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ACI-NA 2010
Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Frank R. Miller
Chairman
Aviation Director
San Antonio Aviation Department
San Antonio

 

Thella Bowens
First Vice Chair
President/CEO
San Diego County
Regional Airport Authority
San Diego

 

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

 

Mark Reis
Secretary-Treasurer
Aviation Director
Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport
Seattle

 

G. Hardy Acree
Immediate Past Chairman
Director of Airports
Sacramento County Airport System
Sacramento

 

William Restall
President & CEO
Saskatoon Airport
Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

ACI-NA President
Greg Principato

 

Directors
Iftikhar Ahmad

Director of Aviation
New Orleans
Aviation Board
New Orleans

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver Department
of Aviation
Denver

Laddie E. Irion
Vice President/Director,
Air Transportation
URS
Tampa

Bernard Leblanc
President/CEO
Saint John
Airport Authority
St. John, N.B.

Bradley S. Livingston
Airport Director
Dane County
Regional Airport
Madison, Wis.

John Martin
Airport Director
San Francisco Airport Commission
San Francisco

Lloyd McCoomb
President/CEO
Greater Toronto
Airports Authority

Toronto

Richard McConnell
Airport Director
Boise Airport
Boise

John Mok
CEO
Kenton County Airport Board
Cincinnati

Brad Penrod
Executive Director/CEO
Allegheny County
Airport Authority
Pittsburgh

Raul Regalado
President & CEO
Metropolitan Nashville
Airport Authority
Nashville

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

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

Susan M. Stevens
Director of Airports
Charleston International Airport
Charleston, S.C.

Elsie Rast-Stuart
Commissioner
Columbia Metropolitan
Airport
Columbia, S.C.

Jim Trout
Commissioner
Glacier Park International Airport
Kalispell, Mont.

William Vanecek
Director of Aviation
Buffalo Niagara
International Airport
Buffalo

Russ Widmar
Director of Aviation
City of Fresno
Fresno, Calif.

2010 World Business
Partners/ Associates
Board of Directors
 

Executive Committee

Steven T. Baldwin
Chair
Senior Vice President
The Louis Berger Group
Albany

Kitty P. Freidheim
Vice Chair
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

Laddie E. Irion
Immediate Past Chair
Vice President/Director, Air Transportation
URS
Tampa

G. Hardy Acree
ACI-NA Board Liaison
Director of Airports
Sacramento County Airport System
Sacramento

Directors 

Roddy L. Boggus
Senior Vice President/Aviation Market Leader
Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
Dallas

Paul Bowers
Publisher
Airport Improvement Magazine
Brookfield, Wis.

Armen DerHohannesian
General Manager
Armen DerHohannesian & Associates
Hampton, N.H.

Kevin Dolliole
Senior Vice President
Unison Consulting
Chicago

Bruce Feuer
Vice President, Business Development
The Paradies Shops
Atlanta

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

Kurt Krummenacker
Assistant Vice President/Analyst
Moody's Investors Service
New York

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

Keith Thompson
Principal
Gensler
Newport Beach, Calif.

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

 
     
     
 
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Hot Topics
Dysfunction Junction

Perhaps it is a sign of age, or maybe it’s the notorious D.C. summer heat, but watching the House and Senate, something I’ve been doing for over a quarter of a century, I get the urge to lock them all up in a room – perhaps that nice auditorium they built in the Capitol Visitors Center – and make them watch 1975’s School House Rock.

Impacting Airports: The FAA Shutdown

ACI-NA has kept the pressure on Congress to pass a “clean” extension of the FAA operating authority. In the wake of the lapse of authority Friday night, ACI-NA has been in touch with congressional staffers, airport directors and the news media.

Do As I Say…

Posted on Centerlines Blog on July 25 by Jane Calderwood
On July 14, the Air Transport Association issued a statement opposing any increase in aviation passenger taxes.  According to ATA CEO Nick Calio, “The industry already pays more than its fair share of taxes…” He did, to his credit, go on to point out that it is the passenger who pays the taxes, not the airline.

ACI-NA 20th Annual Conference's Host Airport Tours

San Diego International Airport’s Terminals to Tarmac Tour – the behind-the-scenes adventure will give you a greater understanding of San Diego International Airport operations and plans for future growth and improvements, including the Green Build, the Terminal 2 $1 billion dollar expansion program now underway. The Oct. 20 tour includes airport and airfield, including up-close looks at the runway, endangered species areas and public art. Tours are two hours long. The ACI-NA 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held Oct. 16-19 in San Diego with pre-conference seminars on Oct. 15-16.

Airports Have Until Aug. 12 to Update FAA on AIP

On Tuesday, the FAA posted a Federal Register notice requiring all airports eligible to receive entitlement funding under the Airport Improvement Program to decide by Aug. 12 if they intend to use their FY2011 entitlement funding or convert it to carry-over funding.

ACI-NA Supports Effort to Improve DBE Concession Regulations

ACI-NA on Tuesday submitted comments generally supporting a proposed DOT/FAA rule designed to improve the administration of the disadvantaged business enterprise program for airport concessions. ACI-NA and its Business Diversity Committee offered some suggestions that have the potential to clarify the government’s guidance.

Global Entry Kiosks Coming to Four Canadian Airports

On Tuesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that Global Entry kiosks are now available at Vancouver International Airport and Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International Airport.  The Global Entry kiosks will be available at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Toronto’s Lester Pearson International Airport by September. 

New Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrians Released

On Tuesday, the U.S. Access Board released its proposal for new rules outlining the required accommodations for pedestrians in public right-of-ways.

Events On Approach

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Airport Case Study
What can airports do better to prepare for and recover from natural disasters? What are the lessons learned? This airport panel shares their experiences in planning, preparing and recovering from natural disasters. This session will take place on Aug. 30 at 1:10 p.m. at the
Public Safety and Security Fall Conference on Aug. 29- Sept. 1 in Arlington, Va.

Aug. 11 is the last day for the early bird registration discount and the special group rate of $189 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City. Call the hotel directly at (703) 415-5000 to reserve your room.

The Airport Concessions Conference Agenda Expands
The 2011 Airport Concession Conference, Nov. 7-10, has just posted a new agenda. This year’s conference will be held at the Loews Atlanta. This event provides the perfect opportunity to network with other airport concessions colleagues! In addition to networking opportunities, this all-in-one conference offers the latest in retail and restaurant design, merchandising trends, and much more.

Oct.14 is the last day for the early bird registration discount and the special group rate of $160 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Call the hotel directly at (888) 563-9736 to reserve your room.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Business Information Technology Committee

ACI-NA’s Business Information Technology Committee examines new and emerging technologies for their applicability to airport systems and examines how existing systems can be improved to better serve both the internal airport system needs as well as the needs of ACI-NA's customers. Some focus areas include airport information management systems, operations automation systems, private and public communication services, computer networking, intranet and Internet, system design and the application of new technology.

 

The BIT Committee will be hosting a pre-conference seminar on Oct. 15 & 16, prior to the start of the ACI-NA’s 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition, in San Diego. Sessions will include an update on the US Passenger Self-Tagging Trials, a session on Keys to Successful Enterprise Asset Management Systems, an update on Cyber-Security at Airports, a discussion on Successful Outsourcing at Airports, and a continued conversation on Payment Card Industry – Data Card Security Standards

 

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

 

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

Industry News

Airport Group Opposes FAA Safety Plans
Aviation International News, July 26, By Curt Epstein
Opposing comments filed by the ACI-NA in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule. In its letter to the FAA, ACI-NA listed several concerns, ranging from an unrealistic timetable for the SMS implementation to the FAA’s “apparent lack of consideration of serious liability and data protection issues,” which the organization claims could “seriously undermine the effectiveness of airport SMS.”

Analysts Have Doubts About Eagle's Viability
Star-Telegram, July 24, By Andra Ahles
After several years of talking about pushing American Eagle out of the nest, AMR Corp. is preparing to let go of the regional carrier. Last week, the Fort Worth-based firm announced that it will spin off American Eagle to its shareholders.

The Odd Case of Taxpayer Subsidies to Small Airports
Portfolio, July, 27, By Joe Brancatelli
The Essential Air Service program, created in 1978 to ease the transition of rural airports and small communities to a deregulated airline system was supposed to expire in 10 years. But more than 30 years later, it's still with us and costs taxpayers nearly $200 million a year. According to DOT records, about 140 communities and airports receive federal subsidies. The money is paid to airlines and, in exchange, they agree to fly into airports.

Departure Fees Will Increase at Edmonton Airport
Edmonton Journal, July 26, By Lana Cuthbertson
Departure fees will increase to $25 at the Edmonton International Airport starting in the New Year. The fee, called an airport improvement fee, will increase $5 to $25. The money goes toward airport expansion and improvement. EIA has been working on building a new terminal and the money will be applied to the new project.

aci-na.org
Blog: This Shouldn't Come as a Surprise

On Monday, ACI-NA President Greg posted a blog, This Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise, taking the airlines to task for raising their fares to match the no-longer-charged FAA ticket tax. In the 3-plus years of Greg’s blog, this posting has set several records:

A follow-up blog was posted Wednesday afternoon, in which Greg urged Congress to act now on extending the FAA and end tax being paid to the airlines.

Training

Passengers with Disabilities and Reduced Mobility Awareness Training
Disability and Reduced Mobility Awareness Training is now mandatory for all airport customer service and passenger handling staff under the Air Carrier Access Act. This new online course has been developed in partnership with the Open Doors Organization and provides participants with an awareness of, and appropriate responses to, customers with physical, sensory, mental, and hidden disabilities, as well as those using service animals. Cost: $95. For more information: enrolments@olc.aero

 

Airport Enterprise Risk Management
This five-day session takes managers and leaders beyond the confines of their individual projects or functional areas, and helps us understand risk in the bigger picture. Then we can see where our team fits. Dates: Sept. 12-16; Montréal; Cost: $1,400. For more information: training@aci.aero

 

Airport Safety Management System Implementation
This course has been designed to provide participants with necessary and sufficient training that will enable airport professionals to plan develop and implement a Safety Management System and further, to manage the system once implemented. Dates: Oct. 3-7; Montréal; Cost: $1,400. For more information: training@aci.aero

 

Airline Management for Airport Professionals
The principle objectives of this course are to provide a broad overview of the airline industry and to create awareness of the underlying marketing, financial, operational and competitive factors influencing airline viability. Dates: Oct. 24-28; Montréal; Cost: $1,400. For more information: training@aci.aero

Info Desk
May Sets Record for International Visitor Spending in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday announced that international visitors spent a record-breaking $12.6 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of May - $1.4 billion more (12 percent) than was spent in May 2010 - marking the 17th straight month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports. Travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, nearly $1.4 billion a month in 2011.

 

Americans have spent nearly $44.5 billion abroad year to date (up 6 percent) - resulting in a $16.5 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the first five months of 2011.

Hot Topics Full Text
Dysfunction Junction

Perhaps it is a sign of age, or maybe it’s the notorious D.C. summer heat, but watching the House and Senate, something I’ve been doing for over a quarter of a century, I get the urge to lock them all up in a room – perhaps that nice auditorium they built in the Capitol Visitors Center – and make them watch 1975’s School House Rock.

 

I'm just a bill.
Yes, I'm only a bill.
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill.

 

Yes, I said School House Rock. I’d start them off with “I’m Just a Bill” because when it comes to the FAA reauthorization, I think they need a bit of a reminder about how the system was designed to work. Even more so this week with 4,000 FAA workers furloughed, the aviation trust fund losing an estimated $200 million a week in uncollected taxes and the airlines reaping $25 million a day by taking advantage of the lapse in taxes to raise fares.  But I digress. 

 

And I'll sit here and wait
While a few key Congressmen discuss and debate
Whether they should let me be a law.

 

Way back in 2007 (four years, more than 1,400 days ago, not that we’re counting) Congress let the last FAA reauthorization expire. Since that time two Congress’ have passed legislation but failed to get it to the president’s desk. And, we’ve had 20 extensions of FAA’s operating authority – five alone this fiscal year. And yet, we find ourselves today in a situation where the FAA doesn’t even have the authority to operate! Given all the practice Congress has had with FAA extensions, you wouldn’t think this should be all that problematic.

 

But how I hope and I pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.

 

And, it’s not just the FAA that’s got problems. We’re just two months away from the beginning of the fiscal year (Oct. 1) and Congress has yet to complete work on any of the 12 annual appropriations bills (this has a familiar ring to it). And the debt ceiling needs to be lifted, yet we are no further ahead on that front than we were when former Sen. Alan Simpson and former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowels sent up their deficit commission report last December. Since then, we’ve had Vice President Joe Biden’s two month effort working with members of both chambers to reach agreement; the Gang of Six (then five when Sen. Coburn, R-Okla., dropped out, now back to six as of last week); a joint effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); and one-on-one negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

 

All these reports, commissions, plans and meetings haven’t produced anything useful to date – more people have walked out of these meeting than ever walked out of any junior high dance.  The only thing they’ve managed to accomplish, to date, is to make the rest of the world sit back and scratch their heads at our antics and give the economic types indigestion as they seriously question the credit worthiness of the U.S. government.

 

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley summed it up rather succinctly this Sunday in an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press when he noted that while Americans did vote last November for divided government, they “did not vote for dysfunctional government.” 

 

On second thought, maybe I should make Congress watch “Three Ring Circus” which is, unfortunately, exactly what it feels like in Washington these days.

 

Talkin' about the government and how it's arranged,
Divided in three like a circus.
Ring one, Executive,
Two is Legislative, that's Congress.
Ring three, Judiciary.
See it's kind of like my circus, circus.

 

(“I’m Just a Bill” music and lyrics by Dave Frishberg)

 

(Three Ring Circus music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens)

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Jane Calderwood for more information.

Impacting Airports: The FAA Shutdown

ACI-NA has kept the pressure on Congress to pass a “clean” extension of the FAA operating authority. In the wake of the lapse of authority Friday night, ACI-NA has been in touch with congressional staffers, airport directors and the news media.

 

In an effort to highlight the impact of the shutdown, ACI-NA has solicited from member airports any “local impact” stories about their operations. In turn in interviews with national and trade press, ACI-NA has pointed to these local incidents and examples of the impact on operations and jobs.

 

Armed with this information, ACI-NA has been tweeting since last Friday “broadcasting” these incidents to the policy makers, including congressional representatives, and the news media that follow the ACI-NA (#airportscouncil) twitter account.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Jane Calderwood for more information.

Do As I Say…

Posted on Centerlines Blog on July 25 by Jane Calderwood
On July 14, the Air Transport Association issued a statement opposing any increase in aviation passenger taxes.  According to ATA CEO Nick Calio, “The industry already pays more than its fair share of taxes…” He did, to his credit, go on to point out that it is the passenger who pays the taxes, not the airline.

 

And, the airlines have never been shy about opposing any change in the Passenger Facility Charge – again a fee paid by the passenger – even though the airlines make money off the collection of the PFC - claiming the price of tickets is so inelastic that any increase, no matter how small, would hurt the industry. This opposition comes despite the fact the PFC is used for projects like rehabbing or building new terminals and expanding or building new runways, taxiways and ramps -all of which benefit the airlines. Centerlines Blog posting.

ACI-NA 20th Annual Conference's Host Airport Tours

San Diego International Airport’s Terminals to Tarmac Tour – the behind-the-scenes adventure will give you a greater understanding of San Diego International Airport operations and plans for future growth and improvements, including the Green Build, the Terminal 2 $1 billion dollar expansion program now underway. The Oct. 20 tour includes airport and airfield, including up-close looks at the runway, endangered species areas and public art. Tours are two hours long. The ACI-NA 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held Oct. 16-19 in San Diego with pre-conference seminars on Oct. 15-16.

 

If you are an airport leader, airport employee, government representative, industry service provider and partner, student or any professional interested in learning about aviation trends, you don’t want to miss top-quality educational sessions on topics of importance to the airport industry planned by ACI-NA members and staff professionals, featuring key industry speakers.

 

Registration for ACI-NA 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition is now open. The ACI-NA member registration rates are again frozen at 2009 rates.

 

The 1,360-room San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is the host hotel and is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. The ACI-NA discount rate for the event is $269. Online room reservation is also now available.

Airports Have Until Aug. 12 to Update FAA on AIP

On Tuesday, the FAA posted a Federal Register notice requiring all airports eligible to receive entitlement funding under the Airport Improvement Program to decide by Aug. 12 if they intend to use their FY2011 entitlement funding or convert it to carry-over funding.

 

If an airport elects to convert its entitlements to carry-over, it will be unavailable until Oct. 1, the start of the new federal fiscal year. If an airport fails to notify the appropriate regional or airports district office by Aug. 12, entitlements will be automatically converted to carry-over funding.

 

This notice does not apply to non-primary airports covered by the block-grant program. In light of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the AIP program, FAA has extended that deadline for submitting a grant application from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s A.J. Muldoon for more information.

ACI-NA Supports Effort to Improve DBE Concession Regulations

ACI-NA on Tuesday submitted comments generally supporting a proposed DOT/FAA rule designed to improve the administration of the disadvantaged business enterprise program for airport concessions. ACI-NA and its Business Diversity Committee offered some suggestions that have the potential to clarify the government’s guidance.

 

In the proposal released May 27, DOT/FAA would extend rules adopted earlier this year (Part 26) to the airport concessions DBE program.

 

ACI-NA suggested changes to the government’s efforts to remove barriers to participation due to duplicative certification requirements imposed by different states. For example, ACI-NA suggested that additional guidance on a provision which provides that a DBE firm’s certification not be denied solely on the basis that it is a newly formed firm, has not completed projects or contracts at the time of its application, has not yet realized profits from its activities, or has demonstrated a potential for success, is needed to ensure that the provision is applied in a consistent manner. 

 

Another area needing clarification is the proposed $3 million exemption from personal net worth for assets used as collateral for a business loan.

 

Citing concerns raised by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ACI-NA also suggested that one proposed provision would increase the waiting time between the submission of program goals and the execution of concession agreements for new concessions opportunities. ACI-NA encouraged the DOT/FAA to consider the costs and benefits of this provision and modify so it would not be burdensome to administer.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Monica Hargrove for more information.

Global Entry Kiosks Coming to Four Canadian Airports

On Tuesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that Global Entry kiosks are now available at Vancouver International Airport and Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International Airport.  The Global Entry kiosks will be available at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Toronto’s Lester Pearson International Airport by September. 

 

These kiosks at Canadian preclearance airports are the result of CBP integrating its Global Entry and NEXUS trusted traveler programs. Global Entry participants can use the kiosks at these four airports when departing Canada for the United States. NEXUS participants may use either the Global Entry or NEXUS kiosks in those preclearance airports.  

 

ACI-NA is a strong proponent of CBP’s Global Entry and NEXUS programs and the integration of these programs, which facilitate travel and trade.

 

The Global Entry program streamlines the U.S. international arrivals process for preapproved air travelers through the use of self-service kiosks. Entry kiosks also are available at 20 U.S. airports. The program is open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and Mexican citizens as well as citizens of the Netherlands under a special reciprocal agreement. Canadian citizens may participate through their NEXUS membership. NEXUS is the joint Canada/U.S trusted traveler program for U.S. and Canadian citizens and residents which provides expedited processing for its members traveling by air (only at Canadian preclearance airports), land and sea between Canada and the United States.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Diane Peterson or A.J. Muldoon for more information.

New Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrians Released

On Tuesday, the U.S. Access Board released its proposal for new rules outlining the required accommodations for pedestrians in public right-of-ways.

 

The proposed guidelines impacts state and local governments. Comments are due on Nov. 23. Once the Access Board finalizes the guidelines, the guidelines will not be mandatory until implemented as enforceable standards by other agencies such as the Transportation and Justice departments. 

 

The proposed guidelines address access to public streets and sidewalks in the public right-of-way.  Provisions in the guidelines address pedestrian access routes (including sidewalks, street crossings, curb ramps, blended transitions, medians, traffic islands, overpasses, underpasses, and bridges), detectable warning surfaces, pedestrian signals, roundabouts, on-street parking, passenger loading zones, transit stops and shelters, and street furniture. The proposed guidelines also require accessible passenger loading zones every 100 feet of continuous loading zone space. 

 

Design guides and manuals on accessible public rights-of-ways and information gathered in the

course of this rulemaking are available on the board's website as interim resources until these guidelines are completed.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s James Briggs for further information.

 
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