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As 2012 comes to a close, ACC would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ACC Airport Consulting Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 3.

Terminal sickness
The Washington Monthly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apr. 12 issue – "It was certainly one of the hardest choices that I've ever made," explained Fernando Aguirre. He'd raised his family and built his career in Cincinnati rising through the ranks of the city's business elite, first as an executive at Procter & Gamble's headquarters and later as CEO and chairman of Chiquita Brands International. Along the way, he became a fanatical fan and part owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, as well as a proud sponsor of the Chiquita Classic golf tournament, the proceeds from which he poured into local philanthropies. More

When flying 720 miles takes 12 hours
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
May 3 issue –  It took Josh Hunter three separate planes, two connections and a two-hour drive to get from Mobile, Ala., to Cincinnati at Easter. When he added it all up, his 720-mile trip had lasted 12 hours - about the same it would have taken him to drive. "The whole point of flying should be to save a lot of time, and I didn't," Hunter said.

Airports hope FAA bill takes flight when lawmakers return
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 12 issue – The lobbying group for airports said that a new funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration should be the first piece of legislation in line for takeoff when Congress gets back to work later this month. The current funding for the beleaguered agency, which was partially shut down in an appropriations fight last year, is set to expire Jan. 31. More

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Regional airlines face closings, bankruptcy
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aug. 30 issue – Passengers hopscotching across the U.S. may book their trip on one of the major airlines such as United, but it's often smaller, regional carriers with such names as Colgan Air that do the flying. Regional airlines operate half the nation's scheduled flights and are often the link between smaller communities and the national air service network.

NextGen ramps up amid flat airport improvement funding
Engineering News-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mar. 1 issue – After 23 short-term funding extensions that dragged out over five years, the $63-billion Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill that President Barack Obama recently signed is giving the aviation industry plenty to cheer - and plenty to loathe. More

Safer flights, but risk lurks on the runway
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 27 issue – Southwest Airways Flight 844 from Minneapolis had just landed at Chicago's Midway International Airport last December and was about to cross a runway on its way to the terminal when the co-pilot noticed a business jet barreling toward him. He shouted for the captain to stop. The plane, carrying 74 passengers, screeched to a halt just short of the runway as the smaller jet crossed before their eyes. More

Obama budget proposes new security, airline fees
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 16 issue – Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals aimed at deficit reduction. The Obama administration wants major carriers, their passengers, business jets and airports to pick up more of the costs of air travel and airport improvements that for years have been borne by taxpayers. More

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Collapse of the US regional airline industry is a real concern
Aviation Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 16 issue – There are worrying signals that a significant part of the airline industry could implode in the coming months, and despite the doom-and-gloom predictions from Europe, this catastrophe is occurring on the other side of the Atlantic. More

Who may be the next transportation secretary?
Governing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nov. 21 issue – As President Barack Obama begins his transition into a second term, transportation stakeholders and advocates are wondering who he'll tap to join his cabinet as the next transportation secretary. About this time a year ago, Ray LaHood signaled that he would step down after the president's first term. But he hasn't discussed his future plans lately, leaving some in the transportation community to speculate about whether he's going anywhere. More

Salt Lake City International Airport to be bulldozed and rebuilt
KSL-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 26 issue – Mayor Ralph Becker announced plans to demolish and completely rebuild the Salt Lake City International Airport to address seismic risks and accommodate its emergence as a regional hub. "The Salt Lake City International Airport was not built to be a hub," Becker said during his State of the City address at the Salt Lake City-County Building. "Today, as the number of passengers has increased annually to (more than) 21 million, it is by all measures a large hub airport, and it must be redeveloped to meet the needs of our region." More

Senate sends FAA bill to Obama's desk
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 9 issue – The Senate approved a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through 2015, ending a years-long battle on Capitol Hill. The House previously approved the measure, which will now go to President Obama's desk. The president supports the legislation. More

New aviation bill: The pork barrel lives
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 16 issue – A year ago, it looked like a lovely bit of pork - the Essential Air Service (EAS) program - could very well be cut from the federal budget.  But despite bipartisan efforts to drive a stake into it, EAS, like Dracula, lived to fly another day. EAS began in 1978 as a $7 million effort to give some small rural towns 10 years to keep their air service while adjusting to a free-market, deregulation era. It was to phase out or "sunset" after 10 years. More

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