Airport Consulting Weekly
Jul. 3, 2013

After House cuts, FAA budget set to fare better under Senate bill
Aviation Week
While the House is calling for substantial cuts, FAA's budget stands to fare better under the Senate version of the fiscal 2014 transportation funding bill that is scheduled for consideration.More

Audit: TSA reviews of private airport screening flawed
A federal watchdog criticized the Transportation Security Administration for mistakes in evaluating applications for private screeners at airports, but the agency contends the flaws have been remedied. The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security found that TSA files for five airports that applied for permission to hire private screeners under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) had documents that weren't finalized and contained inaccurate information.More

JFK Worldport demolition urged by airport lobby group
The Star-Ledger
While most of the public comments regarding the Pan Am Worldport at John F. Kennedy International Airport have been to urge the Port Authority of New and New Jersey and Delta Airlines to preserve the faded symbol of the Jet Age, a new organization that lobbies for improvements to the region's airports is calling for the terminal's speedy demolition.More

Atlantic City Airport taken over by Port Authority
Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City International Airport entered a new era — one in which a major New York City-based authority will be at the helm of operations in an attempt to lure new carriers to the region. More

TSA to use bomb sniffing canines to speed up lines
Daily Mail
The security lines at many airports are long and slow, and it looks like the Transportation Safety Administration agrees. The government agency has begun a pilot program using dogs to pre-screen passengers in security lines in an effort to hasten the pace of travel.More

Cellphone lots becoming a key airport feature
The Philadelphia Inquirer
It used to be you'd circle the airport loop, get chased away from baggage claim by police, or park precariously on the shoulder of ramps and roadways including I-95 and Route 291. That was before Philadelphia International Airport opened a convenient 150-space cellphone waiting lot in December 2009 on airport property — just one minute from the terminals.More

Colorado Springs, Colo., airport hopes its rebound can start soon
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
The Colorado Springs Airport is striving to be more customer-friendly, reduce costs and attract more passengers. And all that work just might have paid off — at least in a small way. The airport plans soon to announce flights to two additional cities from the Colorado Springs, Colo., airport, flights that represent a return of service for the airlines providing them.More

America's most luxurious airport layovers (yes, they exist)
Not so long ago, having a layover between flights was like having skin graft surgery between root canals. That's begun to change. With airport amenities classy enough to impress a card-carrying Kardashian, you might even consider yourself lucky to have a few hours to spare between legs these days — provided you know where to make your next connection.More

Funding for airport towers extended through 2014
The Herald-Mail
Funding had been set to expire at the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30, putting contract towers at five Maryland regional airports in danger of being shut down.More

Myanmar will build billion dollar international airport to be completed by 2017
International Business Times
Myanmar is not kidding around with its plan to welcome international visitors — after committing half a billion dollars to develop its tourism industry, the country announced plans for a new international airport project, which will cost $1 billion, and is set to be completed in December 2017.More

Ahmedabad airport registers largest drop in domestic fliers in country
The Times of India
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport has witnessed a roller coaster of a financial year in 2012-13. The number of international passengers traveling from Gujarat saw a jump of 9.8 percent between April 2012 and March 2013, but the number of domestic flyers dropped by a record 15.3 percent, the biggest fall in the country.More

France sells part of stake in French airport operator, but maintains control, government gets 738 million euros in sale
International Business Times
France has sold almost 10 percent of its stake in a Paris airports operator for 738 million euros ($961.5 million), but the government will retain control of the company with its 50.63 percent stake in Aeroports de Paris SA.More

Brazilian architectural firm prepares project for Nacala International Airport in Mozambique
Brazilian architectural firm Fernandes Arquitectos Associados is drawing up plans for the future Nacala International Airport, in Mozambique's Nampula province, according to the Brazilian trade press.More

Coming to an airport near you: Fluffy stress relief
Summer travel is in full swing, and that means crowded airports, flight delays and long security lines. To help calm weary travelers, some airports are turning to man's best friend.More

Repairing and Maintaining Airport Parking Structures While in Use
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 47: Repairing and Maintaining Airport Parking Structures While in Use provides information on developing and implementing successful maintenance and repair strategies for in-use airport parking structures that involve the least impact on the airport patrons, revenue stream, and facility operations.More

Cost of public projects is rising, and pain will be felt for years
The New York Times
States and cities across the nation are starting to learn what Wall Street already knows: the days of easy money are coming to an end.More

ACC Sustainability Committee visits FAA Headquarters
On June 7, representatives from the ACC Sustainability Committee met with Ben DeLeon and Ralph Thompson at FAA Headquarters to discuss FAA's sustainability programs, including energy efficiency, project grant eligibility, solar guidance, master plan AC updates, and climate adaptation. The intent of the meeting was to receive an update on the FAA's sustainability programs and provide input from industry practitioners. If you wish to learn more information on this meeting, please contact T.J. Schulz at or 703-683-5900.More

DRAFT AC 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans
Draft Change 2 incorporates additional guidance on passenger convenience, ground access, and access to airport facilities, as identified in Section 131 of Public Law 112-95, "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012." Also included are limited editorial and text revisions since the release of Change 1 in 2007. The primary revisions are contained in Chapter 8 and Appendix B of this AC. A complete update to this AC is currently in process. Comments are requested by July 22, 2013. Please visit the page to access the draft AC and read procedures for submitting comments.More

Public-Sector Aviation: Graduate Research Award Papers, 2011-2012
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2325 consists of 10 papers selected for awards in a nationwide competition under the 2011 to 2012 Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues. More