Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 8, 2013

ACC joins aviation groups in requesting details on sequester
ACC joined ACI-NA, ALPA and other stakeholders in a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta requesting a meeting on the upcoming sequester cuts. The groups want the FAA to "brief aviation industry stakeholders regarding budget scenarios that are currently under consideration, as well as the expected effects these options have on air traffic operations, facilities and equipment maintenance and replacement, NextGen, and research and development programs."More

DOT chief: Sequestration a 'blunt instrument' that should be replaced
The Hill
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that Congress needed to recognize that the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration were making it difficult to plan transportation projects. More

Terror alert spurs extra screening of cargo flown into US
All in-bound cargo on commercial flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa — and quite possibly other areas of the world — is being screened twice, as a result of the recent terror threats that have closed U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa, according to a cargo industry official.More

Raleigh-Durham's new terminal hopes to enhance passenger experience
By Matt Falcus
Raleigh-Durham International Airport's new Terminal 1 is now more than 70 percent complete and remains ahead of schedule for a spring 2014 opening, offering nine gates and a significantly improved experience for passengers. The $68 million construction project began in the summer of 2012 and comes at a time when RDU is seeing success at recovering its passenger numbers to pre-9/11 levels of just over 9 million passengers per year, with significant growth of low-cost carriers at the airport in particular. Indeed, Terminal 1 will be home to Southwest, along with its recently-merged AirTran flights.More

TSA promises reform after increase of misconduct cases
The Washington Post
The Transportation Security Administration promised Congress to establish a process for verifying staff compliance at airports in response to a watchdog report revealing a 26 percent increase in annual Transportation Security Administration misconduct cases over two years.More

Report warns of steep traffic decline at Ontario airport
The Los Angeles Times
A persistent decline in passengers at L.A./Ontario International Airport has become so severe that the once-popular facility could reach a point where recovery would be almost impossible, Inland Empire officials warned in a new report.More

TSA expands duties beyond airport security
The New York Times
As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. More

Airport car rental startup Silvercar quietly launches service at SFO
Airport car rentals seem like they're ready for disruption, right? The same incumbents have been serving a more than $10 billion market for decades, and a few startups are stepping up to try to steal a little share from companies like Avis and Enterprise. That includes FlightCar, RelayRides, and Silvercar — which just began serving the lucrative San Francisco Bay Area by quietly launching at SFO.More

Pitt-Greenville Airport wants federal grant for second airline
A second airline could soon be coming to the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Currently, the regional airport only provides USAirways connector flights between Greenville and Charlotte, N.C., which it considers a "hub" to bigger destinations. More

Huge fire shuts down Nairobi's international airport
The New York Times
The Kenyan authorities ordered the closure of Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the busiest in the country, after a huge fire broke out and spread to the international arrivals area, officials said. More

Brazil tests airport privatizations
The Wall Street Journal
One afternoon last month, a group of young Catholics sang and played instruments at Brasilia's airport to welcome fellow Christians who were arriving to witness the visit to Brazil of Pope Francis.More

Yours for €100 million: Spanish airport, mint condition, one careless owner
The Guardian
Got a private jet already? Why not buy your own airport? One of Spain's biggest white elephants, the airport at Ciudad Real in La Mancha, is up for auction: starting price €100 million, a steal, bearing in mind that it cost €1 billion to build.More

Global airport freight traffic fell 1.1 percent in June
Following is a table showing global freight traffic at airports around the world from the Airports Council International (ACI) in Montreal. More

How Asia, US stack up in airport efficiency
The Wall Street Journal
Asian airports have something in common with airports in Europe: They’re far less efficient than their American counterparts. That’s according to Tae Oum, lead author of a new airport efficiency study by The Air Transport Research Society at the University of British Columbia. Compared to those in the U.S., Asian airports have a lower productivity ratio, use more employees and pass more costs onto consumers and airlines, he says. More

World's highest airport to open in Tibet
Plans to construct the world's highest altitude airport near Tibet were recently announced by the Chinese government. The new Daocheng Yading Airport, which would soar to 4,411 meters high in the Garzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, comes as part of China's stated intentions to develop infrastructure, drive tourism, and foster prosperity in the region. More

At San Diego airport, pets get their own indoor potty
The Los Angeles Times
If you're traveling with a pet at San Diego International Airport, your four-footed friend can find a potty without having to go outside.More

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: TSA PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on a new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).More

THUD bill is pulled as GOP budget frays
With support collapsing, a $44.1 billion transportation and housing bill was pulled abruptly from the House floor, and top Republicans conceded it was a further sign that the party's budget strategy is unraveling.More

ACC Institute Webinar: FAA's New Requirement on Reporting Pavement Strength Using PCN
Register now for this webinar that will cover Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5335-5B, Standardizing Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength – PCN, which was released in August 2011 and requires compliance within 3 years for all primary airports with air carrier aircraft and within 5 years for non-primary airports with air carrier aircraft. The procedure for developing PCNs in accordance with this Advisory Circular and using the FAA's COMFAA 3.0 software will be presented. In addition, the reasons behind FAA's move to using PCN in lieu of allowable loads by gear type will be discussed, as will FAA's current policy and potential future modifications. The webinar will present sample problems and case studies to illustrate how the procedure and software work and how to interpret the results to determine if the pavement can accommodate heavier aircraft.More

Final month for ACC Young Professional Innovation Competition Submissions!
ACC is currently soliciting submissions for "The ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition." Sponsored by the Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust, the purpose of this competition is to encourage innovative thinking among young professionals who are involved in the development and operations of airports. In this competition, ACC is seeking new, innovative ideas that further airport development globally and address current and future challenges. These innovations can be technical, operational or regulatory in nature and can address any aspect of airport development (e.g. planning, design, construction, asset management, sustainability, finance, IT, customer service). Winners will receive industry exposure and cash prizes! For more information, visit More

ACC welcomes new member!
J.A. Watts, Inc.
J.A. Watts, Inc. (JWI) is a certified DBE that has served airports and airlines as a trusted advocate, technical representative, and project/program manager since 1999. Our expertise in representation, master planning, programming, capital improvement development, and project/program management affords JWI an invaluable perspective and understanding of the industry.More

Draft changes to runway length AC and other Advisory Circular updates - Comments due Aug. 19
The FAA has issued draft Advisory Circulars for review and comment which can be found at the FAA Advisory Circular website. Please send all your comments to by COB Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 using a FAA Draft AC Comment Matrix for the following two (2) FAA AC draft changes: Draft AC 150/5325-4C, titled: "Runway Length Recommendations for Airport Design"; and Draft AC 150/5340-30H, titled: “Design and Installation Details for Airport Visual Aids”.More

FAA issues PGL with Additional Guidance on Safety Management Systems (SMS)
PGL 13-06: Safety Management Systems (SMS). This PGL provides Airport Improvement Program grant funding guidance for certain Safety Management System (SMS) activities. This guidance discusses developing an Implementation Plan and SMS Manual, as well as Safety Risk Management (SRM) activities under FAA Order 5200.11, FAA Airports (ARP) Safety Management System, associated with an AlP-funded project. It also creates new paragraph 401.g in FAA Order 5100-38C, the AIP Handbook.

Guidebook on Integrating GIS in Emergency Management at Airports
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 88: Guidebook on Integrating GIS in Emergency Management at Airports is designed to help airports identify needs and assess current capabilities with respect to using geographical information systems (GIS) in emergency management (EM). More

FAA aims to streamline aircraft certification
The FAA is streamlining aircraft certification and approval processes to keep pace with technological advancements in aviation products and to help the United States maintain global competitiveness. The plan responds to recommendations in the May 2012 Aircraft Certification Process Review and Reform Aviation Rulemaking Committee report to enhance the efficiency of getting new products to market while improving safety.More

The Vector-Borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) CRP-CD-137: The Vector-Borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool is a CD-ROM-based interactive tool designed to help define the roles of airports and airlines in the transmission and spread of insect-borne human diseases. More