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In February, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began requiring workers to carry their personal items in clear bags when passing through security checkpoints on their way to work.
This spring, Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Arizona received good news about its new Operations Center. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the building silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED).
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is on track for continued growth and increased intermodality with the debut of its South Airport Automated People Mover System early this fall.
Completing airfield construction around the hustle and bustle of fully operational commercial service is challenging enough. But the margin for error is almost nonexistent when flights are grounded right before Christmas and the work window is just 15 days.
After a decade of surging traffic, South Texas International Airport (EBG) needed to upgrade its fueling operations to keep customers streaming in. So that's just what Airport Manager Debora Melvin did.
In May, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) received a giant shot in the arm when it was named the best-connected medium-sized airport in the United States. Industry analyst William S.
The Maryland Aviation Administration is transforming the way it manages the volume of facility documents and geographic information system data generated and used at its two airports.
Los Angeles International (LAX) recently experienced a monumental shift that had nothing to do with seismic activity or regional fault lines. It was a self-induced shift to relocate Delta Air Lines that ultimately affected more than two dozen carriers.
Aéroports de Montréal recently rehabilitated the primary runway at Montreal-Mirabel International (YMX), one of the three largest aeronautical centers in the world and a major hub for Quebec's economy that serves 24 cargo airlines and a host of corporate and military tenants.
People outside the industry sometimes think of airports as nothing more than places for airplanes to land and take off. Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) in Nova Scotia aspires to be much more-for passengers and its community.
A challenging management issue is emerging at many U.S. airports: As increasing numbers of long-time senior executives prepare to retire, their next-in-line successors typically don't have the business, management and leadership skills the top positions demand.
Already commonplace in South and Central America, bag-wrapping services are gaining a foothold in the North American marketplace, with a high concentration in Canadian airports.

State Test Program Fully Funds Runway Project at Gainesville Regional

It's often a challenge to secure partial funding for major projects, but Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Florida received full funding from the state for its recent $2.8 million runway renovation. Typically, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will pay up to 50% of construction expenses at state airports. However, it pays up to 100% of the cost for special demonstration projects.

Old Crow Airport Enjoys Community's New Fuel Depot

Fuel is more than a revenue stream at Old Crow Airport (YOC) in Canada's Yukon Territory; it's the very lifeblood of the region. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the small community of Old Crow is only accessible by air. When the local government recently replaced the aging fuel farm that supplies crucial heating and automotive fuel to the community's 250 aboriginal residents, YOC's ability to store and deliver aircraft fuel was also improved.

Emergency Drill at Rochester Int'l Includes Social Media Simulation

When disaster strikes, airport staff must react quickly and decisively - almost instinctively. That's why annual emergency training is so important. It helps employees perform appropriately and safely by providing opportunities to practice their particular roles in prescribed response procedures.

Hamilton Int'l Expands Cargo Space & Adds Cold Storage Area

Cargo is already a dominant force at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM), and it's about to get even bigger, and more diverse, with the opening of a $12 million warehouse complex.

Air Service Development Leads to Terminal Expansion at Punta Gorda Airport

Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) is proving that one size does not fit all when it comes to air service development.

Oh, What a Feeling!

Over the last few months or so, I've detected a change in attitude, and this sense was validated at the national conferences I attended in fall. What is it, you ask? That airports and other aviation sectors are now enjoying the best of times.

Deicing Gets Greener at Halifax Int'l

Halifax Stanfield International (YHZ) is staking its claim as an industry leader in environmental management with the commissioning of a glycol recovery and distillation facility built at the Nova Scotia airport last year. The new system not only collects spent glycol from YHZ's aircraft de-icing operations, it also recycles the liquid and uses it to produce Type I aircraft deicing fluid that is subsequently reused at the airport.

Denver Int'l Eliminates Noise Fees & Improves Traffic Flow With Early NextGen Implementation

In addition to the standard noise abatement challenges all airports face, Denver International (DEN) has an additional layer of complexity: a stringent noise compliance agreement with its county that dates back to 1989. Each of the agreement's 101 points includes a $500,000 annual penalty; so noise infractions could potentially cost DEN more than $50 million every year.

Burbank Airport Modernizes Lighting System After Airfield Blackout

The lights are once again bright at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), thanks to three years of planning and teamwork, plus a giant dose of resiliency. After enduring a complete airfield lighting failure, the Southern California airport rallied to reconstruct an entirely new system.

One by One, Los Angeles Int'l Adds Safety Areas to All Four Runways

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is nearly halfway through an ambitious three-year project to bring all four runways at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) into compliance with FAA runway safety area requirements.

Lakeland Regional Switches to Cloud-based System for Airfield Maintenance Records

Mowing an airfield requires an organized process - especially in Florida, where grass grows quickly thanks to never-ending sun and ample moisture. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), situated on 1,700 acres of land between Tampa and Orlando, enhanced its approach last summer by changing from one-dimensional paper recordkeeping to a more integrated cloud-based software system.

San Jose Int'l Brings Rubber Removal In-House

Removing rubber from runways is a significant maintenance expense at most big-city airports. As such, facility operators are continually debating the relative merits of outsourcing the job or investing in personnel and equipment to handle the ongoing task in-house. Given the cost and safety-sensitive nature of the work, it's a pivotal decision.

O'Hare Int'l Adds Control Tower to South Side of Airfield

A new air traffic control tower is always a big deal; but the commissioning at O'Hare International Airport (ORD), scheduled for mid-October, is bound to garner extra attention. The tower's non-traditional angular design will undoubtedly turn heads within the industry, and those who look more closely will find notable eco-friendly elements. Internally, the opening of the new south tower and runway it will serve moves the Chicago Department of Aviation one major step closer to finishing its $8.7 billion airport modernization program.

Salt Lake City Int'l Diversifies Deicing Options & Changes Purchasing Procedures

When environmental concerns prompted the FAA to ban ammonium nitrate (also known as urea) for pavement deicing, airports throughout the country had to find a replacement for the once-standard chemical. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) seems no worse for wear. Its crews now use three different deicing agents, and a revamped purchasing process helps the airport secure a competitive price for each one.

Immokalee Regional Decouples Runways & Installs New Pavement

Justin Lobb, manager at Immokalee Regional (IMM) in Florida, doesn't mince words when he recalls how badly the airport's north-south runway needed a major makeover: "The pavements showed signs of water intrusion and longitudinal cracking. The maze of drainage ditches between the runway and Taxiway B also presented maintenance challenges. Irregular grading had resulted in unsafe ponding and wildlife attraction conditions, and the area was accessible for maintenance only during the dry season."


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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle


RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

Most airport layouts were designed when passengers played cards while waiting for a flight because an onboard meal was an expectation and the very idea of a smartphone would have been laughable.

What was once a mess of beam seating everywhere now has a multi-function use: part lounge, part cafe, part office and a wealth of amenities. New uses of spaces as well as new types of furniture are finding their way into the airport because today's passenger is really focused on getting to point B rather than the journey itself. Airport design and furniture elements have a stronger impact on the passenger experience than one may realize. There's the comfort. The durability. The usability.

Matt Dubbe from Mead and Hunt and Joe Agati from Agati Furniture will tackle these questions and others in: Airport Interiors are Experiencing Massive Change: What You Need to Know.

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Evolving Requirements for Senior Airport Execs Demand Succession Planning & Employee Development

A challenging management issue is emerging at many U.S. airports: As increasing numbers of long-time senior executives prepare to retire, their next-in-line successors typically don't have the business, management and leadership skills the top positions demand.

Bag-Wrapping Services Gain Popularity in Canada

Already commonplace in South and Central America, bag-wrapping services are gaining a foothold in the North American marketplace, with a high concentration in Canadian airports.

Orlando Int'l Adds Giant Common-Use Video Wall Behind Check-In Counters

When you hear the word "Orlando," you probably think of vacation attractions: Disney World. Sea World. Beaches. Golf. Or perhaps you've attended an event at the Orange County Convention Center, the second-largest convention complex in the United States.

Airport Services Facility is Latest Addition to Emerging Aerotropolis at Edmonton Int'l

The business world loves a company in growth mode and gets downright giddy when projects bring several growth-oriented companies together. That said, the recently completed multi-tenant complex at Edmonton International (YEG) could be a poster child for concurrent expansion by airport service companies.

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Renovates Terminal A

Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) celebrated another milestone of its $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program (TRIP) in January, with the completion of renovations in Terminal A. The $650 million Terminal A project kicked off in 2011 and, like the entire capital program, centered around improving the customer experience.

Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Installs Drone Detection System

As the recreational drone craze continues to grow, the popular fad is literally hitting the radar of personnel charged with maintaining the safety and security of airports around the country.

Quality Trumps Bid for Operation & Maintenance Contract at Orlando Int'l

When it comes to bidding airport work, airports and respondents alike know that the bottom line of a proposal usually seals the deal-and eventually the fate-of a potential contract.

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