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AIRPORT GURU
AUTHOR Curt Castagna
Airport RFPs:
Pathways or Barriers to Success?
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, private businesses and even
some non-profit organizations utilize the request for
proposal (RFP) process to solicit bids from qualified
proposers and select the most qualified entity to deliver
a project or service.
Aimed at achieving optimal solutions,
the RFP process is utilized for
projects that have a complex scope,
require comparison and analysis of
concrete data, and require a cost estimate
from a pool of qualified bidders.
For example, an RFP may invite prospective
contractors to demonstrate
their skills, experience and expertise to
complete major airport capital projects,
such as the reconstruction of runways
and taxiways.
Airport sponsors also release RFPs
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CURT CASTAGNA
Curt Castagna, president and CEO of Aeroplex
Group Partners, is the current chair of the Los
Angeles County Airport Commission, president of
the Van Nuys and Long Beach airport associations,
and immediate past board chair of the National
Air Transportation Association. A certified private
and instrument-rated pilot, he continues to instruct
courses in aviation administration at Cypress
Community College, and Cal State Los Angeles.
for long-term lease agreements with
specific capital investment requirements
and aeronautical uses, such as for
fixed-based operator facilities. In addition
to making improvements to both
developed and undeveloped airport
parcels at their own costs, selected
lessees may be required to
meet certain environmental
sustainability goals and
certifications.
Leasehold improvements
may include utility extensions
and connections
to
existing services, fence and
gate improvements, landside
infrastructure enhancements,
and the construction
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For airports looking to find the lowest
qualified bidder, an RFP may be sufficient.
However, for airports pursuing optimal
solutions, an RFP is not always the best
method.
NATA
of building, office and hangar facilities.
Airport development proposals are
required to conform with an airport's
master plan and minimum standards,
as well as with all Federal Aviation
Administration grant assurances and
height restrictions.
The Process
According to its website, Los Angeles
World Airports (LAWA) procures
over $500 million a year of goods,
materials and services to maintain
efficient operation of Los Angeles
International Airport and Van Nuys
Airport. From asphalt to safety equipment
to legal services, many divisions
utilize outside contractors to provide
specialized products or services to
fulfill airport needs.
While each contract solicitation
presents a unique business

July-August 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of July-August 2022

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
Moving an Aircraft Hangar
A Guide to Concessions
Legal Matters
Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
Airport Guru
Product Profile
July-August 2022 - PCOV1
July-August 2022 - PCOV2
July-August 2022 - 1
July-August 2022 - 2
July-August 2022 - 3
July-August 2022 - 4
July-August 2022 - Inside the Fence
July-August 2022 - Industry Update
July-August 2022 - 7
July-August 2022 - Supply Chain Issues, Disruptions and Their Effect on Aviation Infrastructure
July-August 2022 - 9
July-August 2022 - 10
July-August 2022 - 11
July-August 2022 - 12
July-August 2022 - 13
July-August 2022 - Moving an Aircraft Hangar
July-August 2022 - 15
July-August 2022 - A Guide to Concessions
July-August 2022 - 17
July-August 2022 - 18
July-August 2022 - 19
July-August 2022 - 20
July-August 2022 - 21
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July-August 2022 - 24
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July-August 2022 - 27
July-August 2022 - 28
July-August 2022 - 29
July-August 2022 - Legal Matters
July-August 2022 - 31
July-August 2022 - Remote Airport Project Implementation Takes Off
July-August 2022 - 33
July-August 2022 - Desert Jet’s Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
July-August 2022 - 35
July-August 2022 - 36
July-August 2022 - 37
July-August 2022 - Airport Guru
July-August 2022 - 39
July-August 2022 - Product Profile
July-August 2022 - 41
July-August 2022 - 42
July-August 2022 - 43
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