• ACC seeks member assessment of 'RAND Report'

      January 24, 2020

      A report on a study commissioned by the FAA, pursuant to section 122 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, has just been released by the RAND Corporation, the nonprofit and nonpartisan policy research organization selected for the task. The report “U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Finance,” , available at www.rand.org explains how United States commercial service airports currently fund and finance their infrastructure needs. It assesses the adequacy of those mechanisms for maintaining a well-functioning aviation system, and presents findings and recommendations to policymakers on actions to upgrade the national aviation infrastructure system to meet the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century. Included in the recommendations are changes to the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program, the Airport Improvement Program, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the policies and procedures that guard against diversion of airport revenue to non-airport uses. One specific recommendation is to raise the PFC, capped at $4.50 per passenger since 2000, to $7.50 and index it to inflation moving forward.

      Although the audience for the 215-page report is primarily Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation officials (including the FAA), it has been made accessible to a wider audience. To this end, ACC would like its members assessment of the key findings and recommended changes (see below) to current federal policies related to airport infrastructure funding and the merit of such policy changes. We would like your input so that we can effectively articulate our position as an organization on each recommendation. Please send your comments to sylviap@acconline.org by February 13.

    • ACC Seeks Member Input for NEPA NPRM Response

      January 24, 2020

      ACC is preparing comments to the United States Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’s) 60-day Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) public solicitation on changes to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and would like ACC member input on the effort. The January 10, 2020 proposal contains many significant new provisions that could change the scope of the NEPA review process and potentially affect airport construction and development processes. CEQ has released a redline version of the regulations. Please review the NPRM and send your assessment and any statements of impacts of the changes, as well as any other input for comments to sylviap@acconline.org by February 15th. This will give ACC time to collate and review your comments and concerns and provide content for discussion during committee meetings at the upcoming symposium in Reno.

    • ACC Hosts Successful Global Business Summit in Collaboration with British Aviation Group (BAG)

      January 23, 2020

      This week found ACC in London, England, for the 2020 ACC/BAG Global Business Summit. Participants discussed topics such as the future of aviation technology and European and U.S. markets, as well as engaged in think tank sessions.Thank you to our collaborators, attendees, panelists and moderators for another excellent event! We appreciate the partnership and hope to see you all next year.

    • ACC Staff Welcomes Sylvia Palmer, Director of Regulatory Affairs

      January 20, 2020

      ACC is pleased to announce that Sylvia Palmer, MPH, has joined the ACC staff as Director, Regulatory Affairs. In her role at ACC, Sylvia will lead the organization’s engagement on regulatory and technical issues that are critical to the airport development industry. She will work closely with ACC Committees and help advance the new ACC Strategic Plan, including serving point on trends and technologies that will impact aviation and airport facilities. Welcome, Sylvia!

    • TJ Schultz and TSA host ASAC Checkpoint Working Group Meeting 

      January 16, 2020

      On January 16, 2020, ACC’s TJ Shultz, in conjunction with the TSA Innovation Task Force hosted a meeting of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) Security Technology Subcommittee and Checkpoint Report Working Group at the TSA headquarters in Crystal City, VA. Prime on the agenda was a review of the status of key recommendations in the 2017 Checkpoint Report as well as an update on the implementation of ASAC related TSA Modernization Act provisions. The meeting kicked off with a workshop on the status of TSA Administrator’s Intent document. The agency is working to update the document (version 2), collaborating broadly with stakeholders (industry, airlines, airports and equipment manufacturers) to gather feedback and suggestions for consideration. Focus areas for the next two years, as well as lessons learned from the initial intent document (version 1) were discussed. TSA presented on its oversight for finding and deploying technology to increase security and improve the passenger experience in the next 5 years. The meeting was well attended by a cross section of stakeholders in aviation technology. If you are interested in the slide presentations, please send a request to admin@acconline.org.

    • ACC Has Moved! 

      January 16, 2020

      ACC has some big news: We've moved! After lots of planning, organization, and heavy lifting, the Airport Consultants Council has a new home in Old Town Alexandria. Please send all correspondence to our new address: The Airport Consultants Council 1420 King Street, Suite 401 Alexandria, VA 22314. Please note that we are still getting set up in our new office and our phone lines are currently down. Staff members can be reached at their respective email addresses, or by emailing admin@acconline.org. We appreciate your patience!

    • ACC Year in Review

      January 9, 2020

      The Airport Consultants Council had an extremely busy and successful 2019 thanks to the tremendous support by our member companies and the excellent ACC staff. Take a look at some photo memories and recap the year with the ACC Year in Review. We look forward to sharing another decade with you all!

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