Airport Business - 10

RUNWAY MANAGEMENT
AUTHOR Joe VanHoose

RS&H PLANS KING COUNTY AIRPORT FOR

Boeing 777X Arrival

Planners update Boeing Field's operational plan as
Boeing begins testing of its 777X.
BOEING'S NEW 777X aircraft will have one of the
largest wingspans of any commercial airliners in
the world - even wider than the 747. The 777X's
wingspan measures over 235 feet, designed to
help the aircraft hold more passengers, fly more
efficiently and bring fuel savings to airlines.
Because its composite wings will
be so long, the new 777X would not
be able to use the gates at most existing
airports. To solve that problem, Boeing
engineers created a unique wing-fold
mechanism, a first for a civilian airliner.
On the ground, the outer 12 feet of each
wing will fold up vertically.
Boeing will test its new airliner at
King County International AirportBoeing Field south of Seattle. RS&H
worked with the airport to create an
operational plan for how the 777X can
move around the airfield.
"We had to be creative with how we
move the aircraft based on the current
layout of the airfield," said RS&H Lead
Planner Steven Derengowski. "We had
to take an unconventional approach to
not only meet FAA requirements but
also maintain airfield efficiencies."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOE VANHOOSE

Joe VanHoose serves as the public
relations lead for RS&H, a national
engineering and architecture firm that
specializes in the planning and design of
airports and airfields across the U.S. He is
based in Jacksonville, Florida, and can be
reached at joe.vanhoose@rsandh.com.

"The resulting plan is one that makes
way for the 777X and also helps the
current operations at King County
International Airport," said airport
Properties and Business Development
Administrator Matthew Sykora.
"Now we have a game plan that we
can use time and time again," Sykora
said. "We have backup scenarios and
we know every square inch of the
airport and what can fit there. It's a
very thorough plan."

Time and Space
Constraints
King County International Airport- - would usually take several months to
Boeing Field is one of the busiest non- complete. But RS&H and the King
hub airports in the U.S. Designed to
County Airport only had a couple of
FAA Group IV standards, the airport
months to develop solutions.
averages 200,000 takeoffs and landings
Not only were planners facing a
each year and supports $3.5 billion in
time crunch, but the airfield presented
local business, serving small commercial
its own challenges for the wide aircraft.
passenger airlines, cargo carriers, private
After surveying the physical conditions
aircraft owners, helicopters, corporate
of the pavement and performing core
jets and other aircraft. Boeing is the
samples, the potential operating ranges
airport's biggest tenant, which conducts
turned out to be even tighter than
delivery and maintenance on their fleet
anticipated.
of 737 aircraft.
"Knowing that we couldn't make
Creating an operational plan for
large capital improvements, we had to
a new wide-body jet - especially one
squeeze every square inch of pavement
meant for FAA Group V airports and
to get the aircraft from point A to point
not Group IV airports, like Boeing Field
B," Derengowski said. "After looking

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Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
RS&H Plans King County Airport for Boeing 777x Arrival
Time to Reorganize – Why U.S. Airports Need to Adapt their Organizations to Meet Industry Changes
Avoid a Battered Display: Indoor and Outdoor Digital Signage Enclosure Protect from Theft, Storms and More
Pick Your Seat
What We Need to Know About Electric Hand Drying
Changing Camera Technology Boosts Airport Security
The Right Light
Self-Service Takes Hold in the Future of Airport Concessions
What is the difference Between an SMS and an SMS?
Washington Watch
Ready for Takeoff: Airports Becoming the New Lifestyle Hubs
Product Focus
Airport Business - 1
Airport Business - 2
Airport Business - 3
Airport Business - 4
Airport Business - 5
Airport Business - Inside the Fence
Airport Business - 7
Airport Business - Industry Update
Airport Business - 9
Airport Business - RS&H Plans King County Airport for Boeing 777x Arrival
Airport Business - 11
Airport Business - Time to Reorganize – Why U.S. Airports Need to Adapt their Organizations to Meet Industry Changes
Airport Business - 13
Airport Business - Avoid a Battered Display: Indoor and Outdoor Digital Signage Enclosure Protect from Theft, Storms and More
Airport Business - 15
Airport Business - 16
Airport Business - 17
Airport Business - Pick Your Seat
Airport Business - 19
Airport Business - 20
Airport Business - 21
Airport Business - What We Need to Know About Electric Hand Drying
Airport Business - 23
Airport Business - Changing Camera Technology Boosts Airport Security
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Airport Business - 26
Airport Business - 27
Airport Business - The Right Light
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Airport Business - 30
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Airport Business - Self-Service Takes Hold in the Future of Airport Concessions
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Airport Business - What is the difference Between an SMS and an SMS?
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Airport Business - Washington Watch
Airport Business - Ready for Takeoff: Airports Becoming the New Lifestyle Hubs
Airport Business - Product Focus
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