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Airport Consulting Weekly
May 13, 2010
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Need a little nap in the terminal? Get a room!
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Never have so many travelers needed a collective nap as they did in April when the ill winds blew across Europe from a spewing Icelandic volcano. A few fortunate ones were able to book accommodations in nearby airport hotels and in terminal pod hotels like Yotel, whose locations at Gatwick and Heathrow airports in London and Schiphol in Amsterdam are often full, said Jo Berrington, its marketing director. More

Domestic Airport News

Oberstar opposes United-Continental deal
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The chairman of the House Transportation committee is asking the Justice Department to block the planned combination of United Airlines and Continental. Congressman Jim Oberstar is a Democrat from Minnesota. He says the United-Continental deal will move the country toward having an airline system dominated by three mega-carriers. The deal would make United the world's largest airline. More

Airport planning $5.2 billion expansion
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A $5.2 billion expansion plan for Philadelphia International Airport over the next 12 to 15 years is designed to accommodate dramatic growth and help alleviate delays. The proposal released by the Federal Aviation Administration, sifted from 29 options considered in 2000, would lengthen two of the airport's four runways and build a fifth runway along the Delaware, where UPS now operates. More

Economy likely to delay Tampa airport expansion by 8 years
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The sagging economy and drop in passengers means Tampa International Airport will likely put off a $1.4 billion expansion until 2023 instead of starting in 2015 as expected before the financial crash. A revised 20-year plan reviewed today by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority anticipates airport use will hit 25 million to 28 million passengers a year by 2023, which would trigger construction of a new terminal. More

Registered Traveler program iQueue opens in Indianapolis
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Indianapolis International will be the first U.S. airport to restore the Registered Traveler program, which expedites airport security for pre-screened members. Customers can start signing up for the new program -- called iQueue and run by Cogent -- now, but the company has yet to name a start date. More

Iowa DOT launches new aviation Web site
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The Iowa Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Aviation has launched a new section on the agency's website dedicated to aviation in Iowa. The new Web pages, located at, are an excellent source for aviation information, and tools and resources for pilots, airport representatives, aviation industry personnel, decision makers, visitors, educators, and the public. More

Washington airport selling $650 million for Dulles transit line
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority plans to sell $650 million of revenue bonds this week to help finance an extension of the U.S. capital's passenger rail system to Washington Dulles International Airport. More

State-of-art explosive detectors at San Jose, Calif., airport
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Four polished, steely machines sit deep under the new terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport. They look like the "iron lung" machines that kept polio victims alive a generation ago, but they're actually the newest scanners for detecting explosives in checked luggage that goes into the bellies of airplanes. More

For airports and airlines, creative recycling brings cost savings
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A recent Scientific American story noted that, with the help of airlines, the 30 largest airports in the country create "enough waste to equal the trash produced by cities the size of Miami or Minneapolis." That sounds pretty dire, but in the days before airports embraced the"'reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra and before airlines adopted their current penny-pinching mode, it was worse. More

New airport gets FAA certification
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The Federal Aviation Administration has certified the airport, allowing commercial planes to legally take off and land on 10,000 foot runway. The announcement came during the Airport Authority Board meeting. Airport officials say the certification means the airport passed all safety measures for its emergency plans, fire and police departments, and runways and taxi-ways. More

International Airport News

Germany's Munich airport closes due to new volcanic ash
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Germany's Munich airport was halted on Sunday afternoon as a second cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland floated over Europe, German airport and authorities said. The major transport hub in Germany was suspended at 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT), because of a highly concentrated ash cloud above the Munich area, the German air-traffic control company Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) said in a statement. More

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Zuma opens Durban's new King Shaka airport
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South Africa President Jacob Zuma opened Durban's new international airport on Saturday, the final part of the country's major World Cup infrastructure. Zuma said King Shaka International Airport, which has been operational since May 1, will help growth and development in South Africa, which has spent more than $2 billion on airport upgrades ahead of the World Cup. More

Mexico to build Riviera Maya airport
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Mexico will begin to accept bids in mid-November for the construction and operation of a new international airport south of the tourist hot spot of Cancun on the Caribbean, the government said. More

ACC News

Pavement webinar scheduled
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ACC is sponsoring a webinar titled Designing Airfield Pavements with the FAA's New Advisory Circular and Software on May 26. This webinar will provide an overview of what's new in FAA airfield pavement design resulting from changes to Advisory Circular 150/5320-6E, including inputs to the design procedure and the different analyses possible with FAARFIELD. The webinar is eligible for 1.5 professional hours, although participants should check with their local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this webinar. ACC webinars are offered under a single registration fee for each site, allowing offices to schedule brown-bag lunch training opportunities for their staff. More

Hochstetler named to the CE News power list
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ACC President Paula Hochstetler was one of 15 individuals named to the civil engineering Power List by CE News. The list seeks to look past the most common leaders in engineering and select individuals who are leading or are a major part of a broad-based movement to elevate the profession, bring issues to the forefront of the public’s mind, instill excitement in engineering as a career, or work to improve technology, methodologies, and practices. More


Alternative Aircraft and Pavement Deicers and Anti-Icing Formulations with Improved Environmental Characteristics
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 9: Alternative Aircraft and Pavement Deicers and Anti-Icing Formulations with Improved Environmental Characteristics explores the aquatic toxicity and biological oxygen demand state of the art, components, and promising alternative formulations of deicing and anti-icing products. The report also examines the performance; efficiency; material compatibility; and environmental, operational, and safety impacts of alternative formulations and components as well as the fate and transport of deicing and anti-icing formulation components and their degradation. More

Proposed rule broadens DBE program inclusions, requires greater accountability from administering agencies
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Small businesses would benefit from a proposed rule that would help more economically and socially disadvantaged businesses participate in federal highway, transit and airport construction projects, while making the states and agencies that run the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program more accountable, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. More

FAA announces AGIS online training
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The FAA Office of the Associate Administrator for Airports (ARP) announced the implementation of their new online training system known as the AGIS Integrated Distance Learning Environment (AGIS-IDLE). This online program provides detailed training on three Advisory Circulars (ACs) 150/5300-16, 150/5300-17, and 150/5300-18. More

Personnel changes at FAA
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There have been two noteworthy personnel changes in the FAA Office of Airports (ARP). Mr. Ben DeLeon has been named Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports. Mr. Elliott Black will serve as Acting Director, Airport Planning & Programming. More

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