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Aviation planners - Two special sessions in Denver

from ACC

Attending the 2012 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium? Aviation planners should take advantage of two special sessions.

•    On March 1 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. the ACC Planning Committee meeting will feature Kent Duffy, Program Analyst/Aviation Planner from the FAA Airport Planning & Programming Division, who will discuss elements of NextGen. Duffy will discuss integrating NextGen elements into airport planning. NextGen offers additional tools that can be integrated into airport planning to help with access, surface efficiency, and capacity needs. Access can be improved with RNAV/RNP approaches, which many aircraft are already equipped to fly. Airports can identify the right approach type for their users and needs. FAA is also proceeding with metroplex airspace efficiency projects using RNAV, as well as a two-phase strategy for improving closely spaced parallel runway operations. At busier airports, several initiatives are being evaluated to improve surface situational awareness and reduce taxi times. We'll discuss these elements of NextGen and how an airport can make use of them in ongoing planning efforts.

•    On March 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. the US Department of Transportation will host a special workshop to discuss intermodal opportunities at airports. One of the recommendations of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) was to “Establish a task force on intermodalism, including representatives from all modes of transportation, including aviation, to examine the status of efforts to remove barriers to intermodalism, make recommendations about advancing projects that achieve the movement of passengers and goods in a multi-modal fashion, and document the benefits of intermodalism.” This session is an opportunity for airport sponsors and planning consultants to provide input on intermodal issues involving airports. DOT, FAA and other transportation modal officials will provide a brief overview and then facilitate an open-microphone discussion to hear about issues, initiatives, impediments and opportunities.

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