Thursday, June 06, 2013

Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO), Greensboro, North Carolina: Runways (with video)


6:18 PM, Jun 6, 2013 
By Tanya Rivera

Greensboro, NC -- As a consumer, travel is all about numbers: how much you're paying for the trip and what time you get in.

2 Wants To Know found some numbers you probably weren't aware of like 490,000 bags go through the baggage carousel at Piedmont Triad International Airport.             

Kevin Baker, Executive Director of the airport, has a few more numbers for us. He showed us an aerial view of the airport. The airport in total acres is about 4,000.

PTI has three runways. Most people don't know we have one of the longest runways in the state at 10,001 feet. The other two runways measure 9,000 and 6,340 feet.

The pilots know which runway to land on by the name. The compass reading makes the name. For example, landing on Runway 23 means the pilot would be on a path with a compass heading of 230 degrees. The other end is always 180 degrees away, so it would be the 50 heading or 5. The name of the runway would be 5/23.

The aerial shots may make the runways look thin for such large objects to land on.The pavement is not the usual asphalt we all drive on. It's three feet thick and each runway is 150 feet wide which is 6 times the width of a typical two-lane road.

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