Airport Improvement Weekly e-News: March 18th, 2014

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Dear Lorena:

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Award-Winning Winter Ops Team Keeps Anchorage Int’l Open


No one at Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC) can recall ever having to close the vital Alaskan airport because of snow or ice. Once, yes, because of winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, and once due to volcanic ash from Mount Redoubt; but no one remembers a snow or ice closure.

ANC’s accomplishment is especially remarkable when you consider that winters in Anchorage stretch from September through May and produce on average 65 snow and ice events. A successful winter ops strategy is crucial, as the airport is an important link for passenger flights and ranks as the world’s fourth busiest cargo airport.

Airport Manager John Parrott is proud of ANC’s field maintenance motto – "We never close" – and his crews’ success in achieving it. Five Balchen/Post awards for outstanding achievement in airport snow and ice control from the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives validate his assessment.


Friedman Memorial Opts for Technology vs. Extra Staff to Comply with Badging Regs


Steve Guthrie, airport security coordinator at Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in central Idaho, will be the first to tell you that small general aviation airports must contend with the same TSA directives as the largest commercial airports. Guthrie will also be the first to speak volumes about the time and effort his Category III commercial services facility has saved using some of the same security-specific computer systems as much larger airports.

As SUN’s security coordinator, Guthrie’s responsibilities include badging, on-site security reviews and TSA compliance reporting and monitoring. He also serves as special projects manager, risk management specialist and executive assistant to Airport Manager Rick Baird at the leanly staffed rural facility.

"Because of the requirements that we are required to comply with by law, we had to either hire additional resources – which would have been more people – or we had to look for technical solutions," explains Guthrie. Together with the airport authority and Baird, Guthrie pursued a technical solution to eliminate double, sometimes even triple, data entry requirements and to automate previously manual processes.


Let’s Hear it For Expandable Design & Long-Term Planning


Joe Lopano
Joe Lopano, cheif executive officer of Tampa International Airport, previously worked at Dallas/Fort Worth International for 14 years as its executive vice president for marketing and terminal management.

TWhen Tampa International Airport (TPA) opened in 1971, it was regarded by many as a state-of-the-art wonder, especially for a city of Tampa’s size at the time. It was the first airport in the world with a "people mover" system and automated baggage carousels; and it was designed so passengers would walk no more than 700 feet from parked car or curbside to plane, or from gate to gate. Its spoke-and-hub layout was, and still is, convenient for both planes and people.

But perhaps the most visionary aspect of the original design is that it was built to grow in phases, over many decades. I realized just how critical this would be when I became the airport’s CEO three years ago and was tasked with seeing TPA through its biggest expansion since 1971 – and currently one of the largest airport construction projects in the country.

Now serving nearly 17 million passengers annually, we predict a doubling of passenger growth over the next 20 years. Our strategy for handling this growth, as outlined in our 2012 Master Plan update, includes three phases. First, we plan to decongest our main terminal. Secondly, as passenger demand dictates, we will complete enabling projects to pave the way for expansion. And finally, we will add and grow airsides.


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