Runway Replica - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Intl. Airport (AVP)

Runway Replica - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Intl. Airport (AVP)
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One of the most popular paintings at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) strays far from the predictable fare of regional landscapes and local landmarks. It’s the Pennsylvania airport’s primary runway painted to scale—complete with centerlines, threshold markers, airfield signs and authentic edge lights that actually light up. 

“If they ever go out, we’ll have to issue a NOTAM (notice to airmen),” quips Airport Director Carl Beardsley Jr.

The unique project was conceptualized a few years ago by Marketing Director Eric McKitish and spearheaded by Operations Superintendent Pete Payavis, who passed away in 2019. The concept was resurrected after Payavis’ death by Assistant Superintendent Matt Gowat and airport maintenance workers, who painted a miniature version of AVP’s 7,501-foot runway on the floor of the pedestrian tunnel connecting the terminal and parking garage.

Clearly, Payavis understood the inherent appeal that runways have for the general public, because AVP’s painted version quickly became a favorite after it was completed last fall. “It inspires a lot of chuckles, even from people who travel a lot,” Beardsley remarks.

Children, in particular, seemed to be “moved” by the painting. Some even spread their arms like airplane wings and run down the tunnel, pretending to take off.

“It’s really something,” says Beardsley. “Pictures don’t do it justice.”


2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement

Giving back to the community is central to what Charlotte Douglas International Airport and its operator, the City of Charlotte Aviation Department, is about, and last year was no different. 

Throughout 2022, while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued our efforts to have a positive impact on the Charlotte community. Of particular note, we spent the year sharing stories of how Connections Don't Just Happen at the Terminal - from creating homeownership and employment opportunities to supporting economic growth through small-business development and offering outreach programs to help residents understand the Airport better.

This whitepaper highlights the construction projects, initiatives, programs and events that validate Charlotte Douglas as a premier airport.

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