KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3164 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2713 times:
In the interest of acquiring additional cargo traffic some medium sized airports are seeking a waiver from the FAA so that they can receive a B747-800 freighter. According to the link below the cargo business is still going strong and airports like RFD, TOL to name a couple that are mentioned as airports that want that waiver.
Courtesy: Associated Press via Rockford Register Star
"For airports, cargo is big business. Air freight rose 10 percent between 2009 and 2010, from 20.7 million tons to 22.9 million. Growth in cargo far outstripped passenger service, which rose only 2 percent during the same period, from 767 million travelers to 782 million."
"the FAA can issue a waiver, known as a modification of standards, if an airport agrees to certain new procedures, such as only using certain taxiways or routing other planes farther away when a 747-8 is moving around the airfield. At Rockford, Ill., officials promised to inspect a taxiway for any broken pavement or other debris every time a 747-8 taxis past."
rl757pvd From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4758 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
No airport improvements from Group V to Group VI should be wasted on the 747-8, the gear base is essentially the same as a 744 (Group V), but the primary standard that is driving the enhanced requirements is the wingspan which increased just enough with the raked wingtips to bump it into the next category.
Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
The only other hang up I can see should be minuscule with the slightly lengthened turning radius. The nose gear is a little over thirteen feet in front of "regular" 747's. Regardless, that shouldn't be much of an issue.
Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!