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Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 11, 2011
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A message from ACC President Paula Hochstetler regarding the FAA reauthorization
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Frustration and disbelief have characterized the reactions of most of us during the past two-and-a-half weeks. Many reasons have been given for the stalemate, but none seem to justify the furlough of thousands of FAA employees, the loss of over $300 million in taxes, and delayed airport projects during the height of the construction season. It is a shame that the compromise that was ultimately reached wasn't accomplished two weeks sooner, when the collateral damage caused by a work stoppage could have been avoided. More

Domestic Airport News

What did the FAA shutdown cost?
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The federal government lost an estimated $400 million in revenue for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which it won't recover. Construction projects were interrupted. The result in a number of cases will be extra costs and inefficiencies associated with stopping and starting a project. More

70,000 jobs lost! Really?
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An oft-repeated statement that the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown has forced the layoff of 70,000 construction workers is, at best, an over-simplification, and at worst, an exaggeration, according to the expert behind the number. More

After FAA shutdown ends, lobbying battle continues
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Even as Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a bipartisan compromise to end the shutdown at the Federal Aviation Administration, a legislative struggle - and some high-powered lobbying - continued behind the scenes. The immediate flash point in the fight over the FAA has been the Essential Air Service program, which subsidizes flights to some rural airports. House Republicans voted to end the subsidies for 13 communities. Three of them are in states represented by top Democratic senators, including Reid. More

The FAA shutdown and the new rules of Washington
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Congressman John Mica, the Florida Republican blamed for single-handedly shutting down the Federal Aviation Administration, sounded like a beaten man when he called. The usually biting chairman of the House transportation committee spoke with remorse about the standoff, which put 74,000 people on furlough or out of work, delayed airport-safety projects and cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. More

Democrats twisted the debate over FAA
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The Washington Post's commentary put an interesting liberal slant on an interview conducted with me on the eve of Senate Democrats ending their two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. More

US Senate Democrats urge FAA bill settlement
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U.S. Senate Democrats urged Republicans in the House of Representatives to begin "serious negotiations" on an aviation funding bill that they said could help the struggling U.S. economy. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, a group of Senate Democrats asked him to appoint a formal negotiating panel "so that serious negotiations may begin" with the Senate over the stalled legislation. More

Model will help monitor airport security
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A statistical model of daily operations of general aviation airports may help show unusual activity that could suggest a security threat, U.S. researchers say. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, general aviation security has not been seen as a serious threat because general aviation planes carry less fuel and are much smaller than commercial aircraft. More

Small airports struggle to get off ground
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Every major economic development project is a potential white elephant, but for smaller cities, airports have been a particularly tough bet. Though air traffic continues to grow nationally, more of it than ever is served though the largest airports, and this is putting a squeeze on smaller players. More

Are airport slot machines ready for takeoff in Chicago?
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The spinning cherries, blinking lights and ringing bells of slot machines - hundreds of them - soon could top the list of first impressions for Chicago visitors arriving at O'Hare and Midway airports. No U.S. city outside Nevada offers airport gambling, but experts predict if Gov. Pat Quinn opens the concourses to slots in the Windy City by signing landmark gambling legislation, many others would quickly jump into the action. More

Airlines stand by fare hike despite pressure
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U.S. airlines are not likely to bow to pressure from the White House and elsewhere to rollback a fare increase facilitated by a Washington political standoff that could net the industry more than $1 billion in unexpected third quarter revenue. More

New chief overhauling the way Tampa airport operates
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Joe Lopano has completed seven months as chief executive of Tampa International Airport, where he promises to enhance international service, develop new business and maintain a world-class facility. "It's been harder than I thought and more fun than I thought," Lopano says. More

After FAA shutdown, resumption of airport construction won't happen overnight
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About 74,000 transportation and construction workers are looking forward to getting back to work on more than 250 airport construction projects now that Congress has agreed to re-authorize the Federal Aviation Administration. More

International Airport News

China's HNA bids for Hochtief airport assets
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HNA Group, the parent of China's fourth-largest airline Hainan Airlines Co Ltd , is bidding for Hochtief AG's airports business, which it values at more than 1 billion euros ($1.42 billion), the Wall Street Journal reported. More

Automated battery cars replace buses at Heathrow Airport
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ULTra PRT (urban light transport - personal rapid transport) vehicles have started operating at London's Heathrow Airport. BAA, the operations company for Heathrow Airport, needed to provide a means of travel from the new terminal 5 to remote parking. Comparing several options, ULTra PRT provided a solution that was "… a 60 percent improvement in travel time and 40 percent operating cost savings." More

Court holds up bid for Mexican airport operator GAP
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Mexico's banking regulator said it cannot rule on a bid by mining giant Grupo Mexico to up its stake in airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico until a legal battle over the offer is resolved. More

ACC News

Registration now open for September ACC Institute events
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Airport Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop
September 26-28, 2011
Tampa, Fla.
Aimed at engineers and practitioners responsible for the design or construction of new or rehabilitated airfield pavements, this course consists of a combination of lecture discussion and pavement design workshops from airport consultants, FAA representatives and other industry leaders. It reflects the changes to FAA AC 5320-6E and provides hands-on experience with FAARFIELD, the FAA's pavement design software. At the end of the course, successful participants will have completed 18 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and will be able to describe the principles of airfield pavement design, develop airfield pavement designs for new or rehabilitation projects, and evaluate the structural capacity of existing pavements using the FAA's latest pavement design procedures and tools.  

Airports GIS Workshop
September 28-29, 2011
Tampa, Fla.
The FAA's new Airports GIS program, combined with new Advisory Circular (AC) requirements for geospatial and aeronautical data gathering and formulation, has brought about a major paradigm shift in the way airport data is handled. The new set of standards and policies significantly changes the way in which airports must collect data related to capital projects, master plans and ALPs, as well as how the data must be submitted to the FAA's new AIRPORTS GIS program. This new approach will provide a centralized data store that will ensure consistency and accuracy, and will provide for a common data access point for the FAA as well as the airport community. This workshop will educate airport professionals of all disciplines on the FAA's new requirements and their implications on airport projects and the FAA grant approval process. Workshop participants will understand what they need to do and how to get up and running with the FAA's AIRPORTS GIS protocols.


Risk Assessment Method to Support Modification of Airfield Separation Standards
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 51: Risk Assessment Method to Support Modification of Airfield Separation Standards is intended to be used to support requests for modification of standards in those circumstances where the design criteria for separations between taxiways/taxilanes and other taxiways/taxilanes and fixed or movable objects as well as separations between taxiways and runways cannot be met. More

TSA provides poor oversight of airport worker credentialing, IG says
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An airport worker with three active badges providing access to secure areas of three different U.S. airports listed three different places of birth on his applications for those badges: the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and the United States. An examination of his files by the inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed that the individual was a US citizen born in the United Kingdom. More

ACRP seeking topics for the FY2012 ACRP Synthesis Program
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The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is seeking potential synthesis topics for the Fiscal Year 2012 ACRP Synthesis Program. The closing date for submitting synthesis topics is September 16, 2011. The topics received from this solicitation will form the basis for selection of the annual ACRP Synthesis Program. They are not proposals to conduct the research but are used to identify potential topics only. More

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