The Technology Spectrum:
Taking a Broad View
Technology has been a buzzword for decades. Yet it’s still changing the world,
every day. And it changes the way airports are planned, designed, built, operated
and maintained every year.
From the parking facilities, ticket counters, security checkpoints and concourses/
gates to the baggage systems, aircraft ramp services and air traffic/ramp control
towers, technology enables progress in speed, efficiency and effective processes.
Technology is evident in the self-ticketing kiosks, flight information display
systems, Wi-Fi and personal tablet apps that make air travel and airport
operations faster, smoother and more enjoyable for the passenger. But it’s
much more. It’s about the sophisticated systems that enable more efficient
aircraft fueling at the gate, the management of complex construction projects
that progress amid the flying public. It’s also about optimal accessibility in the
maintenance hangar, protection of aircraft on the runway and the handling of
deicing fluid that keeps flights — and our environment — safe in winter weather.
This 2013 Aviation Special Report is a glimpse of the airport technology spectrum
in action, where we are and where we’re headed. See you there!
David G. Yeamans
Aviation & Federal Group
Burns & McDonnell