Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 15, 2011

Another FAA partial shutdown? Senate in stalemate
ABC News
It feels like déjà vu. The current funding for Federal Aviation Administration expires this Friday, threatening to put 80,000 people out of work by Saturday, unless Congress sends a bill to President Obama.More

US government group forms to promote NextGen products worldwide
The U.S. Department of Commerce is creating a new committee that will target opportunities to promote and sell NextGen technologies and products to non-U.S. markets. Announcing the NextGen Vendors Group (NVG), Dept. of Commerce principal deputy assistant secretary Maureen Smith said that through NVG, Commerce will reach out to industry and other agencies to identify market opportunities.

TSA chief: Optimist about everything but terror
The Associated Press via Google
Each day, dozens of U.S. intelligence officials crowd around a conference table in a small, windowless room in a government building across the street from a shopping mall in northern Virginia. At the head of the table sits the man who perhaps more than anyone else affects Americans most tangibly in the sprawling fight against terrorism since the September 2001 attacks. More

Rail link from Miami International Airport to transit center inaugurated
Miami Herald
José Abreu was 13 years old when he arrived in Miami in 1968 as a Cuban refugee, landing at Miami International Airport. Almost half a century later, Abreu was the center of attention, applause and recognition at the inauguration of the automatic train connecting the airport with the huge Miami Intermodal Center transportation facility east of MIA, one of the most expensive and complex projects in South Florida history. More

Costs, benefits of Missouri airport tax breaks analyzed
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
A cost-benefit analysis intended to address senators' concerns about a proposed tax credit targeting international trade resulted in more questions from senators who appear to remain divided over the centerpiece of Missouri's special legislative session.More

New Jersey airports to receive $27 million in federal grants
The Star-Ledger
New Jersey airports will get $27 million in federal grants, most of it for safety improvements at Teterboro and Trenton-Mercer airports, officials announced. Trenton-Mercer, a county-owned airport, will get $13.4 million to improve its runway safety area, according to a joint announcement by New Jersey's two U.S. Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Teterboro Airport, a general aviation facility in Bergen County owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will get $10.6 million for similar improvements, the senators announced.More

Beijing set to become world's busiest aviation hub with new mega-airport
The Guardian
Beijing is moving to overtake London as the world's busiest aviation hub with the construction of a third airport that could have as many as nine runways. The new mega-project - part of a huge expansion of China's airline industry - has alarmed environmental groups, who warn aircraft will increasingly contribute to the country's already dire pollution problems and high greenhouse gas emissions.More

Judge stops building work at key World Cup airport
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
A Brazilian judge has stopped building work to renovate Brazil's largest airport for the 2014 World Cup. A federal judge issued an injunction to halt construction at the Sao Paulo international airport because the expansion project was initiated without a bidding process.More

FAA'S Kate Lang named 2011 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence recipient
The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the selection of Catherine (Kate) M. Lang, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, as recipient of the 2011 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. This prestigious award acknowledges her skillful advocacy for a safe and efficient aviation system during some of the most challenging economic dynamics in history. It also recognizes her consistent respect for and openness to the opinions of private sector technical experts, and her long-term commitment to the aviation industry. The award will be presented on Nov. 8, 2011 during the ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Palm Springs, Calif.More

ACC Planning Committee establishes the ACC Finance Subcommittee
The ACC Planning Committee Chair is pleased to announce the establishment of an ACC Finance Subcommittee. The objective of this subcommittee is to advance the knowledge concerning airport finance-related issues to the ACC members and overall aviation industry by providing resources and education concerning airport-related finance. The lead of this new subcommittee for the remainder of the year 2011 will be Marc Champigny with The Louis Berger Group, Inc.More

Last chance to participate in the FAA Airports GIS Program webinar
Now is your last chance to register for the 'FAA Airports GIS Program' ACC Institute webinar on Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. This webinar will provide an overview of the FAA's Airport GIS program. A summary of the three Advisory Circulars - 150/5300-16, 17 & 18 will be presented along with the current status of the program and what the future holds. Examples of current project work will be used to demonstrate what the program expectations are and what the project deliverables look like. Lessons learned and benefits of the program for the FAA, airports and the consulting community will also be discussed.More

ACC welcomes new member
Yardi Systems
Established in 1982, Yardi Systems has grown exponentially to become the leading provider of high-performance software solutions for the real estate industry throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. With an expansive client base, Yardi Government Services Group provides leading-edge technology and services.More

Aviation 2011
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2214 includes 18 papers that explore critical factors for development of airport cities, heterogeneity in preferences of air travel itinerary in a low-frequency market, addressing and benchmarking variations in airport demand in the U.S. domestic market, using Smeed's Law to estimate number of bird strikes in Utah, and the effect of disruptions on U.S. domestic airline industry service quality and market share.More

Current Airport Inspection Practices Regarding FOD (Foreign Object Debris/Damage)
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 26: Current Airport Inspection Practices Regarding FOD (Foreign Object Debris/Damage) details the components of a comprehensive FOD management program, and compiles current practices, techniques, and lists of tools available for use or those currently being used by airports for FOD inspections.More

Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 52: Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside is designed to provide airports with the tools necessary to help passengers find their way in and around the airport.More