Airport Improvement Weekly e-News: September 24th, 2013

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Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Finds Silver Lining in Allegiant’s Departure

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Officials at Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) were understandably befuddled when Allegiant Airlines pulled out of the northern Colorado airport last October after a decade of service there.

Inbound and outbound aircraft were often nearly full, and FNL had recently rehabilitated its primary runway and expanded its terminal to accommodate increased passenger traffic.

ReporterHerald.com, the online arm of Loveland’s daily newspaper, chronicled the association between the airport and discount carrier, including news that after Allegiant’s first full year of service between FNL and Phoenix, FNL ranked in the top 10% of the fastest-growing U.S. airports. The Phoenix service led to a 26% increase in enplanements at FNL, pushing the airport’s total enplanements to nearly 45,000, according to FAA figures

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LANDSIDE DEVELOPMENT
Ongoing Landside Development at Louisville Int’l Benefits Airport,
City & UPS

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A pending $2.3 million land sale at Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky marks another step in converting 700 acres previously populated with residential properties into commercial developments that benefit the airport, greater Louisville economy and United Parcel Service (UPS), the region’s biggest employer and airport’s largest tenant. The properties are being voluntarily vacated through an airport noise relocation program.

The Louisville Renaissance Zone Corporation (LRZC), an airport-affiliated agency that oversees development of the airport’s Renaissance South Business Park, has agreed to sell 18.4 acres of airport land to Dermody Properties LLC, a private industrial property developer headquartered in Reno, NV. Funds from the expected sale will pay for infrastructure improvements in the business park, says Skip Miller, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

Dermody plans to build a 316,481-square-foot building on speculation. The new structure, which will be designed for warehousing, distribution, light-manufacturing and/or logistics-related use, should be ready for occupancy next spring, reports Brian Quigley, Midwest Region partner for the developer.

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OPERATIONS
3-D Computer Modeling Used to Site & Design New Control Tower at O’Hare

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Kevin Markwell clearly remembers how officials determined the final site for the main air traffic control tower at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in the early 1990s. "Several tower employees went up in a helicopter at the proposed locations and altitudes, sat there and spun the helicopter around in all different directions,"recalls the support manager for tower plans and procedures. "They wanted to see if there were any problem areas for line of sight."

Flash forward 20 years to the siting process for ORD’s new South Tower that’s currently under construction. Planners performed the same initial legwork to identify site possibilities – examining taxiways/runways and determining functional requirements – but instead of using a helicopter when making the final selection, FAA officials created a virtual 3-D model of ORD and its surrounding environs.

"The computer lab is much more efficient and does a much better job than the old way," says Markwell. "It offers a 360-degree view from the proposed tower site and lets us see the elevation the tower needs to be to see everything. There are a lot of little adjustments we can make in the lab to be sure we can see what we need to see."

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