AirportConsulting

Winter 2009/2010

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Private Investment in U.S. Airports
Filling a Future Funding Gap?
By Evan Futterman, President, Futterman Consulting, Inc., and Ginger Evans, Aviation Division Manager, Parsons

We have all read articles about the shortfall in available funds for airport infrastructure projects in the next 10 years. According to ACI-NA's recent Capital Needs Survey, airport project needs are estimated to exceed $94 billion for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2009 - 2013, or approximately $19 billion per year, a 32-percent increase over the 2005 - 2009 period. While the industry is currently experiencing a downturn, it is expected to be short-lived. Where will the money to fund the development projects come from? Read more...

Special Feature
USTDA: Opening Aviation Markets Overseas
By Leocadia I. Zak, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

The current economic downturn has prompted many U.S. firms to consider expansion opportunities abroad as a means to deal with the contraction of the U.S. market. ACC members interested in entering the international arena or increasing their presence in foreign markets should look at the programs of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) as a means to expand business. A number of ACC companies work with USTDA regularly and additional partners from the ACC ranks are welcome. Full story...

Consultants Perspective
Are You Attracting the Best Consultants?
Best Practices for Airport Selection Processes
By TJ Schulz, ACC Staff

The process of selecting an airport consultant is a vital step in ensuring the overall success of a project. A good, efficient procurement program facilitates participation by numerous firms and gives an airport access to the most qualified consultants. An inefficient process may drive consultants away from project advertisements and adversely affect the quality of projects. Read more...

Executive Update
ACC's Role in the Future of Airport Development
Evan Futterman, Futterman Consulting, Inc.

As we consider the present state and future trends in airport development, ACC and its members have a choice: watch events unfold and be acted upon, or be a proactive part of the solution and influence the evolution of our business. As my year as ACC board chair draws to a close, I'm sure you know by now where I'm going with this discussion.Full story...

FAA's Revised Airport Compliance Manual: A Good Resource for Consultants
By Jack Corbett, Law Firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP

On September 20th FAA's Office of Airport Programs released the long-awaited revision of its FAA Airport Compliance Manual designated FAA Order 5190.6B. This version, a massive 691 pages containing some 23 chapters and 28 appendices, replaces the original 83-page document issued exactly 20 years ago. Full story...

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