Category - Runway/Ramp

Alternate Landing Surface Keeps Air Traffic Moving at Northwest Arkansas Regional

When Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) was built in 1998 to replace the commercial component at Fayetteville's Drake Field, no one expected its sole runway would need to be completely reconstructed 13 years later.

Vancouver Int'l Installs Ground Run-up Enclosure to Cut Maintenance Noise in Half

With round-the-clock operations and an urban location, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has long been attuned to noise issues. In December, Vancouver Airport Authority finished a $12 million project to help keep peace with YVR's neighbors. A new ground run-up enclosure (GRE) - Canada's first - is expected to cut the acoustic impact of ground run-ups in half. The structure will also serve as a deicing station - another industry first.

Canadian Airport Lights the Way to Increased Business

The new, improved Niagara District Airport (YCM) is open and ready for business. With the aid of a $12 million grant from the Canadian Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Niagara District Airport Commission took a build it and they will come approach to stimulating air traffic and associated business development at the airport.

O'Hare Int'l Applies Cooler, Greener Taxiway Asphalt

In an ongoing effort to find ways to go green and boost social responsibility during its massive modernization program, O'Hare became the first airport in the Midwest to apply warm-mix asphalt to an airport taxiway.

Memphis Int'l Trains Local Contractors in Airfield Maintenance

Memphis International Airport (MEM) spends about $1 million a year maintaining its 5,000 acres of pavement, and contractors outside the region typically win the work.

Denver Int'l Revamps Pavement Markings Program

As the third largest international airport in the world, Denver International Airport (DEN) has a large volume of pavement markings to maintain throughout its 53-square-mile footprint. Surfaces include 500 lane miles of roadway (inside and outside the fence), six runways totaling 76,000 linear feet, 46,000 parking spots and about 50 lane miles of underground tunnel used to transfer baggage between concourses. In addition, there are deicing pads, aircraft parking areas and holding lots for cabs, limousines, buses and courtesy vans.

Manassas Apron Project Reaps Rewards from Reclamation Efforts

When Manassas Regional Airport completed the final phase of its nearly $11 million East Apron Rehabilitation and Expansion Program last fall, airport officials felt like they received a "two-fer." Recycling existing pavement saved both time and money.

Orlando Int'l Maximizes Taxiway Lighting Efficiency with Advanced Power Supply System

Orlando International Airport (MCO) has a long history of cutting-edge airfield improvements. More than 20 years ago, it was one of the first airports to convert to a computerized lighting control system. Last year, it was the first to install an operational FAA-sponsored runway status light system.

Denver Int'l & Portland Jetport Stand Ready for New Glycol Regs

Airports throughout the country are taking stock of their aircraft deicing strategies and wastewater systems as they anticipate new effluent limitation guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October. The updated federal standards are expected to require commercial airports to collect a predetermined portion of their dispensed glycol and treat the resulting wastewater on- or off-site.

Collaboration & Quality Control Yield Lasting Runway Markings at Ocala Int'l

In early 2009, Runway 18-36 at Ocala International Airport in Florida was a patchwork of different pavements, and it had been nearly 20 years since its last rehabilitation or significant maintenance.

Charlotte Douglas Int'l Takes Over Deicing Operations

In an effort to control glycol recovery and improve deicing times, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) took over US Airways' deicing operations last winter and purchased 28 new deicing trucks.

Arcata-Eureka Airport Adds Runway Safety Area

Extra runway length helps small regional airports attract larger jets and more passengers. But options are limited when an airport's runway ends at a cliff that drops 200 feet into the Pacific Ocean.

Abbotsford Int'l Chooses Prefab Field Electrical Center

In the midst of already heavy airside construction, simplicity was the guiding principle when Abbotsford International in British Columbia, Canada, chose a prefabricated airfield lighting field electrical center (ALFEC) and associated control and monitoring system for its air traffic control tower.

Fort Wayne Int'l Improves Airfield Safety with Perimeter Road Reconstruction

Until late last year, Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Indiana operated under trying circumstances, to say the least. Because the airport's fixed-base operations (FBO) and fuel farm were located on opposite sides of the airfield, fuel trucks regularly crossed an active runway to conduct standard fueling operations.

San Diego Int'l Uses Mobile System to Test Runway Lighting

At San Diego International Airport (SAN), runway lighting is tested on the go. A pickup pulls a two-wheeled trailer that houses an array of sensors, which feed data to a laptop computer in the cab of the truck. The trailer is also equipped with a global positioning system that pinpoints and records the exact location of underperforming lights.

Nashville Int'l Reconstructs One Runway, Rehabs Another

In August 2009, Nashville International Airport (BNA) shut down runway 2L-20R for reconstruction. A 2007 evaluation of the 35-year-old pavement found accelerated deterioration resulting from an alkali-silica reaction. The pavement was cracking and showing structural deficiencies; within five years, the evaluation concluded, the runway would fall below minimal service levels.

Elmira Corning Airport Saves Time & Money With Multipurpose Snow Removal Equipment

Faced with the prospect of having to clear snow for more aircraft, but do so with fewer staff members, Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) in Horseheads, NY, recently purchased a $757,000 vehicle that allows a single operator to simultaneously plow and sweep.

Getting a Grip on Runways

Over the last 15 years, more than 100 fatalities have occ urred as A result of aircraft overruns directly related to "poor" runwa y braking action. The key to lowering this number is proper runway friction testing. While accidents like those at Chicago Midway Airport in 2005 and Broome County Airport in 1989 have led to improved technologies and testing practices, there is still room for improvement.

FAA, Randolph County Support General Aviation with New Runway

When the Randolph County Airport broke ground for a new runway last summer, it was the largest FAA-funded general aviation project in Indiana history.

Continental Revamps Ramp at Newark Liberty

Project Clean Slate is well underway at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The Continental Airlines initiative that began in late 2007 is steadily redesigning the carrier's space in Terminals A and C to better accommodate aircraft with added winglets.

Fort Campbell Army Airfield Lights Up with Solar

For eight years, Fort Campbell Army Airfield in Kentucky operated with a single main runway. But late last October, its other 4,500-foot runway (18/36) and 2,500-foot heliport (Destiny 23) reopened with a newly rehabilitated runway and new solar-powered lights.

Bellingham Int'l Completes $29 Million Runway Rehab in 22 Days

On Aug. 31, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington shut down its only runway for extensive rehabilitation at 11 p.m. Twenty-two days and 70,000 tons of asphalt later, a Horizon Air flight lifted off its new runway at 5:20 a.m. - despite unseasonably wet weather, even by Pacific Northwest standards.

Whitetop Project at Elkhart Municipal Delivers More than Runway Improvements

When the main runway at Indiana's Elkhart Municipal Airport needed resurfacing in July 2009, the stars aligned in an unusual way to help get the project done with better materials and for less money - even in a seriously slumping local economy.

Dane County Regional's Glycol Recovery System Goes Underground

In 1991, Madison, Wisconsin's Dane County Regional Airport was one of the first airports in the Midwest to build a glycol recovery system. The system essentially consisted of a pond that held aircraft deicing runoff that was treated with aeration until it could be discharged into a local waterway or the sanitary sewer system, depending on its biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentration.

Dallas Love Falls in Love with a Hog

People in love tend to gush about the object of their affections. Timothy Smith, airfield superintendent of Dallas Airport System, gushes about a hog - a Stripe Hog® paint and rubber removal vehicle, to be exact.

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