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Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 19, 2012
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US Chamber of Commerce: Next generation must be 'a top priority'
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports an extension of Federal Aviation Administration policy, which is important for building the next generation of air-traffic control equipment, as one of its top legislative priorities this year. But chamber President Tom Donohue voiced doubt at a news conference that disputes which have blocked the legislation for years will be resolved before the latest temporary extension expires Jan. 31. He says it's more likely for Congress to finish a highway bill by the end of March than the FAA bill by the end of this month. More

Domestic Airport News

Salem Municipal Airport could lose federal funding for control tower
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The federal government is looking at a plan to cut funding to some airport control towers, including the one at Salem Municipal Airport in Oregon. The proposed cuts would eliminate towers serving airports without passenger air service. At issue is the proposed 2013 federal budget, recommended by the Office of Management and Budget. The budget would eliminate the contract tower system under which the Federal Aviation Administration hires private companies to staff the control towers at some airports. More

Florida airport to get tall new control tower
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Squeezed between business districts and bustling with corporate jets, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida is about to get safer — and its control tower far more visible. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to build an ultra-modern 12-story tower by mid-2014, replacing a squat control tower built 41 years ago, when the airport was mostly used by small planes and bordered by cow pastures. More

$12.8 million expansion project of Vermont airport planned
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Construction on a new terminal building at Vermont's Newport State Airport could begin as early as this summer, a big step in a $12.8 million expansion project designed to boost the area's economy, officials said. The plan also calls for adding 1,000 feet to the existing 4,000-foot runway, improving water and sewer services and the access road, and adding services from Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Agency, which would turn the facility into an international airport. More

Airport bonds attractive after AMR Corp. filing
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AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy in November, which prompted Fitch Ratings to place negative outlooks on three of its biggest hubs. Eric Friedland, who previously worked at the ratings company, said the pessimism surrounding airport bonds presents an opportunity to buy the debt. More

Atlanta says dispute could delay airport expansion
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Atlanta officials are warning the Georgia Supreme Court that the expansion of the world's busiest airport could be jeopardized by an ongoing legal dispute involving a currency exchange company that lost out on a lucrative new contract. A judge's ruling that blocks Atlanta from entering into a contract with the currency exchange company Travelex could cost millions in lost revenue and delay the planned May opening of a new $1.4 billion international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. More

DFW establishes new model
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Elements of the one million-square-foot baggage handling system that began operating in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last May could start appearing in other airports throughout the nation. In addition to eliciting compliments from passengers and the firms involved with the project, the new system received the ultimate nod. TSA plans to use it as a prototype for how other airports should model their in-line systems. More

Illinois 3rd airport could be fiasco
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A Colorado aviation consultant is predicting that the proposed South Suburban Airport near Peotone, Ill., could end up losing money. His prediction follows one by Will County, Ill., officials that 2012 will be the year the long-planned project finally takes off. More

Massachusetts small airports give lift to local economy, employment
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General aviation airports in the region support 807 jobs and generate more than $117 million for the local economy, according to a recent government study. The study, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, looked at 39 airports across the state and examined how they contribute to the economy. More

Pompeo unveils general aviation campaign
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In March, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., and praised the general aviation industry. LaHood said he would return to Washington and encourage President Barack Obama to come for a visit. Obama criticized owners of business jets, calling them "fat cats," U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo said at a news conference at the Kansas Aviation Museum. More

International Airport News

Jet rivals keep a tight race
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Airbus is expected to unveil blowout order numbers for last year, likely setting an industry record for jets sold in one year and potentially booking almost twice as many orders as Boeing Co. But beneath the rivals' lopsided tallies, the competition is much tighter. Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., booked strong sales of its small, single-aisle A320, while Boeing logged the best year to date for its long-range, two-aisle 777. More

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ACC welcomes new member
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'Information Technology Systems at Airports — A Primer'
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"Information Technology Systems at Airports — A Primer" is designed to help facilitate mutual understanding between airport executives and information technology professionals to enable them to work together effectively on IT projects. One of the goals of the report is to help airports achieve better performance and reliability of IT systems and fewer cost overruns and delays during system implementation. More

Transportation bills abound as Congress returns
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The House will return to a mountain of unresolved transportation issues with little room for error and little time to get up to speed. There will be immediate urgency for both chambers to address the Federal Aviation Administration, as its funding expires Jan. 31. That's just the beginning — transit riders are clamoring for an expired tax provision to be renewed and the trucking industry is in a frenzy over new hours-of-service rules. Just around the corner: Surface transportation law runs out March 31. More

Why we need aviation user fees
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A petition titled "Take Aviation User Fees off the Table" has been sent to the White House with well more than 8,500 signatures, and the White House has offered an official response. The response is titled "Why We Need Aviation User Fees." It presents the Obama administration's "conclusion" that "a $100 per flight user fee is an equitable way for those who benefit to bear the cost of this essential service." More

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