Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 5, 2010

FAA bill still elusive as extension passes
Aviation Week
The House and Senate both approved legislation that extends the FAA's operating authority and introduces new pilot safety rules, although leading aviation lawmakers expressed frustration that a long-term FAA bill could not be achieved.More

Delta nears JFK deal
The Wall Street Journal
Delta Air Lines Inc. is poised to get the green light for a $1.2 billion overhaul of its outdated terminals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to people familiar with the matter. The board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to vote on the massive project on Thursday, these people added.More

Airports devise strategies to cope with three-hour tarmac rule
Airport Improvement
Passenger advocates pumped their fists in victory while airline officials wrung their hands with worry when the Department of Transportation (DOT) took aim at tarmac delays of more than three hours last December. Now that both groups have lived with the new "tarmac rule" since April 29, some are moderating their position while others have redoubled their stance.More

San Diego-Tijuana airport pedestrian bridge proposed
An investor group involving billionaire Sam Zell received a key federal approval needed to proceed with its plans for a cross-border pedestrian bridge that would link San Diego to Tijuana's Rodriguez International Airport.More

Burbank Airport turns to Congress in noise restriction fight
The Los Angeles Times
After years of painstaking studies, millions of dollars and one failed federal application for nighttime flight restrictions, Bob Hope Airport officials are turning to Congress. Three representatives whose districts are most affected by curfews signed a letter seeking legislation to bar flights from arriving or departing between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. at Bob Hope and Van Nuys airports.More

At JFK, more flying, less waiting on the tarmac
The Wall Street Journal
Like kids lined up outside an ice-cream shop on a hot summer day, planes on taxiways at New York's Kennedy International Airport were forced to queue up and wait. Every afternoon, 40 or so jets would inch forward, often idling an hour or more for takeoff.More

Big government contractor picks up Mass.-based Reveal Imaging, maker of explosives scanner for airports
The Boston Globe
One of the investors in Bedford, Mass.-based Reveal Imaging said that the purchase of the company by Science Applications International Corp. is "a very positive acquisition," though the price wasn't disclosed.More

PBSJ engineers an acquisition by WS Atkins
Jacksonville Business Journal
The PBSJ Corp. agreed to be acquired by WS Atkins plc in a cash deal valued at $280 million. The acquisition, expected to close in the early fall, will cost the Tampa Bay area another corporate headquarters. PBSJ, an engineering, construction and design firm with revenue of $798.6 million in 2009, is one of the largest privately owned companies in the Tampa Bay area.More

Researchers say North American airline capacity up
Bloomberg Businessweek
Airlines in North America are adding a few extra seats this month for the first time since 2007, according to an aviation industry research firm. The increase is just one percent compared with August 2009, but it's the first year-over-year increase in three years, OAG said.More

Mexicana Airlines files for bankruptcy
The Los Angeles Times
Mexicana Airlines, the busiest foreign carrier at Los Angeles International Airport, announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Mexico, blaming much of its financial trouble on high labor costs.More

Bellingham airport to offer daily flights to Honolulu
Vancouver Sun
Alaska Airlines announced Monday it hopes to lure Metro Vancouver travelers by offering low-fare, non-stop daily flights from Bellingham International Airport (BIA) to Honolulu. More

0 yen train tickets for international transfers at Haneda Airport
Daily Yomiuri
Travel will be free on the Keihin Kyuko Line and the Tokyo Monorail between Haneda Airport's existing terminals and its soon to be opened international terminal, the railway companies have announced.More

Hotel deadline extended for Pavement, GIS Workshops
The deadlines to receive a special, reduced hotel rate for both the Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation Workshop and the Airports GIS Workshop in late August have been extended to Wednesday, August 11. Rooms are available on a first come-first served and reservations made after this deadline will be made on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.More

TSA August Stakeholder Conference Call
ACC was one of several stakeholders who took part in the TSA August Stakeholder Conference Call. Topics covered included air cargo; the Innovative Security Measures initiative; Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) deployment/engagement; airport watch videos, watch list web board; Airport Security Planning, Design & Construction Guidelines; airport security/emergency programs; SD 1542-01-10G watch list exemptions; and the checkpoint design guide. In response to questions: 1) There are no requirements or security benefits associated with launching a Registered Traveler program; biometrics are not required; and 2) Walk through metal detection devices (MDD) will be mandatory along with AIT units until the Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) algorithms are available. For more information, join the ACC Safety & Security Committee and participate in their next conference call.More

ACRP soliciting panelists for FY 2011 projects
The Airport Cooperative Research Program announced 24 projects that will be initiated in its FY 2011 program. ACRP is currently soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on oversight panels for each of the new research projects.More

TSA says all cargo on domestic flights now screened
The Transportation Security Administration now screens all cargo loaded on domestic passenger aircraft, but it can't apply the same program to international flights without slowing commerce, a TSA spokesman said.More