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									For Immediate Release                                                Date: January 5, 2005
News Advisory                                                        Contact: Russell Houston
                                                                     (202) 334-3252

TRB 84th Annual Meeting Session Highlights
January 9-13, 2005 – Washington, DC
As in previous Annual Meetings, the Aviation Group is sponsoring a broad cross-section of
sessions on air transportation, with emphasis on the next-generation air transportation system.
International Open Skies and various planning issues also will be addressed. General subjects
include the National Airspace System (NAS), airports, aviation research needs, environmental
and economic issues. Airport issues include security, land use, airport access, and preparations
for the new Airbus 380. Environmental issues range from aircraft noise and particulate
emissions to wildlife management. Two key economic issues covered at this year’s meeting
include the status of the airline industry and the real cost of air travel. International, national,
state, regional, and local participants will offer information of interest to all members of the
transportation community.
More than 9,000 policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of
government, industry, and academic institutions are expected to attend the Transportation
Research Board (TRB) 84th Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC, January 9-13, 2005. The
meeting, held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Hilton Washington hotels,
includes more than 2,500 presentations in 500 sessions, 65 workshops, and 350 TRB committee
meetings covering all aspects of transportation.
TRB's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. In an
objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on
transportation practice and policy by researchers and practitioners; stimulates research and offers
research management services that promote technical excellence; provides expert advice on
transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research results broadly and encourages
their implementation. A major focal point of TRB's activities, the Annual Meeting provides an
opportunity for transportation professionals from all over the world to exchange information of
common interest.
Organized in 1920, TRB is a division of the National Academies, which include the National
Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National
Research Council. The nation turns to the National Academies for independent, objective advice
on issues that affect people's lives worldwide.
Highlighted Aviation Sessions
Session 154 - Airport Security: Identifying the Threats and Assessing the Feasibility of the
Responses (Parts A & B)

This half-day workshop will consist of two interactive sessions:
   •   The first session, Identifying the Key Security Threats Affecting Airports, will establish
       the workshop objectives by providing a high-level assessment of the processes that are
       affected by security threats, such as the processing of passengers, baggage, and cargo and
       the movement of staff, services, and supplies and materials required to support these
       processes. The panelists, along with audience members, will define security; determine
       the key objectives of airport operators, airlines and other tenants, and regulatory
       governmental agencies; and discuss challenges encountered.
   •   The second session, Assessing the Feasibility of Countering Identified Threats, will
       review potential strategies for responding to threats and will evaluate the feasibility of
       these strategies in an airport environment and the constraints to implementing them. The
       session will review proven approaches and emerging technologies and will identify
       requirements for future research. Panelists will discuss progress made by parties
       responsible for development of new approaches and technologies, their implementation
       in a holistic manner, and constraints to development and implementation.

Although the focus of this workshop is aviation security, much of the discussion will be
applicable to other transportation modes.

Session 299 - The Next Generation Air Transport System

The multiagency Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) will soon present Congress
with the Integrated National Plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. This
system for the year 2025 and afterward is designed to simultaneously meet safety, security,
mobility, efficiency, and capacity needs beyond those contained in Federal Aviation
Administration’s current operational plans. The JPDO already has made real progress on the
National Plan by assembling Integrated Product Teams, comprised of representatives from the
private and public sectors, to develop the actual detailed plans for transforming the system. This
session will examine the Integrated National Plan, discuss why it is needed, and highlight policy
and practical issues related to the plan.

Session 342 - Airport Preparations for the A380 New Large Aircraft (NLA)

This session will examine how airports around the world are preparing for the introduction of the
new Airbus A 380 New Large Aircraft (NLA). Federal Aviation Administration, industry, and
airport representatives will explore the current state of preparations for the passenger and cargo
versions of this new jumbo aircraft, with special attention to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, John F.
Kennedy, and Memphis-Shelby airports. The first flight of this 550-passenger super jumbo
aircraft is scheduled in France in January 2005.

Session 545 - Aircraft Manufacturing: Duopoly Issues & Emerging Competitors

The two major segments of the commercial aircraft industry—large transport aircraft and
regional jets—have become duopoly businesses because of a series of mergers. Airbus and
Boeing compete in the former, and Bombardier and Embraer compete in the latter. These
companies hold great importance to the economies of their respective nations, which has led to
multiple forms of government participation in this commercial enterprise. These companies are
among the largest manufacturing exporters in their host economies; therefore, competition for
sales has become a national issue with implications for domestic employment. This session will
explore several dimensions of this competition and the associated problems of the globalization
of sourcing and government support.

Session 614 - Evolution or Revolution? Exploring Options for the Future of the National
Airspace System Infrastructure

This session will address current and future research and development needs for the National
Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure. The NAS is one of the largest integrated civil
infrastructure systems, consisting of more than 48,000 complex components, facilities, and
services, many of which are approaching physical or technical obsolescence. Presenters from the
Federal Aviation Administration, industry, and academia will address strategies for efficient and
effective NAS infrastructure management, the critical issue of aging facilities, and the required
costs for current and next-generation facilities.

All Aviation Sessions
No    Session Title                                                     Hotel           Day
108   Aviation Activity Forecasting Methodology and Assumptions          S      8:30 AM–12:00 PM
154   Airport Security: Identifying Threats and Assessing Feasibility    S      1:30 PM–5:00 PM
      of Responses
No    Session Title                                                     Hotel          Day
216   Analysis and Enhancements of National Airspace System              S      8:00 AM–9:45 AM
218   Airport Access, Curbside Modeling, and Conflict: Getting It        S      8:00 AM–9:45 AM
      Right Outside the Door
266   Management and Analysis of Airport Demand and Delay                S      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
268   Effect of 9/11 on Airport Landside Operations                      S      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
299   Next-Generation Air Transportation System                          S      1:30 PM–3:15 PM
342   Airport Preparations for A380 New Large Aircraft                   S      3:45 PM–5:30 PM
345   Land Use and Airports: Conflicts and Resolutions                   S      3:45 PM–5:30 PM
371   International Open Skies Agreements                                S      7:30 PM–9:30 PM
372   Analysis and Process Issues in Aviation System Planning            S      7:30 PM–9:30 PM

No    Session Title                                              Hotel           Day
420   Update on Policy and Application of Perimeter Taxiways      S      8:00 AM–9:45 AM
438   Current Issues in Aviation Research (Poster Session)        S      9:30 AM–12:00 PM
459   Research Needs in Aviation Safety and Capacity              S      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
491   Cross-Enterprise Ventures: New Noise and Air Emissions      S      1:30 PM–3:15 PM
492   Real Cost of Air Travel                                     S      1:30 PM–3:15 PM
544   Wildlife Management: Reducing Hazards to Transportation     S      3:45 PM–5:30 PM
      While Protecting the Environment
545   Aircraft Manufacturing: Duopoly Issues and Emerging         S      3:45 PM–5:30 PM
575   Planning for Airport Ground Access                          S      7:30 PM–9:30 PM
577   Airline Industry Status Update                              S      7:30 PM–9:30 PM
No    Session Title                                              Hotel          Day
614   Evolution or Revolution? Exploring Options for Future of    S      8:00 AM–9:45 AM
      National Airspace System Infrastructure
615   Modeling Air Travel Choice Behavior                         S      8:00 AM–9:45 AM
652   Future of 50-Seat-or-Under Aircraft and Impact on Small     S      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
653   Natural Sounds in National Parks                            S      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
657   Personal Rapid Transit Systems at Airports                  H      10:15 AM–12:00 PM
685   Aircraft Particulate Matter Emissions                       S      2:30 PM–4:00 PM
690   Applying Advanced Technologies at Airport, Bus, and Rail    H      2:30 PM–4:00 PM
712   Recent Case Studies in Airport System Planning              S      4:30 PM–6:00 PM
713   Lessons Learned in Planning, Programming, Design, and       S      4:30 PM–6:00 PM
      Construction of New Runways at Large Hub Airports

Hotels: Marriott (M), Hilton (H), Shoreham (S)
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