Category - Airside

San Jose Int'l Uses VALE Funds to Realize Environmental Benefits

Airside operations at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) are creating lower emission levels and netting increased environmental benefits thanks in part to a more than $4.6 million Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) project grant from the FAA.

SeaTac Tower Ramps Up Ground Efficiencies

After five years, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac), operated by the Port of Seattle, has acclimated to having its own ramp tower to keep ground traffic flowing smoothly. With a total staff of ten, the tower operates 24/7 to control traffic into and out of 85 gates and 20 cargo hard stands.

Out of the Ozarks

Carving a spot into the Ozark foothills for the new Branson Airport (BKG) in Taney County, MO, was no easy feat. A total of 12 million cubic yards of earth was removed just to prepare the land, according to Jeremy Berven, deputy director of operations and maintenance.

Pittsburgh Int'l Tests Bio-acoustic Bird Dispersal Technology

Shortly after US Airways Flight 1549 ditched into the Hudson River in January, the topic of bird strikes thrust into the public psyche. It's long been an issue for airport operators, but the highly publicized incident pushed it to the forefront.

Underground Wetlands Reduce Deicing Fluid Disposal at Buffalo Int'l

Notoriously snowy winters require New York's Buffalo Niagara International Airport to use copious amounts of propylene glycol for deicing aircraft. This year, however, it has a new method for managing the overspray that ends up on its runways: engineered wetlands.

Atlanta's Airside Reconfiguration Nears Completion

As the busiest passenger airport in the world, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL) is a fast-paced environment. And Delta Air Lines is keeping right in step as it wraps up a $26 million concourse revamp in less than two years.

SMS Pilot Programs Already Yielding Results

You don't need a crystal ball or tea leaves to see it coming. The topic of safety management systems (SMS) has been popping up at seminars and industry conferences throughout the country ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its first Advisory Circular (150/5200-37) on the subject in early 2007. Before that, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had required SMS from certificated international airports since 2005.

Massport Takes a Multi-Faceted Approach to Airfield Safety

Officials at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) take what they call a "multi-faceted" approach to airfield safety. Flavio Leo, manager of aviation planning, identifies six main facets: a heavy emphasis on partnerships, promoting a learning culture, testing and/or implementing new technology, enhanced markings, physical improvements and extensive, regular coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and air carriers.

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?


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