Centerlines - October 2011 - (Page 11)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Stop the Insanity “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein I T WA S O B V I O U S almost a year ago, following the elections that centerlines Airports Council International – North America 1775 K Street NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 293-8500 Frank R. Miller Chairman San Antonio Aviation Department Thella Bowens First Vice Chair San Diego County Regional Airport Authority David. N. Edwards, Jr. Second Vice Chair Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Mark Reis, Secretary-Treasurer Seattle-Tacoma International Airport G. Hardy Acree Immediate Past Chairman Sacramento County Airport System William Restall Chair Canadian Airports Council Greg Principato ACI-NA President ® ACI-NA 2010–2011 Executive Committee changed the political landscape in Washington, that the traditional approach to increasing airport funding—lobbying for an increase in the PFC and more AIP funding—had to change if airports really wanted more fi nancial freedom. In fact, airports can’t even bank on receiving the same level of federal grants, even though AIP appropriations have remained flat since FY 2006. If you needed any more proof about the perils of the current system, the recent FAA shutdown and the impasse in Congress over FAA reauthorization should make our case. It is time to do something different. In June, the ACI-NA Board agreed on the need to develop and sell a new policy for airport fi nance. Airport directors will have the opportunity over the next few months to weigh in on the specifics of this new policy, which I expect will provide more economic freedom for airports without the crippling impact of outdated federal regulation. ACI-NA is also embarking on an extensive research effort, including: • The development of an economic impact statement for U.S. airports • A survey of airport CFOs to determine constraints in the existing AIP and PFC programs • Tapping outside experts to develop proposals to address the constraints identified by the CFOs • Updating the ACI-NA proprietary Airport and Airways Trust Fund model • Established a cross-functional working group to develop new and innovative revenue proposals. We also hope to learn from the experience of Canadian airports as well as airports from around the world as the new economic proposal is developed. ACI-NA has also hired a public relations fi rm to help us develop a grassroots network and the message that will educate our stakeholders—local business and community leaders—who will in turn help us educate Congress on the vital economic impact of airports—and the need for fi nancially-strong, independent and flexible airports that help generate trade and commerce. An effort to fundamentally change the airport fi nancial framework in the U.S. will be hard. But we need to stop the insanity. Despite everyone’s hard work, Plan A has not worked so it’s time to develop Plan B. Plan B will be authored by you—the airports—and it will be sold to your community, the federal regulators and Congress by you. ACI-NA is committed to helping you craft your declaration of fi nancial independence and then help lead you in the revolution to achieve it. GREG PRINCIPATO PRESIDENT ACI-NA 2010–2011 Board of Directors Iftikhar Ahmad New Orleans Aviation Board Brad Penrod Allegheny County Airport Authority Kim Day Denver Department of Aviation Raul Regalado Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Laddie Irion URS Maureen Riley Salt Lake City Department of Airports Bernard Leblanc Saint John Airport Authority Tom Ruth Halifax International Airport Authority Bradley S. Livingston Dane County Regional Airport Elsie Rast-Stuart Columbia Metropolitan Airport John Martin San Francisco Airport Commission Susan M. Stevens Charleston International Greater Toronto Airports Airport Jim Trout Authority Glacier Park International Richard McConnell Airport Boise Airport Lloyd McCoomb Reginald K. Milley Edmonton Regional Airports Authority William Vanecek Buffalo Niagara International Airport John Mok Kenton County Airport Board Russ Widmar City of Fresno 2011 World Business Partners/ Associates Board of Directors Steven T. Baldwin Armen Chair DerHohannesian Steven Baldwin Associates Armen DerHohannesian & Associates Kitty P. Freidheim Vice Chair Kevin Dolliole Unison Consulting Freidheim Consulting Laddie E. Irion Immediate Past Chair URS Bruce Feuer The Paradies Shops Evan C. Futterman Futterman Consulting G. Hardy Acree ACI-NA Board Liaison Sacramento County Airport System Kurt Krummenacker Moody’s Investors Service Roddy L. Boggus Parsons Brinckerhoff Lynn Leibowitz Leibowitz & Horton Airport Management Consultants Paul Bowers Airport Improvement Magazine Keith Thompson Gensler Loy Warren Kimley-Horn & Associates | CENTERLINES 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - October 2011

Welcome Message
President’s Message
Canadian Airports
Associates’ Corner
Policy Corner
On the Hill and On the Stump
The 2011 William E. Downes Jr. Award
Host Airport
Cover Story: Money, Service and Regulations are Top Concerns at Small Airports
Feature: Celebrating 20 Years of Annual Conferences
Feature: The Heart of the City—Aerotropolis Concept Positions Airports as City Cores
Security: TSA Reauthorization
Passenger Focus: Wings for Autism
On Management: Health and Happiness—Wellness Programs Benefit Employee and Employer
Grand Openings
Now Underway
New Members
Conference Sponsors
Conference Exhibitors
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - October 2011