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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.
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.
Sitting on a small, exclusive island off the southeast coast of Georgia, McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI) serves an upscale population of private aircraft operators.
In the last year, Oakland International Airport (OAK) has increased its international traffic by a whopping 73%. That's no easy task-especially given its location directly across the bay from San Francisco International Airport and about 35 miles north of Norman Y.
When infrastructure constraints preclude loading and unloading aircraft at the terminal, airports need to get creative. Mobile boarding ramps and airside buses are two options operators are using to keep passengers safe and comfortable as they enter and exit planes on the tarmac.
The city of Austin, TX, has been expanding rapidly for the past several years, with no discernable end in sight. Last year, its population grew by 2.9% (nearly 60,000 people) and forecasters predict that the city will reach the 3 million mark before 2030.
Last fall, YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta capped its $2 billion airport development program with the opening of a new five-level, 2 million-square-foot terminal brimming with state-of-the-art technologies (see list to the left for specifics).
The new $29.4 million checked baggage facility at Westchester County Airport (HPN), near White Plains, NY, was in the design process for four years, but the delay was worth the wait.
Skipping the line at airport restaurants used to be the stuff daydreams were made of-usually the daydreams of travelers with tight connections, employees on limited lunch breaks or parents with hungry kids hanging on their legs as they waited in line.
As the federal government considers getting tougher on employee screening at U.S. airports, Miami International (MIA) is already exploring ways to make that happen. Its strategy? Deploying familiar technologies traditionally used to screen passengers and checked baggage.
It's a lofty honor for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) to be the first and only airport with a security management plan certified under the federal SAFETY Act of 2002.
Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), located in the picturesque and growing Flint Hills region of Kansas, cut the ribbon on its new terminal early this year.

Solar Farm at Fresno Yosemite Sets Shining Example of Energy Efficiency

What began as a small idea to improve the rental car facility at Fresno Yosemite International Airport has blossomed into a much larger project that's expected to save the California airport millions of dollars in the coming years.

Here's to the Survivors

This issue of Airport Improvement provides you with great examples of airports leveraging resources already at hand or in other cases saving money by using new technologies or outside resources.

Aviation Infrastructure: Don't Spend. Invest.

Oil priced over $150 a barrel? The number of airlines slashed by a third? Not too long ago, such statements would have made people laugh. No one is laughing anymore.

Five Management Challenges Facing Airports Amid Uncertainty

Due to high fuel prices, a slowing economy and airline service cutbacks, the always-difficult job of an airport director is even more challenging today than in the past.

Welcome Friends

It's an exciting time. Records for passengers and revenues continue to be posted and summarily surpassed. The compounding growth has placed unprecedented demands on our airport infrastructure, and we're all working hard and fast to keep pace.

A Case of Irrational Pessimism

Do we all have our seat belts fastened? The landscape we experience at year-end 2008 will surely be quite different than what our expectations were this past New Year's Day.

Advertising is Reported to Cure the Common Cold

Well, we may not go that far; but it has recently been reported that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may soon be swapping advertising where art is now displayed.

No Easy Answers

The seismic shocks to the global economy and their impacts on the airport community are becoming increasingly apparent. Fortunately, the price of oil has fallen below $100 a barrel, but the airlines are still cutting capacity, and additional service reductions are expected next year in an effort to trim costs.

Customer Service Enhanced with BHS Expansion

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has a long-term initiative to eliminate all customer experience difficulties from Terminal A to Terminal E at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Speedy and accurate baggage delivery has been an area of recent focus.

Palm Beach Builds Seven-Story Parking Garage

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) has a lot of changes planned, and the first big project is complete and already being used by the flying public... It's tough to miss. The new seven-story parking garage opened in August, ahead of a revision to the airport's master plan that calls for even more broad expansions of the Florida airport.

National Guard Shields Airport Neighbors from C-5 Run-Up Noise

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy could have presented noise problems at the new Tennessee Air National Guard's 164th Airlift Wing base at Memphis International Airport because the C-5s are required to execute ground engine run-ups, revving the engines up to flight levels, as part of standard maintenance.

Indianapolis International Gets a Move On

Managing change is rarely easy. It becomes potentially mind-boggling, however, when it involves more than 3,000 employees, 10 major airlines and about 180 daily departures. Such is the case at Indianapolis International Airport.

TSA Pilot Prompts a Hands-Off

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is constantly evaluating various technologies through pilot programs. One such effort, the Cambria pilot, is testing the use of computed tomography (CT) technology at airport checkpoints.

JFK Goes "SUE Happy"

Negative connotations may spring to mind when 'SUE' is heard in conversation. However, airports are increasingly finding this term to be overtly positive. SUE does, after all, help prevent schedule delays, excess costs and even lost lives during construction.

New Tanks and Off-Loading Stations Fuel Growth in Fort Myers

Soon after Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers opened its new 28-gate terminal in 2005, planning began for a new fuel facility. The result was a $6 million, three-year project designed to increase fueling capacity, efficiency and safety while updating existing facilities to evolving environmental regulations.

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SAFETY-First Philosophy Pays Off at Cincinnati Int'l

It's a lofty honor for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) to be the first and only airport with a security management plan certified under the federal SAFETY Act of 2002. But it's a designation that Chief Executive Officer Candace McGraw hopes to share with other airports soon.

Manhattan Regional Cleaves Terminal to Rebuild & Expand

Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), located in the picturesque and growing Flint Hills region of Kansas, cut the ribbon on its new terminal early this year. More than triple the size of the old facility, the new 42,000-square-foot building emerged from the footprint of the existing terminal in an unusual manner. The airport essentially cut its existing terminal in half, and then demolished, rebuilt and expanded each half during separate phases-while maintaining operations the entire time.

Airports Get Their Wag On With Therapy Animal Programs

When some people fly, they bring along lots of heavy baggage-literally and emotionally. On any given flight, there's probably more than one white-knuckle flyer, people en route to potentially life-changing job interviews or business meetings, and still others traveling for funerals or other sad events. Overstimulated children and weary seniors can also be particularly vulnerable.

Local Authority Regains Control of Ontario Int'l

Nov. 1, 2016, marked a new era for Ontario International (ONT), as ownership, management and operation of the Southern California airport returned to local control. The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), formed through a joint powers agreement between the city of Ontario and San Bernardino County, assumed control from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) after a successful campaign to "Set Ontario Free."

Los Angeles Int'l Uses Public-Private Partnerships to Build Automated People Mover & Consolidated Rental Car Facility

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is no stranger to construction projects. Since 2009, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been hard at work on a $14 billion capital improvement program at LAX and garnering the distinction as the largest public works program in the city's history.

Roanoke Regional Installs Beacons to Track Ground Transportation Providers

When Tim Bradshaw took the helm as executive director at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional (ROA) in 2014, the Virginia airport didn't have a ground transport policy. These days, ROA not only has a formal policy in place, it also has a new system that uses low-cost beacons to track activity and revenue.

New Paving Method Accelerates Runway Project at Grand Junction Regional

Like many airports, Grand Junction Regional (GJT) performs its airfield repairs late at night and early in the morning to avoid disrupting flight operations. Naturally, this stretches projects across more days because crews work in shorter shifts.



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