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Airports Council International-North America
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2011-2012
Board of Directors
Executive Committee

 

Thella Bowens
Chair
President and CEO
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
San Diego

David N. Edwards, Jr.
First Vice Chair
Executive Director
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Greer, S.C.

Mark M. Reis
Second Vice Chair
Aviation Director
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Seattle

Jim Cherry
Secretary-Treasurer
President and CEO
Aéroports de Montréal
Montréal

Frank R. Miller
Immediate Past Chair
Aviation Director
San Antonio Airport System
San Antonio

William Restall
Chair, Canadian Airports Council
President and CEO
Saskatoon Airport Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Greg Principato
ACI-NA President


Directors

Steven T. Baldwin
President
Steven Baldwin Associates
Albany

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver International Airport
Denver

Mario Diaz
Director of Aviation
Houston Airport System
Houston

Deborah Ale Flint
Director of Aviation
Oakland International Airport
Oakland

Herbert Hilliard
Commissioner
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Memphis

Bernard LeBlanc
President & CEO
Saint John Airport Authority
St. John, New Brunswick

John L. Martin
Airport Director
San Francisco Airport Commission
San Francisco

Brad Penrod
Executive Director/CEO
Allegheny County Airport Authority
Pittsburgh

Maureen Riley
Executive Director
Salt Lake City Department of Airports
Salt Lake City,

Mario Rodriguez
Director
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach

Tom Ruth
President & CEO
Halifax International Airport Authority
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Susan M. Stevens
Director of Airports
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Charleston, S.C.

Jim Trout
Commissioner
Glacier Park International Airport
Kalispell, Mont.

William R. Vanecek
Director of Aviation
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Buffalo

Paul J. Wiedefeld
Executive Director
Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Baltimore

Russell C. Widmar
Director of Aviation
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Fresno


2012 World Business
Partners/ Associates
Board of Directors
Executive Committee


Kitty P. Freidheim
Chair
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

Loy Warren
Vice Chair
National Aviation Leader
Kimley-Horn & Associates
Irving, Texas

Steven T. Baldwin
Immediate Past Chair
President
Steven Baldwin Associates
Albany

Frank R. Miller
ACI-NA Board Liaison
Aviation Director
San Antonio Aviation Department
San Antonio

Directors

David Bannard
Partner
Foley & Lardner
Boston

Roddy L. Boggus
Senior Vice President
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dallas

Paul Bowers
Publisher
Airport Improvement Magazine
Brookfield, Wis.

Kevin Dolliole
Senior Vice President
Unison Consulting
Chicago

David Full
Director
Vice President
RS&H
San Francisco

Evan C. Futterman
President and CEO
Futterman Consulting
Springfield, Va.

Lynn Gordon
Vice President
Arconas
Mississauga, Ontario

Lynn Leibowitz
President
Leibowitz & Horton Airport Management Consultants
Greenwood Village, Colo.

Robert Stanton
Vice President
Delaware North Companies
Herdon, Va.

Keith Thompson
Principal
Gensler
Newport Beach, Calif.

 
     
     
 
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Top Stories
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Hot Topics
ACI-NA Files Underground Storage Tank Comments
While supportive of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to write clear, consistent and technically-feasible standards for airport hydrant systems, ACI-NA on Monday submitted comments opposing the EPA’s proposed revisions to its underground storage tank regulations.
The Ides of April
Centerlines Blog posted April 17 by Jane Calderwood
“April is the cruelest month” or so TS Elliot wrote in The Waste Land.  We know that is true for the American taxpayer.  And, April 2012 has turned out to be no picnic for the General Services Administration and the Secret Service.
Downes Nomination Deadline Nears
Now is the time to submit your nomination for the ACI-NA 2012 Downes Award. The deadline is Friday afternoon.
ACI-NA to Host Revenue Enhancement Strategies Webinar
Next Wednesday afternoon, the ACI-NA Finance Committee will host a free webinar on Revenue Enhancement Strategies, the sixth in its best practice series.
Runway Safety Council Reviews Several Airport-Related Issues
Could GPS trackers be coming to airport vehicles soon? The FAA is now considering two advisory circulars which would require airports to equip their vehicles on the airfield movement area with GPS locator devices, according to discussions at the April 4 meeting of the FAA Runway Safety Council.
TRB Offering Free Webinar on Runway Safety Practices
The Transportation Research Board on May 10 at 1 p.m. will host a free webinar highlighting best practices on ramp and runway safety based on recent research completed by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. The two-hour event requires advance registration.
Events On Approach

Airport Deicing Management Conference: Regulatory Update Workshop
The
2012 ACI-NA/A4A Airport Deicing Management Conference on May 23-24, in Washington, offers the Deicing Effluent Limitation Guidelines Update Workshop. This workshop will provide a forum to learn about recent aviation deicing regulatory updates, new technologies and best management practices. The joint ACI-NA – A4A conference will convene representatives from airports, airlines, associations, service providers and government agencies. Register now and join your industry peers to discuss the latest deicing issues, research, development and innovative projects.

May 1 is the last day for the early bird registration discount and the special group rate of $199 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel. Call the hotel directly at 202-682-0111 to reserve your room.

Register Now for the ACI-NA/World Conference & Exhibition
The ACI-NA/World Conference & Exhibition is the premier event for aviation industry professionals. This event will be held in Calgary on Sept. 9-12 with pre-conferences seminars on Sept. 8-9. Come to this conference to partake in first class educational sessions with some of the best leaders in the industry. This is also a joint conference with ACI World, so come and learn what your counterparts across the globe have to say about the industry and how they are changing and adapting to keep up with technology, security and the needs of passengers.

Aug. 6. is the last day to receive the early-bird registration and discounted housing rates for the ACI-NA/World Conference & Exhibition. Register and book your hotel room today and save!

CEO Panel at the Economics & Finance and Human Capital Conference
The role of human resources is a vital component to the success of any organization. Aligning Human Resources Strategies to the Business; A CEO Perspective – CEO Panel Discussion at the ACI-NA Airport Economics & Finance and Human Capital Conference in Nashville, May 7-9, will examine the partnership between airport directors and their human resource professionals. A major focus will be on the organizational needs and how human resources contribute to making the workforce strategies integral to the organization strategy and objectives.

Call the Sheraton Nashville Downtown toll-free at (800) 447-9825 to reserve your room.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Human Resources Committee

The 2012 Airport Economics & Human Capital Conference , May 7-9, in Nashville, will address the latest economic, financial, and human capital management challenges facing today’s airports. The Human Resources Committee will be meeting in conjunction with the Finance and Commercial Management Committees to better leverage the strengths of each group thereby increasing organizational success in tackling today’s, and preparing for tomorrow’s, challenges.

 

Over those three days the Human Resources Committee will hold six sessions on timely human resource topics including aligning human resource strategies to business from a CEO’s perspective, generational knowledge transfer, a special workforce planning session outlining how to fill sudden talent shortages with the “right” person, the legal ramifications of social media in the workplace, as well as a detailed summary of the latest results from the fourth edition of the ACI-NA Human Resources Compensation and Benefits Survey.

 

The keynote speaker at the conference will feature management expert Margaret Morford, CEO of the HR Edge.  She will offer practical suggestions that human resources professionals need to be doing now to prepare for short- and long-range workplace changes.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Nancy Zimini for more information.

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

From the Members ...

Hudson Wins Retail, Food Concessions at Love Field
Two joint ventures led by Hudson Group have been selected by Dallas in a recent competitive bid process to provide both retail and food services in the newly renovated Dallas Love Field Airport.

San Diego Launches New Interactive Map
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has launched SANmap, an interactive map of San Diego International Airport and its environs. SANmap allows passengers to discover shopping and dining options, locate rental car facilities and find amenities like valet parking—all before entering the airport.

Logan is the First U.S. Airport with Regular 787 Service
Boston Logan International Airport through Japan Airlines will soon offer nonstop service from to Tokyo’s Narita Airport using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the most advanced commercial airliner in the world. The service is the first nonstop flight between Boston and Asia in history.

Tucson Passenger Traffic is Up
Passenger volume at Tucson International Airport for the first quarter of 2012 posted a 3 percent gain in comparison to last year.

Columbia Redoubles Efforts to Support DBE Firms
With 43 businesses providing over 1,500 jobs and countless other opportunities for contracts and services, Columbia Metropolitan Airport is an economic force in the Midlands region and recognizes that by supporting these small businesses it can have an even greater impact on the local economy.

San Jose Received Certificate of Achievement
Mineta San Jose International Airport has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada. 

Nashville Keeps Sustainability a Top Priority
Green efforts at Nashville International Airport keep getting greener by the year as the airport continues to expand its programs, even being selected by the FAA for a sustainability pilot program.

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Blog: We Spoke, They Listened
ACI-NA President Greg Principato reflects in his
most recent blog on how U.S. and Canadian government officials actually listened to ACI-NA as we have been expressing concern about double screening and more importantly they have now acted on our suggestions.

Presentations Posted
The presentations from the recent Spring Public Safety and Security Conference in Vancouver are now posted on the web.

Training

ACI Certificate in Airside Operations

The ACI online Certificate in Airside Operations course is now available. It consists of seven modules, which will take about 15 hours to complete. Each training module includes an integrated online assessment. Candidates must successfully complete all seven assessments to receive the certificate of completion. Fee: $695. Register online or contact enrolments@olc.aero for more information.

Info Desk
International Visitors Spent a Record in February

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that international travel and tourism spending in the U.S. in February jumped 14 percent, or $1.6 billion, over February 2011. February’s international tourism spending was $13.3 billion.

 

Year to date, U.S. tourism-related activities have grown more than 11 percent.

 

Fares received by U.S. carriers and U.S. vessel operators from international visitors increased more than 16 percent to $3.1 billion for the month, an increase of nearly $435 million when compared to last year and a mere $175 million shy of breaking the record set in August 2011.

Hot Topics Full Text
ACI-NA Files Underground Storage Tank Comments

While supportive of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to write clear, consistent and technically-feasible standards for airport hydrant systems, ACI-NA on Monday submitted comments opposing the EPA’s proposed revisions to its underground storage tank regulations.

 

ACI-NA suggested that the agency work with industry stakeholders to develop more tailored and appropriate standards to address concerns about potential leakage. This industry-specific approach would allow time for more effective and well thought through systems, even if it slightly delayed EPA’s effort to replace long-standing, existing regulations.

 

The comments emphasized that airports have instituted strong compliance programs through lease agreements to prevent fuel spills and leaks. Airports recognize that a significant fuel leak resulting from any party’s failed oversight can cause serious environmental problems, but also can have adverse financial and technical impacts on future airport construction projects due to any contaminated soil.

 

Additionally, ACI-NA’s comments requested that EPA clarify and modify its proposal to replace the “wastewater treatment tank systems” deferral so that any new regulations do not impact an airport’s Clean Water Act compliance programs. 

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Katherine Preston for more information.

The Ides of April

Centerlines Blog posted April 17 by Jane Calderwood
“April is the cruelest month” or so TS Elliot wrote in The Waste Land.  We know that is true for the American taxpayer.  And, April 2012 has turned out to be no picnic for the General Services Administration and the Secret Service.

 

Congress returned to D.C. this week after a two-week break but House members won’t have much time to settle back in as they start a two-weeks-in-one-week-off schedule for the next two-and-a-half months before moving to a four-day/week for four weeks in July with five weeks off in August.  They come back to work for a total of 13 days in September and October combined. Nice work if you can get it. Centerlines Blog posting.

ACI-NA to Host Revenue Enhancement Strategies Webinar

Next Wednesday afternoon, the ACI-NA Finance Committee will host a free webinar on Revenue Enhancement Strategies, the sixth in its best practice series.

 

The webinar will have two presenters, Sebastian Tonkin, co-founder and CEO of Cloud Nine Media, and Jeremiah Wise, treasurer of Indianapolis Airport Authority. Tonkin will look at passenger Wi-Fi sponsorship and revenue opportunities available for airports. Wise will provide examples on how airports are utilizing airport land for commercial development and generating significant new revenue.

 

The one-hour webinar is scheduled for April 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

 

Attendees can earn one CPE credit by participating in this event.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Aneil Patel for more information.

Runway Safety Council Reviews Several Airport-Related Issues

Could GPS trackers be coming to airport vehicles soon? The FAA is now considering two advisory circulars which would require airports to equip their vehicles on the airfield movement area with GPS locator devices, according to discussions at the April 4 meeting of the FAA Runway Safety Council.

 

The council recommended that airports should consider installing GPS-based airfield moving map displays with alerting capabilities in their vehicles operating on movement areas. FAA Office of Airports staff reported they are pursuing both low-cost and higher-cost options.

 

A low-cost GPS unit, undergoing testing at the FAA Technical Center, incorporates airfield mapping, overlays of the runway safety areas, and alerting. An advisory circular for this option is being finalized.

 

The higher-cost option utilizes ADS-B and ASDE-X technologies with a squitter for each vehicle. This provides a display for the drivers showing aircraft and other vehicles in relation to their own position and also shows the vehicle information on the controller display. An advisory circular has been issued for this option for only those airports that currently are equipped with ASDE radars. The Office of Airports is investigating a bulk purchase the units to lower costs for airports.

 

Also discussed was a new FAA requirement that air traffic controllers take a mandatory airfield tour as part of initial controller training. As a result, airports may see increased requests for air traffic controllers to receive airfield movement area familiarization tours. The change is a result of a series of recommendation in several investigations of runway incursions where controllers underestimated the difficulty of taxi instructions on complex airfields at night, during low visibility operations or during construction.

 

Also, the council recommended that all airports should review their procedures for responding to wildlife in active airfield and airspace to the degree that any responding vehicles have two people – the driver and a spotter. As a result of a runway incursion into the movement area by a vehicle after the driver who lost situational awareness while pursuing an elk, the Office of Airports is considering this issue in its revision to AC 150/5200-33B, Hazardous Wildlife Attractants on or Near Airports.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Debby McElroy or Dick Marchi for more information.o

TRB Offering Free Webinar on Runway Safety Practices

The Transportation Research Board on May 10 at 1 p.m. will host a free webinar highlighting best practices on ramp and runway safety based on recent research completed by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. The two-hour event requires advance registration.

 

Three presenters – C. Daniel Prather, Prather Airport Solutions; Joanne Landry, Landry Consultants; and Colleen Quinn, Ricondo & Associates – will discuss the current state of ground handling practices, including inspection for foreign object debris and damage; ramp safety measures and training; and use of towbarless tractors. The FAA’s Freddie James will moderate the webinar.

 

Three ACRP reports are shaping this webinar:

After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent. No professional development hours will be awarded for this session.

 

Contact TRB’s Reggie Gillum for more information.

 
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