Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 19, 2009

An air-traffic upgrade to improve travel by plane
The New York Times
Up in the cockpit, Larry Van Hoy, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot, was flying low-tech. Radar showed a bit of nearby cloud cover, and to learn about other aircraft, he talked to the ground controller or looked out the window.More

Seeking FAA funds, airport hopes sale fares lure fliers
USA Today
An airline is pitching in with a new discount offer to lure more passengers and help a western Kentucky airport qualify for extra funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).More

Google's free airport Wi-Fi shouldn't be a holiday treat
PC World
Google is providing free Wi-Fi access at 47 airports this holiday season. The charity is appreciated, but airports and retail stores should already be providing free Wi-Fi service if they want your business. More

Bensenville accepts $16 million to stop fighting O'Hare expansion
The Chicago Tribune
The cash-strapped O'Hare International Airport expansion program will pay Bensenville $16 million to drop its decades-long opposition to new runways and agree to the demolition of hundreds of homes in the village, officials announced.More

SeatGuru picks airports to get stuck in
The Dallas Morning News
In which airport would you like to get stranded over the holidays?, the Web service that gives advice on which seats are the best and worst on each airline's airplanes, has come up with five.More

Hilo airport to get $15 million cargo building
USA Today
The state of Hawaii has broken ground on a new cargo and light industrial building at Hilo International Airport. The Department of Transportation says the building and a parking lot will be built with $15 million of state airport funds.More

BAA to inject equity into London airports group
Airport operator BAA, a unit of Spain's Ferrovial, said that it intends to inject 500 million pounds of equity into its London airports group.More

European airport body sees signs of slow recovery
Airports body ACI Europe reported signs that airport traffic would slowly recover in the winter ahead, with low-cost airlines at the fore. The financial crisis has hit airports hard, with companies swiftly reducing transatlantic travel, freight shipments falling and families cutting back on holidays amid the ensuing economic downturn.More

Jazz Air keeps up fight for Toronto airport access
Jazz Air Income Fund said it continues fighting for access to Toronto's downtown airport, but Air Canada's a regional feeder airline could not point to any progress in its legal action.More

Vancouver airport ramping up for Olympic rush
The Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Airport Authority unveiled major improvements to passenger-handling and airside operations as it prepares for unprecedented traffic spurred by the Vancouver 2010 Games.More

31st ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Lake Las Vegas, Nev.
Nearly 150 attendees and 12 exhibitors enjoyed the 31st ACC Annual Conference & Exposition on Nov. 9-11 in Lake Las Vegas, Nev. The conference reflected the new ACC strategic plan by featuring an updated program that maximized networking and the discussion of relevant industry issues.
•    New Sessions: The new Business Speed Dating event was a smashing success. Held in short, 10-minute blocks, member firms, vendors and government agencies explored project opportunities and potential teaming and business relationships. In addition, the Small/Medium/Large/Associate firm forums facilitated dialogue on common business challenges and solutions.
•    TSA: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had unprecedented involvement in the conference. TSA representatives participated in a general session panel and addressed questions about spend plans, project budgets, and new technologies that will impact airport designs. Former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley was the recipient of the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. Hawley noted that the award held special significance because of the unique role ACC members have in aviation security. Look for a detailed press release from ACC about the award next week.
•    The 2010 ACC Board of Directors was announced at the Annual Membership Meeting. The 2010 board officers are Chair Ron Peckham, C&S Companies; Vice Chair Terry Ruhl, CH2M HILL; Secretary/Treasurer Courtney Beamon, Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. and Immediate Past Chair Evan Futterman, Futterman Consulting, LLC. New board members include Andy Platz, Mead & Hunt, Inc.; Roddy Boggus, Gresham, Smith and Partners; and Don Bergin, Blast Deflectors, Inc. Remaining on the ACC board are Michael R. Arnold, LEED AP, ESA Airports; Thomas B. Duffy, Safegate Airport Systems, Inc.; Carol Lurie, LEED AP, AICP, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; Enrique Melendez, Jacobs; A. Bradley Mims, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Susan Prediger, CAGE, Inc.
•    Special thanks to the sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the conference possible.More

ACC welcomes new member
Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc.
Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc. joins ACC as an executive member. ERS provides natural resource consulting including wetland delineation, wildlife surveys (including protected species), NEPA documentation, wetland and wildlife permitting, due diligence services, expert witness testimony and wildlife hazard assessments.More

FAA Updates Construction Advisory Circular
The FAA has issued a revised version of AC 150/5370-10E, Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports. Version E updates Item P-620, Runway and Taxiway Painting, to include new information on Preformed Thermoplastic Airport Pavement Markings and Application -- Preformed Airport Pavement Markings; clarifies that Prohibited Materials cannot exceed permissible limits as specified in relevant Federal Regulations; adds Item P-621, Saw-Cut Grooves and updates references to Saw-Cut Grooves in Items P-401, Plant Mix Bituminous Pavements and P-501, Portland Cement Concrete.  More

Approaches to integrating airport development and federal environmental review processes
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 17: Approaches to Integrating Airport Development and Federal Environmental Review Processes explores practices that airport sponsors and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) planners and environmental specialists have used to integrate airport planning efforts and the FAA's environmental review processes.