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Encyclopedia > Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
IATA: GRR – ICAO: KGRR – FAA: GRR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Kent County Department of Aeronautics
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 794 ft / 242 m
Coordinates 42°52′51″N, 85°31′22.1″W
Website http://www.grr.org
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8R/26L 10,000 3,048 Grooved Concrete
8L/26R 5,000 1,524 Grooved Concrete
17/35 8,501 2,591 Grooved Concrete


Gerald R. Ford International Airport (IATA: GRRICAO: KGRR) is a small commercial airport located a few miles southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally called Kent County Airport and later renamed Kent County International Airport, the airport was renamed for former United States President Gerald R. Ford in December 1999. GRR is located approximately 150 miles west of Detroit-Metro Airport, a Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines hub. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... A Location Identifier takes the place of the name and the location of an airport, navigation aid, weather station, and manned air traffic control facility in air traffic control, telecommunications, computer programming, weather reports, and related services. ... Nickname: Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Kent Founded 1826 Incorporation (city) 1850 Government  - Mayor George Heartwell Area  - City  45. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... Concrete being poured, raked and vibrated into place in residential construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Concrete being poured, raked and vibrated into place in residential construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Concrete being poured, raked and vibrated into place in residential construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Nickname: Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Kent Founded 1826 Incorporation (city) 1850 Government  - Mayor George Heartwell Area  - City  45. ... The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... this guy is awsome i played him in a school play he also has some pretty funky history Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... Northwest Airlines (NYSE: NWA), occasionally known as NWA, is an American airline headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. ...

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History

Aviation first came to Kent County on September 10th of 1911, when a Wright Biplane landed at the Comstock Park State Fairgrounds. Kent County is the name of several counties in the United States and Canada: Kent County, Delaware Kent County, Maryland Kent County, Michigan Kent County, Rhode Island Kent County, Texas Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada Kent is also a county in England This is a disambiguation page — a navigational...


The first regularly scheduled air service in the United States was between Grand Rapids and Detroit on a Ford-Stout monoplane named Miss Grand Rapids, which commenced July 26, 1926, from Grand Rapids' first airport which broke ground four miles from downtown in November of 1919.


In 1948, the airport was expanded across 44th Street, and for a time, movable gates were used to keep traffic off of the runway while it was in use.


In 1959, construction began on a new facility in Cascade Township, several miles east of the original location. The new airport was opened on November 23, 1963, and officially dedicated on June 6, 1964. Cascade Township may refer to the following places in the United States of America: Cascade Township, Michigan Cascade Township, Minnesota Cascade Township, Pennsylvania Category: ...


The first scheduled Boeing 737-200 flight was flown for United Airlines on April 28, 1968 from Chicago O'Hare to Grand Rapids. The aircraft, registration number N9022U, was named The Jet Mainliner City of Grand Rapids. The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661 ) is an aerospace and defense corporation headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular medium to long range, narrowbody commercial passenger jet aircraft. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ...


On January 27, 1977, Kent County Airport was renamed Kent County International Airport with the opening of a U.S. Customs Bureau Office in the main terminal building. The United States Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection or CBP) was the portion of the US Federal Government dedicated to keeping illegal products outside of US borders. ...


In 1997, the new 8,500-foot runway 17/35 was added to allow the airport to continue operations during the $32 million reconstruction of runway 8R/26L, completed in 2001. Also, the passenger terminal's renovation project was completed in 2000, at a cost of approximately $50 million.


In 2004, the airport served more the 2 million passengers for the first time in a single year.


Statistics

Statistics for Gerald R. Ford International Airport[1]
Year Total Passengers Total Aircraft Movements
2003 1,976,833 110,128
2004 2,150,125 116,455
2005 2,090,505 112,314
2006 2,015,846 112,608

Layout

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has two parallel east-west runways and one north-south runway. Along with cargo and general aviation facilities, the airport also has one passenger terminal, consisting of a two-level main terminal and two concourses, labelled A (with six gates) and B (with five gates). Security checkpoints for concourses A and B are independent of one another, so people moving from one concourse to another must clear security. General aviation (abbr. ...


Main Terminal

The main terminal contains the ticketing lobbies, three baggage claim carousels, a gift shop, and a food court. Short term and long term parking are located in front of the terminal. The main terminal has 11 gates.


When new baggage screening regulations were introduced by the Transportation Security Administration, the airport was one of the first in the nation to conduct trials on the new screening machines. Due to their size, there was no room to locate the machines "behind the scenes." Instead, they were placed in the middle of the lobby. TSA emblem The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a U.S. government agency that was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. ...


Concourse A

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Concourse B

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Cargo Carriers

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Ground transportation

The airport is located at the intersection of 44th Street and Patterson Avenue. It is near I-96, M-6, and M-37. Interstate 96 (abbreviated I-96) is an intrastate Interstate highway that is entirely within the U.S. state of Michigan. ... M-6, or Paul B. Henry Freeway, is a 20 mile (32 km) long freeway serving the southern portions of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... M-37 M-37 is a north-south state highway in Michigan. ...


The Interurban Transit Partnership, the public transit operator for the Grand Rapids area which brands itself as The Rapid, operates a weekday route (Route 44) to Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville until May 18, 2007. The Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP), also known as The Rapid, is the public transit provider for the Grand Rapids, Michigan, metropolitan area. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... RiverTown Crossings is a two story shopping mall in Grandville, Michigan. ... Grandville is a city located in Kent County, Michigan, United States. ...


As of January 2006, The Rapid runs the Grand Rapids Air Porter from the airport to downtown hotels. There is also a parking shuttle.


As of May 21, 2007 [2], route 17 Woodland/Airport will travel between the airport and Woodland Mall seven days a week. Routes 5 (weekdays only) and 6 (7-day service) provide service to Central Station from Woodland. From Woodland, Route 44 provides weekday only service to Rivertown Crossings Mall. Air Porter goes to downtown hotels. Woodland Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... RiverTown Crossings is a two story shopping mall in Grandville, Michigan. ...


Aircraft Spotting

The airport has two aircraft spotter locations. There is an observation deck located on the mezzanine level of the passenger terminal building, which gives a relatively unobstructed view of the ramp area and runway 8R and 26L. Aircraft spotting or Plane spotting is the enjoyment, observation and photography of aircraft: gliders, powered aircraft, large balloons, airships, helicopters, and microlights. ...


There is also a viewing area, situated on Kraft Avenue north of 52nd Street. The includes picnic tables litter barrels and a portable toilet. At the viewing area, radio station 1650 AM rebroadcasts transmissions by air traffic controllers, pilots, and GFIA airfield operations staff.


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