Airport Consulting Weekly
Oct. 27, 2011

DOT proposes air travel accessibility requirements
At DOT, we believe that all airline passengers deserve to be treated fairly, so we’ve been hard at work introducing consumer protections that we hope will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for everyone.More

Should CVG terminals come down?
As a downsized Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport prepares to consolidate all passenger airline service into Terminal 3, it will study whether to keep the remaining two terminals - or tear them down. In June, CVG launched a $31 million renovation that will bring all of its airlines under one roof in Terminal 3 by mid-2012.More

US vote on EU aviation plan may trigger trade war, lobby says
Bloomberg Businessweek
The U.S. House of Representatives' backing for a bill to bar American airlines from paying for greenhouse gas discharges under the European Union emissions-trading plan may lead to a trade war, an environment lobby said.

FAA chief pushes jobs plan at dedication of Memphis air traffic control tower
The Commercial Appeal
The nation's chief aviation official helped dedicate the new Memphis Tower, calling for Congress to focus on bricks, mortar and technology. "It's very simple from our point of view," said Federal Aviation Administration administrator Randy Babbitt. "What's good for aviation is good for America."More

Los Angeles Airport operator seeks to sell $700 million bonds for renovation
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Los Angeles World Airports plans to sell about $700 million of 30-year bonds early next year to fund its ongoing modernization and expansion plans, Gina Marie Lindsey, the operator's executive director, said. "The $700 million figure is a rough figure. We haven't structured the details of the issuance. I expect they'll be approximately a 30-year term that's pretty standard for us," Lindsey told Dow Jones Newswires in an e-mail. More

Laser attacks on planes continue, despite greater penalties
USA Today
The Federal Aviation Administration says there were 2,733 laser strikes through Oct. 13. The pace threatens to eclipse the 2,836 incidents for all of last year. It's approaching 10 times the 300 reported in 2005. The rising number prompted the FAA in June to impose a civil fine of up to $11,000 for "interfering" with a crew by shining a laser into a cockpit. The fines are easier to pursue than federal criminal sanctions of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for "incapacitating" a crewmember.More

Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority goes solar
Washington Business Journal
The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has gotten some help cutting its electric bill from Pepco. Pepco Energy Services has installed a 10 kilowatt demonstration solar power project at the authority’s Dulles Toll Road administration building in McLean. The unit is expected to increase efficiency and lower costs at the facility. More

Salt Lake International Airport awards new taxi contracts
Deseret News
Passengers at Salt Lake City International Airport will hail a new ride beginning next month. Two new cab companies have been awarded contracts to provide taxi service at the state's largest airport. The new providers will begin service in late November. More

Airport concessionaires submit proposals a second time
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Concessionaires have submitted a second round of proposals to compete for spots at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as the Atlanta airport embarks on a major overhaul of its concessions. More

Southwest Florida International Airport to renovate flight info displays
The News-Press
Flight arrival and departure displays at Southwest Florida International Airport are one step closer to a makeover. The Lee County Port Authority special management committee has recommended Faith Group to lead the design and construction management of a new display system for flight arrival and departure displays at Southwest Florida International Airport at its meeting More

Airport relocation takes another hit
Idaho Mountain Express
Following two days of meetings among Federal Aviation Administration officials, airport staff and Friedman Memorial Airport Authority board members, the prospect of building a replacement airport in the near future seems to be officially off the table. More

Floods shut one Bangkok airport, amid warnings to capital
Floodwaters have forced the closure of Bangkok's Don Muang airport and the evacuation of flood victims who have taken refuge there. However, the flood relief operation will continue to be based at the airport, the Thai government said.

Frankfurt Airport moved salamanders, frogs to make way for new runway
The Washington Post
Frankfurt Airport inaugurated its long-awaited fourth runway after a €760 million ($1.05 billion) construction project that involved building taxiways over a busy road, planting hundreds of acres of replacement trees and relocating wildlife including frogs and salamanders.More

Nighttime storm tears roof off Faro airport in Portugal's Algarve; 5 hurt, flights disrupted
The Washington Post
Authorities say an overnight storm tore part of the roof off Faro airport in Portugal's southern Algarve region, injuring five people and disrupting flights. Roof panels over the departure terminal's check-in area peeled off when the storm hit at around 5 a.m.More

Save the date for a free airport finance webinar sponsored by the Thompson Trust
'Financing U.S. Airports in the Future'
Featuring Robert W. Poole, Jr., Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation
Sponsored by The Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Understanding the airport financing 'new normal' is essential for engineers, architects, planners, environmental and security specialists alike, not to mention those who specialize in airport financing. During this webinar, Bob Poole will bring to light what needs to be understood TODAY regarding new and expanding sources of funding, the possibility of airport deregulation, new airport privatization possibilities as well as the regulatory and legislative challenges that exist and financing basics. Find out what U.S. airport financing could be like without AIP grants.More

ACC welcomes new members
The Parrish Group LLC
The Parrish Group offers customized solutions to challenges facing Senior Executives and Boards of Directors. Working shoulder to shoulder with your executive team, TPG helps bring critical issues into focus. During more than 30 years of managing a nationally recognized consulting engineering firm, Ed Parrish developed solutions to a wide range of issues including: Strategic Planning; Executive team organization; goal setting and accountability; improving the bottom line; and M&A, pre-and-post closure.

SP Consulting, LLC
SP Consulting, LLC, under President Susan Prediger offers strategic & business planning; baggage & security systems advisory services; and business development & messaging solutions.


Senators upset with TSA and DHS on airline screening
ABC News
There was a rare moment of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill when members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed their frustrations about airline screening procedures to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, with Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., calling some of the TSA procedures "baloney."More

Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that commercial service airports, regulated under Part 139 safety rules and federally obligated, have a standard Runway Safety Area (RSA) where possible. More