Industry Insider columns

Air Service Development Is Economic Development

July-August
2019
In the old days in the U.S., if your town had a railroad station, the town flourished. If not, your town struggled.

What to Do Before a Crisis Hits

May-June
2019
More than ever before, airport executives need to be prepared for crises...

Driving the World

March-April
2019
The aeronautical sector not only transports people but also drives the world. The figures speak for themselves...

Are we at an inflection point for change in the A/E professional services industry?

January-February
2019
The unrelenting challenge of sustaining growth in the highly competitive A/E marketplace remains a constant.

Enhancing Capacity & Sustainability

November-December
2018
Sustainability planning and management for airports is not a new concept. That said, as airports undertake projects to enhance capacity, many are realizing quantifiable benefits...

Just How “Slippery When Wet?”

October
2018
If you’ve developed a personal relationship with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), chances are you’ve had a bad day.

Growth – A Case for Change

September
2018
It seems that everywhere we go, at every conference, and in every meeting with an airport, we talk about unprecedented growth.

The Time Has Come for Dynamic Parking Pricing

May-June
2018
As important as parking is to the bottom line, most airports don’t earn nearly as much as they should.

What is the Right Number of FBOs?

April
2018
Most of us have heard the saying, “If you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen one airport.” This is such a true statement. Although there are many similarities between airports, factors such as size, runway configuration, aircraft operations, employee population and the nature of traffic (commercial vs. general aviation) make each one unique. So, the right number of fixed base operators may be quite different for each and every airport.

Can American Airports Continue to Soar?

March
2018
Promising growth of global tourism and passenger volume has allowed U.S. airports to fly high. But how long can it last?

Crowdsourcing + Collaboration = Better Airport Research

January-February
2018
In the spirit of continuous improvement and service to the industry, the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently modernized its process for generating research projects.

Social Sustainability: Beyond Community Engagement

November-December
2017
Although the industry has made major headway supporting initiatives that foster environmental sustainability, there's one area that has yet to gain broad exposure.

Putting the Design-Build Delivery Method to Work for Airfield Pavement Projects

October
2017
The Design-Build project delivery approach merits further consideration by more airports. Uncertainty and unfamiliarity are best overcome by education, experience and for some, a leap of faith into the relative unknown.

The Impact of Ridesharing on Parking Revenue & How it Could Impact Infrastructure

September
2017
U.S. airports must embrace technology and evolve their parking journey with new commercial parking products to address the challenges they face.

Connectivity Options Make it Easier to Access the Airport & Community

July-August
2017
As a critical component of America's overall transportation network, air travel must be strong, safe and well connected to where we work, live and play. With airline travel expected to increase by more than 50% in the next 20 years, continuing to transform U.S. airports into efficient intermodal transportation centers is increasingly important. Planning must be accelerated and funding put in place to implement improved connectivity between airports and the communities they serve.

Fair & Transparent Processes Ensure a "Win-Win" for Airports, Fixed Base Operators & Travelers

May-June
2017
Our fast-paced economy makes us increasingly interconnected, and the number of business travelers relying on business aircraft continues to grow. This has led to gains for the both general and private aviation industries, which are increasing their role as major contributors to our economy. It has also heightened the focus for airports to choose the best flight support providers.

Will Public-Private Partnerships Propel the Next Big Wave of Airport Improvements?

March-April
2017
The United States may boast the world's top economy, but that's not evident when travelers arrive at our front door. Sadly, U.S. airports do not impress international travelers. In fact, not a single one made the top 25 in Skytrax's 2016 survey of the world's best airports.

Now is an Ideal Time to Support Inclusion

January-February
2017
More than 30 years ago, Congress recognized the importance of equity and inclusion in airport contracting by enacting legislation to facilitate participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). In 1987, it added a separate, similar program focused on Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs).

More Than Just Fundraising

November-December
2016
When Brian Ryks, former executive director at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, approached me about spearheading the Gateway Transformation Project Fundraising Campaign, I instantly knew we were pioneering a path that no other airport had ever taken.

Think About It

October
2016
It was early July 2014, when I received word that a commercial aircraft carrying more than 140 passengers experienced a close encounter with a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) on final approach to our airport. While I was already plugged in to the UAS issues that were growing around the country, this hit home and got my full attention.

TSA Screening Partnership Program is Good, But Certainly Not Perfect

September
2016
In March, suicide bombers attacked the departures hall at Brussels Airport, killing 16 people. In June, dozens were killed when Istanbul Ataturk Airport came under siege. Closer to home, Dallas Love Field suffered a single fatality this June, when city police shot a man who confronted them after throwing rocks at his ex-girlfriend's car as passengers streamed out of the baggage claim area.

The Importance of Disability Compliance

July-August
2016
Mamie Mallory is the FAA's assistant administrator for Civil Rights. As such, she is the principal advisor to the administrator on civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. Q&A

A Call to Action on Runway Condition Reporting

May-June
2016
Later this year, airport operations will enter a brand new era. For the very first time, they will be implementing procedures designed by aircraft manufacturers, pilots, performance engineers, safety professionals and other airport operators.

Avoiding Winter Woes

March-April
2016
Few news reports grab my attention more than regulatory action within the industry. When I heard about airports being fined for activities related to winter operations, my first inclination was to find out what happened so my airport could avoid the same consequences. Then I began to worry whether our industry is somehow failing in this area.

3 Crucial Challenges for Airports, Aviation & the Economy

January-February
2016
As I end almost two decades at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - including 11 years at the helm - I reflect on three challenges that will shape the future of airports, aviation and the economy. The first is evolutionary and the second is redefining the U.S. airport system. But the third demands a revolution and, in fact, may be an existential threat to aviation.

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