Welcome to the January AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT eNewsletter.
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Happy Holidays, Paul
Replacement Terminal Adds Exit Lane Security (& a Bit of Visual Whimsy)
With an overall updated design and the addition of devices to help hearing-impaired visitors, the new $36 million terminal at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Michigan is easier on the eyes – and ears – than the old terminal it replaced. It also has new exit lane technology to help deter security breaches and prevent unauthorized access to secure areas…[more]
Keeping Animals Out & Tenants Happy
Until late last year, Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) had a hodgepodge of perimeter fencing. Some areas had two- or four-strand barbed wire while other areas had woven wire fencing. Three different heights of chain link products protected still other portions of the two-runway commercial airport between Denver and Salt Lake City…[more]
Vancouver Int’l Installs Ground Run-up Enclosure to Cut Maintenance Noise in Half
With round-the-clock operations and an urban location, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has long been attuned to noise issues. In December, Vancouver Airport Authority finished a $12 million project to help keep peace with YVR’s neighbors. A new ground run-up enclosure (GRE) – Canada’s first – is expected to cut the acoustic impact of ground run-ups in half. The structure will also serve as a deicing station – another industry first…[more]
New Pipeline Fuels Memphis’ Planes and Pockets
The recent expansion of FedEx Corp.’s hydrant system to the former Air National Guard ramp at Memphis International Airport (MEM) is the latest in a series of fuel farm expansions and has been a boon to both the carrier and its headquarters airport…[more]
Dallas/Fort Worth Int’l Establishes New Model
Elements of the 1 million-square-foot baggage handling system that began operating in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) last May could start appearing in other airports throughout the nation. In addition to eliciting compliments from passengers and the firms involved with the project, the new system received the ultimate nod: TSA plans to use it as a prototype for how other airports should model their in-line systems…[more]
Independent, Integrated Lab Puts Baggage Systems to the Test
The Airport Integration Test Lab was officially inaugurated at Vic Thompson Company (VTC) headquarters in Arlington, TX, in October to offer objective third-party testing of baggage systems and passenger screening in an operationally realistic environment…[more]