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ACI-NA 2010
Board of Directors
Executive Committee

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

 

Frank R. Miller
First Vice Chair
Aviation Director
San Antonio Aviation Department
San Antonio

 

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

 

Thomas J. Kinton, Jr.
Secretary-Treasurer
CEO & Executive Director
Massachusetts
Port Authority
Boston

 

John D. Clark, III
Immediate Past Chairman
CEO
 
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Indianapolis

 

William Restall
Ex-Officio
President & CEO
Saskatoon Airport
Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

Directors

Iftikar Ahmad
Director of Aviation
New Orleans
Aviation Board
New Orleans

 

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver Department
of Aviation
Denver

 

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

 

Robert A. Hazel
Partner
Oliver Wyman
Reston, Va.

 

David Jennings
Commissioner
Charleston County
Aviation Authority
Charleston, S.C.

 

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

 

Richard McConnell
Airport Director
Boise Airport
Boise

 

Reginald K. Milley
President and CEO
Edmonton Regional
Airports Authority
Edmonton, Alberta

 

Brad Penrod
Executive Director/CEO
Allegheny County
Airport Authority
Pittsburgh

 

Raul Regalado
President & CEO
Metropolitan Nashville
Airport Authority
Nashville

 

Mark Reis
Managing Director
Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport
Seattle

 

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

 

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

 

Brian Searles
Director of Aviation
Burlington International
Airport
Burlington, Vt.

 

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

 

William Vanecek
Director of Aviation
Buffalo Niagara
International Airport
Buffalo

 

Mark VanLoh
Director of Aviation
Kansas City
Aviation Department
Kansas City

 

ACI-NA President
Greg Principato 

 

2010 World Business
Partners/ Associates
Board of Directors

 

Executive Committee

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

 

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

Albany

 

Robert A. Hazel
Immediate Past Chair
Partner
Oliver Wyman
Reston
, Va.

 

John D. Clark, III
ACI-NA
Board Liaison
CEO

Indianapolis Airport Authority
Indianapolis

 

Directors 

Roddy L. Boggus
Senior Vice President,
Aviation Market Leader
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Dallas

 

Paul Bowers
Publisher
Airport Improvement Magazine
Brookfield, Wis.
 

Leslie K. Cappetta
President and CEO
SSP America
Lansdowne, Va.

 

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

 

Bruce Feuer
Vice President,
Business Development
The Paradies Shops
Atlanta

 

Kitty P. Freidheim
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

 

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

 

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

 

Randy D. Pope
Associate Vice President,
Aviation & Facilities Group
Burns & McDonnell
Kansas City

 
     
     
 
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Hot Topics
ACI-NA Honors Bill DeCota with Downes Award

The ACI-NA Board of Directors has selected former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey aviation director William “Bill” DeCota as the 2010 William E. Downes, Jr. Memorial Award recipient.

President Obama Calls for $50 Billion for Transportation

On Labor Day, President Obama called for a $50 billion investment in transportation infrastructure as part of a six-year plan. In a speech in Milwaukee, the President called for the funding “as soon as possible” and recommended paying for it by scaling back oil and gas industry tax incentives. The President made clear that he was not calling for a second stimulus bill. He referred to the proposal as part of a “front-loaded” six-year strategy for transportation.

Back in the Swing of Things - Or Maybe Not

Posted on Centerlines Blog on Sept. 7 by Annie Russo
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be back in session next week after spending the month of August and first part of September in recess. With the upcoming November elections proving to be quite contentious, members of both chambers will be eager to head back home for the campaign season as soon as possible. Therefore, it is expected that Congress will only be in Washington for a few weeks leaving in early October to hit the trail again. With the growing list of must-pass legislation before the end of the calendar year, expect Congress to come back into session in mid-November after Election Day in order to tackle the outstanding business.

FAA Trying New Matrix to Measure Impact of Snow on Runways

For the past four years, ACI-NA has been actively participating with FAA staff from the flight standards, aircraft certification and airports divisions, along with airport, airline, aircraft manufacturer and pilot union representatives in the development of a new method for evaluating snow or ice on runways during winter operations. After the Chicago Midway overrun accident, the flight standards and airports divisions at FAA felt that the current assessment procedures for runways were not adequate and a better method needed to be developed.

Committee Seminars Offered Prior to Pittsburgh Conference

The ACI-NA 19th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Sept. 26-29 in Pittsburgh offers a wide array of educational sessions as well as pre-conference seminars and workshops. There will be five pre-conference seminars offered: business information technology, operations and technical affairs, legal affairs, human resources, and environmental affairs.

Balloting for WBP/Associates Board Ends Sept. 15

There are 21 self-nominated candidates vying for four open seats on the ACI-NA World Business Partners/ Associates Board.

Is that Subpoena Valid?

Airport operators frequently receive non-party subpoenas for information that may be Sensitive Security Information or may be protected under the Privacy Act; and the question often arises regarding how to handle these subpoenas.

Airports Win in FAA Part 16 Proceedings

The FAA recently dismissed two cases filed against airport operators by airport-based vendors. In both cases, the companies claimed that these general aviation airports violated certain federal statutes, including the terms of their federal grants.

Events On Approach

Public Safety & Security Fall Conference:  Early Deadline is Friday
The
2010 Public Safety & Security Fall Conference will be Oct. 4-7 at The Westin Alexandria. On the agenda is the deployment of Advanced Technology at airports, which has seen its fair share of challenges that have been combated through partnerships.

Other session highlights include:

  • Innovative Security Measures
  • TSA/FAA Departmental Update
  • TSA Unclassified Threat Briefing

Friday is the Early Bird registration discount deadline and the last day to obtain the special group rate of $119 at The Westin Alexandria. Call the hotel directly at (703) 253-8600. Conference registration is now available online for an additional $35 discount off the Early Bird rate.

Airport Concessions Conference:  Updated Agenda
The Airport Concessions Conference will be held Nov. 8-11 at The Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Ariz. This all-in-one conference covers the latest in retail and restaurant design, merchandising trends, and networking opportunities. The agenda includes sessions on innovations in airport terminal concession concepts and revenue strategies.

Session highlights include:

  • Green, Green, Green! 2010 Airport Concession Design
  • Savvy & Conscious Concession Programs
  • Airport Food Trends
  • Airports & the Techy Traveler

Oct. 17 is the Early Bird discount deadline and the last day to obtain the special group rate of $225 at the Westin Kierland. Call the hotel directly at (800) 354-5892 or reserve your room online.

International Aviation Seminar: Registration Now Open!
The 2010 International Aviation Seminar brings together top airport and airline management, government officials and consultants in Washington on Dec. 9 to explore the latest developments in international air travel, government air transport policies and negotiations and facilitation policies/procedures which impact airports' ability to retain and secure new international air service.

Nov. 15 is the Early Bird deadline to obtain discounted registration and the group rate of $234 at The Fairfax at Embassy Row. Contact the hotel directly at (202) 293-2100 to make a reservation. Conference registration is now available online for an additional $35 discount off the Early Bird rate.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Insurance & Risk Management Committee

The ACI-NA Insurance and 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. It also works towards developing and enhancing the ACI-NA Airport Insurance Program.

The committee’s steering group is currently in the process of planning for their upcoming 2011 Insurance & Risk Management Conference that will be held in Atlanta on Jan. 12-15. Sessions will include topics such as terrorism, Enterprise Risk Management ACRP project update, workplace issues of concern, business continuity, and safety, as well as their annual committee meeting. A draft agenda is available for downloading from the official conference website.  The hotel is accepting reservations now, and registration for this event will open soon.

In addition to conference planning, the committee members have also formed several working groups designed to address various issues that the insurance and risk management community faces. These working groups are Compliance and Regulatory; Safety and Loss Control; and Strategy. Projects and discussion within these working groups are currently underway, but there is still time to join.

Contact ACI-NA’s Miranda Horan for more information.

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

Industry News

Calgary Airport, Ottawa at Odds over Lease Costs
Globe and Mail, Sept. 6, By Brent Jang
Ottawa maintains long-term leases with major airports across Canada, but critics say the agreements are unfairly costly and erode competitiveness. Calgary says it would be better off paying the government a lump sum to end its deal.

Obama Transportation Plan Likely to Have to Wait
Washington Post, Sept.8, By Ashley Halsey III
With the nation's bridges and highways crumbling under the weight of age, attempts to pass a new six-year transportation bill have faltered mostly because Congress can't figure out how to pay for it.

PDX Uses Innovative Tactics to Secure Air Service
Aviation Week.com, Sept. 6, By Madhu Unnikrishnan
Portland International Airport could be a poster child for “people power” when it comes to air service development. The story of how an airport in such a small market was able to win and keep nonstop international flights to Europe and Asia underscores how an energized business community can partner with airport leaders to create growth for everyone involved. (Subscription may be required)

How Will the Merger of Continental and United Airlines Affect Cleveland?
The Plain Dealer, Sept. 6, By Randy Roguski
A court document this week reignited fears about the future of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The document, from Continental Airlines, outlined the possible loss of hundreds of flights here after Continental merges with United Airlines.
 

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Blog: Get FAA Bill Done First
ACI-NA President Greg Principato
on Tuesday noted in his blog that Congress and the President can create jobs in a timely manner by passing the long-delayed FAA reauthorization bill. The measure would create 120,000 jobs without hiking federal taxes or increasing the deficit. An Infrastructure Bank as proposed on Labor Day by President Obama may work to create jobs – but these are long-term jobs not immediate ones.

 

New Research Posted
Airport Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction: This Airport Cooperative Research Program synthesis explores energy efficiency improvements being implemented at airports across the country..

Training
ACI Offers Online Course on Greenhouse Gas Management at Airports

The ACI Online Training Centre has released a new module devoted to climate change as part of the ACI Certificate in Airport Environmental Management program. The two-hour, self-paced e-learning course, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Management at Airports, provides participants with an understanding of the issue of climate change and greenhouse gas management within the airport industry. On completion of the module, airport staff will have the knowledge and skills to design and implement a greenhouse gas management plan as part of an airport's Environmental Management System including projects and measures required to reduce airport greenhouse gas emissions and options for obtaining program certification. The cost of this single module is $120 while the seven-part certificate program costs $695. Enrol at enrolments@olc.aero or visit our website www.olc.aero.

ACI Online Certificate Programs Growing

Over the last few months, airport staff from around the world has been racing to enroll in one of three new online certificate programs offered by ACI Global Training.  More than 100 airport staff members have enrolled in certificate programs in Airport Environmental Management, Concession Management and Project Management.

Manager of the ACI Online Learning Center, Eddie Ragauskas, notes, "Airport professionals are looking for two things: quick and easy access to industry-best practices that will help them do their job more effectively while at the same time obtaining recognized professional development that enhances their professional standing and career in the airport industry."

Contact ACI's Eddie Ragauskas for more information.

Disaster Training Course Scheduled

If your public relations team needs training in response to a critical aircraft-related accident, ACI-NA is partnering with NTSB to hold a two-day seminar, Managing Communications During an Aircraft Disaster. It will teach participants what to expect in the days immediately following an aviation disaster and how they can prepare for their role with the media. NTSB representatives will be on-site to explain investigation-related information dissemination and national news media members will review real-world case studies on past aviation accident coverage

Please email the NTSB Training Center or call (571) 223-3900 for more details.

Info Desk
Cleveland Ranks Best in August for On-Time Departures

Clevelandhad the best on-time departure performance among major North American airports in August, according to data released last week by FlightStats. All of the airports ranked in the top 10 managed to get over 80 percent of their flights off within 15 minutes of their scheduled departures against an average of 74.57 percent for the major North American airports.

  • 1. Cleveland - 85.74%
  • 2. Portland, Ore. - 83.96%
  • 3. Houston Bush - 83.38%
  • 4. Phoenix, - 83.3%
  • 5. Memphis - 83.14%
  • 6. Seattle - 82.54%
  • 7. Pittsburgh  - 82.47%
  • 8. Salt Lake City - 82.45%
  • 9. Charlotte - 82.07%
  • 10. Kansas City - 81.69%
     
Hot Topics Full Text
ACI-NA Honors Bill DeCota with Downes Award

The ACI-NA Board of Directors has selected former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey aviation director William “Bill” DeCota as the 2010 William E. Downes, Jr. Memorial Award recipient.

“A strong and authoritative voice on the issues of importance to our industry, Bill was respected by all who had the privilege of working with him,” said G. Hardy Acree, ACI-NA Board Chairman and director of the Sacramento County Airport System. “Whether you were an airport, airline or a government official, people listened when Bill spoke. No one embodies the qualities of leadership, and as such no one is more deserving of this award, than Bill DeCota.”

The Port Authority’s aviation director since 1999, DeCota died suddenly in September 2009 at the age of 51.

The Downes Award is presented by the board to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting the cause of airports and aviation throughout the local, national and worldwide communities. The award, which commemorates the former Chicago aviation director, is the highest honor given by ACI-NA.

The award will be presented on Sept. 29 in Pittsburgh during the 19th ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. DeCota’s successor, Sue Baer, will accept the award.

President Obama Calls for $50 Billion for Transportation

On Labor Day, President Obama called for a $50 billion investment in transportation infrastructure as part of a six-year plan. In a speech in Milwaukee, the President called for the funding “as soon as possible” and recommended paying for it by scaling back oil and gas industry tax incentives. The President made clear that he was not calling for a second stimulus bill. He referred to the proposal as part of a “front-loaded” six-year strategy for transportation.

Aviation funding is included in the President’s transportation proposal. He noted that “We’re going to restore 150 miles of runways and advance a next generation air traffic control system to reduce travel time and delays for American travelers – something I think folks across the political spectrum could agree on.”

ACI-NA President Greg Principato stated, “We agree with the president that an investment in transportation infrastructure is needed.  President Obama and Congress could immediately have an impact by completing work on the pending FAA reauthorization bill.  The House version of the bill, which includes a $2.50 increase in the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge, would provide airports with the ability to make needed infrastructure improvements, while creating 125,000 jobs right now without increasing the federal deficit.  The bill also includes provisions that are necessary to turn NextGen into NowGen.”

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

Back in the Swing of Things - Or Maybe Not

Posted on Centerlines Blog on Sept. 7 by Annie Russo
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be back in session next week after spending the month of August and first part of September in recess. With the upcoming November elections proving to be quite contentious, members of both chambers will be eager to head back home for the campaign season as soon as possible. Therefore, it is expected that Congress will only be in Washington for a few weeks leaving in early October to hit the trail again. With the growing list of must-pass legislation before the end of the calendar year, expect Congress to come back into session in mid-November after Election Day in order to tackle the outstanding business.

Topping the list of bills to pass in September is funding for the federal government. September 30 marks the end of the federal Fiscal Year 2010. So far, the House has passed two of the 12 necessary appropriations bills, and the Senate has passed none. Passing individual bills this year seems almost impossible which will likely mean yet another omnibus appropriations bill. However, that likely will not be considered until after the elections, in the meantime the two chambers will need to send the President a continuing resolution to keep the government open for business. Centerline Blog posting.

FAA Trying New Matrix to Measure Impact of Snow on Runways

For the past four years, ACI-NA has been actively participating with FAA staff from the flight standards, aircraft certification and airports divisions, along with airport, airline, aircraft manufacturer and pilot union representatives in the development of a new method for evaluating snow or ice on runways during winter operations. After the Chicago Midway overrun accident, the flight standards and airports divisions at FAA felt that the current assessment procedures for runways were not adequate and a better method needed to be developed.

Ultimately, FAA would like to replace today’s reliance on subjective evaluations and unreliable friction or deceleration measurements for winter operations with a system that uses objective observations of contaminant type and depth that are correlated with airplane braking performance. In order to accomplish this, airplane manufacturers will need to provide airlines with performance data keyed to the depth of the snow or icy conditions, pilots will need to be trained on the use of this information in making landing distance assessments and pilot reports and airports will need to be trained in making objective, accurate and timely surface condition assessments.

A prototype system using a matrix of contaminant type and depth that was correlated with airplane performance and pilot observations was evaluated last winter in trials by two air carriers (Alaska and Pinnacle airlines) at 10 airports in FAA’s Alaska and the Great Lakes regions. The consensus was that the trials last winter went very well, with the airports, airlines and pilots all agreeing that the method shows great promise.

Although a final decision hasn’t been made, it is highly likely that more trials will be conducted this coming winter with additional airports and airlines participating. ACI-NA staff will continue to be actively involved in this effort and to represent our members’ interest in developing a reliable and workable solution to this long standing problem.

Contact ACI-NA’s Dick Marchifor more information.

Committee Seminars Offered Prior to Pittsburgh Conference

The ACI-NA 19th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Sept. 26-29 in Pittsburgh offers a wide array of educational sessions as well as pre-conference seminars and workshops. There will be five pre-conference seminars offered: business information technology, operations and technical affairs, legal affairs, human resources, and environmental affairs.

Each pre-conference seminar is set up to offer the attendees with insights into the up-and-coming issues within the aviation industry. Through various speakers from all stages of the decision making processes, attendees can be the first to learn about industry developments, allowing them to be able to advise their own airports and or companies in the right direction.

These pre-conferences seminars will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26..

Balloting for WBP/Associates Board Ends Sept. 15

There are 21 self-nominated candidates vying for four open seats on the ACI-NA World Business Partners/ Associates Board.

The ballot will remain open until next Wednesday. The results will be announced on Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh during the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition.

  • David Bannard, partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Neil Bloomfield, general manager, Americas Aviation, Morpho Detection
  • Lorena De Rodriguez, president, Aviaed/SSI
  • Michael J. Devoy, P.E., vice president/aviation services director, R.W. Armstrong
  • Rhona K. Dicamillo, principal, D+G Consulting Group
  • Kevin Dolliole, senior vice president, Unison Consulting
  • Kurus J. Elavia, CEO, Gateway Group One
  • Shauna Forsythe, president, Alliance Airport Advertising
  • David J. Full, vice president, aviation, RS&H
  • Lynn Gordon, vice president – airport solutions, Arconas Corp.
  • Lynn Leibowitz, president, Leibowitz & Horton Airport Management Consultants
  • Joe Mahaz, president, Electronic Data
  • Steven Morris, vice president, aviation, Parsons
  • David Z. Plavin, president, Dzpconsult
  • D. Kirk Shaffer, senior counsel, aviation, Crowell & Moring
  • Alan Shapiro, vice president, director of transportation, Ross and Baruzzini
  • Stanis Smith, senior vice president, buildings, Stantec Architecture
  • Steve L. Stretchberry, Vice president, aviation, Transystems Corp.
  • Toby Sturek, co-president, Clear Channel Outdoor/Clear Channel Airports
  • Keith Thompson, principal, Gensler
  • Loy Warren, national aviation leader, Kimley-Horn And Associates

Contact ACI-NA's Amy Peters for more information.

Is that Subpoena Valid?

Airport operators frequently receive non-party subpoenas for information that may be Sensitive Security Information or may be protected under the Privacy Act; and the question often arises regarding how to handle these subpoenas.

Last week the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case involving the U.S. Security & Exchange Commission, outlined how courts should react when a third-party objects to a subpoena. Under federal court procedures, if a party objects to providing the information sought by a subpoena, the party (for instance the airport) can file a written objection with the court. The request would then trigger the party seeking the subpoena to seeking a second, or intervening, order from the court before the subpoena could be enforced. The stage would be set for the court to weigh the objections to the subpeona before forcing compliance.

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

Airports Win in FAA Part 16 Proceedings

The FAA recently dismissed two cases filed against airport operators by airport-based vendors. In both cases, the companies claimed that these general aviation airports violated certain federal statutes, including the terms of their federal grants.

In the case brought by Venice Jet Center, the FAA found that the firm did not have standing to sue the city of Venice. The firm alleged that the airport unjustly prohibited Venice Jet Center from providing certain business services, including the building of four hangars.

In the second case, Aero Ways filed a complaint against the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which was also dismissed. Aero Ways claimed the authority prohibited it from servicing its own aircraft, and applied restraints that were unjustly discriminated against Aero.

Tom Devine and Art Berg of ACI-NA Associate Member Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell represented the city of Venice and assisted local outside counsel in the second case.

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

 
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