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October 15, 2009
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Airport Sustainability Guide and Database Unveiled
from SAGA
A coalition of aviation associations, including the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), unveiled a new comprehensive database and guidelines that will help airport operators and consultants implement sustainability programs at airports of all sizes. The searchable database includes over 960 individual sustainability practices which are available worldwide through a new Web site. More
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Domestic Airport News

Airports See Far Fewer Near-crashes on Runways
from USA Today
Serious near-collisions between planes on the nation's runways plummeted last year in the most significant drop in a decade, the government announced.  More
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Airline Cuts Pinch Travelers
from The Wall Street Journal
Coming soon to an airport near you: Fewer flights, less-flexible schedules, smaller planes and maybe more lost luggage. Airline schedule cuts are so severe this fall that there will be less capacity available to travelers than there was in the depths of the travel depression after the 2001 terrorist attacks.   More
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New Orleans Airport Privatization Tied to Tourism Rebound
from Easy Bourse
A bold effort to privatize the New Orleans airport may hinge on the city's ability to rebuild tourism to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. New Orleans plans to invite bids early next year for a long-term lease to operate Louis Armstrong International Airport in what would be the first airport privatization in the U.S. under a program overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration.  More
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Key House Members Work Against User Fees
from Aviation Week
As the Office of Management and Budget begins to form its plans for the fiscal 2011 budget, two key House members have begun a lobbying effort against potential aviation user fee proposals for fiscal 2011.  More
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    International Airport News

    'Naked' Scanner in Airport Trial
    from BBC News
    A trial of a scanner that produces "naked" images of passengers has begun at Manchester Airport. The authorities say it will speed up security checks by quickly revealing any concealed weapons or explosives.   More
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    Japan Considers Haneda Airport as International Hub, Asahi Says
    from Bloomberg
    Japan is considering making Tokyo's Haneda airport into an international hub, the Asahi newspaper reported on its newswire, citing Transport Minister Seiji Maehara.  More
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    South Africa Won't Sell Durban Airport, Business Report Says
    from Bloomberg
    South Africa won't sell Durban International Airport because it would create competition for a nearby airport that cost 6.8 billion rand ($930 million) to build, Business Report said, citing Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele.  More
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    ACC News

    Key TSA Representatives to Participate in ACC Annual Conference
    from ACC
    Don't be caught off guard. If it hasn't already, your business will change due to new security requirements and challenges. Find out why at a session that has been added to the ACC 31st Annual Conference & Exposition on Wednesday, Nov. 11th from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. You will hear the latest about TSA activities and funding priorities from key agency representatives: Doug Hofsass – Policy and Operations; Keith Goll – Equipment and Deployment; and Russ Vieco – Funding and Legislation.  More
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    Sustainability a Focus at ACC
    from ACC
    ACC has been active in educating its members on the latest airport sustainability trends and initiatives. On Oct. 12th, ACC President Paula Hochstetler participated in a press conference at the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas that unveiled the Sustainable Aviation Resource Guide and database. She was joined by G. Hardy Acree, director of airports for the Sacramento County Airport System and 2009 chairman of ACI-NA; John Duval, A.A.E., security coordinator for the Beverly Municipal Airport and chairman of AAAE and Greg Principato, president of ACI-NA. ACC Vice President T.J. Schulz also briefed the aviation division of a member firm during their monthly conference call on sustainability initiatives at airports. Be sure to attend the ACC 31st Annual Conference & Exposition for a session on Tuesday, Nov. 10th from 10:45 – 12:00 titled "Sustainability – Is Your Firm on Board?". This session will provide strategies on how firms are incorporating sustainability into their operations.  More
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       Product Showcase: ADB Airfield Solutions

    The next generation of LED airfield lights has arrived! ETL-Certified LED products, such as Runway Centerline Lights, Touchdown Zone Lights, in-pavement and elevated Runway Guard Lights, and FAA L-858 Signs are available from ADB Airfield Solutions. Answers to application and specification questions regarding these exciting new technologies can be found here.


    DHS Issues Limited Waiver from Buy American Requirements for Stimulus Projects
    from Department of Homeland Security
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted a limited nationwide waiver of the Buy American provision contained in sec. 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided that at least 95 percent of the costs of each Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Electronic Baggage Screening Program (EBSP) project will comply with sec. 1605(a).  More
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    Bill Aims to Rein in TSA
    from AVWeb
    A bipartisan group of Congressmen, all of them members of the recently formed General Aviation Caucus, has introduced a bill that would require the TSA to behave more like other government agencies when issuing emergency rules. H.R. 3678, sponsored by Rep. John Mica, D-Fla., would still allow the TSA to respond quickly to imminent threats by issuing security directives and emergency regulations but it would require the agency to hold a formal rulemaking process if the rules are left in place for longer than 180 days.  More
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    FAA Seeks Comments on Update to Compliance Manual
    from FAA
    The Airport Compliance Manual (Order 5190.6B) provides current guidance to FAA employees on administration and implementation of the FAA airport compliance program. The updated order reflects statutes, policy changes, case decisions and complaint resolution procedural rules issued since 1989 and includes more specific guidance material on a number of compliance subjects. Comments will be accepted until March 10, 2010.  More
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