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Bandit, decorated USO Therapy Dog, takes a rest following a very full morning of travel and celebration for USO of Missouri's 35th anniversary.
The USO of Missouri, headquartered in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, serves traveling military members with locations in each Terminal. With two mobile USO units, they cover the entire state of Missouri, including Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, as well as nearby Illinois counties. This week the USO of Missouri celebrated its 35th anniversary, having served 5.8 million military members and their families since the charity’s founding in 1981. The celebration included balloons, a cake, press, and a visit from a remarkable USO Therapy Dog who was part of the special occasion. The non-profit organization hosts events to help service members deployments, homecomings and event to help service members remain connected for family, home and country.
Chef Jeff Steelman (left) and his culinary team prep at KSDK studios for a live, on-air cooking demo for the Show Me St. Louis show.
STL’s signature event of the year, Art of Travel, is coming up on October 6 and promotion is underway for this special night that supports art at our airport. Art of Travel puts the spotlight on culinary arts, with a menu featuring favorite 1920s foods, transformed into sweet and savory delectable gourmet reincarnations. Executive chefs with HMSHost will be flown-in from all over the country just for Art of Travel, but Chef Jeff Steelman made an early visit on Friday to appear on KSDK Channel 5’s Show Me St. Louis. The segment featured some of the sizzling Art of Travel menu items which include slow roasted duck, locally-sourced lamb, oxtail, crab, shrimp, salmon, caviar, pork, beef and roasted chicken. Guests will also be able to indulge in a dreamy waffle and dessert bar. Click here to watch the segment and get excited! Tickets and more information can be found at ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Air Force Two, carrying Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, arrives in the rain at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday.
Around 13 million passengers fly in and out of Lambert each year. Some of these passengers are high-profile individuals, requiring specialized airport operations to accommodate their flights. Signature Flight Services, a fixed based operator sharing STL’s airfield, is on the receiving end of the majority of these special flights. However, none are as significant as the Presidential visits from Air Force One and Air Force Two. For these arrivals and departures, an impressive coordination takes place between the most specialized teams, which include the Secret Service, Lambert Airport Operations, Signature Flight Services, local law enforcement, and the Federal Aviation Administration, among others. 2016 is an election year, which is cause for an increase in visits from notable political figures.
An American Airlines MD-80 aircraft is parked outside of Concourse B while a sister jet departs on runway 30L.
Over the last decade American Airlines has been phasing out their most iconic aircraft, the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 series jetliner. Referred to as the “Super 80,” at one time nearly 400 MD-80s bore the American Airlines’ livery, making it the largest fleet in aviation history. Now only one-third are in the skies. History was made again as twenty MD-80s were retired by the airline in a single day on August 23. The remaining fleet will be retired within 2 years. STL is the best spot in country for Super 80 fans to catch final glimpses of the aircraft. According to a local American rep, “We will see them here longer than just about anywhere.” STL is unique in that it houses the country’s top American Airlines’ MD-80 maintenance hangar. A push is also confirmed to be in motion for American’s final MD-80 flight to be from STL. The airline has begun rotating in the Boeing 737, which American’s STL maintenance team has added to its repertoire, allowing the airline to maintain overall seasonal capacity.
An Airport Operations Specialist returns to his vehicle after examining a taxiway sign to ensure FAA compliance during an airfield inspection.
In order for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to operate as an airport, it requires an Airport Operating Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airports must adhere to strict operational and safety standards established by the FAA, which vary depending on the airport size and type of flights. For Lambert, our guidelines are found the FAA Part 139 regulations. This week the airport celebrated receiving a perfect score on our annual Part 139 airfield safety inspection. The weeks-long examination by the FAA revealed STL to be in complete compliance, and was awarded a prestigious medal for the high marks. What’s more impressive? The fact that this is the second year in a row to receive the honor. Lambert’s Airport Operations Department performs a detailed inspection of the airfield multiple times a day to help ensure the highest level of safety and FAA regulation compliance.
Debris is loaded into a truck during the demolition of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s Trademart building.
A familiar and unique airport building known as the Trademart was reduced to rubble this week as demolition began for a repurposing of the area. The Trademart building was a recognizable structure located adjacent to Runway 11/29. A former shopping center, the retail spaces served as extended offices for varying airport departments, which were relocated in preparation for the leveling. Interior walls were demolished first, then work began on the exterior brick structure. Portions of the building suitable for recycling will be sent for processing.
Artist Thomas Sleet applies epoxy while building custom structural designs for his art exhibit in the T1 Ticketing Lounge.
The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge is a restful place nestled in the busy upper level of the airport’s most iconic building. Between the living foliage wall and soothing color changing fountain lies a unique art exhibition space with rotating exhibits. Thomas Sleet, a local sculptor and painter, installed his collection entitled, Studies in Topology this week. Starting with commonly available materials, Sleet utilizes them as building blocks, stacking and arranging them to merge organic structure with geometry. All of the pieces he creates and assembles himself, often visualizing them on a massive, oversize scale. His works will be on display at the airport through January 2017. Art impacts an average of 35,000 passengers per day at Lambert, and is curated with the help of community support and the Regional Arts Commission. Attend the Art of Travel gala on October 6 to help grow the Lambert Art and Culture Program. Learn more at: www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Local metalsmith Roger Rimel pinches 24 carat gold dust to sprinkle and fuse atop an Art of Travel Copper Collection jewelry piece.
Tickets are now on sale for the airport’s signature event of the year, Art of Travel. Proceeds from the October 6 gala benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance of the airport and cultural connectivity through art and exhibitions. A highlight of the event is the Copper Collection jewelry, which debuts for sale that night. Crafted from salvaged pieces of Lambert’s historic and iconic original copper roof, the legacy jewelry pieces and accessories for both men and women will be returning by popular demand. The 2016 collection features works from renowned local metalsmiths Jennifer Walker, Peg Fetter, Roger Rimel and Leia Zumbro. Mr. Rimel’s pieces are inspired by aerial landscapes and the textures of natural topography. Learn more at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com
Crews with ATK Safety Supply lay down temporary road markings ahead of opening the T1 Departures exit lanes for two-way traffic.
There’s a whole new direction to reach the Terminal 1 Garage starting this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Bridge renovations on Lambert International Boulevard required closing some lanes of traffic, which also impacted the main entrance to the Terminal 1 Garage. The solution- a detour that re-routes garage traffic into what is normally an exit-only toll booth plaza. Crews were able to re-stripe the exit lanes of Departures Drive to allow for two-way traffic and a single lane of in-bound garage traffic into the toll plaza. There’s still two exit lanes for those dropping off passengers or exiting the T1 Garage. Additional signs direct motorists through this detour, which should be in effect through early November. You can map out the detour in advance with this map.
A tiny traveler licks a giant lollipop while waiting for her flight in Terminal 2.
For many travelers, the vacation spirit starts and ends at the airport. It’s a popular time to splurge on items one might not normally indulge in, and that’s part of the travel fun. As a parent, seeing the look on your child’s face when you surprise them by giving in to something unexpected, can be an overwhelmingly joyful feeling. Sometimes, traveling can be stressful and those little luxury items help make it bearable for just a few more hours. Other times, certain treats or oddities can remind you of home or strike up an interesting conversation. Whether it’s items found in stores or on menus, or in the feeling you get when viewing airport artworks, reading a good book, playing games, or people watching- there are lots of little treats to be found and memories to be made before your wings take to the skies. The beauty of travel is how the experience is in the journey, not once you reach your destination. And that’s pretty sweet.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.