Main Runway is PAVED at New Airport – VIDEO!

by February 2, 2009 • 9 comments

That’s right, the approved 8,400 feet of the main runway at the new airport site in Panama City is complete.  With the exception of the center where the runway lights will be installed, they are done.  Approval should come shortly from the FAA for the extension to the full 10,000 feet which will take just over 14 days to complete.

Onsite, they have the capability to produce concrete at the pace of filling a new mixing truck every 2.5 minutes so the actual paving goes pretty quick.  The concrete layer is 15 inches thick and it lays on top of 4 inches of asphalt.  The density is also much greater than the stuff you use to to pour your home’s foundation.

The terminal barely resembles a frame right now but is coming along.  Construction time on the terminal will last almost the duration of the project, along with te air traffic control tower.  The air traffic control tower has 72 piles already installed that reach 45 feet into the earth.  Instead of using pre-cast piles, they used auger-cast piles said Roy Willett, Senior Project Manager of KBR.  Auger-cast piles are set by drilling into the ground, and as the dirt comes up, it is replaced with concrete, all the while placing a steel rebar pole down the middle for reinforcement.  In the video, you can see where the earth movers are digging around the rebar to clear out the top of the pilings.

In my interview with Dr. Ed Wright, stand-in director of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, it was mentioned that he wasn’t sure if the new airport would need any modifications with regards to turn-radius/taxiway requirements to accommodate the large Airbus A380 or other large cargo aircraft.  Willett confirmed that short of the largest of the Antonov and the largest of the Airforce’s cargo planes, the new airport will be able to accommodate it all with the 10,000 foot runway – turning radii and all.  Awesome, just flat-out awesome.!

I took some great footage this trip, enjoy!


January Airport Construction Update from Jason Koertge on Vimeo.

The Panama City Airport relocation is moving along quickly with the main runway almost completely paved. The prep work has been done for the extension to 10,000 and upon FAA approval, will be complete within a couple weeks. The Terminal is under construction, as well as the air traffic control tower.

Here are the photos.

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1 Rob N February 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

I cant wait to fly right to my beach house on the West End from Atlanta.

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2 John February 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

I hope we can get a decent restaurant
at the new airport, i.e. one that
actually knows what good food and
prompt, courteoous service are.

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3 FisheadRay February 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Airport Authority should keep pushing for the 10,000ft runway and Also the Cross wind runway….2 very important issues that need to be accomplished….

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4 Bearabull February 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Fantastic news.
Any word on any major airlines will to here.
Hoping for a direct flight from Chicago.
Also, what is the length of the runway at the present airport?

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5 Bryan Durta February 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I am also hoping for a non-stop from Chicago; however, I’m not expecting it since American’s flights from Chicago to Ft. Walton Beach didn’t last very long.

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6 Michele February 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

Also hoping for a direct flight from Chicago. It is so difficult to get to PCB from Chicago now, not mention expensive flights. What airlines are looking at flying into the new airport? Would be great if Southwest decides to fly there.

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7 Gary Stoneking February 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

There are two runways at the current airport. Runway 14/32, which runs northwest/southeast, is 6308 feet by 150 feet wide. The crosswind runway, Runway 5/23, running northeast/southwest, is 4884 feet long by 150 feet wide.

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