ACC President T.J. Schulz participated in a fireside chat session with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta Griffin at the 2023 International Association of Baggage System Companies (IABSC) Summit in Dallas, TX last week. The summit featured over 300 industry experts involved in baggage handling systems at airports. Griffin provided an …

Nick Ryan, PMP, has joined ACC member company Arora Engineers, LLC as their Chief Development Officer. Nick brings over two decades of extensive project and program management for civil, electrical, multidisciplinary, and systems improvements for airport facilities of all sizes, and through all stages of the program life cycle. In his new role, Nick will …

44th ACC Annual Conference  was held last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fl and was well attended. Sessions covered a range of topics including the next frontier in airport funding opportunities; the challenges powering airports for the next generation and took part in engaging social events. A heavy focus of the conference was diversity, equity, and …

ACC was joined by airport associations and other interested parties in submitting comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. “Generally, the proposed changes would be of significant benefit to many DBE firms and would increase DBE involvement in airport projects,” the comments …

ACC President T.J. Schulz facilitated the first meeting of a working group that is exploring opportunities to improve the security screening process for passengers with disabilities this week at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The working group is organized under the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) and was formed to develop …

ACC President T.J. Schulz was pleased to kick off the 2022 ACI PS&S / ACC Security Capabilities Conference this week by introducing TSA Administrator David Pekoske for keynote remarks. Pekoske discussed TSA’s efforts to respond to the surge in air travel and the need to bring officer salaries levels up to other federal agencies. Over …

The Federal Aviation Administration FAA has awarded over $31 million in grants to expand cargo infrastructure at nine US airports. The funds come from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will cover a variety of projects including construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements like lighting …

Over the last few days, we have seen how Hurricane Ian has devastated much of Southwestern Florida. Communities continue to go without power, access to clean food and water, and security. As many of you know, ACC has been planning to hold its 44th Annual Conference in Fort Myers, which was right in the path …

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its biennial update to the National Plan of Integrated Airports (NPIAS) on September 30th. It contains current airport categories and estimates approximately $62.4 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligible airport development between 2023 and 2027. This is an increase of almost $19 billion (43 percent) from the NPIAS …

The FAA has released new design guidelines for vertiports, infrastructure that will support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. The design standards will serve as the initial step to providing key information for airport owners, operators, and infrastructure developers to begin development of facilities that will support operations of AAM, aircraft that are electrically powered and …

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