A special message from our president
The impact of ACC's membership on the industry was greater than ever in 2010. 'Delivering excellence in airport development,' the mission of ACC, has been realized to a greater extent than ever for several key reasons.
• The ACC Institute Webinar Series, launched in March of last year, has offered remarkably affordable learning opportunities that have better equipped ACC members to deliver excellence.
• The ACC Lunch + Learn Webinar Series, launched in October, is being met with considerable enthusiasm (See 'New and Improved Operations and Services' section of the 2010 ACC Annual Staff Report).
• The business interests of ACC members have been 'defended' repeatedly. ACC has assimilated information and served as a collective voice in difficult circumstances. Without ACC, numerous agency and private-sector procurement, technical and unique industry irregularities would have gone unchallenged and ACC members would have suffered the consequences.
There is, of course, more to accomplish. We must remain vigilant and committed to our core mission and vision. Said another way, we must and will remain committed to doing everything we can to make sure that our member firms are informed and heard. We are pleased to report the initiatives accomplished during the past year and, as always, welcome your feedback.
I encourage you to view the 2010 ACC Annual Staff Report for a full summary of staff accomplishments in the past year. Also be sure to become involved in ACC committees to help us continue to meet the needs of our evolving and diverse membership. Lastly, on behalf of staff, I would like to thank all who have helped the Airport Consultants Council live out our mission of 'delivering excellence in airport development' in the past twelve months. We wish each of you a prosperous and exciting year in 2011.
President Airport Consultants Council
Congress to demand answers from TSA in airport security flaws
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It looks like he may have succeeded at his mission. Exactly one month after Chris Liu posted videos to YouTube showing what he calls "critical security flaws," the new chairman of a House subcommittee said he will call Transporation Security Administration (TSA) leaders to Capitol Hill for an explanation. More
Storm delays reveal flip side of aviation's drive for efficiency
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The U.S. aviation system's struggles to recover from snowstorms that closed New York's airports reflect the unintended consequences of airlines' efforts to squeeze out costs. Flights are so full and scheduled so tightly that there is no room for quick recovery when airports are closed, industry analysts said. More
Airport Check-in: Eco-friendly treatment for new SFO terminal
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When Virgin America and San Francisco International open the airport's new Terminal 2 next year, thirsty travelers can stock up on water at "hydration stations," or sinks with filtered water, for those toting reusable bottles. More
Left at the curb: Airlines cut back on curbside check-in service
The Desert Sun Share
Traveling is always hectic, but this year don't expect an extra pair of hands to help at the airport. Alaska, American and West Jet airlines are the three remaining airlines out of nine that fly out of the Palm Springs International Airport that still provide curbside check-in service for travelers. More
FAA signs off on $5.2 billion expansion of Philadelphia airport
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The Federal Aviation Administration gave the go-ahead to a $5.2 billion expansion of Philadelphia International Airport, a project that will extend two runways, add a fifth and overhaul the layout of one of the country's most congested airports. More
McCarran unveils 33-foot video screen, technology to lure advertisers
Las Vegas Sun Share
Visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show won't have to leave the airport to get a glimpse of new technology in Las Vegas. McCarran International Airport unveiled a giant, Samsung video screen. It's made up of 100 46-inch liquid-crystal televisions that combine to make a 33-foot by 19-foot space for advertisers. More
More airport restaurants open closer to gates and fliers
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Airport restaurant operators are testing their latest gambit to sell more food and drink: getting their offerings within closer reach of passengers. They're working with airports to get space closer to gates -- or, in some cases, occupying entire holding rooms at gates -- to cater to travelers who are reluctant to wander too far from where they board. More
Analyst says higher fuel prices help airlines
The Dallas Morning News Share
Stifel Nicolaus airline analyst Hunter Keay has a provocative title on a recent report: "High Oil Prices are Good for Airlines." More
Napolitano: Israeli-style security won't work for US
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano rebuffed suggestions that U.S. airports should adopt the practices of airports in Israel, calling the Israeli air travel system "a very different model." More
Incheon International Airport opens direct rail link to Seoul
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Incheon International Airport in South Korea has opened a direct rail link to downtown Seoul last month. While South Korea's largest airport has often been cited or voted as one of the best in the world by trade magazines and associations, travelers have complained that buses and taxis heading to downtown Seoul, about 36 miles away, often run into heavy city traffic. More
ACRP seeks FY2012 Research Problem Statements
The Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is currently seeking research problem statements for FY2012. The ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of airport-related areas, including design, construction, engineering, policy, planning, environment, safety and security. Problem statements in all of these areas are requested and may be submitted to ACRP by anyone. The deadline for submitting problem statements is March 4, 2011 via email to email@example.com. Questions regarding this request should be submitted to Michael Salamone at (202) 334-3224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More
Last chance to register for free high-speed baggage webinar
There are only a few days left to register for the second of ACC's Lunch + Learn free webinar opportunities. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, ACC and Rapiscan Systems, Inc. will present 'Is Your Airport Ready for High Speed Baggage Screening?' Andrew Goldsmith, Vice President of Global Marketing with Rapiscan Systems, Inc. will join Eric Miller, Vice President and co-founder of TransSystems, LLC, and Mark Crosby, A.A.E., Chief of Public Safety and Security for Port of Portland, to discuss the impact the introduction of these high speed systems will have on all phases of airport development and operations. More
Schulz elected to Aero Club board
ACC Executive Vice President TJ Schulz was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Aero Club of Washington. An industry cornerstone since 1909, the Aero Club is dedicated to building public awareness of aviation and aerospace issues and achievements through its famed monthly luncheons, hosting the Wright Memorial Dinner, and promoting its educational programs. More
ACC welcomes new member
Swinerton Incorporated provides experienced personnel and development management services for the airport and transportation industry.
Interim Guidance for FAA's Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program
Provides preliminary guidance on airport sustainability planning and outlines the plan for implementing a pilot program to help further define sustainability planning principles. More