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Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 4, 2011
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Deal on FAA impasse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that there is a deal to end an almost two week impasse in Congress on the operations of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected to be approved on Aug. 5, 2011, when both the House and Senate have scheduled sessions. More

Impasse delays airport projects
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress's failure to pass legislation reauthorizing certain funding for the Federal Aviation Administration has put nearly 100 FAA employees in Massachusetts and Connecticut out of work, halted at least $8 million worth of aviation-related projects underway in New England, and delayed tens of millions of dollars in planned improvements at several regional airports. More

Domestic Airport News

FAA shutdown won't stall Galesburg, Ill., airport project
The Register-Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Authority should not delay a project to improve the runway at Galesburg Municipal Airport in Galesburg, Ill. Work is expected to begin soon on an $86,000 project to resurface part of a runway. The project is 95 percent funded by the FAA with the city and state splitting the remaining 5 percent. More

LAX director pushes for FAA reauthorization in Washington
The Daily Breeze    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The head of Los Angeles International Airport, also known as LAX, traveled to Washington, D.C., recently in hopes of urging Congress to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, but warned that a resolution might not be reached until after lawmakers return from summer recess. Although funding for LAX's ongoing $4 billion renovation is not threatened, the ongoing stalemate is preventing airport officials from seeking advice from the FAA on how to spend money for certain projects, said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of LAX. More

Boston airport expands behavior detection program
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Air travelers departing from Boston Logan International Airport may experience something new during the screening process: a casual conversation with security at the checkpoint. On the job training began recently for officers in the TSA's expanded behavior detection program — a pilot initiative that will be in place in the airport's Terminal A for 60 days. Logan is the only airport with the pilot program. More

AirTran Airways says it will discontinue Atlantic City, NJ, service
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AirTran Airways will depart Atlantic City International Airport for good in January 2012, leaving the airport with only one primary carrier, Spirit Airlines. AirTran has run a twice-daily route to its Atlanta hub since June 2009, when it entered an agreement with airport operators that subsidized flights that did not generate enough passenger revenue. More

Chicago requests another extension from FAA on Midway Airport privatization
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The city of Chicago has asked for more time from the Federal Aviation Administration to decide how or if it plans to privatize Midway Airport, in an exercise that has become routine since a high-profile Midway privatization effort unraveled in early 2009. More

Airport looks to replace closing cargo hub
The Associated Press via The Marion Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The planned closing of an air cargo hub has officials at a northwest Ohio airport searching for a much needed replacement for the business that provided $2 million in revenue annually to the agency operating the airport. German-based shipper DB Schenker recently announced it will eliminate its U.S. air fleet and shut down a cargo hub at the Toledo Express Airport because of a drop in demand for air freight. The closing of its BAX Global Inc. hub in Toledo, Ohio, will mean the loss of about 700 jobs, most of them part-time. More

Wayne County, Mich., official gets Metro Airport job
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Assistant Wayne County, Mich., Executive Turkia Awada Mullin has been named the new director of Metro Airport, beating out five other finalists — including four of whom who had experience running airports. Mullin doesn't have any airport management experience, but a wealth of economic development skills that are crucial to bringing jobs to the region, said Suzanne Hall, a member of the airport board who chaired the three-person search group. More

United Airlines wants B terminal at Bush International Airport
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Airlines would pay $686 million to expand and renovate Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal B and gain control over its operations — including concessions — under a deal on a recent Houston City Council agenda. The city's share of the project will be $288 million, raised through a $3 per passenger fee the Houston Airport System has been collecting since November 2009. More

The Kansas airspace awareness tool
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In February 2011, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced its new Airspace Awareness tool, which they recently launched. The software, funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, allows pilots to visualize data that is normally only presented in 2D charts or apps, rather than the 3D data are available. More

International Airport News

Phony boarding passes a security worry, review says
Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fraudulent or duplicated boarding passes could be used by imposters to get onboard aircraft at Canadian airports, a potential weakness that could be exploited for attacks, a government review says. Transport Canada is urging the agency that oversees airport screening to take steps to better verify the identities of passengers. More

ACC News

ACC sends 'must act' letter to congress preceding August adjournment
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ACC partnered with ACI, AAAE, NASAO and transportation industry associations this week in sending a letter to Congress urging them to act on the vital need for an FAA extension or longer-term reauthorization bill. More

ACC Institute Webinar
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Self Bag Tagging – What Is It and When Is It Coming?
August 23, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
September 16, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The process of passengers self tagging their checked baggage is growing in European airports, and there is great interest in when this process will be available in the United States. While there are a few pilots underway in the U.S., what is self bag tagging, and when it will be commonplace? This webinar will explain the technology and process, the pros and cons of the process, and the opinions of the airports, airlines, TSA and conveyor manufacturers about self bag tagging.


FY 2012 ACRP selected projects announced
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Preliminary descriptions of projects expected to be undertaken as part of TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) fiscal year 2012 activities are available for review by the airport industry and research community. Although funding for ACRP's fiscal year 2012 program has not yet been decided by Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, the ACRP Oversight Committee(AOC), the governing board for the program, met on July 17 - July 18, 2011, to selected projects for the FY 2012 program in anticipation of continued funding. The announcement contains excerpts from original problem statements, along with guidance from the AOC to introduce the selected projects to the airport industry and research community. If fiscal year 2012 funding is provided, detailed project statements (e.g., requests for proposals) formally soliciting research proposals for these projects are expected to be released starting in November 2011. More

McLaughlin named TSA Assistant Administrator for Security Operations
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The Transportation Security Administration has announced the appointment of Chris McLaughlin as TSA's Assistant Administrator for Security Operations. McLaughlin joined TSA in 2009 as the FSD at Denver International Airport and Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport and most recently he has been at headquarters helping to launch several TSA initiatives, including Risk-Based Security. TSA Administrator John Pistole stated, "Chris is a seasoned executive and leader with the vision to take OSO to its next stage as a high performing security organization. I am also pleased to recognize Lee Kair's outstanding leadership as the AA for Security Operations for the past three years. We look forward to Lee's continued service overseas with the Office of Global Strategies."

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