Airport Consulting Weekly
Oct. 11, 2012

FAA's Huerta issues call to action, encourages collaboration, and cautions against sequestration
Avionics Intelligence
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, during a speech at ATCA 57th annual conference and exposition, discussed the U.S. President’s 2013 budget request for more than $1 billion for NextGen, an increase of 11 percent over last year, and cautioned the air traffic control (ATC) community on the threat of sequestration.More

Pace of airport expansion picks up at Charlotte Douglas
Charlotte Observer
Some $400 million worth of construction is under contract at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, officials said, as crews work to build a new entrance road, expanded hourly parking deck, a rail yard and terminal expansions. More

Upgrades could save expense of building new terminal
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa International Airport's main terminal should be good for another 20 years with some enhancements, a consultant told the Hillsborough Aviation Board. The improvements should allow the authority to delay spending more than $1 billion on a new terminal. More

Better breach tracking needed
Security Management
After a rash of security breaches occurred at Newark Liberty International Airport from early 2010 to early 2011, including six in less than two months, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., requested an investigation. The resulting report from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that the problem was much larger than one airport. It found that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) didn't have a process in place for ensuring that breaches were consistently reported, tracked, and corrected, or any system for learning from its mistakes. More

Customs still slow at MIA
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
More than 700 travelers per day miss connecting flights out of Miami International Airport because they spend more than an hour clearing customs, MIA officials say. The problem is primarily in the airport's new North Terminal, where 15,000 to 20,000 travelers arrive per day, mostly from the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. About 2,000 of those are thought to come from Broward and Palm Beach counties. More

Atlanta promotes air cargo role at global conference
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
On some planes flying in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the most precious cargo isn't a first-class passenger. It's actual cargo, and local leaders want more of it. Atlanta officials pitched Hartsfield-Jackson's strengths in air cargo to more than 4,000 industry representatives gathering this week at the Georgia World Congress Center for the International Air Cargo Association's Air Cargo Forum, even as the industry sees the effects of a slow economy. More

Green airports on carbon cutting mission
The aviation sector is renowned as a carbon intensive business, but an increasing number of airports are looking to change that by integrating the latest green-tech into their daily operations. Air travel and transport accounts for two percent of all human generated greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - with airports contributing five percent to the overall aviation figure. More

ATC Safety Program comes under scrutiny
Aviation International News
A program that lets air traffic controllers voluntarily report safety concerns without fear of reprisals has come under criticism from the Transportation Department's inspector general, who told Congress that "significant improvement" is needed to find the root causes of safety risks. More

Speedy airport security: Should you apply?
The New York Times
Stephanie Rosenbloom writes, "Who hasn't stood in an airport security line shoeless, beltless, clutching a Ziploc bag and inching grimly toward a full body scanner? A few weeks ago, I decided I'd had enough. I applied for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program, which expedites passenger screening and customs declaration processes for fliers willing to undergo background checks and pay a $100 fee. If you're already a member, you’ll soon be zipping through more airports. If you’re not a member, get ready to see a lot more travelers scoot ahead of you in line."More

Canada air policy changes could stem traffic loss to US
The Canadian government and its airlines can make a range of policy changes to slow the tide of 5 million travelers a year that head to the United States for cheaper flights, a think tank report said. Slashing the fees and taxes that account for roughly 40 percent of the difference between Canadian and U.S. air fares, would have a significant impact, but doing so looks unlikely given tight government budgets, the Conference Board of Canada report said. More

Second airport is vital, says Qantas
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, has a blunt message for the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, in his opposition to a second airport in Sydney: ''He is wrong on this and we all know he is wrong on this.'' Raising the pressure on O'Farrell to reverse his stance, Joyce also dismissed the benefits of a high-speed train link connecting Sydney to Canberra Airport. More

Ryanair withdraws from Stansted airport sale process
Ryanair said it would not be taking part in the sale of London's Stansted airport after the airport's owner, BAA, excluded the budget airline from the process. Stansted, Britain's fourth-busiest airport, was put on the block by Ferrovial-owned BAA in August after it was forced to sell off assets by the country's competition regulator. More

'See Your World' at the 2012 ACC Global Business Summit
Join us Dec. 3-4 in Washington, D.C., to gain valuable insight into the global aviation market. This conference - designed for airport development experts new to the international aviation sector as well as experienced professionals - will prepare you for entering international projects and provide you with the tools to succeed once there. Session topics will address the current status of global markets, alternative financing, teaming, cultural pitfalls and more.More

TSA names Douglas Hofsass Assistant Administrator for Office of Risk Based Security
Aviation Pros
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) named Douglas Hofsass as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Risk Based Security. This office is responsible for developing innovative approaches to transportation security that build upon a risk-based, intelligence driven model to implement procedures that facilitate effective and efficient security. More

National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Reports
The 2013-2017 NPIAS identifies 3,355 public-use airports (3,330 existing and 25 proposed) that are significant to U.S. air transportation and eligible to receive Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. It also includes estimates of the amount of AIP money needed within the next 5 years to fund infrastructure development projects that will bring these airports up to current design standards and add capacity to congested airports. This update incorporates the new general aviation categories identified in the May 2012 report General Aviation Airports: A National Asset. More

FAA Office of Airports Interim Guidance on Land Uses Within a Runway Protection Zone
Addresses questions about what compatible land use is and how to evaluate land uses that would reside in an RPZ. The FAA will use this interim guidance until the Office of Airports completes a new guidance document on land uses in the RPZ. More