Airport Consulting Weekly
Oct. 6, 2011

4 airports to try risk-based security screening
The Associated Press via ABC News
Select travelers going through four U.S. airports may find it easier getting through security if they volunteer more personal information to the government. U.S. Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole says a pilot program tests a new risk-based approach for screening passengers. The limited program will start at the major airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami.More

Bing launches airport maps for 42 US cities
Microsoft's search service Bing announced the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time. The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop.

Sacramento airport opens $1 billion, art-filled terminal
The Associated Press via ABC News
Sacramento International Airport is scheduled to open a $1 billion terminal, replacing a structure that is four decades old with a building that is designed to be a striking entrance to California's capital region. The $6 million in public art includes a distinctive centerpiece that is certain to generate attention, a suspended-in-air, 56-foot-long aluminum red hare leaping into a suitcase that dominates the glass-and-steel entryway.More

McClellan-Palomar Airport may get longer runway
San Diego Union-Tribune
McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad could see its runway extended 1,100 feet under a proposal approved by the Board of Supervisors. Supervisors unanimously agreed to spend $767,000 to complete a study needed to perform runway improvements at the county-owned airport - a move that could attract more and larger corporate and commercial jets.More

Southwest says required navigation performance benefits slow to emerge
Aviation Week
While Southwest Airlines has flown more than 5,800 required navigation performance (RNP) approaches since January, the carrier says RNP is not yet justifying its business case. The carrier began RNP operations with the majority of its fleet on Jan. 11, 2011, and is one of the earliest adopters of RNP in the U.S. Although it has equipped aircraft and trained its pilots, the carrier still has to rely on RNP approaches published by the FAA. The rate of introduction of these approaches has been slower than expected, says David Newton, Southwest’s senior manager for NextGen and airspace. More

Airport check-in, gates more fluid
The Journal Gazette
Most passengers will not be immediately aware of the newly acquired technology at Fort Wayne International Airport - unless their flights are delayed or they are waiting to board a plane during inclement weather. In the past, each airline had its own gate and check-in counter with corresponding hardware and software to process incoming and outgoing passengers, and Delta Airlines had the majority of the gates, said Dave Young, the airport’s vice president of air service development.More

Heathrow Airport: Leaflets warn of runway use changes
BBC News
People living under Heathrow Airport's flight path have been sent leaflets about changes to rules that allow the use of both runways simultaneously. The runways are restricted to take-off or landing and switch each afternoon, except in an emergency, to give residents respite from the noise.More

DFW Airport to get nonstop flights to Dubai next year
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Getting to the Middle East from Dallas-Fort Worth will be a little easier next year. On Wednesday, Emirates Airlines announced that it will start daily nonstop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 2. DFW Airport offered Emirates a $5 million incentive package, including free landing fees and terminal rent for two years, as well as $250,000 for marketing during the first year of service.More

Singapore's Changi Airport geared up for success
Singapore Changi Airport handled more than 40 million passengers in the 12 months to August 2011. In total, 45.1 million passengers passed through the airport in the period August 2010-2011, making it one of just seven airports in the world to handle more than 40 million passengers. The airport aims to have more than 50 million passengers annually by 2013. More

Last chance to register for Annual Conference at discounted rates
Register now to receive discounted registration rates and hotel reservations for the 33rd ACC Annual Conference and Exposition in Palm Springs. All registrations received after Tuesday, Oct. 11 will be subject to late registration fees. Additionally, all hotel reservations must be made with the Miramonte Resort & Spa by Friday, Oct. 14, in order to receive the special ACC Annual Conference group rate of $169/night.More

ACC Lunch + Learn: Join a free session sponsored by Rapiscan Systems on the challenges of air cargo
In this free ACC Lunch & Learn webinar sponsored by Rapiscan Systems, participants will receive a high-level overview of TSA Air Cargo Screening Regulations, how air carriers and cargo carriers are currently meeting screening standards, and optimal solutions to meet the challenges of screening air cargo. The webinar will focus on the top things to consider when planning an air cargo solution. Future solutions will also be presented for the end-user to stay competitive.More

TSA PreCheck pilot starts at select airports to further enhance security
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it began testing a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative with a small known traveler population at four U.S. airports. The TSA PreCheck initiative implements a key component of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security. This pilot program will help assess measures designed to enhance security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.More

Airport Self-Inspection Practices
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 27: Airport Self-Inspection Practices provides insight into common airport self-inspection practices. For the purposes of ACRP Synthesis 27, a comprehensive self-inspection program includes the components of training; inspecting; reporting discrepancies and findings; follow-up, resolution, and close-out; and quality control. More

Airport Security: Which Poses the Greater Threat - Passengers or Air Cargo?
A featured article in the July-August issue of the TR News explores the difficulties of passenger screening, the vulnerabilities of baggage and cargo screening - and in the supply chain - and problems with technologies.More