Aviation Technology Services

Aviation technology consultants design systems that are critical in keeping airports and airlines functioning and passengers moving in a timely manner. Whether working for an aviation authority or directly for an airline company, Newcomb & Boyd understands the technology needs required for concourse and terminal buildings, consolidated rental car facilities, and security/passenger screening areas, just to name a few.

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Both Wi-Fi and distributed cellular antenna systems have become critical to the traveler. The design and integration of these systems into the building creates better coverage, more pleasing aesthetics and offers the airport the potential to return revenue to the facility.

Common use passenger processing involves sharing airport resources to increase airport efficiency. Whether this collaboration takes place through ticketing counters, gates, baggage handling or a shared operational database, common use is becoming the new standard for use in airports. As a result of CUPPS, owners realize increased efficiency and capacity, and CUPPS can also help provide an effective alternative to expansion.

Similar to CUPPS, and often an additional option or module offered by CUPPS manufacturers, CUSS is the shared use of passenger processing kiosks. Rather than having dedicated, branded kiosks sit idle some parts of the day or week, CUSS allows for the shared kiosks to support travelers flying on a number of different airlines, increasing the kiosks’ usefulness. Travelers first select their airline, then the kiosk then switches into that airline’s native application, making the process simple, effective, and cost-efficient.

Multi-user flight information display systems, or MuFIDS, can be a standalone product or a software module of the CUPPS system. An all-encompassing term, MuFIDS, describes both the flight information display system (FIDS) and the baggage information display system (BIDS). MuFIDS allows for shared use of a common display system of flight information and baggage information while seamlessly interfacing with the baggage handling system and airline operations.

Each airline has access to the shared system to update flight information as needed, and that information is automatically and constantly updated and displayed in the terminal. Additionally, the baggage handlers are able to log in arriving flights, providing information to control both the baggage handling system’s automatic routing as well as controlling the baggage carousel signage.

Aviation Technology Clients

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Joint Venture: Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville, Inc.; R.L. Brown & Associates, Inc.; Walter P Moore
A customer service center and automated people mover station, as well as the site electrical and security systems for the Consolidated Rental Car Facility serving ten rental car companies. The overall project includes two parking decks for 8,800 cars totaling 2,800,000 square feet, fueling facilities with 140 gas dispensers, wash facilities with thirty bays, and surface parking.

Myrtle Beach International Airport

Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd.
Associate Architect: Giuliani Associates Architects, Inc.
Addition of a new terminal building and concourse to Myrtle Beach International Airport, including five new gates, concession space for shopping and dining, flight and baggage information display systems, ticket counters, baggage claim carousels, airline offices, and TSA passenger and baggage screening. The addition also includes a shared use passenger processing system for ticket counters and gates, and an automated baggage handling system within the terminal on the apron level. Minor renovations in the existing terminal building include work at the gates and passenger holding areas, and the front facade of the building.

Delta Air Lines

Architect: PGAL
Associate Architect: R.L. Brown & Associates, Inc.
Expansion of the baggage handling system at the Terminal, Concourse B, and the 2,000 foot long underground baggage tunnel in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The first phase of the expansion includes the renovation of ten baggage carousels, the addition of two inbound conveyors and two high speed outbound conveyors, fifteen distribution baggage piers, 42,000 square feet of program space for ground operations, and rework of existing utilities for 269,000 square feet of apron level space. Also included is the addition of six 2,000 kVA transformers and two 5,000 A switchgear sets.

John Wayne Airport

Architect: Gensler
Audio-visual, security and communications systems for the Terminal C expansion at John Wayne Airport. The building includes six commercial passenger gates and related amenities including concessions dispersed throughout the terminal. Systems in the building include access control and digital video surveillance systems, voice and data cable testing, telephone system expansion, wireless network, common use terminal equipment, common use self-service kiosk devices, airport information display systems, 800 MHz radio systems, and paging systems with ambient noise compensation.

Delta Air Lines

Architect: PGAL
The addition of baggage information display signs to ten carousels located in the Delta baggage claim area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.