Category - Runway/Ramp

New Snow Removal Equipment & Procedures Pay Off at Indianapolis Int'l

It's almost as if Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was tipped off that this would be a particularly harsh winter in the Midwest. Last summer, the airport completely revised its winter operations by implementing new procedures, taking delivery of millions of dollars in new snow removal equipment and presenting a new curriculum of crew training.

Runway Rehab Paves the Way for Awards at Tri-State Airport

The $9 million rehabilitation of the sole runway at Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS) in West Virginia was completed without any big surprises - just the way Airport Director Jerry Brienza likes it. The airport's airlines and cargo operator agreed to a single weekend shutdown; various contractors and crews finished multiple stages on time; and even the weather cooperated.

Construction Projects Abound at Paine Field

The recent $8 million reconstruction of the general aviation runway at Snohomish County Airport, aka Paine Field (PAE), is not the facility's largest project by a long shot, but it was important nevertheless. Located about 30 miles north of Seattle in Everett, WA, the airport houses flight departments for the Boeing Company and a number of its key subcontractors. But 650 other entities and individuals base aircraft there as well.

Runway Rehab Benefits Military & Civilian Traffic

Airmen and civilians flying aircraft into Joint Base Charleston via Runway 15-33 have had smoother landings since the rehabilitated runway opened in August. The main 9,000-foot runway, owned by the U.S. Air Force, serves both the 437th Airlift Wing and Charleston International Airport (CHS).

Airfield Makeover at Albert Lea Municipal Features New 5,000-Foot Runway

Jim Hanson's Depression-era parents often reminded him to: "Use it up; wear it out; make it work." And for years, that's just what he did as manager of Albert Lea Municipal Airport (AEL), a city-owned facility in south central Minnesota.

Orlando-Sanford Int'l Completes Award-Winning Runway Extension

Located midway between Walt Disney World and Daytona Beach, Florida's Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) has carved a niche for itself as the popular tourist area's secondary commercial airport. Although tourism-driven passenger traffic accounts for much of its volume, additional traffic from local flight academies, plus significant domestic, international, charter and freight operations, helped SFB rank as the third busiest airport in Florida and the 25th busiest in the country in 2012, as measured by flight operations.

Garfield Regional Accelerates Maintenance to Preserve New Runway

Nothing looks better from the ground or the air than a freshly surfaced runway, apron or taxiway. It's new, it's fresh and it looks professional.

Detroit Metro Splits Runway Reconstruction & Fast-Tracks Construction to Maintain Asian Service

Runway 4R-22L serves a special role at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). At 12,000 feet long, it's the only runway that allows a fully loaded 747 or 777 to depart and fly nonstop to Asian destinations during the warm summer months. As such, 4R-22L is a key element in the airport's role as Delta Air Lines' Asian hub.

Florida's Runway Maintenance Program Gets High Marks from Participants

Most airport executives agree that dealing with governmental bureaucracy is the most frustrating aspect of their job. Between local, state and federal requirements, vital projects can take months, even years, to get approved, not to mention up and running.

Augusta Regional Receives Masters Traffic on Renovated Runways

Before the world's best golfers hit the well-manicured fairways at Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters Tournament each year, many fly into the well-maintained Augusta Regional Airport (AGS). This year, its runways were in especially good shape for the April event, because the east Georgia airport had just completed renovating its 8,000-foot primary runway a few months earlier.

Super Bowl Accelerates & Expands Runway Improvementsat New Orleans Lakefront

Long before football fans knew it would be the Ravens and 49ers facing off at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the FAA and New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) began preparing for the increased air traffic the big game would bring. In early 2012, the FAA sent its Super Bowl team to scout the airport that would support general aviation traffic for the February 2013 event.

Telluride Regional Invests in Extensive Runway & Airfield Improvements

Located 9,070 feet above sea level at the top of the Deep Creek Mesa, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) in Colorado is the highest commercial airport in United States. Thanks to a $50 million, multi-phase runway and airfield improvement project, operations there are safer than ever as the airport prepares for measured growth.

Tulsa Int'l Secures Bank Loan to Complete Runway Reconstruction

Facing the prospect of a protracted runway reconstruction schedule with multi-year FAA funding installments, Tulsa International Airport (TUL) has taken the financing road less traveled by obtaining a $14.6 million bank loan. As a result, it expects to save millions of dollars and compress the schedule for the remaining portions of the project by three to four years.

Naples Municipal Stops Cracks on Primary Runway with Reinforcing Grid

"Asphalt is like skin," says Tom O'Donnell, an engineer from Kimley-Horn & Associates. "After time and wear, it shows its age. If you get to the cracks early enough, however, you save a lot of money." Naples Municipal Airport (APF) in Florida tended to its cracks in 2010, after officials learned its primary and longest runway, 5/23, needed serious work.

Eastern West Virginia Regional Reconstructs Runway to Handle C-5 Traffic

With a cargo bay large enough to carry six Apache helicopters or five Bradley tanks, the C-5 is a massive aircraft. And it took a massive runway conversion to allow joint-use Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) to accommodate the military behemoth.

Logan Int'l Builds Concrete Pier Over Boston Harbor to Support Runway Safety Area Extension

Surrounded on three sides by environmentally protected waters, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) faced formidable challenges when complying with FAA-required runway safety area improvements.

Collin County Regional Thinks Big with Replacement Runway

Runway 18-36 at Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) is more than a new takeoff and landing surface. It's the centerpiece of $43.4 million in recent airfield improvements and a concrete example of local optimism and support for the North Texas general aviation airport.

Mitchell Int'l Finishes Runway Safety Area Improvements Ahead of Deadline

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) undoubtedly gained favor with the FAA in August, when it completed a seven-year, $70 million series of runway safety area (RSA) projects three years ahead of a congressional deadline.

Taxiway Modifications Ease Traffic Congestion During Runway Expansion at Fort Lauderdale Int'l

In January, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida broke ground on a $791 million expansion of Runway 9R-27L that will claim it a spot of distinction in the U.S. airport system. When completed in 2014, the south end of the 8,000-foot runway will reside 65 feet above ground and extend over both railroad tracks and U.S. Highway 1.

Denver Int'l Upgrades Airfield Lighting

Before a $6.64 million airfield lighting project was completed at Denver International (DEN) last spring, the airport's surface movement guidance and control system (SMGCS) needed a major upgrade. The system, which was installed in the 1990s, included stop bar lights at runway entrances for all six runways but no in-pavement runway guard lights. In addition, its multimode fiber optic cable was old and some of the connectors were starting to break off, explains DEN's Electrical Support Engineer Heather McKee.

Air Force Academy Ditches Grass for Synthetic Turf

When the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, (KAFF) invested $5.4 million in 19 new gliders last year, officials knew that its sailplane landing area would no longer suffice. Dried clumps of native grasses made for an extremely rough landing surface that was overstressing and fatiguing the aircraft.

Bob Sikes Airport Installs New Fuel-Resistant Asphalt

What began as an ordinary apron rehab at a general aviation facility in the Florida Panhandle ended with all the markings of an industry-changing project.

Fairchild Air Force Base Reconstructs Sole Runway

When the sole runway at Fairchild Air Force Base exhibited signs of excessive deterioration, civil engineers recommended shutting down the landing surface for complete reconstruction. The decision was pivotal, as Fairchild's airfield (SKA) is home to the 141st Washington Air National Guard Refueling Wing and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing (part of the Air Mobility Command) - groups that provide core aerial refueling activities for the U.S. Air Force. In essence, they maintain an air bridge across the nation and world to support U.S. and allied forces.

San Diego Int'l Switches to LED Runway Status Lights

Despite the best efforts of air traffic controllers, pilots and ground support staff, runway incursions can still occur. One of the FAA's frontline strategies to help further reduce incursions - Runway Status Lights (RWSL) - took another step forward in November, when the system at San Diego International Airport (SAN) was updated with LEDs.

Despite Mild Winter, O'Hare Flexes its Snow Ops Muscle

As one of the busiest airports in the country, operations at O'Hare International (ORD) can impact the entire air traffic system. Even during unpredictable winter weather, it's vital for the large Chicago hub to run safely and smoothly. Thanks to its award-winning operations team, ORD continues to meet the challenges that roll in with the Windy City's winter storms.

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