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Friday, June 28, 2013

Logan Airport Unveils Expanded Runway

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) on Thursday unveiled the expanded runway at Boston's Logan International Airport, part of a $63 million project that began in 2011. 
FAA contributed $50 million the expansion, which added a 300-foot-wide crushable concrete safety area at the harbor end of Runway 33L. The expansion is designed to prevent aircraft from overrunning the runway, and includes new navigational aids to help with safe landings during poor weather conditions. 
“These two safety projects are the latest example of the critical partnership between the FAA and Massport, which has one mission–enhancing the safety of the flying public and the air crews that depend on Logan airport,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
The new runway extends 470 feet into the Boston Harbor, and includes an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) bed, which is approved by FAA for use at airports where water, city streets and other factors limit available safety area size at the end of runways. 
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