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July 23, 2009
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House, Senate Likely to Clash Over FAA Bill
from Aviation Week
The unveiling of the U.S. Senate's FAA reauthorization bill marks a crucial step in resolving policy and funding questions that have been hanging over the aviation industry for years. But the bill also sets up battles with House lawmakers that could once again bog down the reauthorization effort. More

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Domestic Airport News

Atlanta's Airport to Get $13.97M in Recovery Funds
from The Associated Press via The Ledger-Enquirer
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will receive $13.97 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More

Airport Check-in: St. Louis Eyes Sponsors; JFK Adds Eateries
from USA Today
USA Today reports the latest news in airports across the country. More

Federal Officials: Businesses Underbidding for Stimulus Projects
from Boston Business Journal
Businesses seeking stimulus funds are bidding 15 percent below expected costs, according to federal officials."Bids came in far lower than we expected, but the upside is that because of that, we have been able to fund more projects," said Paul Prouty, acting administrator for the General Services Administration. More

International Airport News

Ryanair to Trim Aircraft at Main London Hub by 40 Percent Over Winter, Cites High Costs
from The Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times
Ryanair Holdings PLC said Tuesday it will heavily reduce flights from its main London hub for the second winter in a row, citing high costs and seasonally lower demand. The airline said it will base 24 aircraft at Stansted Airport from October through March, down from the current 40. More

Airlines Say Airport Fee Increases are Hurting Ability to Weather Economic Crisis
from The Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times
Hard-hit European airlines said Wednesday that airport fee hikes are hurting their ability to weather the economic crisis as passenger numbers plunge. The Association of European Airlines said airports "could do with a reality check" when they increase the fees each passenger must pay on top of their air fares. More


ACC News

2009 ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series
A total of 194 airport consultants, vendors, and FAA and TSA agency representatives attended the 2009 Summer Workshop Series (SWS), exceeding last year's attendance despite the current economy. With nearly 60 attendees from government agencies, valuable interaction took place among FAA, TSA and the airport development community. Participants heard from FAA Acting Associate Administrator Kate Lang and TSA Assistant Administrator, Office of Security Technology Robin Kane, who discussed their agency efforts to obligate the economic stimulus grants and their FY 2009-2010 funding plans. Interactive technical sessions were featured in the Engineering/Safety, Environmental, Planning/Safety and Security/Terminal Workshops. Many thanks to SWS Committee Chair Mark Koester, P.E., with Stantec Consulting Inc, Vice Chair Wayne Seiler, P.E., with All About Pavements, Inc. and the Workshop hosts for their help in making the event a success!

2009 ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series
LaVerne Reid, Manager of the FAA New England Region Airports Division, and Mark McClardy, Manager of the FAA Western Pacific Region Airports Division, were presented the 2009 ACC Agency Best Practices Award. The Award recognizes excellence in individuals, teams or organizations that work closely with the airport consultant community. In presenting the award Charlie McDermott with C&S Companies acknowledged Reid's and McClardy's collaborative approach to improving their regions' airport system.

ACC Security Technology Day
During the first ever ACC Security Technology Day nearly 150 airport security industry representatives were briefed by the TSA Office of Security Technology on current and future security programs, spending plans, and emerging technologies. This one-of-a-kind gathering was immediately viewed as a success and plans are already underway for a follow-up event. Special thanks to TSA Associate Administrator of OST Robin Kane for demonstrating his support of the industry by enabling this event to occur; as well as to ACC Board member Susan Prediger with CAGE, Inc. and to TSA's Bob Cammaroto for their efforts in organizing the conference. More

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Newark Uses New Runway Safety System
from FAA
One of New York's busiest airports is now using an advanced ground radar system to improve safety. Newark Liberty International Airport commissioned the Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X) on July 15. More

FAA Issues CertAlert on Pandemic Planning
from FAA
The FAA issued a CertAlert that encourages FAA Regional Airport Certification staff to continue to contact each certificated airport to encourage them to create and maintain a pandemic flu plan. More

April 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 5.6 Percent in April from 2008 and Down 9.1 Percent for January-to-April
from FAA
The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in April 2009 declined by 5.6 percent from April 2008, dropping by 3.6 million to 59.5 million, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. More

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