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Airport functions and technology focus for Pittsburgh International

The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) has announced airport functions and technology will be at the heart of a Master Plan update it is undertaking for Pittsburgh International Airport.

ACAA explains the dossier, which is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will guide airport development for the next 20 years, and is needed to apply for federal grant funding, as well as to insure certain safety standards are met.

The authority says the update will focus on airport functions as well as ways to use public space and incorporate new and future technologies to enhance the customer experience.

Safety, security, financial feasibility, operational efficiency and environmental prudence are also important factors, it adds.

David Minnotte, chairman, ACAA, comments: “Our goal is to create a Master Plan update that provides us with the flexibility to respond freely as new opportunities arise, while maintaining the regulatory and development standards that have been established for aviation and our community.

“Our ultimate objective is to create a plan for the airport that will meet the needs of our customers, airlines and stakeholders today and in the future.”

The Master Plan update is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, and initially, planners will gather information about existing facilities and prepare a forecast of passenger and aircraft activity.

Later efforts include assessing existing facility capabilities and future facility needs for the airfield, terminal, parking facilities, road access, cargo, business aviation and support functions.

Additional focus areas include aircraft noise, environmental considerations, phasing and financial planning.

The Master Plan update is funded by airport revenues, and includes rent, any airport fees, and purchases at the US gateway.

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