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Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 16, 2010
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FedEx's fight with House may be done
The Commercial Appeal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In what appears to be a slow-burn victory for FedEx Corp., the Democratic chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said that the Federal Aviation Administration bill and a controversial labor provision won't get passed this year. FedEx objects to language in the House version of the bill that would make it easier for certain FedEx Express workers to form local union bargaining units. It has spent millions on its lobbying effort, as has UPS, which supports the provision. More

Domestic Airport News

FAA Airports Office issues internal SMS Order
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The FAA released Order 5200.11 that provides the basis for internal implementation of SMS within Office of Airports (ARP). It describes the roles and responsibilities of ARP management and staff as well as other lines of business that will contribute to the ARP SMS. ARP will supplement this Order with individual programmatic policy and guidance in the future. More

Where did the transportation stimulus money go?
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Once upon a time, Republicans hated President Obama's stimulus package because it wasn't pouring enough money into infrastructure. In July, in front of a giant road sign covered in red tape, GOP Representatives complained that only one percent of the package's $48 billion for transportation had been spent. More

Ex-Tampa airport chief lands at Hartsfield-Jackson
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At the end of his first news conference after being chosen as the next general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Louis Miller paused as he awaited more questions. More

George Bush Intercontinental Airport gets $15 million FAA grant
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George Bush Intercontinental Airport has received a $15 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program to rehabilitate one of the five major runways at the airport. More

Airline merger could cost DIA
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While supporters believe the impending merger of United and Continental airlines will have little impact in Denver, a document revealed in an August hearing suggests a different scenario. More

Chicago Council OKs $1 billion airport bonds
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The Chicago City Council gave final approval to $1 billion of revenue bonds to continue expanding O'Hare International Airport. But the two major carriers at the airport are not saying if they plan on fighting the debt sale. More

Cleveland gets time to prove airport is lucrative
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Cleveland's airport has won some time to prove it can be a profitable operation for a combined Continental-United airline. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced an agreement settling an antitrust review of the pending combination. More

Denver International Airport to receive third large solar plant    Share    Share on
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America's fifth busiest airport is to receive its third large-scale solar power array, a 4.4-megawatt installation set to become the largest customer-sited system in Colorado. Denver International Airport will add the new facility to the 2MW system commissioned in 2008 and 1.6MW facility completed earlier this year. The third project is being developed by Denver-based Oak Leaf Energy Partners, which has local firm Intermountain Electric ready to begin construction this fall for completion in early 2011. More

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Ontario seeks to take control of airport
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials say the Los Angeles agency that runs the facility has driven away carriers with increases in costs and failure to maintain the airport. L.A. says the facility was especially hard-hit by the recession. More

Air traffic upgrade to boost jobs
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Some information technology contractors welcomed an announcement by President Obama that he proposes investing in infrastructure, such as advanced air traffic tech, as a way of stimulating the economy -- but expresses nervousness about how he intends to compensate for the cost. More

Podcar City - What is it?
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What's a Podcar? How does it work? Where does it work? And what might it mean to you? Find out Oct. 27-29, 2010 at the Podcar City Conference in San Jose, Calif. For more information click here.

International Airport News

Luxury hotel planned near Haiti airport
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Investors are planning a new sight for arrivals at Port-au-Prince's international airport: A seven-story, 240-room luxury hotel rising just past the runway. The $33 million project is one of the largest private investment efforts since the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake. More

US airlines squeezed as Haneda goes international
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Haneda airport will open up to international flights next month as Japan works to maintain Tokyo's status as an Asian travel hub. But it comes with a big catch for U.S. airlines who've been squeezed into the least convenient time slots. More

ACC News

ACC joins industry groups in urging passage of FAA bill
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ACC joined 25 other organizations in a coalition letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging them to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. "The legislative process for enacting a long-term reauthorization has been dragging on for four years, leaving the agency operating without authorization for nearly three years," the letter states. "It is time for Congress to move forward decisively and pass an FAA bill." More

ACC/FAA GIS Workshop scheduled
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The second ACC/FAA GIS Workshop will be held on Oct. 17-18 in Long Beach, Calif. 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. The workshop begins by providing an overview of the FAA AIRPORTS GIS program and pertinent requirements. Participants will learn about the real-world application of the AIRPORTS GIS requirements by following case study projects, working in small group exercises and facilitated discussions. The workshop will precede the ACI-NA/ACC/FAA Planning Redefined Course and NEPA Workshop, which will take place on Oct. 18-21 in Long Beach. More

ACC welcomes new member
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FAA proposes pilot fatigue rule
Logistics Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has brought out a proposal to help fight fatigue among commercial pilots by setting new flight times, duty and rest requirements based on fatigue science. The proposed rule eliminates the distinction between rest requirements for domestic, international and unscheduled flights. More

TSA seeks to deploy shoe scanners next year
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Since the Transportation Security Administration instituted a set of 2006 airport security improvements, engineers and passengers sick of removing their footwear at airports have been asking the same question: How hard can it be to build a shoe scanner? More

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