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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.

Mother Nature is Silent Design Partner at Richardson International

Although environmentally conscious building practices are not the norm in the airport industry, they're a top priority at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

New Tennessee Air National Guard Base Includes Super-Size Hangars

The largest Air National Guard project in history is all but complete at Memphis International Airport. And the scope is staggering.

Siemens Helps Solve Taxiway Lighting Challenge at O'Hare

When a light goes out at home, a quick bulb change usually fixes the problem. On an airfield, it's rarely that simple. At O'Hare International Airport, it's even more challenging.

Dulles Concourse Gains 15 Gates

The third expansion of Concourse B has proved to be a charm for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Denver Keeps Lines in Check with TQM

Under a five-year contract with Denver International Airport, Hospital Shared Services, Inc. serves as the main point of contact for all processes and logistics related to queue management under the Total Queue Management program.

El Paso International Computerizes Airfield Operations Tracking

The management at El Paso (TX) International Airport turned to Eagle Integrated Solutions for a system to track airfield inspection and repair as well as vehicle fleet safety and control.

First U.S. Crystal Bridges Installed at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional

The Killeen-Fort Hood (TX) Regional Airport is trying to do something about the lack of whimsy and romance in air travel these days.

JFK Fixes Gate Shortage with Hardstands

Topping the list of capacity-constrained airports in the United States, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) often lacks gate availability to meet the demand of its passenger aircraft flight schedules. So what is a solution-seeking airport operator to do?

Marana Regional Adds New Apron for Golf Tournament

When a professional golf tournament rolls into town, it brings plenty of big iron with it. That's why Marana (AZ) Regional Airport quickly adjusted its master plan to accommodate the 2007 Accenture Match Play World Golf Championship.

Philadelphia International Toasts New Wine Bar

Passengers at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) have several new flight options, but they have nothing to do with air service. They're wine flights, groupings of two or three wines poured in sample-size tasting portions. Patrons can "catch" these flights at Vino Volo, a wine tasting bar and restaurant that opened in late May at PHL's connector between Concourses B and C.

Gulfport-Biloxi Thrives in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Building a new terminal is tough under the best of circumstances; throw in a hurricane of historic proportions, and it becomes a true test of fortitude.

Albert Ellis Leverages GPS Technology for Runway Rehab

The need for a new drainage pipe at Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), not only expanded the scope of the routine runway rehab, it also inspired a change of strategy.

San Luis Obispo Opts for Engineered Material Arresting System

During a time when air carriers are cutting service, a recently completed runway project at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is helping keep commercial flights at the California airport.

Austin Straubel Ditches Swabbing for High-Tech CT Scanners

Five scanners - CT-80s, by Reveal Imaging Technologies - have made the experience at Austin Straubel International Airport better for flyers, airlines and security providers.

Savannah/Hilton Head Builds $35 Million Parking Garage

It's not often that a parking garage inspires people to linger and enjoy the views, but it happens all the time at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Georgia.

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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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