare look inside the Transportation Security Laboratory
GSN Magazine
Gamblers flock to the glittering casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., but a few miles away, on a 12-acre secure campus adjacent to the Atlantic City International Airport, the researchers, engineers and scientists who work at the federal government's Transportation Security Laboratory are anything but gamblers.More

Top senator sees little chance for FedEx unionization proposal
The Wall Street Journal
Proposed U.S. legislation to make it easier to unionize at FedEx Corp. has no chance of clearing Congress, a top Senate Democrat said, dealing a blow to a lobbying campaign waged by rival United Parcel Service Inc. and the Teamsters union. "I know perfectly well if I put that in the bill ... it's not going to pass," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) said in an interview.More

DART plans for DFW airport rail line on hold
The Houston Chronicle
Dallas Area Rapid Transit has announced the indefinite delay of its plan to extend rail line service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. DART, which is the largest municipal rail system in Texas, cited the economy, noting a projected long-term shortfall in sales tax revenue.More

Canada to tighten runway rules
The Vancouver Sun
Runway rules are to be toughened nationwide, possibly to include mandatory safety zones to snag airliners that barrel off landing strips, such as the United Express flight in Ottawa and the 2005 Air France crash in Toronto.More

Calpers acquires 12.7% stake in Gatwick Airport
Calpers, the biggest U.S. public pension fund, said it had committed up to roughly $155 million to Global Infrastructure Partners for a 12.7 percent equity stake in London's Gatwick Airport.More

Kobenhavns Lufthavne sells 49% stake in Mexican airport
The Wall Street Journal
Copenhagen Airports ("CPH") agreed to sell its 49 percent interest in Mexican airport company Inversiones y Tecnicas Aeroportuarias ("ITA") to CPH's Mexican business partner, Fernando Chico Pardo.More

Last Chance to Register - ACC Institute ACRP Airport Passenger Terminal Guidebook webinar
The ACC Institute will be hosting a new webinar titled "Applying the New ACRP Airport Passenger Terminal Guidebook and Computer Spreadsheet Models" on Monday, June 28, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. An invaluable learning experience for anyone involved in terminal planning or design, the webinar will feature live demonstrations of several of the primary terminal functions contained in the Guidebook spreadsheet models. This webinar has also been approved for 1.5 PDH education credits.More

FAA announces Airports Participating SMS Implementation Study
FAA announced 14 airports that were selected to conduct a Part 139 SMS Implementation Study. The study will examine how airports implement the elements of the Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance components throughout their airfield environment. FAA also published a Participant's Guide for airports involved in the Implementation Study.More

Pistole set for soft landing as TSA chief
HS Today
"Third time's the charm," as Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said when arriving at the end of the confirmation hearing for FBI Deputy Director John Pistole to become administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).More