Airport Consulting Weekly
Jul. 11, 2013

Cities, airports offering to pony up for federal government to ease waits at border crossings
The Associated Press via Minnesota Star Tribune
Several border points around the country are willing to pay for more officers at border crossings and customs terminals in order to get people in quicker.More

Simultaneous approach guidance documents updated
Aviation International News
The FAA has published details outlining new procedures for air traffic controllers conducting simultaneous approaches to offset parallel runways (SOIA) at airports separated laterally by less than 3,000 feet, such as San Francisco International (SFO).More

FAA requires 1,500 flight hours for pilots after Asiana crash
The Hill
The Federal Aviation Administration announced it would require pilots to have 1,500 hours of flight training before they could fly a commercial airplane.More

SFO crash causes chaos in California skies
Inside Bay Area
The crash landing of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco airport threw California skies into chaos Saturday, diverting dozens of flights and forcing others to make dramatic U-turns back to Southern California. The chain reaction left airline passengers both grouchy and grateful up and down the West Coast.More

Plan for a single terminal at KCI faces sticker stock
The Kansas City Star
As Kansas City tries to get liftoff for its new single-terminal airport plan, everyone agrees that the potential $1.2 billion price is a lot of money. The question is whether it's too much.More

LaHood joins Axelrod's Chicago politics institute
The Hill
Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has joined the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, the program announced. The institute was founded by former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod. LaHood, who served as President Obama's Transportation secretary in his first term, will sit on the institute's board of advisers.More

Hawaii to spend $210 million on energy-saving projects for Hawaii airports
Pacific Business Journal
The state Department of Transportation plans to spend $210 million on energy-saving projects at airports across Hawaii, according to a request for proposals issued by the state. The project would be funded by bonds backed primarily by a guaranteed-savings plan.More

The time is now
Airport World
Joe Bates reports on Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s plans to transform its image, facilities and operational capabilities with a new state-of-the-art terminal. Director of aviation, Iftikhar Ahmad, is in no doubt about the importance of the planned new international terminal to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.More

John F. Kennedy Airport has No. 1 longest wait for customs in US
New York Daily News
International passengers wait, on average, 36 minutes to get through terminal 4, a watchdog group finds. By comparison, it takes 31 minutes at LAX, 23 minutes at Chicago's O'Hare and 16 minutes in Atlanta.More

Airport officials take issue with auditors' findings about LAX construction
Daily Breeze
Los Angeles World Airports officials pushed back against charges by auditors that airport executives underestimated the number of construction change orders that would be required to complete the new Tom Bradley International Terminal.More

Movie theaters in airports? That probably won't fly
Los Angeles Times
Imagine killing time at your local airport terminal by checking out the latest Brad Pitt action flick or giggling through the new Sandra Bullock comedy. Nearly half of the 10,000 travelers questioned in a recent survey say they would like to see a movie theater added to their local airport. But aviation industry experts say it's a trend that won't be taking off in the U.S. any time soon.More

China grants Sudan $700 million loan to build new Khartoum airport
Reuters via
China has granted Sudan a $700 million loan to build a new airport for the capital Khartoum, state media said, highlighting close ties between China and the sanctions-hit African country.More

British Airways predicts deadlock in UK airport expansion
British Airways is working on the assumption that efforts to expand Heathrow airport will ultimately fail and the proposals from a commission on London's airport problems will be ignored next year, the head of the airline's parent, IAG, said.More

Mysore, India, airport plans to go international
Close on the heels of the Mangalore airport getting the international tag, the Mysore Airport has also started thinking on terms of becoming an international airport.More

Calls to name Swedish airport after Holocaust hero
Israel National News
A group of politicians and intellectuals said that Sweden's largest airport should be renamed after Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews. A petition signed by 36 prominent Swedes, including two former prime ministers, called for Stockholm's Arlanda Airport to be named in Wallenberg's honor, the AFP news agency reported.More

Edinburgh, Scotland, airport backs calls for new runway at Gatwick
BBC News
Edinburgh airport has called for increased air capacity in London which it said could easily be delivered at Gatwick in west Sussex. The Scottish airport is backing calls for a second runway at Gatwick instead of a third at Heathrow.More

International travel boosts revenue at American Airlines
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
In the last month, demand for international travel has boosted traffic at American Airlines.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

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

ACC INSTITUTE WEBINAR: FAA Specification Requirements for Quality Acceptance/Control Testing
This webinar will define the purpose of the FAA specification requirements for quality assurance and provide a general understanding for acceptance and control testing criteria with primary roles for the agencies, contractors and engineers that are involved in a project. The webinar will further provide a detailed understanding for measuring, calculating percent within limits (PWL) and documenting quality and how payment may be affected.More

Register now for the ACC Institute Airfield Pavement Design, Evaluation & Analysis Course, being held Aug. 12-14, 2013 in Arlington, VA!
This course is aimed at engineers and practitioners responsible for the design or construction of new or rehabilitated airfield pavements. Participants do not need have previous pavement design experience, but should be familiar with pavement engineering principles and pavement materials. At the end of this course, successful participants will be able to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects, and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools.More

Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction at Airports: A Synthesis Document
This document is a resource for airport sponsors contemplating airport recycling, reduction, and waste reuse programs to further their waste minimization initiatives. It includes lessons-learned and case studies from airports around the country that not only address best practices in recycling, but also in the areas of reuse and waste reduction via "green" procurement programs. It focuses on recycling programs to divert municipal solid waste (MSW) from the landfill but also discusses non-MSW waste streams and construction and demolition waste.More

Model Mutual Aid Agreements for Airports
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 45: Model Mutual Aid Agreements for Airports presents information on mutual aid agreements, addressing nearly every type of emergency that could affect airports and require outside resources. The report is designed to assist airport operators in creating and sustaining effective emergency management mutual aid partnerships by documenting the specifics of existing agreements.More