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2019 Vol. 19, No. 2

Conference highlights excellence, best practices in Minnesota aviation
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Airport management, operations, and maintenance staff, along with other aviation professionals, turned out from across the state for the 2019 Minnesota Airports Conference in Willmar. Experts shared advice in technical and safety presentations at the event, which also featured an industry trade show, a tour of the Fagen Fighters WWII museum, a keynote by Minnesota Vikings player Harrison Smith, and recognition for award-winning airport projects. Read highlights of the conference in this double issue of the AirTAP Briefings.

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From Final Four to endless winter, MSP weathers challenges
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Snowfalls last winter—and spring—challenged facilities across the state, and the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport was no exception. The airport received almost 40 inches of snow in February alone, and crews worked more than 30,000 hours of overtime that month. Weather, sporting event traffic, and major construction projects are just some of the recent happenings affecting the airport, and MAC executive director Brian Rkys offered an inside look.

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Airport resilience: Design for a changing world
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More frequent heat waves, heavier rainfall, flooding, extreme storms—many communities are already feeling the effects of climate change. How can airports prepare to be more resilient? Airport consultants Darren Christopher and Matt Dubbe shared ideas for what airports should consider to meet the anticipated challenges ahead.

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Clearing obstructions from your airport
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Airport obstructions can interfere with aircraft flight, contribute to turbulence, and attract wildlife—all valid reasons to remove them. An obstruction is any object that penetrates an imaginary surface or a terminal obstacle clearance area—such as trees, buildings, cell towers, terrain, and crops. With so many potential obstructions, it’s no surprise that most Minnesota airports have had to grapple with them at one time or another.

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Bringing airport lighting, navaids up to date
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Minnesota has the most state-owned navigation aids of any state—which means a lot of ongoing maintenance. MnDOT will need to adapt how it maintains these systems because of workforce changes and in some cases, decommissioning of navaids. To help it modernize and plan for future needs, MnDOT is also conducting an inventory of all the state’s systems this summer to help inform the State Aviation System Plan.

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