- A380 Gate Modifications
The City of Atlanta needed to make modifications at the new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to accommodate Airbus A380 aircraft. The initiative's components:
- Concourse modifications including a fixed-bridge section, a new vertical circulation core
- Modifications to the concourse interior including extension of the underground sterile arrivals corridor and the addition of a new gate podium
- Adapting Gate F3 to accommodate Airbus A380 aircraft, including airside apron improvements of a new passenger boarding bridge (PBB), preconditioned air, 400-hertz power, potable water and new aircraft docking system.
As a subconsultant for the design team, our role was to develop aircraft layout and maneuvers, PBB design, preconditioned air system, ground power (400 hertz), and the aircraft docking system design for the new Gate F3A. Although the airport had planned to relocate the existing PBB and to provide additional fueling pits to serve the A380, we created an innovative aircraft layout that did not require the relocation of the PBB or the addition of fuel pits, which produced significant budget savings. More importantly, since these project elements were no longer required, a construction phasing plan allowed the aircraft gate to be open throughout construction, providing operational benefits to the airlines and the airport.The PBB will provide for dual-PBB’s to serve the A380 and other wide-body aircraft. The dual-PBB’s allow wide-body aircraft to be deplaned and enplaned more rapidly. Due to the limited space available on the apron and the limited space to operate the PBB’s, the new and existing PBB’s will be fitted with collision avoidance systems to avoid conflicts with the aircraft engines and adjacent PBB’s.
We also provided consulting with the airport in the development of aircraft layout plans, aircraft pull-in and push-back procedures, and ground service equipment (GSE) maneuvering analyses and parking areas.This project is a continuation of the new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal project for which we provided ramp services in 2012.
- Aircraft layouts
- Passenger boarding bridge
- Preconditioned air
- 400-hertz power
- Aircraft docking system
- Construction phasing