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VP Arrival: Lambert Photo of the Week

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.

Lambert Airport Awarded Missouri Governor’s Leader in Energy Award

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been awarded the Governor’s Leader in Energy Award. The award was announced September 8 during Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s 2016 Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.

The Governor’s Leader in Energy Award honors the Airport’s effort in developing a facility-wide Environmental Management System. Since the late 1980’s, Lambert has worked to develop and implement innovative long-term programs to achieve targeted sustainability goals in energy efficiency, alternative/renewable fuels use, and landfill diversion. In 2012, as part of its new Environmental Management System, Lambert adopted sustainable practices including a centralized waste/recycling system, food waste composting, construction material and equipment reuse and recycling, water conservation efforts and biodiversity policies, including the establishment of a 20-hive honey bee colony.

Currently, Lambert is saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs after its most recent energy efficiency upgrades at the airport. Additionally, more than 70 percent of its fleet is powered by alternative fuels. The Airport has also diverted more than 350,000 tons of solid waste from area landfills.

St. Louis Airport Commission Votes to Put St. Louis First in Airport Name Change

The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a name change for St. Louis’ airport that puts St. Louis in the lead of its name while continuing to honor its legacy founder, Albert Bond Lambert.

The commission approved a name change to “St. Louis Lambert International Airport,” which would reverse the city and legacy founder’s name once the name change is fully approved. The name change must still be approved by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

“This effort is about aligning the Airport with our city and becoming more unified with the brand and marketing power of the St. Louis region,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve received a lot of feedback in the last few weeks that highlighted the support of our effort to put St. Louis first.”

An airport working group originally proposed “St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.” Commissioners amended the proposed name and approved “St. Louis Lambert International Airport.”

“We’ve spent the last few weeks talking with relatives of Albert Bond Lambert and heard how important it was that Lambert still have a vital position in the airport’s name,” said Hamm-Niebruegge.  “The current naming strategy does that. With support of our major business leaders, community organizations, our stakeholders and our commissioners, we believe the new name provides a key foundation for the Airport to soon adopt a more cohesive and global marketing platform.”

An overwhelming majority of the top 100 airports in the U.S. are geographically named. Lambert Airport’s airlines operated 250 daily departures to nearly 70 non-stop destinations this past summer. Lambert has served 8,020,558 total passengers through July of 2016, which is an increase of nine percent over the same period in 2015.

Fleet Farewell: Lambert Photo of the Week

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. 

Airport Unveils “Blue Lady,” an Exclusive Art of Travel Print by Carlos Zamora

A shimmering 1920s beauty with a passion for future flight is a stunning illustration by Carlos Zamora, who has unveiled his poster design for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Art of Travel event.

Zamora donated his talents as long-time creative director and illustrator to design “Blue Lady.” He is a Co-Chair of the 2016 Art of Travel host committee. The Cuban-born and St. Louis advocate has had illustrations published by the New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Ad Age, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal and St. Louis Magazine. He is a former President of AIGA St. Louis - the professional association of Design, and serves as a brand chair on several boards in the city.

The 6th annual Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A limited number of Zamora’s “Blue Lady” prints, produced on 100% cotton archival museum paper, will be available to guests that evening donating to the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Event sponsors will also receive a signed, limited edition print. Sponsorships are still available. 

Individual tickets are $75 in advance at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com or $100 at the door.  Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.

The Airport held its inaugural Art of Travel event in 2011. Carlos Zamora designed the first poster that year in what is now a treasured annual tradition for the Airport’s fundraising event. Co-Chairs for the 2016 Art of Travel are Cabanne and Jim Howard, Carlos and Juliana Zamora, and Jessica and Jacob Herschend.  

The Lambert Art and Culture program features both visual and performing arts, and highlights the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.  Funds raised at previous Art of Travel events has enabled Lambert Airport to showcase works from renowned artists such as Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Steven Ladd and William Ladd.  Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame,  Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

The Power of Art in All on Showcase in the Lambert Airport Gallery

The power of art is in everyone. That is the essence of a new exhibition by Artists First now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The exhibition, Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First features the works of individuals often referred to as “outsider artists,” individuals who have reinvented their selves by tapping into newly discovered creative talents. 

Artists First is a nonprofit organization which serves adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities, and current and former Armed Service members from the greater St. Louis area.

The Airport exhibition showcases three dimensional objects as well as small paintings and collages, crafted in the Artists First studio with guidance by facilitators

“The artists at the Artists First studio demonstrate a concerted effort to focus on creating visual art. The results vary from self-referential, or autobiographical imagery, and caricatures, to celebratory decoration,” said Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director.  “The purpose of this exhibition demonstrates the power of creative expression in the lives of disenfranchised individuals with disabilities but also examines the various media, imagery, and techniques specific to each individual.”

Different Lens/ Different Filter is on display in The Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim through January 1, 2017.

The exhibition is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission.  The Lambert Gallery exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art. 

Perfect Part 139: Lambert Photo of the Week

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. 

Demo Debris: Lambert Photo of the Week


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. 

Lambert Exhibition Showcases St. Louis Artist’s Love for Geometry and Space

Geometry and space are the inspirations for St. Louis artist Thomas Sleet, who has introduced the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “Studies in Topology” is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through January 2017.

Starting with commonly available materials, Thomas Sleet's work weaves themes of organic structure, migration, infinite multiples, and culture with systems of individual marks. The ten works on display at Lambert are created from wood and acrylic with repeated shapes—in both material and spaces between. Sleet arranges a foundation of simple shapes into stacks of new geometric forms in contrasting black, white and some gray.

Thomas Sleet attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where he received his B.F.A.  Sleet has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout St. Louis and is featured in numerous permanent collections.

The works are courtesy of the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis and the exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Commission.  The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.    

Building Blocks: Lambert Photo of the Week


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 

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