Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 18, 2010

Boeing and Airbus waver on reworking their smaller jets
The New York Times
The latest high-stakes maneuvering by Boeing and Airbus does not involve their top-of-the-line models, the 787 Dreamliner and the A380 jumbo jet, but instead their aging smaller workhorses.

US offers $3.4 million to design control tower at O'Hare
The Chicago Tribune
Although Chicago still has not lined up funding to build the final new runway planned at O'Hare International Airport, the U.S. government offered $3.4 million to design an air-traffic control tower to serve the future airstrip.More

5 day wait for Beijing flight lures US airlines into Asia travel boom
One of Peter Philipp Wingsoe's employees at a Los Angeles marketing firm recently waited five days for a business-class ticket on a United Airlines jet home from Beijing because planes were so packed. More

Models exist for tightening air cargo screening, specialists say
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Israeli government both have model procedures for securing freight with technology that the Homeland Security Department could emulate to tighten cargo screening aboard U.S.-bound flights, according to several transportation security experts.More

Bin Laden Group wins bid for Jeddah airport revamp
Saudi industrial conglomerate Bin Laden Group has won two contracts worth 27 billion riyal ($7.2 billion) to revamp King Abdulaziz International  Airport in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the state news agency reported. The contracts were for the first phase of a development project that will raise the airport's annual capacity to 30 million passengers, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.More

Sydney 'doesn't need second airport'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney doesn't need a second major airport, Australia's airport operators say. In addition to Sydney Airport's ability to meet forecast demand there are four smaller airports serving the state, the Australian Airports Association (AAA) says. Bankstown, Camden, Canberra and Newcastle airports are all able to meet the aviation activity demand that is forecast in Sydney airport's Master Plans, it says.More

Rwanda's airport to cost $700 million
East African Business Week
Rwanda plans to build a new airport that is expected to be completed by 2015, Vincent Karega, Rwanda's Infrastructure Minister told the press last week. The New Bugesera International Airport to be located south of Kigali City, in the sparsely populated Nyamata district, in Eastern Rwanda, may cost $700 million, according to the minister.More

ACC issues statement regarding SAAMS
The Airport Consultants Council has issued a statement regarding the Spatial Airport Asset Management System (SAAMS) program that was unveiled by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in May. The statement summarizes the ACC's understanding of the program and the concerns voiced by many ACC members. The statement as well as additional background information concerning SAAMS is available on ACC's website,

32nd ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Nearly 150 attendees enjoyed the 32nd ACC Annual Conference & Exposition from Nov. 8-10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The conference reflected the theme of a 'Focus on the Future: Strategic Direction for Aviation Leaders' by featuring sessions that highlighted the changes that could have significant impacts on the industry and the organization in coming years.

•    For the second year in row, the Business Speed Dating and Large/Medium/Small/Very Small/Associate Firm Forums provided immeasurable value to attendees by addressing specific needs or areas of concern for each firm.
•    The ACC Aviation Award of Excellence was presented to Ben DeCosta, president of DeCosta Consulting, LLC, for his leadership and commitment to interaction and cooperation with the industry during the extensive development he oversaw in his previous position as Department of Aviation General Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
•    The 2011 ACC Board of Directors was announced at the Annual Membership Meeting. The 2011 board officers are Chair Terry Ruhl, P.E., CH2M HILL; Vice Chair Courtney Beamon, P.E., Delta Airport Consultants, Inc; Secretary/Treasurer Andy Platz, P.E., Mead & Hunt, Inc. and Immediate Past Chair Immediate Past Chair Ron Peckham, P.E., C&S Companies. New board members include Kevin Quan with ESCO-Zodiac Aerospace and Marion White, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP with Gensler. Remaining on the ACC board are Mike Arnold, LEED AP, ESA Airports; Don Bergin, Blast Deflectors, Inc.; Roddy Boggus, AIA, NCARB, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Carol Lurie, LEED AP, AICP, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; Enrique Melendez, Jacobs; Brad Mims, Federal Advocates, Inc. and Solomon Wong, InterVISTAS.
•    Special thanks to the sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the conference possible.More

Facing scrutiny, officials defend airport pat downs
The New York Times
The official subject of the hearing was screening air cargo. But senators seemed equally interested in hearing about a new procedure for airline passengers that involves a full-body pat down. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut and chairman of the homeland security committee, asked John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, to explain why he believed the new pat-down procedures were "justified."More

Air cargo screening lacks advanced intelligence, DHS testifies
Homeland Security Department officials told lawmakers they do not have enough intelligence about the contents of cargo on aircraft -- before they depart foreign countries -- to ensure that dangerous devices are not aboard planes headed for the United States.More