Landing the Big One

by James Patterson, Airport Systems Engr.; Galaxy Scientific Corp., Egg Harbor Township, NJ,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. 44-47

Document Type: Feature article


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has investigated the potential impacts on airport design of the new large aircraft, which will weigh more than 1 million lbs (453,600 kg) and be capable of carrying between 500 and 650 passengers. Wingspans will far exceed the current Boeing 747-400 airplane. The larger aircraft dimensions, including length, height, and wingspan, will impose limitations on the operational capabilities of existing airports and will have a direct impact on current airport design standards.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Aircraft and spacecraft | Federal government | Passengers | Standards and codes

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