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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE centerlines Onto the World Stage A S T H E W O R L D ’ S airports gather this month in Boston, it is a ® Airports Council International– North America 1775 K Street NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-8500 strong reminder to North American airports that we are indeed an organization with global reach. It is also a reminder that during both good times and bad, we need to speak with one voice. Since the earliest days of our association, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, U.S. airports realized that cooperation with airports elsewhere was essential, especially given the importance of international air service. In 1990, competing and co-existing airport organizations came together to form Airports Council International, which is today the airport industry’s official representative before the world’s regulatory agencies. The issues have only become more challenging, even though the venues we address them in have not changed. (See the 60th Anniversary story, page 24.) Nor has the need for North American airports to take an active role on the global stage. Through ACI, we have a voice in the deliberations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international bodies. (See Policy Center, page 19.) It is important to remember that the airlines already effectively coordinate their positions, not only through their increasing participation in international alliances, but through the International Air Transport Association. While the airlines remain our most important business partner, they are often our sparring partners, especially when the discussion turns to the need for construction to meet future capacity needs. Our members need to step forward onto the world stage to ensure the voice of airports is heard. Just as ACI-NA has a formal committee structure to shape policy, share ideas, promote best practices, educate airport operators and mentor new leadership, so too does ACI. Four of the five standing ACI World committees have a North American airport representative as the chair or vice-chair. Involvement in the ACI World committees and task forces gives our airports an opportunity to learn from the world’s best as well as share their own ideas. Our involvement is not confined to the committees; ACI-NA staff routinely works with the ACI regions in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America-Caribbean. For example, our security staff has monthly conference calls with counterparts in ACI-Europe. ACI-NA helped organize a program on airport safety at the ACI-Africa meeting in July. ACI-NA staff is also organizing an air service seminar for ACI-Latin America in November. As ACI Director General Angela Gittens put it in addressing the ACI-NA staff, if airports fail to communicate a collective, unified message on the world stage, then there is a risk that others will impose “oppressive” measures on our industry. As we gather in Boston, I hope you will take advantage of ways to get involved both locally and globally. ■ G R E G P R I N C I PA T O P R E S I DE N T A C I- N A 2008 ACI-NA Executive Committee Randall “Randy” H. Walker Chair Clark County Department of Aviation John D. Clark III First Vice Chair Jacksonville Aviation Authority G. Hardy Acree Second Vice Chair Sacramento County Airport System Frank R. Miller Secretary-Treasurer Pensacola Regional Airport Fredrick “Rick” J. Piccolo Immediate Past Chair Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Barry Rempel Ex Officio Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc. 2008 Board of Directors Bruce Carter Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County Benjamin R. DeCosta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport David. N. Edwards, Jr. Asheville Regional Airport Authority Jim M. Ethridge Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Bradley S. Livingston Dane County Regional Airport William F. Marrison Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Charles “Skip” T. Miller Louisville Regional Airport Authority Reginald K. Milley Edmonton Regional Airports Authority Stephen J. Mitchell Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Morton V. Plumb, Jr. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Mark Reis Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Bill Restall Saskatoon Airport Authority Maureen Riley Salt Lake City International Airport Lester W. Robinson Wayne County Airport Authority William R. Vanecek Buffalo Niagara International Airport Mark VanLoh Kansas City Aviation Department Joseph W. Waller HMSHost Corporation Leslie K. Cappetta SSP America, Inc. Joseph DiDomizio Hudson Group Shauna Forsythe Alliance Airport Advertising Laddie E. Irion URS Deborah T. Meehan SH&E, Inc. David Naleway Jacobs Mark A. Perryman Landrum & Brown, Inc. Randy D. Pope, PE Burns & McDonnell 2008 Associates Board of Directors Oris Dunham Dunham Group, LLC Susan Kurland Chair Depfa First Albany Securities, LLC Robert A. Hazel Vice Chair Oliver Wyman Joseph W. Waller Immediate Past Chair HMSHost Corporation Fredrick J. (Rick) Piccolo ACI-NA Board Liaison Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Donald G. Andrews Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. | CENTERLINES 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - September 2008

Centerlines - September 2008
Welcome to Boston
President’s Message
Canadian Airports
Associates’ Corner
Policy Center
On the Hill and On the Stump
Downes Award
ACI-NA 60th Anniversary
Host Airport Profile
Cover Story: James L. Oberstar
Regulatory Front: Security Standards
Security: Checkpoint Evolution
Environment: Measuring Greenhouse Gases at Sea-Tac
Air Service: Wild, Wild Ride
Passenger Focus: DOT’s Complaint Desk
On Management: “TLC” at John Wayne
Revenue Arena: A Tale of Two Diversified Cities
Media Relations: New Media
Now Underway
Grand Openings
New Members
Conference Sponsors
Conference Exhibitors
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - September 2008