NTX Magazine Volume 4 - Page 14

feature story Aviation Developed as a joint venture between the City of Fort Worth, the FAA and Hillwood Development Company, a real estate development company owned by Ross Perot, Jr., Alliance Airport is the world’s first 100 percent industrial airport, designed for air cargo, corporate and military aviation. Owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by Alliance Air Services, it is approximately 1,200 acres and is the second largest airport facility in North Texas behind DFW International Airport. With an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower that is open 24/7/365, fixed base operator and airport operations, as well as a runway extension to 11,000 feet underway, Fort Worth Alliance Airport offers world-class aviation. “Because Alliance is in our backyard, a lot of us tend to take a project of this scale for granted,” said Tom Harris, president of Alliance Air/Aviation Services for Hillwood Properties, of this master-planned, mixed-use commercial development that is anchored by Alliance Airport. “AllianceTexas is celebrating its 25th year, and it really is a one-of-a-kind project globally. If somebody is looking to expand a business or reconfigure how they operate their business, then Alliance needs to be on their list, just because it’s so unique. It’s world-class.” McKinney National Airport has a 7,002foot runway, on-field U.S. Customs and an FAA tower with radar monitoring capability, a 24-hour monitored perimeter access control and 24-hour on-site aircraft rescue and firefighting service, along with full-service fix based operator and maintenance, so it can handle many of the largest general aviation aircraft. It is already home to Texas Instruments, Ag-Power and others. Monarch Air recently chose McKinney National as the place to expand its services, which include aircraft maintenance, flight training and charter services. Also joining them is First Flight, which offers fixed wing air ambulances. Why McKinney Airport? “They choose us because we sit on a lot of land, and we have a lot of land around us,” said McKinney Airport Director Ken Wiegand. “Other airports have run out of space. We think that’s going to have a dramatic impact on their decision. We have a clean, secure, safe airport, and it looks like a real airport.” McKinney also sits on the edge of Class B airspace for easy in and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth airspace. Other airports are deeper into the airspace, making waiting times longer, and longer wait times means more fuel burned. With plenty of green space to build hangars and offices for future clients, McKinney Airport Director Ken Wiegand expects expansion to take off. “We have been preparing for this growth for about 14 years. We’ve rehabilitated or reconstructed old concrete infrastructure and built a new runway that meets federal design standards and committed 100 percent local funding toward increasing the width and weight-bearing capacity.” Addison Airport Access to rail, runways and highways contributes to Alliance Airport’s success. With full cargo handling services, third party logistics providers (3PL), forwarder and broker services, on-site U.S. Customs clearance, on-site centralized examination station, direct aircraft ramp access, cross-dock capabilities and ramp parking for multiple wide-body cargo jets – well, Alliance is ready for just about anything – and everything is what it sees. McKinney National Airport McKinney National Airport just has one thing to say: location, location, location. With its convenient location near major highways S.H. 121, U.S. 75 and U.S. 380, and only 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, it offers access to the entire North Texas area and serves as a general aviation reliever airport and home to several major corporate flight departments. The airport is also a favorite leisure time destination with golfing, upscale shopping, wineries and restaurants nearby. 12 www.ntc-dfw.org Winter/Spring 2015 Addison Airport claims to be the “perfect place for a perfect landing.” And there are a lot of general and business aviation leaders that agree with that statement. Strategically located north of Dallas and Love Field, Addison Airport not only provides easy access to several primary business destinations, but also a 7,200-foot runway to accommodate larger aircraft. It is home for many North Texas corporate flight departments and also serves as a reliever to Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airport. And, with the recent installation of a new engineered material arresting system (EMAS), Runway 15 will be 611 feet longer and be able to safely stop aircraft up to and including a Boeing 737 from running off the runway end at speeds up to 70 knots. The EMAS allows the aircraft landing gear to sink into a bed of crushable concrete located at the end of the runway, for an aircraft involved in a runway overrun. This crushing motion will slow the aircraft, and in many cases stop it completely. “At Addison Airport, we welcome more than 30,000 visiting aircraft each year, arriving from over 1,500 airports,” said Darci Neuzil, deputy director of Addison Airport. “In ad