Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 12, 2009

General aviation deliveries down 47 percent
The Wichita Eagle
Deliveries of general aviation aircraft have fallen 47 percent in the first nine months of 2009 when compared with the same time a year ago. Plane makers worldwide shipped 1,587 piston aircraft, turboprops and business jets in the first nine months, down from 2,982 a year ago, according to figures released from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. More

Transportation committee OK's Delta lease
Atlanta Business Journal
The extension of Delta Air Lines Inc.'s lease at Atlanta's airport received the approval Monday of the Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee. The vote sets the stage for the seven-year deal to be approved by the full council by the end of the year.More

New airport terminal marks first anniversary
The Indianapolis Star
The Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal Building at Indianapolis International Airport, the newest icon for the city, turned a year old. The $1.06 billion development, the largest civic project in Indianapolis history, includes a midfield terminal, parking for thousands of cars, roads and other new construction.More

Cincinnati airport gets update
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has a new $23 million security checkpoint building, where airline passengers will be screened before heading off to catch their flights. The new facility is expected to speed up the security process.More

Babbitt says FAA working to adjust NextGen
Aviation Week
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt sought to reassure doubters that the agency is genuinely committed to working quickly to absorb the findings of an RTCA industry/government task force on ATC modernization and use them to shape NextGen priorities.More

Google's gift: Free WiFi in 47 airports
CNN Money
Google is planning to foot the bill for WiFi at 47 of the nation's airports for the rest of the year. With some travelers spending more time on the ground in airports than on planes during the busy flying season, now seemed an especially fitting time to offer up the perk, Google said.More

GVK buys Zurich Airport's stake in BIAL
The Times of India
GVK Airport Developers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GVK Group, has acquired a 12 percent stake in Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) at a cost of Rs 484.6 crore. The stake was acquired from Zurich Airport, which held a 17 percent stake in the airport.More

Frankfurt cargo traffic begins recovery
The Journal of Commerce
Fraport AG, owner of Frankfurt airport, reported a 55 percent slump in third quarter profit but said freight volume is recovering at Europe's biggest air cargo hub. Frankfurt's cargo traffic fell 16.6 percent in the third quarter from a year ago to total 1.3 million tons in the first nine months of 2009.More

Bangkok airport moves 'unlucky' demon statues
AFP via Google
Thailand's main airport is to relocate 12 giant "demon statues" to boost the morale of staff who thought the figures brought bad luck, local media and officials said. The statues at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport will move from the arrivals area to the check-in zone at a cost of around 1.7 million baht (51,000 dollars), said Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Serirat Prasutanond.More

Airport Passenger-Related Processing Rates Guidebook
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 23: Airport Passenger-Related Processing Rates Guidebook provides guidance on how to collect accurate passenger-related processing data for evaluating facility requirements to promote efficient and cost-effective airport terminal design.

FAA updates Advisory Circulars
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has updated the following Advisory Circulars (ACs): Updated Draft AC 150/5335-5B, Standardized Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength - PCN (includes a revised Appendix 5); Updated COMFAA Support Program; Updated Master PCN List for Flexible and Rigid Pavements and AC 150/5345-54B, Specification for L-884 Power and Control Unit for Land and Hold Short Lighting Systems.

Enhanced modeling of aircraft taxiway noise-scoping
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 9: Enhanced Modeling of Aircraft Taxiway Noise-Scoping explores ways to model airport noise from aircraft taxi operations and examines a plan for implementation of a taxi noise prediction capability into the Federal Aviation Administration's integrated noise model in the short term and into its aviation environmental design tool in the longer term.