Aviation Special Report

Our annual report on aviation trends. Written by Burns & McDonnell professionals, these publications focus on issues affecting the industry.

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When it comes to operations and facilities, airports are challenged to shift directions quickly. But their "smart" efforts are gaining momentum — taking a smart approach to adding flexibility, efficiency and reliability for operators and passengers alike. This edition contains strategies and case studies to help you understand how planning, design, construction and operations can be bolstered by embracing new technologies and approaches.

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Smart Approach

When it comes to operations and facilities, airports are challenged to shift directions quickly. But technology and data can empower airport success.

Clear a Path for Airport Operational Intelligence

The terms are flying fast and furious: Smart Airport, Business Intelligence, Airport of the Future, Intelligent Airport, KPIs, Performance Metrics — all reflecting integration of technology into the aviation transportation environment.

Technology Bolsters Commissioning of Airflow and Other Comfort Systems

Technologies are both available and advancing to make terminals, towers and other airport facilities even smarter. Such upgrades are extending beyond automation system (BAS) to further improve the control of airflow and temperatures.

Dig for Solutions to Retain Operations While Replacing Pipes

Plans to extend a runway and lengthen taxiways at Philadelphia International Airport arrived with a heavy burden: The pavement paths would pass over existing pipelines used for transferring fuel.

Documentation System Sets Flight Path for Smart Maintenance, Construction

While the future of Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is at a crossroads — either construct a new, single terminal building or rehabilitate existing ones — the Kansas City Aviation Department already is directing an early project that will function no matter which way the decision turns.

Data Paves the Way for Improving FAA Grant Prospects

Airport operators looking for federal funding to support runway upgrades and other pavement-replacement projects find it prudent to be sure they've gathered information that's becoming increasingly critical in FAA decision-making.

Making Old Terminals Smarter, from LAX to STL

It's no secret that U.S. aviation infrastructure needs improvement to meet future demands, and that means upgrading existing facilities and building new ones. Whether implementing regular replacements driven by life cycle, or undertaking more extensive renovations, it's important to use modern technology to make old terminals smarter.