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Outgoing Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Chair James C. Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, turned over the chair position of the ACI-NA Board of Directors to Maureen Riley, Executive Director of Salt Lake City Department of Airports, during a special reception on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, California. 
"Today, North American airports are facing significant challenges that require us to be more creative and strategic in the way the industry approaches solutions," said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. "Under Jim’s leadership, ACI-NA advanced airport priorities through effective collaboration, both within the aviation industry and with nontraditional partners. We appreciate his hard work and dedication to our association."
"As our new chair, Maureen will bring broad industry expertise and a deep understanding of the challenges our industry faces each day in Washington and Ottawa," Burke said. "We look forward to her leading our work to develop innovative ideas to ensure that the North America airports remain globally competitive for the years to come."
"I am honored and excited to become ACI-NA chair," said Maureen Riley. "North American airports are leaders in the global aviation system, but we are at risk of falling behind as other regions invest in improving their infrastructure and customer service. Over the next year, we must use our voice and continued collaboration to affect positive change." 
Following several days of jam-packed thought leadership, educational sessions, and enhanced networking, the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition came to a close on Tuesday night with an industry celebration at Long Beach’s Pacific Ballroom.  This year’s conference attracted nearly 1,800 attendees and more than 210 show floor booths!
On Tuesday, ACI-NA presented the 2015 Williams E. Downes, Jr. Memorial Award to Richard Haury during an award presentation at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. The Downes Award is presented by ACI-NA to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting the cause of airports and aviation throughout the local, national and worldwide communities. The award is the highest honor given by ACI-NA. Read more >>
Ten North American airports achieved certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation since ACI-NA joined the program in 2014 and were recognized for their achievements during a ceremony at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Airport Carbon Accreditation recognizes airport efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions through independent assessment and verification.  "As North American airport participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows, ACI-NA applauds the significant steps airports are taking to be leaders in environmental stewardship," said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  "I applaud these early adopters who have committed to lowering their carbon footprints and becoming better partners in the global aviation system.  By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation, these airports are setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability."  Read more >>
During his annual State of the Industry Address, ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke outlined a new vision for airports based on enhanced collaboration between U.S. and Canadian airports and continued advocacy to advance airport priorities. Read his remarks here >>
During the Exhibition Hall opening celebration on Sunday, ACI-NA unveiled the second year of airport trading cards. The airport trading card series offers aviation enthusiasts a new collectible opportunity to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports. Read more >>
The 2016 ACI-NA/World Annual Conference and World Annual General Assembly will be held September 25 – 28, 2016, in Montreal. Next year’s conference will bring all sectors of the global aviation industry together in one of the world’s major aerospace centers. There will be no better place to discuss the latest trends and strategies aimed at moving the industry forward safely, securely, and sustainably.
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Today's Aviation Headlines

Just because you’re at a conference doesn’t mean the world stops. Centerlines LIVE will continue providing the latest industry news while Centerlines Today is on hiatus.  This section will feature the latest industry news so you don’t miss a beat while networking with old friends and new connections.

FAA seeks largest fine yet on drones in near-miss crackdown: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is proposing the largest fine to date against a drone operator as the agency cracks down on the booming use of unmanned aircraft in congested skies over populated areas. Read more >>
Ten US and Canadian airports achieve certification under carbon accreditation programme: Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) has announced that 10 Canadian and U.S. airports have achieved certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Read more >>
Halifax airport runway lights go out after generator controls fail: A two-second power interruption on a Nova Scotia Power main transmission line early Monday morning caused major headaches for passengers on three planes due to land at Halifax International Airport. Read more >>
MSP Airport may test car-sharing program: The Metropolitan Airports Commission is working on a pilot program that would give the three big car-sharing providers (which rent cars by the minute, hour or day) as many as five parking stalls each near the light rail platform at Terminal 2, according to a staff memo. Read more >>
As U.S. market nears ceiling, Southwest goes abroad for growth: Starting Oct. 15, Southwest will embark on a major expansion in flying abroad, with daily nonstop departures to six cities in Latin America and the Caribbean from a new concourse in Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. A second international terminal will open in 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Read more >>
Frontier cutting back on space at DIA: The Denver-based air carrier is planning to cut back on its space at Denver International Airport by six gates and nearly 11,000 square feet, or 43 percent. It’s a move that will drop its yearly DIA rent bill by $3 million if approved by Denver’s City Council. Read more >>
The rise of the airline megahub and where CLT fits in the picture: OAG, formerly Official Airline Guide, has just concluded an exhaustive study of the major hubs that airlines have established around the world, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport ranked No. 4. Read more >>
Edmonton International Airport parking lots home to 100-plus ditched cars: Each month, two or three vehicles are permanently left behind in the EIA parking lots. Read more >>
MSP airport features Cuban-inspired art exhibit: The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now featuring Cuban-inspired artwork. Read more >>
Heathrow Airport releases new images of proposed £19bn third runway: Heathrow Airport have released artist impressions of how the prospective new third runway will look. The northwest runway will be two miles (3,200m) long - big enough for any aircraft in the world to use. A new central terminal will also be built, as well as an expanded business park in the proposal. Read more >>
This interactive map shows 24 hours of global airline flights: The free web app, produced by Luciad, uses data from FlightRadar24, according to Gizmodo. It shows the arrivals and departures from every airport across the world, providing a stark visual representation of just how much air traffic there is. Read more >>

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From the Expo Hall
Many photos from the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition are already available for download. Visit ACI-NA’s Flickr page to browse this year’s photos. More photos will be added over the next several days, so check back often. See the photos now >>

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Yesterday's Happenings
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The ACI-NA Board of Directors and the Committee Chairs gathered for lunch to exchange ideas on committee initiatives.

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The ACI-NA Board of Directors met to discuss strategic plans for the year ahead, including a look at ACI-NA’s new technology tool to assist members with ground transportation challenges. Stop by the IDEA Lounge for a glimpse into CurbPING.

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The 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition show floor is under construction. Make your plans now to see the most innovative products and services the industry has to offer at the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Route your show floor itinerary by reviewing the exhibitor profiles in Centerlines [insert link to article] or visit our website’s interactive map. >>

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On Location
The latest issue of the brand new Centerlines magazine hit mailboxes last week. Each topic and article were carefully selected to position Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees ahead of the curve. Plan to read each of the articles on your flight to LGB, including:

Glamour Meets Convenience at Long Beach: LGB Director Bryant Francis invites you to visit Long Beach Airport, the official 2015 Annual Conference Host Airport, while in sunny Long Beach. Read more >>

A Whole New Ballgame: Airports have always been in the business of finding and retaining air service. But as communities continue to deal with the ongoing aftereffects of airline consolidation, airports are coming up with fresh approaches to attract new air service and keep the flights they already have. Read more >>

The Dollars and Sense of Environmental Planning: Duration and cost vary, but all sustainable airport projects ultimately strive to make good sense. Read more >>

Enabling the Future - Technology for Tomorrow’s Airport: SITA says that by 2034, 7.3 billion people will be traveling through our airports. That’s equivalent to today’s total world population and more than double today’s number of air travelers. Read more >>

A Competitive Edge: When EDGE4VETS brings airports and veterans together, everybody wins. Read more >>

Building for the Orlando Experience: As Executive Director Phil Brown explains, multiple projects are underway that will take Orlando International to the next level. Read more >>

Seeing the Big Picture: Richard Haury named 2015 William E. Downes, Jr. Award Recipient. Read more >>
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