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A new $2.2 million concrete taxiway is nearly complete at the McPherson, KS Airport. The new pavement resolves compliance issues with current FAA design standards and increases property development opportunities at the Airport.

McPherson Airport also earned a Kansas Department of Transportation – Div. of Aviation Airport Improvement Grant to reconstruct and reseed their turf crosswind runway in Buffalo grass. The 2,520 x 75‐foot runway provides training opportunities for students in the region and a recreational venue for owners of vintage aircraft that prefer the softer surface afforded by the turf surface.

As an outcome of a 2012 Wildlife Hazard Assessment, the Lawrence, KS Municipal Airport completed an FAA-funded Wildlife Hazard fence in May 2018. The $1.7 million project constructed 26,000 linear feet of 10-ft tall fence with five feet of buried chain link fence to prevent wildlife incursions on the Airport.

The Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 96: Apron Planning and Design Guidebook addresses best practices for planning, designing, and marking apron areas for all sizes and types of airports in the United States.

Airport Development Group, Inc. was a research/writing partner of the project managed by Ricondo and Associates and joined by contributors Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Aviation Safety and Security Education Training, LLC, and Two Hundred, Inc.

The guidebook discusses apron planning and design considerations include facility geometrics, aircraft maneuvering, apron/airfield access points, operational characteristics, markings, lighting, and aircraft fleets. In addition, the types of aprons include terminal area, deicing, general aviation, cargo, maintenance, and remote aprons and helipads.

The report is available for free download at www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/169964.aspx.


President Juan Santos of Colombia, a University of Kansas graduate, made another return flight to the Lawrence Municipal Airport to receive an alumni award from KU. This Boeing 737 is the largest aircraft to ever operate on the 5,700-foot runway at Lawrence. As an ADG client since 1990, Lawrence Municipal Airport benefits from the proper blend of planning and engineering to safely land the 137,000 pound aircraft, and a wide variety of other piston and turbine aircraft.

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