Photo Of The Week
Sandy Estep gives her husband, James L. Estep, a hug after he returned to STL on a Greater St. Louis Honor Flight from Washington, DC.
More than 20 WWII and Korean War veterans returned to St. Louis after a whirlwind day trip to the nation’s capitol. When they arrived back home, hundreds of family members, supporters and volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight organization welcomed them home in Terminal 2. Honor Flight is a national program that pays tribute to our country’s aging war veterans with all-inclusive trips to Washington DC to visit memorials built in their honor. 88-year-old James Estep, a Fireman First Class in the Navy during WWII, was overjoyed to arrive and share a hug with his wife, Sandy. The two have been married 41 years. She says seeing his return brought on powerful emotions, as it did for so many area families. The veterans and their volunteer trip escorts started their day before sunrise to fly to DC on Southwest Airlines. More Honor Flight trips from St. Louis are scheduled throughout the year.
A side-by-side comparison of Lambert’s C16 gate area from the day after the tornado strike, and today.
Five years ago, at approximately 8:10 p.m. on April 22, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1 suffered a direct strike from an F4 tornado. One of the most influential and iconic locations in aviation history was a disaster scene. This had never happened before to any major airport. Millions of dollars in damage was done to the airport facility, roadways, vehicles, and airlines. Yet in just 24 hours, the airport was operational again. This happened because of incredible emergency response and community support. Less than one year later, Concourse C was repaired. Interior upgrades that were planned before the tornado were also completed during that time. The result was a major transformation that tells an incredible story of change, progress, and a glimpse of what the future holds. See more at www.LambertExperience.com
Jasmine Bourne, Transportation Security Inspector-Canine, gets kisses from Eette following a TSA press conference for STL's new canine unit.
If you love dogs, you will be happy to know you’ll be seeing them more often at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. However, you will have to resist the urge to pet them because these special dogs are on duty. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced this week the introduction of their National Explosives Detection Canine Program to STL. These highly trained pups can discern explosive chemical molecules in the air surrounding moving passengers, thus expediting security screening and providing an additional layer of security at the Airport. The canines and their humans become a close-knit team. Each transportation security inspector in the canine program gets paired with a single dog. They live, work and train exclusively with each other- and there is a lot of love between them.
STL’s new energy-efficient LED taxiway edge lights illuminate the airfield at night.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has nearly 2,700 taxiway edge lights positioned throughout the airfield, which can be recognized by their vibrant blue glow. These color-coded markers help aircraft and operational motor vehicles navigate STL’s miles of airfield pavement at night. More than 800 taxiway edge lights at Lambert have been replaced with new LED bulbs that use 50 percent less power. The lights will be part of the Airport’s interactive display at the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on April 24. Visitors will also be able to get close to some of STL’s Earth-friendly electric, biodiesel, and Compressed Natural Gas powered vehicles, while learning more about the Airport’s environmental and sustainability efforts. After Lambert completed 31 energy reduction projects between 2010-2015, the Airport now saves 8.8 million kilowatt hours of energy each year.
Marvin Johnson of Construction Management Partners leads a roundtable discussion at STL’s Business Diversity Forum.
Over 400 people registered for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Business Diversity Forum: Diverse Opportunities to Create new Successes held on Friday. The free event was designed to showcase new and ongoing development opportunities at Lambert Airport while creating an educational and networking opportunity for M/W/D/ACDBE’s to connect with prime contractors and airport decision makers. Highlights of the event included a keynote presentation by Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, an Airport status report from Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, and engaging roundtable discussions featuring 22 different topics. The schedule also included a networking breakfast, awards presentation, and vendor exhibition.
Furry members of the St. Louis Airport Police K-9 Unit come over to say “hello” to the camera during a routine Airport inspection.
Lambert loves being a pet-friendly airport for our travelers. But did you know that there are special dogs that work at the Airport every day? AAbel (left) and Orkan (right) are two of nine pups that make up the St. Louis Airport Police K-9 Unit. Not only do these happy faces help keep the airport safe, they love to greet travelers and make new friends while out on their rounds. Orkan, a three-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, “absolutely loves kids,” said his Officer. Specially trained and certified through the Department of Homeland Security, the dogs in Lambert’s K-9 Unit have had some pretty neat travels, too; like being called to work V.I.P. detail for Super Bowl games and Presidential inaugurations.
The Shaffey family, led by their two young children, head towards their gate in Concourse C.
It's Spring Break time, and it signifies the start of a peak travel season here at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We spotted the Shaffey’s entering Concourse C, heading out for a week-long Spring Break vacation at Disney World. The little Shaffey's were all set with perfectly proportioned luggage in tow. Concourse C is a great place for junior flyers like these, as it is host to the 1,500 square foot educational Play Port playground, sponsored by The Magic House. Kids can play on this fun-sized airport, complete with a plane, air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, luggage conveyor, while learning about transportation. Through the end of March, lots of little feet will be seen in our concourses while families are off to have some fun.
Installers with U.S.Art delicately unpack pieces of “Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best” to prepare it for display in Terminal 1.
It was a unique hand off from The Saint Louis Art Museum to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The result is an extended viewing of a colorful collage of fabric scrolls created by St. Louisans Steven and William Ladd. The artists, now based in New York, completed a museum residency where they conducted a community scrollathon involving more than 500 sets of hands from different schools and groups in St. Louis. Participants helped roll fabric that were then pieced together for the Ladd brothers’ work Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best. The artwork made of fabric, archival board, pins and metal trinkets was created in conjuction with the Ladd’s exhibition Scouts vs Sports? The brothers are known for unique, craft based art. The artwork is now on display near the entrance to the A Concourse in the lower level of Terminal 1 through September.
Jet bridge installation equipment at Terminal 2 perfectly frames the Air Traffic Control Tower.
Southwest Airlines is expanding their operations in Terminal 2, and has been in the process of installing two new jet bridges at gates E31 and E33 . The complexity and size of these large motorized walkways can take a week or more to assemble. These jet bridges are designed to fit multiple aircraft sizes. E31 can accommodate a Boeing 737-800, and E33 up to a Boeing 787. Lambert worked with Southwest on the configuration of the these jet bridges to ensure safe operations for arriving and departing aircraft. Gate E31 aligns west, directly towards the Air Traffic Control Tower.
A loader clears snow from the airfield during a snowstorm on Wednesday morning.
Most people associate this type of machinery with construction work. But at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport these specialty backhoes, called loaders, are used for snow removal. When winter weather hits, airports get to work fighting back snow and ice to keep the airfield safe and operational. It takes hundreds of specially trained people with highly specialized snow removal equipment to clear an airfield. Unlike street plows that pile snow on the sides of roadways, standing snow is a hazard on the airfield and must be relocated. The airport clears all major movement areas, such as runways and taxiways. It utilizes the help of contractors such as Midwest Landscape for the ramp areas, located closest to the building and airline gates. The loaders lift the snow from the ramps into dump trucks, who relocate it to safe place to melt away.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.