Category - Runway/Ramp

Sonoma Airport Facilitates Regional Jet Service While Meeting Runway Safety Area Deadline

When Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) completed a $55 million runway expansion and improvement project last November, it not only met the congressionally mandated December 31, 2014, deadline for runway safety areas, it also added enough runway length to help attract regional jet traffic.

New 737s Roll Out on New Taxiway at Renton Municipal

Although Renton Municipal Airport/Clayton Scott Field (RNT) is classified as a small general aviation reliever airport, its traffic is unusually taxing on airfield pavements. Every 737 produced at the adjacent Boeing factory takes its maiden flight off RNT's single runway; and to access the runway, the heavy aircraft must traverse the airport's 3,500-foot Taxiway B.

Asheville Regional Saves $12 Million Using Free Coal Ash Fill

When it came time for Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) to reconstruct its only runway, the management team got creative. Instead of resigning to an extended shutdown that would have effectively put the North Carolina airport out of business for an extensive period, they decided to build a new taxiway and use it as a temporary runway while the existing runway is demolished and reconstructed.

Detroit Int'l Installs Visual Screen On End-Around Taxiway

Passengers touching down on Runway 4R at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County International Airport (DTW) probably assume that the long, plain structure off the end of Runway 22L is a fence or billboard space ready for advertisers. (See photo)

Partial Runway Replacement Saves Time & Money at Atlanta Int'l

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Executives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) recently became official fans of "not throwing the baby out with the bathwater." By replacing the workhorse center strip of Runway 8L-26R and leaving its seldom-used outer edges undisturbed, the bustling hub not only saved time and money on construction, it also minimized operational disruptions and related costs for ATL's carriers.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Offers Peek Inside its Snow Removal Playbook

With average snow accumulations of 4 1/2 feet per winter, snow removal is serious business at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Crews plow, blow, broom and deice more than 28 million square feet in airfield pavement alone - the equivalent of a two-lane highway running from the Twin Cities to New Orleans.

San Francisco Int’l Installs Runway Safety Areas With More Than a Year Left on the Congressional Clock

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) completed a two-phase runway safety area (RSA) project in early August (2014) — beating its own schedule by one month and finishing more than a year ahead of the congressionally mandated Dec. 31, 2015, deadline for all federally obligated and Part 139 airports. The new safety features, estimated to cost about $223 million, are designed to significantly reduce personal injury and aircraft damage in the event of runway overruns, undershoots and veer-offs, per FAA Advisory Circular 150/5300-13.

O'Hare Recycles Old Roofing Shingles into New Runway Pavement

More than 6,000 old roofs are now part of the airfield at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Lincoln Airport Synchs Ancillary Airfield Projects With Runway Rehab

Lincoln Airport (LNK), located just off Cornhusker Highway in Nebraska, recently put the finishing touches on a $6 million runway project - the first major rehabilitation of its 12,900-foot primary runway in about 20 years.

Monroe County Airport Repairs Airfield Sinkholes

Catastrophic sinkhole incidents are horrific events that take victims by surprise and leave onlookers shaking their heads in disbelief. From the Florida man who was killed when his bedroom floor collapsed beneath him last year to eight cars being swallowed from the National Corvette Museum earlier this year, they're all hard to fathom.

Ottawa Int'l Sets Precedent With Grooved Runway

When Ottawa International Airport (YOW) added grooves to one of its main runways last summer, it became the first major Canadian airport to do so.

Evansville Regional Moves Roads & Railways to Reconstruct Runway

With the clock ticking and a dauntingly long list of complex enabling projects to complete, Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) recently beat the Dec. 31, 2015, FAA deadline for runway safety area improvements by over one year.

Orlando Int'l Slashes Power Consumption with LED Airfield Lighting

Pilots flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) are noticing brighter, crisper lighting on one of Florida's busiest arrival runways, and the airport itself is seeing dramatically lower energy bills. The changes began in June, when MCO finished a $14 million renovation of Runway 18R-36L and its associated taxiways.

John Wayne Airport Completes Runway Redesignation

Southern California's John Wayne Airport (SNA) recently renumbered its two runways - without shutting down airfield services - thanks to coordinated efforts by airport officials, the FAA and outside contractors. Outwardly the change occurred overnight; but it had actually been in the works for years.

Fort Lauderdale Int'l Gets Creative to Meet Growing Airfield Needs

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) celebrated the completion of a colossal, long-range airfield initiative in mid-September. The $791 million project created South Runway 10R-28L by extending, shifting and lengthening the former 9R-27L from 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet. The new runway rises from grade-level on the west end to roughly 60 feet in the air on the east end, spanning a railway line and federal highway in between.

Abu Dhabi Int'l Uses Artificial Turf for Airfield Safety & Marketing

Something special occurs as passengers gaze out the aircraft window when landing at their destination and taxiing to the terminal. An inherent optimism and enthusiasm about things to come takes over visitors, and the warm embrace of returning home floods locals.

Calgary Int'l Builds Canada's Longest Runway

Stretching for a full 14,000 feet (4,270 meters), the new parallel runway at Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta is the longest runway in Canada. But Runway 17L-35R is just one component in YYC's $620 million Runway Development Project (RDP). Other key elements include four taxiways, a concrete apron and two underpasses. Putting it modestly, the airport's RDP has been a major undertaking. After a year of design and three years in construction, Runway 17L-35R opened in late June.

Boire Field Runway Reconstruction Among FAA's Largest General Aviation Projects

For years, tenants and transient pilots alike "made due" with Runway 14-32 at Nashua Airport - Boire Field (ASH) in New Hampshire. At 5,500 feet long, the airport's sole runway was simply too short for some jets. In addition, it hadn't been repaved since 1987 and was crowded by an adjacent taxiway.

Port Columbus Int'l Ups Airfield Sustainability

If airfields were buildings, there's little doubt that the new replacement runway at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) would be a shoo-in for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S.Green Building Council.

Award-Winning Winter Ops Team Keeps Anchorage Int'l Open

No one at Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC) can recall ever having to close the vital Alaskan airport because of snow or ice. Once, yes, because of winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, and once due to volcanic ash from Mount Redoubt; but no one remembers a snow or ice closure.

New Snow Removal Equipment & Procedures Pay Off at Indianapolis Int'l

It's almost as if Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was tipped off that this would be a particularly harsh winter in the Midwest. Last summer, the airport completely revised its winter operations by implementing new procedures, taking delivery of millions of dollars in new snow removal equipment and presenting a new curriculum of crew training.

Runway Rehab Paves the Way for Awards at Tri-State Airport

The $9 million rehabilitation of the sole runway at Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS) in West Virginia was completed without any big surprises - just the way Airport Director Jerry Brienza likes it. The airport's airlines and cargo operator agreed to a single weekend shutdown; various contractors and crews finished multiple stages on time; and even the weather cooperated.

Construction Projects Abound at Paine Field

The recent $8 million reconstruction of the general aviation runway at Snohomish County Airport, aka Paine Field (PAE), is not the facility's largest project by a long shot, but it was important nevertheless. Located about 30 miles north of Seattle in Everett, WA, the airport houses flight departments for the Boeing Company and a number of its key subcontractors. But 650 other entities and individuals base aircraft there as well.

Runway Rehab Benefits Military & Civilian Traffic

Airmen and civilians flying aircraft into Joint Base Charleston via Runway 15-33 have had smoother landings since the rehabilitated runway opened in August. The main 9,000-foot runway, owned by the U.S. Air Force, serves both the 437th Airlift Wing and Charleston International Airport (CHS).

Airfield Makeover at Albert Lea Municipal Features New 5,000-Foot Runway

Jim Hanson's Depression-era parents often reminded him to: "Use it up; wear it out; make it work." And for years, that's just what he did as manager of Albert Lea Municipal Airport (AEL), a city-owned facility in south central Minnesota.


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