By Tom Smith During last week’s ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Legislative Conference, while federal officials reviewed their past accomplishments it is worth noting their forward-looking observations on the 2015 FAA reauthorization and the TSA. Participating in the Thursday briefings of airport directors were FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-N.H.), Sen. Dan Coats, (R-Ind.), Rep. […]
By Tom Smith As airports continue an effort to educate Congress to secure billions to fund a backlog of capital projects, two words of advice – localize and personalize. Messaging efforts on the Hill are lost when the focus is on the large numbers. Audiences’ attention span wanes and eyeballs begin to glaze over. The […]
By Tom Smith If there was one crystal clear message on Wednesday at the ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Leadership Conference it was that airports need to do a much better job at telling their story to their home state congressional delegation. A strong supporter of airports and the aviation industry, Sen. Patty Murray, (D-Wash.), told the airport […]
My job here at ACI-NA is to help our member airports gain greater financial flexibility.
By Tom Smith After an airport has that critical first meeting with an airline, such as at ACI-NA’s JumpStart, how much time does the carrier spend fact-checking the airport’s pitch presentation? It depends. During the day-long ACI-NA International Aviation Issues Seminar on Thursday here in Washington, there were a few useful or insightful nuggets […]