Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 23, 2010

Napolitano wants global air standards
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants the United Nations to establish global security standards for commercial aviation.  Napolitano said she expects a meeting of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization later this month in Montreal will produce a "very good" ruling with respect to global aviation standards, The Hill newspaper in Washington reported. More

Senators want to investigate D.C. airport authority
Two senators, upset that Washington area airport officials are standing in the way of passage of a major aviation bill, said they will investigate the performance of those officials.More

Secretary Napolitano announces $98 million in Recovery Act funding for airport security technologies
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced approximately $98 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for advanced technology (AT) X-ray units and inline baggage screening systems -- enhancing the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) ongoing efforts to strengthen airport security while boosting the local economy.More

Legroom tight now? New seat is less spacious
The New York Times
"Like riding a horse," said Dominique Menoud, the director general of Aviointeriors, the Italian aircraft seat manufacturer, after I had slid into the company's new "stand-up" airplane seat on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas trade show. As television cameras poked around the display seats for angles, Mr. Menoud asked me, "It is very comfortable, no?"More

Travelers with disabilities face obstacles at airports
With laws such as the Air Carrier Access Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, you might assume that people with disabilities no longer encounter obstacles at U.S. airports. More

Miami airport Skytrain rolls out to link 60 airline gates
The Miami Herald
Salsa instructor Sonia Rivera of Puerto Rico usually wears her ugly "I love NY" flip-flops when she travels through Miami International Airport because the long distance between gates often requires her to "run." After riding the airport's new Skytrain, which rolled out, Rivera said: "Now I can wear my heels. And I just wrote on my Internet: Miami getting modern."More

Binghamton University students' idea coming to fruition at airport
It started with a drawing on a napkin and a classroom idea. Two years later, it has become a $1.4 million project at the airport. Binghamton University students were told to come up with an engineering problem and solve it for a classroom assignment.More

Broken connections
The Columbus Dispatch
There was a time when Columbus had airport-hub envy. For a few years, America West Airlines had what some called a minihub here. But Cleveland and Cincinnati boasted hubs for "legacy" carriers Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines, respectively. And the hub-and-spoke system operated for years by major airlines boosted passenger counts, revenue and jobs in those cities.More

Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport continues to grow
Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport recorded its busiest month ever in July. It's the latest in a string of 11 months of passenger growth at the airport, which has benefited from a turf battle among low-cost carriers AirTran, Southwest and Frontier, which acquired the airline formerly known as Midwest.More

FAA says hangar homes won't fly at public airports
The Associated Press via Google
Life doesn't get much more convenient for a private plane owner than taxiing from the driveway of his or her home through a special fence opening directly onto an airport taxiway or runway.More

Congress needs to pass FAA bill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Let's hope President Barack Obama's Labor Day announcement to create jobs by investing in our nation's crumbling infrastructure doesn't meet the same fate as most proposals to fix our transportation system and jump-start the economy.More

How does an airport change a town?
AOL Travel
The first international airport built in the U.S. since 9/11 opened this May in Panama City Beach, Fla. But this new airport isn't just an airport; it's the heart of a plan to create an economic center attracting businesses, residential property and tourism to the Florida Panhandle. More

Airlines say Vancouver to benefit from dropped fuel tax, capped fees
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell opened the World Route Development Forum in Vancouver by proposing to eliminate the province's aviation fuel tax of C$0.02 per liter for international and transborder flights.More

Sydney Airport hosts record number of August travelers
Business Review Australia
Sydney Airport recorded its strongest August ever for international, domestic and total traffic with an average of 95,000 passengers daily, representing 7.6 percent overall growth.More

Fraport looks at bids for Changsha, San Juan Airport management contracts
Fraport AG, the operator of the Frankfurt airport, has taken steps to begin running a second Chinese airport and one in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in an effort to add revenue and find more profitable sources of income.More

GIS, Planning and NEPA Hotel Deadline
Friday, Sept. 24 is the last day to receive a discounted hotel registration rate for the ACC/FAA Airports GIS Workshop, ACC/ACI-NA/FAA Planning Redefined Course and NEPA Workshop in Long Beach, Calif., from Oct. 17-18. Reservations made after this date are accepted on a space and rate-available basis. Attendees at the Airports GIS Workshop will receive a certificate for professional development hours and both the Planning Redefined Course and NEPA Workshop will offer AICP credits.More

ACC Institute webinar: Sustainable Master Plans and Airport Sustainability Plans
Join us from your office as Carol Lurie with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and Charlie McDermott with C&S Companies discuss sustainability initiatives at airports large and small, lessons learned, and how sustainability efforts undertaken by airports have been incorporated into their master planning processes. Eligible attendees will receive one (1) professional development hour (PDH) for attending the webinar.More

Visit us at the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh
Stop by booth #616 at the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh next week to find out the newest services and training opportunities ACC is offering to keep your business ahead of the game. ACC members, drop off your business card for a chance to win a free half-page ad in the 2011 ACC Membership Directory -- a $1650 value!More

ACC and SITA hold initial Lunch + Learn webinar
Over 50 sites signed on for the first ACC Lunch + Learn webinar, sponsored by SITA. The webinar, "Emerging Technologies at Airports" discussed new trends in passenger processing technologies and their impacts at airports. These hour-long, free programs are designed to educate industry on the latest trends and issues facing the airport development community. Stay tuned for more free web opportunities from ACC in the near future. If your firm would like sponsor a Lunch + Learn webinar, contact TJ Schulz at

FAA panel urges enhanced qualifications for airline co-pilots
The Wall Street Journal
A high-level FAA advisory panel, seeking to improve cockpit safety, has called for significantly enhanced training and proficiency standards for airline co-pilots, according to people familiar with the report. More

TSA tests Morpho detectors
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has tested hand-held Morpho Detection Inc. products in a pilot program in New Orleans. The company said its Mobile Trace and Hardened Mobile Trace systems were tested last month at major transportation sites -- including ferry and ship terminals -- for narcotics and explosives detection.More

Aviation and the Environment: Systematically Addressing Environmental Impacts and Community Concerns Can Help Airports Reduce Project Delays
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that the number of flights in the United States will increase 20 percent by 2024. It also has identified numerous airports that will need to expand to handle more flights. However, increasing airport capacity and operations poses potentially significant impacts on the environment and quality of life for surrounding communities.More