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Dec. 28, 2011: A look back at 2011

April 11, 2012

Airport uses coffee grounds to keep ants away 
WCNC-TV (Oct. 27, 2011)   
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is using Starbucks coffee grounds to fight a fire ant problem. Grounds from the six North Carolina Starbucks locations within the airport used to go into a landfill. Now, the coffee grounds are scattered on airport grounds. The airport started recycling grounds in November of 2008. The main locations are runway and taxi lights, where airport officials say they most often see fire ant mounds. More 

Efforts to end FAA shutdown falter in US Senate 
Reuters (Aug. 2, 2011)    
Efforts to craft a compromise to end a partial shutdown of federal aviation programs faltered in the U.S. Senate, raising the near certainty that the standoff will go through August. The 10-day shutdown of airport runway and other improvement projects overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration has disrupted tens of thousands of construction jobs nationwide and prompted the furlough of 4,000 agency employees.More 

Alternative grasses for airport safety 
Delta Farm Press (March 16, 2011)   
It has been two years since U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River when a flock of Canada geese struck the engines just minutes after the plane took off. Bird and airplane collisions cannot be completely avoided because the two share the same flying space. But scientists at Mississippi State University are looking to the ground, specifically to the mowed landscape surrounding runways and terminals, for ways to reduce wildlife hazards and possibly provide biofuel sources.More 

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O’Hare Airport debuts aeroponic vegetable garden 
The Huffington Post (Sept. 19, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article 
No more complaining about the poor quality of airport food — at least not in Chicago’s biggest travel hub. The opening of the first in-airport vertical garden at O’Hare will supply the international airport’s restaurants with swiss chard, red habanero peppers and 42 other types of herbs and vegetables grown right between terminals 2 and 3. The garden relies on a technique called aeroponics where water and a mineral solution are used as a base instead of soil, allowing plants to thrive in smaller, more contained environments. In this case, cylindrical, 8-foot-tall white towers save space and allow for water to be easily circulated. More 

FAA wildlife hazard mitigation efforts 
Federal Aviation Administration (Feb. 28, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article 
For almost 50 years, the FAA’s wildlife hazard management program has focused on mitigating wildlife hazards on or near airports through various methods including habitat modification, harassment technology, research, and partnerships with academia, military, government, and the aviation industry. The FAA has two wildlife staff biologists who manage the FAA’s wildlife program through the airport regulations (Part 139); advisory circulars and manuals; education and outreach; data collection; and memorandums of agreements and understanding with other government agencies, and the military. More 

Worms to turn out compost at airport’s $1.1M recycling center 
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article 
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is about to get a whole lot creepier. Crawlier too, in fact. The airport is installing a worm-based composting system as part of a new $1.1 million recycling center, expected to open in February. Soon, hundreds of pounds of worms will be munching away on a ton or so of travelers’ trash a day, according to airport officials. “We generate a lot of garbage here, and it’s incredibly expensive to collect it, haul it off and pay to dispose of it,” said airport director Jerry Orr. More 

New Grass Saves Dramatic $ in Mowing & Water
Logan Airport presented Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed test at ACI, SanDiego. Found 75% reduction in landside mowing to only once/month & 100% airfield mowing reduction, as “no mow type” grass. Company remarks grass also lessens runoff, can provide positive PR & Endophytes may lessen bugs & wildlife – tests ongoing. 68 rave or favorable reviews. 
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The airplane of the future will have transparent walls and a virtual golf course 
Business Insider (June 14, 2011)    
What will air travel be like four decades from now? Pretty awesome, if Airbus has its way. The plane manufacturer has just unveiled renderings of its concept cabin for 2050, which includes morphing seats, transparent walls, and even a virtual golf game. The cabin of the future is also environmentally friendly, according to Airbus. It will be 100 percent recyclable, have self-cleaning materials made from plant fibers, and will use passenger’s body heat to power cabin features, the company said. More 

SFO reopens 57-year-old Terminal 2 following $383 million rebuild 
ATW (April 5, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article 
The San Francisco International reopened Terminal 2, which had been closed since 2000. The facility is being touted for its modern design and sustainability, becoming the first airport terminal in the U.S. to be granted the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)”gold” certification. It spans 640,000 square feet. with capacity for 5.5 million passengers annually. It is projected to handle 3.2 million passengers in its first full year of operation. More 

Maiden flight for Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental 
The Associated Press via CBS (March 20, 2011)   
Boeing’s newest passenger plane took off for its first flight. As a public address system blared out the countdown, “ready, ready, go,” the 747-8 Intercontinental left Paine Field in Everett under blue skies. Crowds of Boeing workers and others cheered as the jumbo jet took its initial test flight. The jetliner is slated to land at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing’s newest passenger plane took off for its first flight. One major highlight is its new wing design. Created using what Boeing calls “the latest in computational fluid dynamics validated in the world’s most sophisticated wind tunnels,” the all-new wings are said to offer better aerodynamics and improved fuel capacity, while also allowing the plane to be as fast as, or faster than, any other passenger aircraft in the world. More 

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