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Airport Consulting Weekly
July 1, 2010
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Do you really believe you are safe at the airport?
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Is it safer to fly today than it was before 9/11? The short answer, according to a new documentary, is no. Despite spending billions of dollars, creating a new government agency and creating numerous new security procedures, the makers of "Please Remove Your Shoes" argue that the flying public today is no safer from a terrorist attack than it was before Sept. 11, 2001. More

Domestic Airport News

Global air travel hits pre-recession levels
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Air travel worldwide finally returned to pre-recession levels in May, driven by an 11.7 percent increase in passenger traffic from a year earlier, an industry group said. More

Disputes threaten air safety bill
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House-Senate disagreements over assorted aviation issues now threaten to doom the safety provisions for which the Families of Continental Flight 3407 have been fighting for more than a year. More

Fears of chaos gone as rebuilt Kennedy Airport runway opens
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most travelers going through Kennedy International Airport did not really notice that the biggest runway there had been closed for four months of repairs. For the stressed-out officials overseeing the $376 million project, that may have been the biggest accomplishment of all. More

Delays at Hartsfield-Jackson ripple around country
Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport sneezes, travelers around the country get delayed. Atlanta was responsible for 18.5 percent of the delays in the nation's air traffic control system, according to a recent federal report. More

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BART trying to revive plans for rail extension to Oakland airport
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stung by the denial of $70 million in federal stimulus funds to build a proposed rail extension to the Oakland International Airport, BART is trying to get the project back on track by quietly lining up new financing. More

Chaos at Hartford airport renews tarmac-time debate
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A hot, dark and miserable four-hour stretch spent by hundreds of travelers parked in a diverted trans-Atlantic plane renewed calls to add international travel to a months-old federal rule limiting how long airlines can keep passengers trapped on the tarmac. More

FAA grants roadable airplane weight exemption
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The FAA boosted hopes of Terrafugia officials to market a roadable light sport aircraft (LSA) by granting a large portion of the weight increase the company requested. The FAA said it would allow the vehicle to weigh 1,430 pounds, the same limit already allowed for LSA seaplanes. The company's request to increase the weight from the LSA standard of 1,320 pounds to a higher 1,474 pounds was denied. More

CEO caught in hiring dilemma
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The giant military contractor Raytheon Co. plans to hire 4,500 engineers this year, but chief executive William Swanson said it keeps getting harder to find good candidates. "That's a frightening problem for a company like ours," Swanson said in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The only hope, he said, is a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who earn degrees in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. More

JFK extends test to limit runway delays
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A trial program to limit runway delays at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport is expected to be extended through the summer, according to a senior airline executive. More

D/FW Airport's $2 billion terminal project will increase fees for parking, airlines, concessions
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Renovation of the four older terminals at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will probably mean higher parking rates for travelers and higher costs for airlines. It could also mean a slew of new nonstop flights to overseas destinations, as the airport sells itself abroad more aggressively, and fresh new concessions, as it polishes its restaurants and stores. More

FAA: ADS-B technology officially up and running in Alaska
Seattle Post-Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Air traffic controllers in Alaska are now officially using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast technology to improve safety and efficiency, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. More

International Airport News

Dubai's ambitions soar with new airport
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In the desert beyond the skeletons of villas unfinished because of Dubai's economic slump, the home of the tallest building is preparing to open what could become another record-setter: an airport aiming to become the world's busiest. More

At German airports, bees help monitor air quality
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Airports in Germany have come up with an unusual approach to monitoring air quality. The Düsseldorf International Airport and seven other airports are using bees as "biodetectives," their honey regularly tested for toxins. More

ACC News

New webinar on Porous Pavement Applications at Airports offered
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The ACC Institute will be hosting a new webinar titled "New Directions in Porous Pavement Applications at Airports" on Wed., July 28 and Thurs., August 5, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will cover potential applications of porous pavements at airports and review current guidance on porous pavements that has been published by the FAA. This webinar is intended for anyone involved in the evaluation, design, or rehabilitation of airfield pavements, including engineers and pavement designers from both airport agencies and consulting firms. More

Last Chance to register for Security Technology Day
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Be sure to register for the second annual Security Technology Day on July 13 in Arlington, Va. ACC, TSA and industry leaders will share vital information relating to current and long-term TSA priorities, updates on security programs, the status of FY10 spend plans, current projects, and details on emerging technologies. This gathering will provide an opportunity for industry members to hear firsthand from TSA officials on the specific priority topics identified in the preliminary agenda. The information discussed and exchanged will be meaningful in your current and future navigation of the challenging complexities of security technology and related projects. More


Airport Revenue Diversification
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 19: Airport Revenue Diversification explores the different sources of revenue for airports, separating core aeronautical revenue from ancillary revenues. The report also examines ways that airports have diversified activities and highlights the challenges that arise when non-aeronautical activity is proposed on land that is subject to Federal Aviation Administration grants obligations and assurances. More

John Pistole becomes TSA administrator; unions to seek collective-bargaining
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After three tries, President Obama has an administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. John Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI, was confirmed by the Senate, with a voice vote. More

FAA awards contracts to accelerate environmentally friendly technology
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced $125 million in contracts to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce commercial jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The contracts are part of the FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program -- to speed the introduction of "green" technology into aviation. More

FAA issues Engineering Brief
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The Federal Aviation Administration published Engineering Brief No 83 -- In Pavement Light Fixture Bolts. The Brief provides guidance and information for standard methods to be employed when using stainless steel hardware to secure light fixtures to L-867 and L-868 light bases. More

New policy on taxi and ground movement operations issued
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) issued an Order concerning a change in Taxi and Ground Movement Operations effective June 30th. The FAA issued this new policy as a measure to prevent runway incursions that occurred when pilots and vehicle operators were confused about a runway being open or closed. This change establishes the requirement that an explicit runway crossing clearance be issued for each runway crossing, even if the runway is closed or inactive. However, this new policy will not apply if the existing ATCT/Airport letter of agreement (or a new LOA), explicitly authorizes such procedures. More

2010 Military Airport Program Selections
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Stewart International Airport, in Newburg, N.Y. and Sacramento Mather Field Airport in Sacramento, Calif., to participate in the 2010 Military Airport Program (MAP), which uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian or joint-use airports. The MAP funding, a set aside of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), provides a boost to civilian aviation capacity by upgrading former military airports.  More

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