Wanting to accommodate an anticipated increase of B747-8 traffic, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) hired us to investigate the airfield geometric impacts of regular B747-8 operations. The analysis was deemed critical by CAE as a response to potential cargo carrier opportunities.
Working collaboratively across offices to meet project urgency, our team began by evaluating existing airfield geometry in order to determine necessary improvements. Focus was placed on Runway 11/29 and Taxiway A operations, and also included a new apron west of the existing terminal ramp to support three 747-8 parking keys. The evaluation noted vital taxiway shoulder modifications, taxiway intersection improvements, new apron and taxiway connector layouts, and the development of Modification of Standard (MOS).
The developed analysis provided CAE with a detailed and knowledgeable foundation to base future decisions off of.