Melynda Lamb leads the Pattonville H.S. Choir for a holiday performance at Lambert this week.
St. Louis has an amazing community of voices. Some of those voices will be in the spotlight for the annual holiday caroling at the Airport. With tremendous support through the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, two dozen organizations are scheduled to perform in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 through December. Schools, churches and community choirs get a chance to lift the spirits of travelers and Airport visitors with traditional, and maybe not so traditional holiday songs.
A Chevy Volt is the first vehicle to be hooked up to the Airport’s new electric charging stations at Super Park Lot A.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has launched a new service that caters to those who fuel up with a plug versus a gasoline nozzle. Lambert is now offering free charging for electric vehicles at the Airport’s Super Park Lot A, which is directly across from Terminal 1. There are five charging stations available-offered first come, first serve. Super Park offers quick and convenient shuttle service to both terminals. The new service was installed to meet the growing trend in electrical vehicles in the region. The Airport is plugging in, too. Lambert has purchased four GEM electric vehicles, which will be used for parking lot patrols and light maintenance operations.
Electric vehicle owners can now park at Super Park Lot A, directly across from Terminal 1, and get a free charge during the stay. The Airport has also purchased four compact GEM electric vehicles for its Super Park operations, which includes two terminal garages and four long-term lots.
A Runway Hold Position marker is bonded to the concrete pavement of a runway intersction at Lambert.
Lambert’s major reconstruction of the west end of Runway 12R-30L was completed this week. On the final day of the project, crews were busy laying down the final pavement markings that are crucial for the safe navigation of aircraft and airfield vehicles. Lambert uses a relatively new technology with the application of thermoplastic surface markings. Pre-cut and pre-colored pavement "decals" are imbedded with highly reflective glass beads. The material is then bonded to the pavement with a machine that literally irons it directly to the surface. Thermoplastic markings have a lifespan of five years or more which reduces maintenance versus traditional markings that are painted to the surface.
Just a small sample of dangerous tools and weapons that are banned from being carried on to planes by passengers.
Hairspray. Drill bits. Tin metal sheers. Baseball bats. Hammers. Cordless Drills. These are just a fraction of items that are banned from carry-ons on airplanes these days. Yet, they’re all items that have been found on passengers at Lambert and ultimately confiscated in the name of aviation safety. More obvious weapons like guns, knives and brass nuckles have also been confiscated at Lambert and other airports nationwide. The TSA put the items on display this week for a news conference on the upcoming holiday travel season. Lambert, the TSA and our airlines shared information and tips to help the public prepare for security measures, longer lines and more people through the Thanksgiving weekend.
Jake, a White-Tailed Deer, overlooks Lambert’s Airfield this week from the tail of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A319.
Lambert’s airfield is no safe place for animals, unless you’re talking about a certain clan of tail-hogging creatures who fly high for Frontier Airlines. Frontier has a whole fleet of animals in flight- more than 60 in fact. Frontier calls them spokesanimals with names like Larry the Lynx, Foxy the Fox, Grizwald the Bear and Jack the Rabbit. And who is that above? That’s Jake the White-Tailed Deer roaming a different field of sorts. The plane animals can also talk...at least in their very popular commercials. Check it out at flyfrontier.com.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a project to overhaul two major entrances to Terminal 1. Damage from the April 22, 2011 tornado created an opportunity to redesign the terminal’s lower level entrances which will better enhance Lambert’s historic architecture. Lambert is building sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways with generous support from Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. The project will be completed in the spring of 2013.
“When the tornados hit our region last spring, we knew we wanted to bring increased safety to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Eric Nichols, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s advanced interlayers product lines. “Saflex® PVB interlayers for laminated glass and Eastman’s performance films’ Llumar® post applied decorative window films bring both safety and UV protection to the pedestrian walkway project at the main terminal. Our products are used in airport applications around the world, and we are happy these products will welcome visitors to the St. Louis region through our “gateway,” Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.”
Eastman’s Saflex® interlayers were also used in the replacement glass for the Terminal 1 vaulted curtain walls on the upper level, which were also heavily damaged during the 2011 tornado. The Terminal Entrances Project was designed by exp. US Services. C. Rallo Contracting is the prime contractor for the project.
The Terminal Entrances reconstruction is part of the overall tornado restoration campaign by the Airport totaling approximately $22 million. The Airport is also in the final months of its $70 million Airport Experience Program, which will be the largest interior renovation of Terminal 1 (built1956) and its concourses when it’s completed in 2013. Improvements include renovated restrooms, higher ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new wayfinding signage and digital directories.
Seven-year-old Lydia Robertson and her 10-year old brother,Samuel, take on a game of chess while their parents keep a look out for family arriving at Lambert on Friday.
Waiting games are a part of life at airports. At Lambert, it’s a different waiting game that greets folks who purposely intend to wait it out when it comes to greeting passengers as soon as they exit the terminal. Lambert holds the exclusive distinction (we think) of being the only airport to offer chess, free to the public. It’s part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s exhibit Chess Inspires... at the Meeting Place Gallery, which overlooks the exit from the C Concourse Checkpoint. We found Lydia and Samuel Robertson of Jefferson City grinning out a quick game as they waited with their parents for an arriving passenger this week. The exhibit and the open chess table will be on display through December.
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Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.