Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 30, 2010

US and UN agency differ on airplane liquid ban
Associated Press via Google
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said it's too early to say when aviation officials can lift a ban on liquids on board flights despite international officials saying it could come as early as 2012. Napolitano told The Associated Press she's surprised by International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary General Raymond Benjamin's remarks that security equipment in most airports will allow for the ban to be lifted soon.More

Airports restricted when it comes to airline incentives
Tampa Tribune
When the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board evaluates the two finalists for Tampa International Airport's vacant director's position, members will focus on how the candidates propose to recruit carriers to increase international air service.More

Bulls get strapped in for takeoff in shares of AMR, US Airways
Wall Street Journal
A budget-airline buyout sent investors flying into the sector's bullish options with hopes that consolidation lifts the stocks. Options traders were mostly focused on legacy carriers following news that Southwest Airlines Co. plans to buy discount rival AirTran Holdings Inc. for about $1.4 billion. More

Airports improve green efforts, GAO finds
Most airports in the U.S. have stepped up efforts to clean up their operations and generally do not find such "green" tasks to be overly taxing on their operations, according to a report released this month by the Government Accountability Office.More

Deal will move AirTran out of D/FW Airport
The Dallas Morning News
It was Vanessa Moya's and 2-year-old Mia's first flight on AirTran Airways, and like most passengers, the Frisco residents were there for a simple reason. The fare of around $300 for their flight from Pittsburgh back to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport beat everybody else. More

Airports see funding source in naming rights
Wichita Mid-Continent is the latest airport to consider selling terminal naming rights in an effort to raise money. The airport's advisory board voted to recommend building a new terminal, a project that would cost $160 million. More

FAA celebrates Recovery Act funded airfield upgrades at Kentucky's Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration celebrated the completion of an airfield upgrade at Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport in Kentucky, paid for with $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.More

Bird hit man Michael J. Begier loves his human-life-saving job
Washington Post
Michael J. Begier is a mild-mannered government official who loves his job. "It's fascinating work," said Begier, the national coordinator of the Department of Agriculture's Airport Wildlife Hazards Program. In bird-loving circles, Begier has another job title. "Contract killer," hissed Patrick Kwan, an official with the Humane Society of the United States. More

Open up your skies World Bank tells Africa
FOX Business
The World Bank has released a study urging Africa to open up her skies to greater competition to shore up safety and development. "Most countries in Africa that have abandoned their ailing carriers and opened up to foreign operators now have air services, both passenger and freight, that are more efficient, safer, and with more competitive prices," Charles Schlumberger, the World Bank's lead air transport specialist and author of the study said. More

Sydney Airport plans US$500 million 2021 144a bond
Sydney Airport, Australia's largest airport, plans to sell a US$500 million 10.5-year 144a reg S bond issue to refinance debt, according to initial terms seen by Reuters. The terms did not give preliminary pricing indications. The offer, capped at US$500 million, is expected to price by Thursday, during New York business hours.More

Hamburg airport launches trial run for body scanners amid privacy concerns
Deutche Welle
Germany began its six-month test period of two full-body scanners at Hamburg airport as critics continued to denounce the technology as too invasive. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was one of the first to pass through one of the scanners, saying he did not feel cramped or uncomfortable inside.More

ICAO assembly wrestles with emissions issue
Montreal Gazette
Security and safety agreements should be a cinch. But the environment is the problem child, the critical issue on which the success or failure of Montreal's 37th general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization rests. More

Mix work and play at the 32nd ACC Annual Conference & Exposition
The 32nd ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., from Nov. 8-10 provides attendees the location and offerings to relax and develop skills for success. While the conference sessions are constructed to prepare your business for the next decade, they will be preceded by a number of new educational and recreational opportunities. Get a jumpstart on your preparation for the future by taking advantage of one of two new pre-conference workshops: "Leadership in the Cauldron of Change" or "Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) Simulcast: WebEx and Classroom Training." Alternatively, start the conference off with the annual golf tournament or enjoying local attractions like deep sea fishing, a kayak tour, or the St. Augustine trolley tour. Register for these opportunities early as space is limited.More

ACRP Soliciting Synthesis Topics
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is looking for potential synthesis topics for the FY2011 ACRP Synthesis Program. The closing date for submitting synthesis topics for FY 2011 is Nov. 15, 2010.More

New and Revised FAA Airports Series 150 Advisory Circulars (ACs)
The FAA recently added the following AC(s) to the New and Revised Airports Advisory Circulars page on the FAA website: AC 150/5345-51B, Specification for Discharge-Type Flashing Light Equipment; Errata Sheet and Autocad Drawings for AC 150/5340-1K, Standards for Airport Markings; AC 150/5210-13C, Airport Water Rescue Plans and Equipment; AC 150/5345-3G, Specification for L-821, Panels for the Control of Airport Lighting; AC 150/5345-10G, Specification For Constant Current Regulators And Regulator Monitors; AC 150/5345-12F, Specification for Airport and Heliport Beacons; and AC 150/5345-44J, Specification for Runway and Taxiway Signs More

FAA announces over $2.5 million in additional Recovery Act airport grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that three additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with more than $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars that became available because of airport projects that came in under budget nationwide.More

Planning for Offsite Airport Terminals
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 35: Planning for Offsite Airport Terminals explores issues related to providing originating passengers with remote terminal facilities. The report examines how to identify potential customers for an offsite terminal and how the concept fits into airport planning.More