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Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt
Known for its ability to resist damage from spilled fuel and oil, P-404 asphalt mix has been used throughout the world for at least three decades.
Operation Airdrop Brings Post-Hurricane Relief With Help of Airports & Volunteers
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence dumped 35 inches of rain on the Carolinas, with winds gusting up to 130 mph.
Snow Removal Equipment at Juneau Int’l Gets A New Home
In Alaska, the days start to cool quickly in September, and by October, daily high temperatures struggle to reach 50 degrees.
Edmonton Int’l Turns Tech Partnership into Business Opportunity
At Edmonton International (YEG), strategic partnerships with technology companies are helping the airport tackle common industry challenges such as wildlife management, perimeter security and ground support services.
Airfield Solar Farm Puts Enormous Dent  in Chattanooga Metro’s Electricity Bill
Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA) has managed to turn unused land alongside its runways and taxiways into an environmentally sound source of electricity that powers the same amount of energy that CHA facilities at the Tennessee airport use each year.
Island Location Complicates Runway Project at Martha’s Vineyard Airport
In spring, Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) completed a $10.5 million reconstruction of its main runway two days early. Racing against time, crews laid asphalt daily—sometimes seven days a week—from late March until May 13. JetBlue Airways resumed its seasonal flights on May 17.
Mobile Authority Readies Downtown Airport for Commercial Service
When the Mobile Airport Authority gave the go-ahead to begin moving commercial operations from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), it then had to build a terminal and find a way to provide ground support at what was strictly a general aviation facility.
New Fuel Farm Increases Efficiency at Great Falls Int’l
A new fuel farm at Great Falls International (GTF) is providing additional fuel capacity, faster delivery and peace of mind about protecting the pristine environment that surrounds the Montana airport.
Southwest Florida Int’l Counters Lightning Delays With Automated Docking Systems
Sandwiched between two large bodies of water, the peninsula of Florida receives lots of warm, humid air. When combined with sunlight and ocean breezes, it’s the perfect brew for thunderstorms—and operational challenges for airports like Southwest Florida International (RSW) in Fort Myers.
Small Airports Share Tips About Buying Multifunction Snow Equipment
Small airports in the northern U.S. share one common trait with huge airports such as Chicago O’Hare and Kennedy International in New York: They have to keep their runways and taxiways clear of snow during winter. Most, however, don’t have multimillion-dollar budgets for accomplishing this.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges
Weather in the Midwest may be unpredictable, but the commitment to environmental safety at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is not.
Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide
Four years of passionate perseverance, determination and hard work paid off on July 19, when Yeager Airport (CRW) finished the $25 million reconstruction of its runway safety area.
Airports Use Decorative Flooring to Create Sense of Place
When Pensacola International (PNS) and Valley International (VIA) replaced flooring in their respective facilities, the two airports selected different materials; but both chose colors and patterns that portray their local Gulf Coast water and landscapes.
Innovation Lab at San Diego Int’l Tests Potential Parking Solutions
In search of answers to common parking challenges, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is fostering the development of several prospective solutions in its own in-house accelerator lab.

Denver Int'l Upgrades Airfield Lighting

Before a $6.64 million airfield lighting project was completed at Denver International (DEN) last spring, the airport's surface movement guidance and control system (SMGCS) needed a major upgrade. The system, which was installed in the 1990s, included stop bar lights at runway entrances for all six runways but no in-pavement runway guard lights. In addition, its multimode fiber optic cable was old and some of the connectors were starting to break off, explains DEN's Electrical Support Engineer Heather McKee.

Pittsburgh Int'l Combines Two Software Packages to Integrate Airfield Reporting

When the weather is deteriorating and pilots need accurate, up-to-date runway condition reports, the time it takes to create and forward manual reports can be costly. Incorrect or stale information can lead to incorrect decisions, which, in turn, can lead to disastrous results.

Evolution of an Issue

Three years ago, we brought you our very first Runway & Ramp Special Edition. It seemed like a logical decision. We were already running multiple airfield articles in many issues, and we still had a growing backlog of excellent leads. Plus, more and more suppliers and consultants focusing on runway and ramp work were advertising, and conferences like Snow Symposium, SWIFT, IES and FOD were regular stops for magazine staff.

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While I would like to believe that the only communication vehicle our industry needs is a publication like Airport Improvement, I'm not naïve enough to tell you so.

A Commitment to Green for Non-Aeronautical Revenues

Squeezed by increasingly tight budgets, business-savvy airports of various types and sizes are turning to their land and its natural resources for additional streams of non-aeronautical revenue. Some earn surprisingly sizable returns by the bushel or acre.

Chattanooga Metro Builds New General Aviation Facility to Spur On-Field Competition

For years, general aviation customers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) longed for new service providers to help drive down higher-than-average fuel prices and hangar costs on the south Tennessee field.

VALE Grant Boosts Environmental Efficiency of Portland Jetport's Terminal Expansion

When officials at Portland International Jetport in Maine (PWM) initiated preliminary design work for the airport's recent $75 million terminal expansion, their sustainability goals were relatively modest compared to what was ultimately achieved.

Leveraging Technology for Asset Management

With about 2 million square feet of interior space, nine separate buildings and 3,000+ pieces of equipment under its purview, the facilities maintenance department at Spokane International Airport in Washington (GEG) has a lot of ground to cover. Its wide variety of duties - from preventive maintenance on the HVAC system and snow removal to unclogging restroom toilets and changing baggage belts - used to be managed on a rudimentary whiteboard. Assignments were listed and then crossed off or erased.

Air Force Academy Ditches Grass for Synthetic Turf

When the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, (KAFF) invested $5.4 million in 19 new gliders last year, officials knew that its sailplane landing area would no longer suffice. Dried clumps of native grasses made for an extremely rough landing surface that was overstressing and fatiguing the aircraft.

Orlando Int'l Enhances Service with New Remote Baggage Screening Facility

With one of the busiest checked baggage systems in the country, baggage handling is a critical component to overall operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). During Florida's peak tourism season, outbound volume ratchets up to 54,000 pieces per day, with influential customers including Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Shingle Creek Resort contributing to the volume.

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges
Weather in the Midwest may be unpredictable, but the commitment to environmental safety at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is not. The evolving Midwestern airport is proactively tackling airfield challenges with a duo of environmentally friendly products - a liquid concentrate that reduces silica exposure from pavement dust, and a deicing fluid that minimizes harmful effects to the nearby ecosystem.

Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide

Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide
Four years of passionate perseverance, determination and hard work paid off on July 19, when Yeager Airport (CRW) finished the $25 million reconstruction of its runway safety area. Completing the project was an important milestone as the West Virginia airport continues to recover after a massive airfield landside that occurred on March 12, 2015.

Airports Use Decorative Flooring to Create Sense of Place

Airports Use Decorative Flooring to Create Sense of Place
When Pensacola International (PNS) and Valley International (VIA) replaced flooring in their respective facilities, the two airports selected different materials; but both chose colors and patterns that portray their local Gulf Coast water and landscapes.

Innovation Lab at San Diego Int’l Tests Potential Parking Solutions

Innovation Lab at San Diego Int’l Tests Potential Parking Solutions
In search of answers to common parking challenges, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is fostering the development of several prospective solutions in its own in-house accelerator lab. Concepts in the works range from a cloud-based valet services app to an online booking platform that allows parkers to rent out their vehicles while they are traveling.

Oakland Int’l Using Dual-Technology Scanner for Employee Screening

Oakland Int’l Using Dual-Technology Scanner for Employee Screening
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is one of the first U.S. airports to deploy a dual-technology scanner to screen employees working in secure environments. In May 2018, the California airport began using an Edge scanner from Evolv Technology. The equipment combines the screening properties of traditional metal detectors with the nonmetallic screening abilities of millimeter wave equipment, the newest scanners used by TSA at most U.S. airports.

Miami Int’l Builds Multi-Sensory Room for Children With Autism

Miami Int’l Builds Multi-Sensory Room for Children With Autism
Winding through busy terminals, waiting in security lines and enduring flight delays are just a few stressful facts of life for air travelers. Imagine, however, navigating these challenges while traveling with a child who has autism and is extremely sensitive to sights, sounds and physical touch.

Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan

Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan
Many airports create master plans for future development, but the roadmap recently commissioned by Eugene Airport (EUG) in Oregon takes the process to an entirely new level. The extensive document analyzes, justifies and phases significant facility improvements to accommodate the fast-growing demand for increased air service in the Eugene community. The plan took 22 months to prepare, and the guideposts it contains are designed to help the airport move forward for decades.

JFK Terminal 4 Creates Buzz With Interactive Social Media Events

JFK Terminal 4 Creates Buzz With Interactive Social Media Events
Customer engagement in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is taking another social/digital turn, this time in the form of billboard-size mosaics created with thousands of photos from passengers and airport staff. It’s all part of an ongoing series of interactive guest-driven marketing campaigns sponsored by luxury traveler retailer DFS Group.

Falls Int’l Builds New Terminal to Welcome International Passengers

Falls Int’l Builds New Terminal to Welcome International Passengers
After 10 years in the making, the city of International Falls, MN, recently debuted a fully rebuilt airport terminal to greet passengers travelling through the small community on the U.S./Canada border. Falls International Airport (INL) now includes a new U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area, TSA screening lane, National Weather Service office and the facility’s first jet bridge. Given the area’s cold winter weather, a large fireplace is proving to be a popular feature of the new 25,000-square-foot, single-gate terminal.

Wilmington Air Park Welcomes Amazon as New Tenant

Wilmington Air Park Welcomes Amazon as New Tenant
The landscape at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in south-central Ohio has been changing steadily for the last few years, and the various airfield and landside improvements are beginning to pay big dividends. On June 26, e-commerce giant Amazon opened a new package sorting facility at the 1,900-acre aviation and logistics business park.

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