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Airports Across US Getting Waivers To Receive B748  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3286 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2998 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."


Apparently RFD has received the waiver:

Courtesy: WREX-TV - Video Report Available

Boeing's New Jumbo Airplane Could Land In Rockford


[Edited 2011-04-11 19:01:46]

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User currently offlinerl757pvd From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4938 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2703 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!
User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2585 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Quoting rl757pvd (Reply 1):

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'!
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