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Airports Council International-North America
is the "Voice of Airports" representing local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. ACI-NA Associate members represent a wide variety of businesses that provide products and services to the aviation and airport industry.

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2012-2013
Board of Directors
Executive Committee


David N. Edwards, Jr.

Chairman
President & CEO
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

Mark M. Reis
First Vice Chairman
Managing Director
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

James C. Cherry
Second Vice Chairman
President & CEO
Aéroports de Montréal

Maureen Riley
Secretary-Treasurer
Executive Director
Salt Lake City Department of Airports

Thella F. Bowens
Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Greg Principato
President
ACI-NA

Directors
Robert M. Ball

Executive Director
Lee County Port Authority
Fort Myers, Fla.

Lew Bleiweis
Airport Director
Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Asheville, N.C.

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver International Airport
Denver

Marilynne Day-Linton
Chair of the Board
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Toronto

Mario Christopher Diaz
Director of Aviation
Houston Airport System
Houston

Howard Eng
President & CEO
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Toronto

Deborah Ale Flint
Director of Aviation
Port of Oakland
Oakland

Kitty P. Freidheim
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

John Gibson
President & CEO
Prince George Airport Authority
Prince George, B.C.

Herbert H. Hilliard
Commissioner
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Memphis, Tenn.

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

Mario Rodriguez
Director
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, Calif.

Tom Ruth
President & CEO
Halifax International Airport Authority
Halifax, N.S.

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

Marsha A. Stone
Senior Director of Finance
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Indianapolis

Paul J. Wiedefeld
Executive Director
Maryland Aviation Administration
Baltimore


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 & 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
Greg Goes on Tour, Holiday Travel Tips in Tow
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, ACI-NA President Greg Principato conducted a national TV and radio outreach tour to raise awareness of the important role that airports play in ensuring holiday travelers have a great passenger experience. Through this media outreach, ACI-NA reached nearly 4 million people, sharing the message that airports are ready to meet the needs and expectations of travelers this holiday season! He also suggested that passengers check the airline and airport website before leaving home – for tips about road conditions, parking availability, security wait times and weather issues. Also to “pack your patience” as lots of people traveling over the holiday may not be familiar with TSA rules or airline travel procedures.
Principato Applauds House Approval of 'The No-Hassle Flying Act'
ACI-NA President Greg Principato issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval today of the Senate’s version of the No Hassle Flying Act of 2012, which gives the TSA discretion to determine whether checked baggage on a pre-cleared flight must be rescreened:
ACI-NA Seeking Comments on New FAA Wildlife Hazard Proposals
Since the last edition of Centerlines Update, the FAA has issued four draft documents regarding wildlife hazard management at airports. 
Deadline Nears for 2012 ACI-NA Compensation and Benefits
Jan. 11 is the final deadline to participate in the 5th Edition of the ACI-NA Compensation and Benefits Survey. The data will be available to participating airports in February.
Operational Wifi Webinar Available for Viewing
On Nov. 28, the ACI-NA Business Information Technology Committee hosted a webinar on operational wifi implementation at airports.  Speakers from Boeing, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport and Advanced Wireless Group, LLC addressed a wide variety of topics on operational wifi. As was stated on the call, if committee members would like to continue the conversation please take your questions to the BIT Committee's Discussion Forum.
Digital Centerlines Released
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The digital edition of the December Centerlines magazine is now available online. The digital edition has links to a number of videos that enhance the cover story on concessions as well videos from the Annual Conference in Calgary. There other resource links exclusive to the digital edition.
Taking a Break
Centerlines Update will not be published on Dec. 26. Keeping with its twice-a-month publishing schedule, the next edition will be on Jan. 9. In addition, ACI-NA’s Daily Clips will not be published from Dec. 24-31. It will resume publication on Jan. 2.
ACI-NA Goes Mobile
ACI-NA member communications are now available through a convenient mobile portal, optimized for browsing on any smartphone, tablet, or other Web-enabled mobile device. You can save a shortcut to the ACI-NA mobile portal on your home screen for one-click access.
Events On Approach

Customer Service Seminar: Branding Customer Service at Your Airport
At the
Customer Service Seminar, Jan. 22-24 on Amelia Island, Fla., we will explore ideas and innovative ways to brand and take ownership of your airport’s customer service program and offerings that leave the customer appreciative of what you, the airport operator delivers in the customer service arena.

Dec. 31 is the last day to receive the early bird registration rate.

Registration Open: Public Safety and Security Spring
and Operations and Technical Affairs Conferences

The Public Safety & Security Spring Conference will be held concurrently with the Operations and Technical Affairs Conference, March 5-7 at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Fla.. This conferences enables airport safety, security, operations, planning, and engineering professionals to come together in one industry-leading forum. Join fellow airport and industry leaders for informative and in-depth discussions with senior government executives on some of the most critical safety, security and operational issues facing airports today.

Feb. 8 is the last day to receive the early bird registration rate and special group rate of $214 at Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg. Call the hotel directly at 727-894-1000.

Register for AirCargo 2013 Conference
The AirCargo 2013 Conference on March 10-12 in Las Vegas is the premier annual trade show and conference for the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association, the Airforwarders Association, the Express Delivery & Logistics Association, and ACI-NA, which co-host this conference as a service to the industry. The conference agenda includes a diverse educational program for attendees, outstanding business opportunities for exhibitors and excellent corporate exposure for sponsors. Each year, AirCargo brings together a virtual “who’s who” of the industry within the express delivery, air freight forwarding and expedited motor carrier industries.

Feb. 7 is the last day to receive the early bird rate and special group rate of $175 at The Red Rock Resort. Call the hotel directly at (702) 797-7777.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Risk Management Committee

The role of the ACI-NA Risk Management Committee serves as the forum for discussing airport risk management issues including loss control and prevention, airport insurance agreements, regulatory requirements, and enterprise risk management, as well as airport safety issues and other important insurance-related topics.

 

The committee is currently revamping its work plan for 2013 and will focus on one to two committee projects.  Plausible project idea includes: Workers Compensation Survey and Insurance Benchmarking Survey.

 

With two existing members rolling off the steering group, the Risk Management Steering Group will include new faces from newly elected members and will encompass a diverse array of risk management specialist.

 

Additionally, the committee has overhauled its conference topic and selection process.  The new process guidelines will be distributed to all committee members thus allowing for more transparency and participation from its members.

Last but not least, the 2013 Risk Management Conference will be on Jan. 9-11 at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  New for the conference is pictures of attendees (for those that submit); doing so will allow for better networking purposes to all conference attendees.  Make sure to register today if you are interested in the areas of risk management.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Nelson Lam for more information.

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

People on the Move

New ACI-NA Webmaster
Alex Sittig joined ACI-NA today as its new webmaster.  Sittig brings a great deal of depth to this position, and has worked in the association field for several years, including the Business-Higher Education Forum, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.  He brings a unique skill set that will help us advance our communications, marketing, and outreach activities through the development of our web content and other electronic communications.

John Van Etten
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City recently hired John Van Etten as the new deputy police chief. For the past eight years, Van Etten was the police chief for the Panama City Police Department.

Anthony H. Griffin
Anthony H. Griffin has joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors. Prior to his retirement, he served 13 years as the county executive of Fairfax County and he is now a faculty member at George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs.

Harris Miller Miller & Hanson
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson’s board of directors appointed CEO Mary Ellen Eagan as chairman. Ted Baldwin was appointed vice chair of the board. The board also appointed Diana Wasiuk as chief operating officer, a new position at HMMH.


 

From the Members ...

Miami Wins One of 34 Knight Challenge Grants
Miami International Airport was named one of 34 winners in the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami, sponsored by the Knight Foundation. The airport was chosen from more than 1,100 applications to receive a $40,000 grant that will help fund music performances and visual art presentations inside the airport through 2014.

Lufthansa Brings Boeing 747-8 to LAX
Lufthansa initiated commercial service Monday of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental along the airline’s Frankfurt to Los Angeles route. LAX is just the second destination in the U.S. and fourth in the world designated for service of the new jumbo jet.

GS&P to Develop Sustainability Management Plan for Gulfport
Under an FAA grant, Gresham, Smith and Partners will assist Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in developing a short-term sustainability management plan and a long-term sustainability master plan.

Landmark Acquires FBO at Teterboro
Landmark Aviation has signed an agreement to acquire First Aviation Services, the premier fixed based operation at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, N.J.. The acquisition is expected to close by year end.

HMSHost and PGA Tour Partner to Create New Restaurants
HMSHost and the PGA Tour have entered into a multi-year licensing partnership to create PGA Tour Grill Restaurant. Plans include the development of multiple locations in the first four years that can be customized to reflect local PGA Tour tournaments and TPC Golf Courses.

‘The Bay’ Coming to Vancouver
LS travel retail North America is opening the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company Store in Vancouver International Airport. The 1,040 square foot location will be branded The Hudson Bay Trading Post.

LS Travel Awarded Two Stores in Victoria
As part of Victoria International Airport’s Airport Revitalization Project, LS travel retail North America will create two stores specifically for the airport: the 1,450 square foot Harbour Walk Shops & Duty Free and the pre-security Breakwater Boutique.

Shula’s Bar&Grill Open in Jacksonville
Global restaurateur HMSHost and the former coach Don Shula recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Shula’s Bar&Grill at Jacksonville International Airport. The opening marks the fourth airport location for Shula’s.

HMSHost’s Mobile App Now in Phoenix
HMSHost launched mobile app B4 You Board at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The app reaches Phoenix just in time for HMSHost’s opening of several new restaurants.

 

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Blog: An Industry Veteran Has It Right
In his
most recent blog, ACI-NA President Greg Principato notes that a long-time airline employee recently expressed concern about the airline industry's initiative to enact a National Airline Policy rather than a National Aviation Policy.  How can we leave out all the other sectors, he wondered?  Where would this kind of approach leave us? On the outside, looking in, he guessed.
 
New Research Posted
Airport Ground Support Equipment Emission Reduction Strategies, Inventory, and Tutorial: This Airport Cooperative Research Program project is designed to help assess and mitigate the contribution of ground support equipment to air quality impacts at airports. The report presents an inventory at airports, identifies potential strategies to reduce emissions from powered GSE, and provides a tutorial that describes GSE operations and emission reduction technologies for use by GSE owners and operators. The tutorial is a user-friendly, interactive, self-paced, stand-alone tool that is designed to provide a better understanding of GSE, its operations, applicable federal environmental regulations, and potential approaches to reduce GSE emissions.

Info Desk
Memphis Has Best On-Time Scores in November

 

 

For the first time since January, Memphis International Airport had the best on-time rank for departures, according to data compiled by FlightStats. In November, Memphis’ flights departed on time 89.8 percent of the time. With this mark, Memphis broke a three-month streak by Salt Lake City International Airport.

 

Salt Lake and Tampa International Airport finished tenths of a point behind Memphis. In all, 2.12 point separated Memphis with tenth place finisher, Cincinnati.

 

Memphis also finished first in arrival statistics with a 90.12 percent on-time arrival rate. November is the fourth time in 2012 that Memphis finished first in this category. The last time was April.

 

For November, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport finished second at 90.11 percent. In October, Salt Lake also had the best on-time marks for its arriving flights with a score of 91.7 percent.

 

FlightStats each month surveys the 60 largest airports in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for this exclusive ACI-NA report.

Hot Topics Full Text
Greg Goes on Tour, Holiday Travel Tips in Tow

In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, ACI-NA President Greg Principato conducted a national TV and radio outreach tour to raise awareness of the important role that airports play in ensuring holiday travelers have a great passenger experience. Through this media outreach, ACI-NA reached nearly 4 million people, sharing the message that airports are ready to meet the needs and expectations of travelers this holiday season! He also suggested that passengers check the airline and airport website before leaving home – for tips about road conditions, parking availability, security wait times and weather issues. Also to “pack your patience” as lots of people traveling over the holiday may not be familiar with TSA rules or airline travel procedures.

 

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On the morning news in Fort Myers, Fla.

In addition to providing holiday travel tips, Greg also highlighted some of the unique amenities and services recorded in the 2012 Passenger Services Survey. This bi-yearly survey captures the exceptional services and amenities that our members offer the millions of diverse passengers passing through their facilities each year.

 

TV interviews have aired in Bakersfield, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Myers, Greensboro, Huntsville, Monroe, Raleigh and Rockford.

 

Radio interview markets include: Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Little Rock, Richmond, Roanoke, Sacramento, Savannah, and Seattle.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Morgan Dye for more information.

Principato Applauds House Approval of 'The No-Hassle Flying Act'

ACI-NA President Greg Principato issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval today of the Senate’s version of the No Hassle Flying Act of 2012, which gives the TSA discretion to determine whether checked baggage on a pre-cleared flight must be rescreened:

 

“We applaud the House’s affirmation of the No Hassle Flying Act.

 

“ACI-NA has tirelessly led a multi-year effort to eliminate the unnecessary and duplicative rescreening of checked baggage arriving into the United States from pre-clearance airports. Congress is to be commended for their attention to this and other risk-based security initiatives that allow TSA’s resources to be used more effectively and efficiently. It is our hope that the President will quickly sign this important legislation into law.”

ACI-NA Seeking Comments on New FAA Wildlife Hazard Proposals

Since the last edition of Centerlines Update, the FAA has issued four draft documents regarding wildlife hazard management at airports. 

 

While ACI-NA is seeking member comment on the three draft advisory circulars, it is very concerned about the impact on general aviation airports if the FAA’s proposed clarification of FAA grant assurances is implemented as drafted.

 

The FAA’s Clarification of Wildlife Hazard Management Requirements for Non-Certified Federally Obligated Airports would require non-certificated airports that accept new Airport Improvement Program airport development grants or accept transfers of land under the Surplus Property Act, to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Site Visit or a Wildlife Hazard Assessment. This notice further clarifies that the FAA will change the language in AIP Grant Assurance No. 19 to include wildlife hazards.

 

ACI-NA is very concerned about the cost and resource impacts because many of these airports are already under significant budget pressures. 

 

While the FAA comment deadline is Jan. 9, those airports wishing to submit comments to ACI-NA for inclusion in its filing should do so by Jan. 2. Members can submit comments directly to the FAA by Jan. 9.

 

Under the proposal, a wildlife hazard assessment would be required for general aviation airports with more than 100 based turbine aircraft or 75,000 operations. This assessment must be completed within three years of the grant and be updated every 10 years.

 

For smaller non-certified airports, a wildlife hazard site visit would be mandated with the length of time required to complete the initial visit greater for progressively smaller airports. All these small airports would be required to update a visit once every five years.

 

The three draft advisory circulars concerning wildlife hazards:

  1. Draft AC 150/5200-32B, Reporting Wildlife Aircraft Strikes

  2. Draft AC 150/5200-XX, Protocol for the Conduct and Review of Wildlife Hazard Site Visits, Wildlife Hazard Assessments, and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans

  3. Draft AC 150/5200-33C, Hazardous Wildlife Attractants on or Near Airports

 

ACI-NA is seeking member comments for inclusion in our consolidated submittal. Comments should be sent by Jan. 18 to be included in the ACI-NA filing.

 

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

Deadline Nears for 2012 ACI-NA Compensation and Benefits

Jan. 11 is the final deadline to participate in the 5th Edition of the ACI-NA Compensation and Benefits Survey. The data will be available to participating airports in February.

 

Western Management Group, an independent consulting firm, has been hired by the ACI-NA Human Resources Committee to develop and conduct an annual compensation survey of positions that are unique to airports.

 

This year the survey will include Canadian airports. In mining data from the completed survey, participants will have the option to combine U.S. and Canada together in the results, or get separate country results. 

 

The 2012 survey includes 94 airport positions including the following new jobs: manager information technology, vice president business development and marketing, supervisor fleet maintenance, asset manager, public safety captain, fire captain and human resources generalist.

 

Contact WMG’s Toni McGrath for more information.

Operational Wifi Webinar Available for Viewing

On Nov. 28, the ACI-NA Business Information Technology Committee hosted a webinar on operational wifi implementation at airports.  Speakers from Boeing, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport and Advanced Wireless Group, LLC addressed a wide variety of topics on operational wifi. As was stated on the call, if committee members would like to continue the conversation please take your questions to the BIT Committee's Discussion Forum.

 

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

Digital Centerlines Released
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The digital edition of the December Centerlines magazine is now available online. The digital edition has links to a number of videos that enhance the cover story on concessions as well videos from the Annual Conference in Calgary. There other resource links exclusive to the digital edition.

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ACI-NA Goes Mobile

ACI-NA member communications are now available through a convenient mobile portal, optimized for browsing on any smartphone, tablet, or other Web-enabled mobile device. You can save a shortcut to the ACI-NA mobile portal on your home screen for one-click access.

 

Find ACI-NA information quickly and easily.

  • Read Centerlines magazine, Centerlines Update, ACI-NA press releases and other important airport news.

  • Browse jobs and conference updates

  • Contact ACI-NA with a handy list of key contacts

Open the ACI-NA Mobile link on your Apple, Blackberry and Android smartphone or tablet and then you can bookmark the mobile site to your home screen. Each device will give you the opportunity to create a bookmark and walk you through the process. More detailed device specific instructions are also available. Send this link to your device to facilitate the installation.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Tom Smith for more information.

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