Category - Ground Support

Bult Field Puts Drone Technology to the Test for Wildlife Management

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" is always good for some giggles on the schoolyard. But it's no laughing matter when a deer, coyote or goose crosses a runway or flightpath to get to the other side. In the most serious cases, it can be a matter of life or death.

Atlanta Int'l Tackles Nation's Largest Ground Support Project

When Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was built, it was the largest airport construction project of the time. Today, the airport is continuing that legacy with the single largest ground support project in the history of the United States.

Airports Ease Remote Boarding Challenges With Mobile Ramps & Airside Buses

When infrastructure constraints preclude loading and unloading aircraft at the terminal, airports need to get creative. Mobile boarding ramps and airside buses are two options operators are using to keep passengers safe and comfortable as they enter and exit planes on the tarmac.

Los Angeles Int'l & United Boost Gate Capacity & Technology in Terminal 7

Amid billions of dollars in passenger-oriented enhancements occurring inside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), substantial improvements are also occurring for airlines out on the ramp-especially in Terminal 7, which is used exclusively by United Airlines.

JFK Int'l Adds Boarding Bridge with Elevated Rotunda & Stacked Walkways to Accommodate A380s

The firm that operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) faced a unique challenge last year: It would soon have four carriers flying Airbus 380s into the terminal, and only two gates were equipped to handle the double-decker aircraft.

Blue Grass Airport Builds New Equipment Storage/Maintenance Facility

Getting a new facility approved, funded and built is typically a daunting task. But every now and then, things just seem to fall into place. That was the case for Mark Day, director of engineering and maintenance at Blue Grass Airport (LEX).

Quad City Int'l Updates Boarding Bridges

Ever since the heyday of Mississippi steamboats, the Quad Cities that straddle the mighty river have been a hub of agricultural, industrial and commercial activity. With Bettendorf and Davenport on the Iowa side of the river, and Moline and Rock Island on the Illinois side, transporting goods and people is a historic and current key to the area's prosperity.

Cancun Int'l Installs New System to CentralizeInfo Displays at 9 Mexican Airports

A system recently deployed at Cancun International (CUN) is centralizing the operation and management of passenger information displays at nine southeast Mexican airports. Currently in full operation, the system is simultaneously delivering multiple benefits to the traveling public and the airports' operator.

US Airways Upgrades Airside Bus Fleet at Reagan National

Getting passengers in and out is a continual challenge at older East Coast airports, where congestion is often a standard element of the local landscape. Hardstands allow them to accommodate more aircraft and passengers than contact gates alone; but they also create the need to shuttle customers between the tarmac and terminal.

Less is More for Snow Removal Fleet at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl

With substantial overnight air traffic from DHL Express, it's imperative for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to keep its runways open 24/7. When temperatures drop and precipitation flies, all eyes are on the snow removal crew to keep DHL's airplanes flying.

Portland Int'l Takes on Winter with New Deicing System

Managing the residual chemicals from deicing operations at Portland International Airport (PDX) includes vexing challenges on two fronts: Portland's highly variable winter weather is unpredictable at best, and its local environmental regulations are predictably tough.

Sea-Tac Anticipates Quick & Ample Dividends from Pre-Conditioned Air Project

Green has long been the color of choice at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); and this season, it's more popular than ever. With a $43 million pre-conditioned air project largely complete, SEA looks forward to reducing costs to its resident airlines by $15 million per year and producing equally substantial reductions in emissions.

New Equipment Facility Clears the Way for More Efficient Snow Removal at Austin Straubel Int'l

Snow removal is a big issue for all Wisconsin airports, but inadequate storage for snow removal equipment was making it more problematic than necessary at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay.

McCarran & Sarasota Bradenton Int'l Test New Preconditioned Air Units

From hot and humid to dry and dusty, airports in Florida and Nevada are providing a spectrum of high-mercury environments to test a new generation of preconditioned air units.

"Like New" Boarding Bridges Return to Service at Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach International Airport had a choice to make. Its five passenger boarding bridges that were put into service in 1992 were due for inspection. The ball screws supporting the vertical drive on the FMC Jetways would have to be pulled and inspected. If they were cracked, they would have to be replaced. There was also pervasive corrosion and the cabling was deteriorating.

Philadelphia Int'l Earns Environmental

Teamwork between the airport and airlines has enabled Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to secure the most Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) funding of all airports nationwide during 2008 - about $4 million, in total.

American Eagle Uses Wireless Technology to Manage DFW Ground Fleet

American Eagle Airlines is tightening control of its ground support equipment at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other wireless technologies - a first at any U.S. airport, according to the system's manufacturer.

Self-Docking Saves Millions, Reduces Gate Delays at DFW

Officials at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) have taken a proactive approach to combating delays for aircraft waiting to dock in inclement weather or when ramp staff is unavailable. In doing so, they are also reducing aircraft emissions, providing better customer service and saving the airport's largest carrier an estimated $14.5 million per year.

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