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Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 22, 2011
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Proposal: Make airline sites, kiosks accessible to disabled
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Transportation Department wants to require airlines to make their websites and airport kiosks more accessible to the disabled. The proposed regulation - made following years of complaints by travelers with disabilities about getting tickets on flights - is similar to a proposal made in 2004 that airlines and travel agents resisted because of the cost and complexity of the changes. More

Domestic Airport News

Air cargo dreams far larger than air cargo demand, consultant says
Columbus Business First    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's the prognosis for development of air cargo parks? It ain't gonna be easy. That was the crux of a presentation given Wednesday at the Ohio Conference on Freight by air cargo and logistics planner Daniel Muscatello with Landrum & Brown Worldwide Services, a Cincinnati-based aviation planning company.

Airlines object to tax hike for airport security
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Airlines came out against a tax hike proposed by President Barack Obama that would double what passengers would have to pay to help support airport security. "This is absolutely the wrong approach," said Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association. "The economic outlook is uncertain and confidence among both businesses and consumers is low. Making air travel progressively more expensive is not a sound economic strategy." More

Missouri businesses urge St. Louis cargo incentives
The Associated Press via Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of Missouri's business and political leaders sought to rally support for millions of dollars of proposed tax breaks promoted as a way of transforming the underused Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in a bustling hub for international cargo flights. More

Tulsa, Okla., airport proposes 5 projects with PFC
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Five capital improvement projects at Tulsa International Airport are proposed for funding with the $4.50-per-ticket passenger facility charge in the latest PFC application to the Federal Aviation Administration, officials say. More

Senate spending bill fully funds NextGen air traffic modernization
Aviation Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aviation appears to be escaping the brunt of Washington's deficit reduction push - at least in fiscal 2012 appropriations. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and housing approved a bill that, if enacted, would provide 19 percent less funding than similar legislation proposed two years earlier. Still, it fully funds the FAA's Next Generation air traffic modernization system and increases funding for the FAA's operations. By contrast, high-speed rail projects were gutted. More

Tax plan to turn old buildings 'green' finds favor
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A business consortium that includes Lockheed Martin and Barclays bank plans to invest as much as $650 million over the next few years to slash the energy consumption of buildings in the Miami and Sacramento areas. It is the most ambitious effort yet to jump-start a national market for energy upgrades that many people believe could eventually be worth billions. More

Buses versus airplanes
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Environmentalists, tax watchdogs, free market advocates, and (most importantly) bus enthusiasts have teamed up to suggest that policymakers rethink taxpayer subsidies designed to keep small rural airports afloat. Their timing is prescient. Lawmakers only last month scuffled over whether to cut the Essential Air Services program; some Republicans say it represents political pork and federal bloat. More

Aviation groups blast idea of fees
The Wichita Eagle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the nation's general aviation groups are using some harsh words in their opposition of President Obama's plan to impose user fees on corporate jets and turboprops, calling the proposal "stupid" and a "cockamamie" idea. More

International Airport News

Futuristic pods whisk travelers around UK airport
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Laser-guided travel pods that work without drivers or timetables were officially unveiled at London's Heathrow airport. The system, which featured in an exhibition on the future of transport at London's Science Museum in 2009, has become a reality, reducing the time it takes business passengers to move from terminal to car park by 60 percent. More

Judge stops airport construction in Brazil
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A Brazilian judge has temporarily halted all construction work to renovate Brazil's largest airport in preparation for hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The country has been pursuing several major construction projects to renovate the infrastructures of its host cities. More

Mogadishu airport authorities: Aid planes are not charged
AllAfrica    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The authorities of Mogadishu international airport unveiled that aid planes landing or departing from the air port are not charged. Speaking to Shabelle Media Network, Eng. Ali Mohamoud Ibrahmin, the general manager of Mogadishu airport, said the activities of airport are going on according to plan. More

San Jose, Calif., airport sets sights on Japanese airline
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San Jose's four-year courtship of Japan's All Nippon Airways hasn't landed a commitment to fly out of the city's newly renovated airport, but city leaders said the airline's plan to promote its new jets at City Hall's glass rotunda is an encouraging sign. More

ACC News

Learn how personal rapid transit (PRT) can change your airport plans!
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Register now for Tuesday's ACC Institute webinar "How PRT Can Change Your Airport Plans." Airport planners and engineers will be introduced to the characteristics of personal rapid transit (PRT) systems. They will learn the pros and cons of PRT systems and what they can and cannot do. The emphasis will be on how PRT differs from conventional transit systems and automated people movers. Opportunities for new airport planning paradigms, enabled by PRT, will be introduced. More

Sign up for recreation at the ACC 33rd Annual Conference & Exposition - space is limited!
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Do good, feel good and take advantage of the best the Palm Springs, Calif., area has to offer, all while networking with fellow ACC members. In addition to the annual golf tournament, this year's Annual Conference offers attendees the opportunity enjoy the best of the California desert and even a chance give back and keep the greater Palm Springs area beautiful with the Palm Springs Sustainability Office. Sign up now, as space for these activities is limited. More


TSA issues revision to Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems, Appendix F
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TSA has issued a revision to Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (PGDS) Version 4.0, which was previously published in July 2011. PGDS version 4.1 includes a revision to Appendix F "Reimbursable/Non Reimbursable Costs for the Electronic Baggage Screening Program." The revision removes previous text concerning the use of pre-engineered structures to house baggage screening systems. The revision is intended to make clear that TSA does not support costs for the construction of any structure designed or intended to accommodate baggage screening systems regardless of the type or material used. TSA will supports costs associated with the demolition of existing spaces, modification or renovation of existing spaces, or fit out of newly constructed spaces necessary for the operation or directly supporting the operation of baggage screening operations. No other revisions were made to PGDS from version 4.0. More

New airport policy for kids 12-and-under soon; fewer pat-downs, no more shoe removal
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children 12 years old and younger soon will no longer be required to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress. The policy also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a pat-down that involves touching private areas on the body. More

Senate approves FAA, highway funding extensions
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Senate approved legislation to temporarily renew funding for airport and highway improvement projects, averting threatened shutdowns of both programs and job cuts affecting thousands of construction and other workers. More

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