Fall/Winter 2013

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Perspectives & Priorities
Paula Hochstetler, ACC President

When Paula Hochstetler ends her tenure as ACC President in December 2013, it will mark over twenty years of dedication to ACC . She has spearheaded and been closely involved
in ACC ’s growth from a small collaboration of firms with a common goal into a global trade association with hundreds of member firms that serve a variety of roles in airport development. We asked Paula to provide some reflections on her unique journey. More...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

An Interview with Randall H. Walker
Former Director of Aviation, Clark County Department of Aviation
2013 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence Recipient

In August, ACC had the privilege of interviewing Former Clark County Aviation Department Director Randy Walker, recipient of the 2013 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. Walker was named director of aviation in 1997, overseeing the operation and expansion of the department, which includes McCarran International Airport and four general aviation airports. At the time of his appointment, Clark County was the fastest growing county in the nation. Under Walker's leadership, McCarran International was the site of a number of successful development projects and became one of the most technologically advanced airports in the nation. More...

Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS)
A Joint Effort to Improve Checked Baggage Systems

Larry Studdiford, URS Corporation

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the aviation industry supported the federal government’s creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the subsequent deployment of security improvements at airports across the country. Following a year of scrambling to implement checked baggage screening solutions at virtually every federalized airport throughout the nation, the TSA, with the dedicated help of its contractors, was able to meet the December 2002 congressional deadline to screen 100 percent of checked baggage. This accomplishment came with many lessons learned, some of which are reflected by our current standards. From operational concerns to bag tracking and jamming issues, designers had to learn a new way of designing systems with untested technology and limited exposure in the U.S. and were challenged by a new federal agency that was just beginning its process of self-actualization. Other than implementation in only a few international U.S. hubs and various overseas locations, these systems represented a change in outbound baggage processing methodology, with the insertion of a federal agency in the middle of the process. More...

Stable Leadership Has ACC Prepared for a Strong Future
ACC 2013 Board of Directors Chair Andrew J. Platz, P.E., Mead & Hunt, Inc.

A good measure of any organization’s strength and stability can be found by looking at not only its current leadership, but at its leadership succession plan. ACC is very fortunate to have both of these pieces in place; great leadership by current president Paula Hochstetler and a well thought-out transition plan. As many of you know, Paula is going to retire as president of ACC at the end of 2013. In an industry that is constantly undergoing change, she has proven the value of solid leadership over her 20 years as president of ACC. More...

Member Spotlights

What drives the industry to build efficient airports, design better airplanes or run successful airlines? The answer: the passenger and the desire to improve the passenger experience as a result. Intersystems believes that their products are more than 1’s and 0’s that drive the systems which provide information to people at an airport, but, rather, that those passengers deserve more. Intersystems believes that there is a better way to travel, a better way to navigate and a better way to experience the airport environment. That better experience starts with how we provide information. More...

Jacobsen/Daniels Associates or JDA is an aviation and airport consulting professional service firm specializing in airport planning and project implementation support. JDA was established in 2001 by partners Darryl Daniels and Brad Jacobsen. It is a minority and disadvantaged business enterprise (M/DBE) and SBA 8(a) certified company with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of airport management, operations and capital development. JDA has extensive experience assisting airports and government agencies in their planning, design and implementation challenges. Beginning with the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Master Plan in 2004, JDA has been an on-call planning consultant for airports in Houston, New Orleans, Miami and Baltimore and a prime consultant for on-call planning assignments at airports in Cleveland, Richmond and St. Louis. More...