Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 18, 2011

Mica says he'll compromise on FAA sticking points
WMFE-FM
US House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica is responding to questions about his role in the recent funding debate that kept the Federal Aviation Administration shuttered for weeks. Mica blames Congressional democrats for hold ups in the debate over cutting in the Essential Air Service program that serves rural airports. The union that represents flight attendants staged protests at Mica's Florida offices over the lack of a permanent funding measure for the FAA. Congressman Mica says the union is being manipulated by Democrats.More

South Jersey meeting lets FAA workers express furlough exasperation
The Philadelphia Inquirer
At the end of their first week back after being abruptly furloughed during a federal budget stalemate, about 640 Federal Aviation Administration employees working on a critical national project got an opportunity to express their angst about their two-week layoff to top officials.More

Charleston airport has growing pains: Projects include upgrades to facility, security, runways
The Post and Courier
Depending on your vantage point, the main passenger terminal at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina has room to spare. Or not nearly enough. VIP rooms rendered obsolete in the wake of 9/11 sit empty at the end of the airport's two concourses.More

Government pays for empty flights to rural airports
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it. Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107.More

Governor announces plans to expand Owensboro, Ky., airport
Evansville Courier & Press
Governor Steve Beshear joined community and airport leaders to announce a plan to expand the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport terminal. The expansion will create additional flights while significantly increasing the size of the waiting area, baggage handling and pick-up areas. The project will add three full-time and several part-time positions.More

Indianapolis airport wants long-term plan from Congress
WISH-TV
Funding problems at the Federal Aviation Administration aren't over. They’re just delayed until after Congress ends its latest vacation. The temporary funding extension approved in Washington ended a partial shutdown of the agency and put 4,000 employees back to work.More

United, city agree on $1 billion airport deal
The Houston Chronicle
The city of Houston and United Airlines have agreed to a billion-dollar deal to revamp George Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal B. The plan is to transform the 42-year-old collection of commuter gates into a colossus that can accommodate 787s and offer travelers who get on and off them roomier lounges, additional restrooms and a wider variety of food.More

Free the FAA
The Boston Globe
The Federal Aviation Administration does a fine job at its main duty - making air travel safe. But it's is also involved with a lot of things it shouldn't be, from disputes about unionization to subsidies for rural airports. If Americans want to keep flying safely, Congress must free the FAA from obligations unrelated to preventing accidents.More

Aircraft near-miss prompts Glasgow Airport shake-up
BBC News
A possible near-miss between a passenger aircraft and a glider has led to changes in air traffic control procedures at Glasgow Airport. An investigation into the incident on 23 July has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reclassify airspace around the airport.More

Mexican airline Aeromexico sees record occupancy amid sector woes
The Wall Street Journal
Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico SAB said it registered its highest-ever monthly passenger load factor in July, flying with 86.9 percent of seats full, as a decrease in competition helped it overcome general weakness in the country's travel segment. The company said the number of domestic travelers it carried last month increased 25 percent versus July 2010 while the number of international passengers it transported increased by 51 percent for a total year-on-year rise of 32 percent. More

Submit your nominations for the ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
ACC
The ACC Excellence in Procurement Award recognizes the airport sponsor that has exemplary procurement and contracting practices, including the utilization of qualifications-based selection (QBS). The award provides examples of model procurement policies and helps ACC promote good, effective practices. If you are familiar with an airport that meets the selection criteria, please nominate that sponsor. Tell us why their specific procurement process stands out from the rest and why they should be recognized for their success in achieving excellence in the procurement process.More

Register now for the December NEPA & Planning Workshop
ACC
ACI-NO/ACC/FAA NEPA & Planning Workshop
An uncertain economy, changing federal budget priorities, volatile fuel costs, new technologies, an aging population, and an ever-changing regulatory environment: all are contributing to making airport facility and environmental planning efforts more challenging than ever. What skills will you need to plan your airport facilities in the next decade? What can you do to make your NEPA efforts move rapidly and effectively from Notice of Preparation to Record of Decision? How can you ensure that your plans are flexible enough to respond to unexpected changes in the economy, regulatory requirements, and facility needs? This jointly sponsored event, designed for airport planners and environmental specialists of all skill and experience levels, sessions at the ACI-NA/ACC/FAA NERA & Planning Workshop will answer these pressing questions and more.  More

Survey seeks guidance on use of ITS for ground transportation services at airports
ACRP
This is a brief survey about information materials for travelers at airports, conducted by Gresham, Smith & Partners and the Texas Transportation Institute. You must be at least 18 to participate. All responses are anonymous.More

US aims to stay step ahead of terrorists says TSA boss
AFP via Yahoo News
"Unpredictable" security agents, "naked" scanners at airports and air marshals have helped prevent another terror attack on the United States after September 11, a top U.S. official said. "The terrorists keep adapting and evolving to try to defeat our security... What we try to do is make sure that we are random and unpredictable in how we go about doing things," Transportation Security Administration boss John Pistole told reporters.More