Inside the Fence

Inside the Fence

If politics is a commodity, the airport market is flooded. And, O' Avolar ...

By John Infanger, Editorial Director

May 2002

One of the better events to happen in aviation in recent months was the opening of the new Northwest terminal at Detroit Metro. In one day, DTW went from perpetual Worst Airport to having a first class facility, complete with an indoor tram that should at least be looked at by any airport needing to move passengers. The only negative about the new building is a shortage of phones.

While passengers enjoy the new DTW environs, pondering how the airport ever fit the previous mess into the new facility, the local and state officials have moved on, to a place that could get nasty and leave a bad taste for many involved. No sooner had the Wayne County Department of Airports enjoyed a moment in
the spotlight for transforming an airport, the State of Michigan and Governor Engler passed a law giving DTW and neighboring Willow Run Airport to a new authority. A lawsuit and a fight are pending.

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A recent zoning hearing concerned a piece of airport property on which the FBO, Montgomery Aviation, wants to build a replacement terminal-hangar. The permit was approved previously, on property approved for airport use years ago. This was a hearing to reconsider the previous approval.

It seems the neighbors are questioning whether the intent of those who approved the parcel as part of the Terry Airport ever actually meant to allow the airport to put hangars on it.

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TSA is a law enforcement agency first, they say. Once they scrutinize DCA and determine what security practices they'll be comfortable with, it seems logical that the agency will seek to use the DCA solution as a template for use elsewhere. At least, that's how it looks from an office in Southern Wisconsin.

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United/Avolar ratcheted up fairly quickly and lured some pretty good folks in the business. They went from working for the eager start-up to looking for a job. United has set up a data bank of resumes, available at www.avolar.com. They are broken out into the various professional disciplines: procurement, operations, customer service, IT, vendor relations, executive management, etc.

Ya gotta like an airline that helps its employees find new jobs.
Thanks for reading.

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