Airport Business

OCT 2018

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INDUSTRY UPDATE October 2018 airportbusiness 7 Cliff Graham Named Florida Aviation Professional of the Year Clifford Graham of Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) was recognized as the state of Florida’s Aviation Professional of the Year, the state’s highest industry recognition. A graduate of the Brevard County Executive Leadership Institute, he is best known in airport circles for the remarkable achievement of six consecutive years of spotless FAA inspections. www.AviationPros.com/12423741 Atlanta Launches Smart Restroom Infax announced July 31, that it launched its Trax SmartRestroom facility analytics system in a pilot program in its home town at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The Infax technology will help the busy airport improve facilities management by providing real-time data that allows staff and restrooms to run more efficiently. www.AviationPros.com/12422059 Clear Channel Airports Wins 5-Year Renewal with Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport Clear Channel Airports announced it won a five-year renewal with an option to extend for an additional five years, with Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) to provide brands with innovative advertising solutions. The new media network creates medium for advertisers to connect with travlers. www.AviationPros.com/12423267 HMSHost Wins 10-Year Contract at Boston Logan HMSHost, and Master ConcessionAir LLC was awarded a 10-year contract to operate 14 food and beverage locations at Boston Logan International Airport. Several of New England’s traditional dining favorites, as well as modern culinary trends, will be available in the airport. www.AviationPros.com/12423190 Sheltair Starts Construction on a New Hangar Complex at FXE Sheltair Aviation will build a new hangar complex at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The 180,000 square foot hangar complex consisting of eight large cabin-class sized hangars www.AviationPros.com/12422890 PUBLISHER'S NOTE Finding a Place for Blockchain in Aviation The term blockchain has been tossed around a lot lately. I recently attended the International Aviation Forecast Summit and what I learned after attending a session in blockchain is this: 1. People don’t understand what it is; 2. We are uncertain how we can apply it to aviation much less most of own businesses; 3. Getting everyone to agree to the same terms of blockchain seems daunting and unrealistic. Using a blockchain for a large company such as Wal-Mart where you are operating with many suppliers and have a need to track everything at every step of the process makes sense. Do airports and FBOs need to operate in these formats? Is this the future? From a secure agreements standpoint, the benefits are there; but what happens when a change is needed or a mistake was put in and found after the fact? Does a blockchain now delay the process instead of improving it? As always, thanks for reading. Missy Zingsheim Publisher

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