MASSIVE EFFORT KEEPS AIRSHOW AND PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNNING SMOOTHLY
PITTSBURGH (July 6, 2006) – With more than 650 flight operations daily, Pittsburgh International Airport is an epicenter of air transportation. And this weekend, while spectacular performances of the Blue Angels and demonstrations of the C-130 Hercules will be wowing crowds, Pittsburgh International Airport will also be ensuring that scheduled airline traffic runs smoothly.
It requires a massive effort and excellent coordination to keep a busy international airport open while the 2006 Annual Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show, hosted by the 911th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserve Base, takes place this weekend.
“This event is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh International Airport to showcase its capabilities,” said Brad Penrod, Chief Operating Officer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. “While many area residents are enjoying the military fight demonstrations and other displays, the airport will be running operations as normal.”
The Airport Authority will play a part with an impressive display of equipment for fire fighting, snow removal and emergency command and control. The public will get to see all the effort and personnel that helps to keep the airport among the best in the world in terms of safety and on-time flights.
Keeping regular airport operation moving smoothly while these exciting events take place is a big task, but is made easier by the cooperation and communication of many agencies. With the excellent airfield layout, Pittsburgh International Airport can dedicate one of its four runways to the air show while not interfering with commercial operations.
More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. The show, which has free admission, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The featured Unites States Navy Blue Angels is truly an all American "must see" performance. They will represent the U.S. Navy and show off the capabilities and professionalism of the finest air and sea force in the world.
Additionally, the 911th Air Force Reserve Base, Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Police, Moon Township Police, Findlay Township Police, three volunteer fire departments and local EMS providers will work in a concerted effort to help provide a clear flow of traffic and safety for all those involved.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control tower and the commercial air carriers also play an important part in the airs how’s success.
“The Airport Authority is proud to be a part of such a massive effort that makes Wings Over Pittsburgh an outstanding family event,” Penrod said.