Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 21, 2012

Who may be the next transportation secretary?
As President Barack Obama begins his transition into a second term, transportation stakeholders and advocates are wondering who he'll tap to join his cabinet as the next transportation secretary. About this time a year ago, Ray LaHood signaled that he would step down after the president's first term. But he hasn't discussed his future plans lately, leaving some in the transportation community to speculate about whether he's going anywhere. More

Speech: "The Safety and Success of GA"
Avionics Intelligence
The following information was released by the Federal Aviation Administration.More

Airport takeoff plan draws flak from legislators
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis state legislators joined the growing chorus of public officials who are calling for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to delay a plan to consolidate flight patterns in the area. The proposal to concentrate the routes of planes taking off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will have dramatic effects on airplane noise throughout the Twin Cities metro area. More

Airport construction not expected to delay passengers
The Gazette
Expect a few changes if you are flying out of the Colorado Springs Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week and haven't been to the passenger terminal lately. Construction continues on parts of a $20.3 million project to expand the airport's security checkpoint for new passenger screening equipment and the remodeling of two restaurants near the checkpoint; earlier projects have been completed that changed the way checked baggage is screened and relocate some airport offices as well as consolidate the airport's operations and communications centers. More

New York City airports bet on new taxiways to ease traffic
USA Today
If Hurricane Sandy proved anything, it's that when New York's three major airports are out of commission, the entire nation's air traffic network suffers. Roughly a third of all flights in the nation fly to, from or through the New York City metropolitan area. Congestion there can lead to delays from San Francisco to Chicago to Washington, D.C. Every day, about 4,100 flights make their way within 15 miles of the Statue of Liberty. More

St. Louis gains as Southwest adds American's flights
USA Today
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is now one of the 10 busiest airports in Southwest Airlines' route network. The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports on that development, writing "St. Louis has finally regained a place of prominence with a major U.S. airline" after being "buffeted by wave after wave of American Airlines flight losses over the last decade." More

Tulsa, Okla., airport noise program winding down
A 13-year $72.5 million aircraft noise mitigation program at Tulsa International Airport is on final approach after addressing noise levels in 1,711 properties, airport executives said. The noise insulation construction programs have been completed in neighborhoods south of the airport, officials said, and flyover easement and sales assistance payments disbursed to property owners who elected not to participate in the noise insulation work. More

American launches DIY bag-tagging in Orlando, Fla., as self-service expands
Passenger self-service continues to expand as American Airlines rolls out self-baggage tagging at Orlando International Airport. Following a successful, service test in Austin Bergstrom International Airport earlier this year, American introduced do-it-yourself machines in Orlando, Fla., "due to overwhelming positive customer and employee feedback," says Paul Stumbo, American's managing director-customer contact planning. More

Planning for sustainability
Airports and businesses based at the airport setting have been working hard at "going green" for some time now. Operating and building with sustainability in mind has become an industry mainstay, and with more businesses accepting the need to be environmentally responsible in all aspects of operation, some very good best practices and lessons learned are becoming apparent. More

Gary, Ind., airport wants to become self-sufficient
The Times of Northwest Indiana
The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority may vote as soon as its next meeting on approving a flight path to financial self-sufficiency. Airport consultant John Clark said he already has handed a plan to authority board members that revolves around establishing Gary as "Chicago's third airport" and making it the low-cost leader in the Greater Chicago region. More

Report touts economic impact of Indiana's airports
Indiana Public Media
A report released by the Aviation Association of Indiana and Conexus Indiana indicates Indiana's airport industry contributes $14.1 billion to the state economy annually. It also shows airports around the state employ more than 69,000 workers, with nearly half of those at regional and municipal airports. More

Congress passes bill shielding U.S. Airlines from EU air standards
The Wall Street Journal
Congress passed a bill that shields U.S. airlines from having to comply with a controversial greenhouse gas standard imposed by the European Union on all planes using European airports. The bill intensifies tensions over the issue between the European Union and the U.S., where many lawmakers say the EU's greenhouse gas standard is illegal and violates U.S. sovereignty. More

Frankfurt Airport's new A-Plus Concourse: A super home for superjumbos
Last month, Lufthansa opened the brand-spanking-new A-Plus Concourse at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Why's it so special? Well, among other things, it's directly designed for the biggest, baddest airplanes out there. We're talking A340s, 747s, 747-8is, and the almighty A380. More

Abu Dhabi eyes new airport terminal launch by early 2017
Abu Dhabi will launch operations at its new airport terminal by the second quarter of 2017, a senior aviation official said, as the cash-rich emirate expands its infrastructure to outpace regional rivals. The 700,000-square-meter fourth terminal will add capacity for 30 million passengers annually to the existing airport and become the home of Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways. More

Heathrow limit costs UK 14 billion pounds, airport says
Limited capacity at London’s Heathrow Airport costs the U.K. as much as 14 billion pounds ($22.2 billion) a year in lost trade as other European hubs boost connections to growing economies like China and Peru, the airport operator said. More

Portugal airport operator may be five times TAP's value
Bloomberg Businessweek
Portuguese airport operator ANA may generate 2.6 billion euros for the government, five times as much as state-owned airline TAP, as investors bet on more reliable returns from infrastructure assets. Some of the five offers for ANA-Aeroportos de Portugal SA shortlisted by the government value it at 12 or 13 times last year's 199.8 million euros in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, according to Maria Luis Albuquerque, Portugal's secretary of state for treasury. More

Last chance to register for the ACC Global Business Summit in Washington, DC!
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

ACC Institute Webinar: Biometric Credentialing at Airports - Dec. 5
Biometric credentialing is a security measure deployed across the Federal government and continues to be a potential enhancement for aviation. This webinar discusses the recent changes to the Federal biometric standards, new guidelines for non-Federal biometrics, direct feedback from one of the largest U.S. commercial airport biometric deployments, and information from TSA on their recent research into biometrics. More

Expediting Aircraft Recovery at Airports
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 38: Expediting Aircraft Recovery at Airports includes suggested procedures to help airports expedite the recovery of disabled aircraft that are designed to avoid injury to personnel, damage to airport equipment, and secondary damage to the aircraft. More

Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 77: Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans is designed to help airports develop and implement an airport business plan and maximize financial self-sufficiency. More

Small airplane, big world
The November/December 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing, posted on the FAA website here, explores the significance of general aviation on a global scale and focuses on several tools and resources that can help you operate safely beyond our borders.

Canadian NEXUS members now eligible for TSA PreCheck
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that Canadian NEXUS members who are eligible for TSA PreCheck can begin participating in the program. Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) NEXUS program are eligible and may receive expedited screening at participating U.S. airports. More