Fall/Winter 2011

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Cover Story
The Future of FAA Airports
An interview with Kate Lang, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Catherine (Kate) M. Lang, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, is the recipient of the 2011 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. She is being recognized for her skillful advocacy of a safe and efficient aviation system during some of the most challenging economic dynamics in history . It also acknowledges her consistent respect for and openness to the opinions of private sector technical experts, and her long-term commitment to the aviation industry. ACC had the opportunity to interview Kate on the state of the FAA and the aviation industry. More...

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Special Feature
The Road Not Taken
By Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports

Ten years from now, what will we say about the road not taken? Some of you may have looked at the title of this article and thought that a Robert Frost reference regarding aviation is a bit dramatic, hyperbolic, or at least a bit out of place. If so, perhaps you prefer Yogi Berra's more down to earth advice, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Whether you favor the poet or the dugout philosopher they both agree that divergent paths present opportunity. More...




Consultants Perspective
Arrested - Runway Safety Areas are Needed to Maintain Safe Operations at Airports
By Kevin Quan, ESCO-Zodiac Aerospace

At the crack of dawn on Saturday July 30, 2011, Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 originating from JFK International attempted to land under wet conditions at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). After barreling through a chain-link fence that resulted in a heavily damaged fuselage, this Boeing 737-800 skidded to a halt approximately 328 feet past the runway end and came to rest just short of dropping down a 200 foot  deep ravine. It was a miracle that there were no fatalities among the 163 people on board. More...




Executive Update
Staying Viable in a Changing Aviation Marketplace
Terry A. Ruhl, P.E., CH2M HILL, ACC 2011 Board of Directors Chair

As we are closing in on the end of 2011, many airport development firms in the U.S. are still reeling from the House and Senate impasse on the extension of federal aviation programs, which expired for two weeks on July 22. Congress has passed 22 extensions since September 2007, when the initial legislation expired, and the FAA had to scramble to obligate $2.5 billion in backlogged federal airport construction grants before the end of the fiscal year. More...



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