Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 2, 2010

Tracking planes that aren't in the sky
The Wall Street Journal
When commercial planes are in the sky or on a runway, federal air-traffic controllers can usually spot them. But once they start shuttling among gates, terminals, de-icing pads and baggage carts, the aircraft are harder to find.More

Protecting general aviation against unfair foreign assistance
Airport Business
Even in today's sluggish economy, general aviation remains a leading U.S. industry. Employing more than 1.2 million people; contributing $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually; and exporting 40 percent of all American-produced components, general aviation is one of the top domestic industries fueling our nation's economy. I'm proud to say that Kansas continues to be a leader in this vital industry.More

Officials hope to add rail freight service to Dayton Airport by 2014
Airport Business
Product distribution centers are already part of the business landscape near Dayton International Airport and the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75. Caterpillar Inc., the heavy-equipment manufacturer, is building a distribution facility in Clayton. A Payless shoes distribution facility began operating in Brookville in early 2009. Syncreon, which ships parts and vehicle kits for General Motors Corp. to plants in China and Venezuela, operates in Trotwood.More

US vacationers deliver a profitable boost to travel stocks
Money Morning
The number of U.S. travelers hitting the road -- and the air and sea -- is on the rise, bringing profit-making momentum to travel stocks that will continue into 2011.  While the U.S. economic recovery is slowing down, travel has picked up since 2009's fourth quarter.More

Airlines will pay $30 million extra to Atlanta airport
Bloomberg Businessweek
The city of Atlanta said that airlines including Delta and AirTran have agreed to make $30 million in extra lease payments to keep construction moving on a new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.More

UAL wins antitrust nod for Continental merger
Reuters
United Airlines won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Continental Airlines after the carriers struck a deal to give up some take-off and landing rights at a key airport hub to Southwest Airlines. The approval from the U.S. Justice Department paves the way for United and Continental to merge, creating the world's largest airline.More

Burbank green-lights transit center for Bob Hope Airport
The Los Angeles Times
After two public hearings and long discussions over the course of a month, the Burbank City Council has approved a $120-million transit center for Bob Hope Airport. The original proposal had been postponed to allow city officials to clarify the city's role in approving landscaping and so-called green street features for the project.More

Yemeni passengers expose strengths, weaknesses of airport security, experts say
The Chicago Tribune
As U.S. officials announced that two Yemeni men arrested in Amsterdam after a flight from O'Hare International Airport face no charges in this country, experts said the case exposed both strengths and weaknesses of U.S. aviation security.More

Mexican airport operators weigh impact of Mexicana
Reuters
Airport operators in Mexico are feeling the pinch after three troubled airlines suspended dozens of flights and uncertainty remains about whether other companies can pick up the traffic from canceled routes.More

Auckland Airport forecasts 12 percent annual earnings gain
Bloomberg Businessweek
Auckland International Airport Ltd., New Zealand's largest, said underlying profit may increase as much as 12 percent this year as international travel recovers. Profit excluding one-time items and changes to the value of derivatives may be NZ$112 million ($79 million) to NZ$118 million in the year ending June 30, 2011, the company said. Underlying profit is expected to rise from NZ$105.1 million in the year ended June 30.More

Singapore airport unveils 40ft slide designed to keep travelers entertained
Daily Mail
As a way to beat the boredom while waiting for your flight, it certainly beats Solitaire. Singapore's Changi Airport has unveiled the 'world's tallest slide in an airport' in a bid to help passengers enjoy their time before taking off or while waiting for family members.More

Register now for ACC/ACI-NA/FAA Airport Planning Course and NEPA Workshop
ACC
Registration is still available for the back-to-back Airport Planning Course (Oct. 18-20) and NEPA Workshop (Oct. 20-21) in Long Beach, Calif.  The Wednesday, Oct. 20 joint session will focus on 'The Unbreakable Connections Between Facility and Environmental Planning.' The deadline for early registration as well as discounted hotel rates is Sept. 24, 2010.More

ACC pushes for DO-230B update
ACC
ACC submitted a letter to RTCA, Inc. President Margaret Jenny requesting the formation of a 'special committee' to update DO-230B, 'Integrated Security System Standard for Airport Security Access Control Systems.' The letter indicates the document update is imperative because the TSA document 'Recommended Security Guidelines for Planning Design and Construction,' issued in June 2006, is currently being updated and needs to be able to refer its readers to an up-to-date version of the RTCA document. The endorsement of AAAE and ACI-NA is indicated in the letter. ACC President Paula Hochstetler has since met with Ms. Jenny to discuss this submittal amongst a number of other mutual industry initiatives and trends.More

FAA proposes civil penalty against American Airlines
FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines Inc. for failing to correctly follow an Airworthiness Directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. This civil penalty is the largest ever proposed by the FAA.More

New Logan searches blasted
The Boston Herald
Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.More