Category - Runway/Ramp

Bellingham Int'l Completes $29 Million Runway Rehab in 22 Days

On Aug. 31, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington shut down its only runway for extensive rehabilitation at 11 p.m. Twenty-two days and 70,000 tons of asphalt later, a Horizon Air flight lifted off its new runway at 5:20 a.m. - despite unseasonably wet weather, even by Pacific Northwest standards.

Whitetop Project at Elkhart Municipal Delivers More than Runway Improvements

When the main runway at Indiana's Elkhart Municipal Airport needed resurfacing in July 2009, the stars aligned in an unusual way to help get the project done with better materials and for less money - even in a seriously slumping local economy.

Dane County Regional's Glycol Recovery System Goes Underground

In 1991, Madison, Wisconsin's Dane County Regional Airport was one of the first airports in the Midwest to build a glycol recovery system. The system essentially consisted of a pond that held aircraft deicing runoff that was treated with aeration until it could be discharged into a local waterway or the sanitary sewer system, depending on its biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentration.

Dallas Love Falls in Love with a Hog

People in love tend to gush about the object of their affections. Timothy Smith, airfield superintendent of Dallas Airport System, gushes about a hog - a Stripe Hog® paint and rubber removal vehicle, to be exact.

False River Regional Considers Solar LEDs a Logical Electrical Decision

It takes a lot of energy and light bulbs to keep taxiway lights operating all night long. With an investment of $130,000, one Louisiana airport is reducing its need for both by storing the sun's energy for nighttime use.

FOD Fighters

Just as foreign object debris and damage (FOD) come in many shapes and sizes, so do the programs airports develop to battle them. Vancouver International Airport was the first commercial airport in the world to address the issue with high-resolution radar and video cameras that are able to shoot day and night.

Safety-driven Runway Project Paves Way to Environmental Accolades

The desire to enhance safety, increase capacity and reduce noise led to the addition of a new parallel runway at St. Lucie County International Airport in Florida last September. But the idea had been brewing for more than a decade.

Enhanced Fleet Speeds Snow Removal & Provides Volume Accounting at Montreal's Trudeau Int'l

Just like their customers, northern airports dread delays caused by snow events. To speed snow removal at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, airport authority Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) replaced nearly all of its fleet of snow removal vehicles and attachments for the 2008/2009 season.

Crossfield Taxiway Makes Way For Bigger Things to Come at LAX

The new $88 million crossfield taxiway that opened at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this spring does more than connect the north and south airfield complexes.

JFK's Bay Runway Project Improves Pavement & Reduces Delays

After a four-month closure, the Bay Runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) reopened to traffic on June 28, just in time for the busy summer travel season. The reopening marked the completion of the first phase of a $348.1 million project to improve the physical condition of the runway and operational efficiency of the airport.

Raleigh-Durham Int'l Lights the Way with Airfield LEDs

A few years back, officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina realized they were spending a lot of money maintaining an antiquated airfield lighting system. The lighting fixtures were subpar. The cable was old and cracking. And meg-ohm readings for many of the circuits were at zero, which meant the airport had to keep pumping up the power to feed the lights.

Bio-based Deicers Avoid Corrosion Linked to Potassium Acetate & Formate

The calendar may say July, but Chris Farmer, director of operations at the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA), is thinking about snow and ice - specifically, how to keep it off his runways this winter.

Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Buys Time for Future Runway Project

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has a massive runway project coming up in the next few years. In 2012, its current 5,276-foot general aviation runway will be removed and rebuilt as an 8,000-foot commercial runway to open in September 2014.

Collaboration Yields Gate-to-Air Ground Surveillance at JFK

Unprecedented teamwork between an elite group of New York's political leaders and aviation representatives has led to the deployment of a new technology-based strategy for tackling the area's nation-leading flight delays.

New Hardstands Pave the Way for Other Renovations

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) wants the "island experience" to begin for visitors as soon as their aircraft touch down. And it's investing billions of dollars to make sure it happens.

Salina Municipal Opts for Preformed Thermoplastic Taxiway Markings

Located smack dab in the middle of the continental United States, Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) is commonly known as America's Fuel Stop. Each year, the relatively small Kansas airport delivers nearly 4 million gallons of fuel to more than 7,000 business jets and 3,000 governmental and military aircraft. All those mid-continent fuel stops and the constantly changing local climate put SLN's pavement markings through an "extreme amount of wear and tear," explains Timothy Rogers, A.A.E., executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

Detroit Metro Uses Stimulus Funds for Runway Reconstruction

Crosswind runway 9L/27R at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) was originally scheduled for reconstruction from summer 2009 to summer 2011. But the project was fast-tracked to just four months after a section of the pavement failed and the 35-year-old runway was shut down in February 2009.

Milwaukee's General Mitchell Orders First U.S. Pavement Marking Audit

Officials at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) saw the markings on the pavement, so to speak, when they decided to improve the airport's airfield markings.

Preservation Process Buys Duluth Int'l Time Before Runway Reconstruction

Like many airports across the country, Duluth International Airport (DLH) is caught in the cross hairs of aging runway infrastructure and tight federal funding. At the same time, it also faces scheduling and budget complications associated with construction of a new terminal. A few years ago, however, it found a way to stave off a major reconstruction; and a rehabilitation project earlier this year validated the strategy.

Traffic Growth Spurs Airside Expansion at Ottawa Int'l

After Ottawa International opened its $310 million Passenger Terminal Building in October 2003, the Airport Authority had little time to relish its accomplishment before significant traffic growth triggered another expansion. Every year, passenger loads kept exceeding the previous record-breaking total.

Houston Intercontinental Fixes Premature Runway Crazing

Earlier this year, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport fixed a problem that had been brewing for years. One of its most critical runways, 9-27, reopened after crews repaired premature crazing - closely spaced top-down cracking, tearing, corrugation and ripples in the asphalt of the landing areas and high-speed exit areas.

Denver Int'l Revamps its Snow Management Strategies

Mother Nature gave John Kinney a very rude welcome when he began his job as director of operations and public safety at Denver International Airport.

BWI Marshall Upgrades its Friction Testing Technology

A recent Federal Aviation Administration initiative set the wheels in motion for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to improve its friction testing technology.

LaGuardia Addresses Unique Rubber Removal Needs

Roughly five times per year, crews work from midnight to 5 a.m. removing rubber deposits from the two main runways at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.

DFW Pioneers Runway Safety with New Perimeter Taxiway

When Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened one of the nation's first perimeter taxiways in December 2008, years of work in airfield design came to fruition.


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