Category - Runway/Ramp

Nashville Int'l Reconstructs One Runway, Rehabs Another

In August 2009, Nashville International Airport (BNA) shut down runway 2L-20R for reconstruction. A 2007 evaluation of the 35-year-old pavement found accelerated deterioration resulting from an alkali-silica reaction. The pavement was cracking and showing structural deficiencies; within five years, the evaluation concluded, the runway would fall below minimal service levels.

Elmira Corning Airport Saves Time & Money With Multipurpose Snow Removal Equipment

Faced with the prospect of having to clear snow for more aircraft, but do so with fewer staff members, Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) in Horseheads, NY, recently purchased a $757,000 vehicle that allows a single operator to simultaneously plow and sweep.

Getting a Grip on Runways

Over the last 15 years, more than 100 fatalities have occ urred as A result of aircraft overruns directly related to "poor" runwa y braking action. The key to lowering this number is proper runway friction testing. While accidents like those at Chicago Midway Airport in 2005 and Broome County Airport in 1989 have led to improved technologies and testing practices, there is still room for improvement.

FAA, Randolph County Support General Aviation with New Runway

When the Randolph County Airport broke ground for a new runway last summer, it was the largest FAA-funded general aviation project in Indiana history.

Continental Revamps Ramp at Newark Liberty

Project Clean Slate is well underway at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The Continental Airlines initiative that began in late 2007 is steadily redesigning the carrier's space in Terminals A and C to better accommodate aircraft with added winglets.

Fort Campbell Army Airfield Lights Up with Solar

For eight years, Fort Campbell Army Airfield in Kentucky operated with a single main runway. But late last October, its other 4,500-foot runway (18/36) and 2,500-foot heliport (Destiny 23) reopened with a newly rehabilitated runway and new solar-powered lights.

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.


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.

Download the whitepaper: 2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement.



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