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Ekaterinburg received new «Air Gate»

1 июня 2009 20:49

On Monday June 1, 2009 the Minister of Transport Igor Levitin, the deputy plenipotentiary representative of the Russian President in the UFD Vladimir Krupkin, the Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Eduard Rossel, the Head of Ekaterinburg Arkady Chernetsky, the head of the Federal Aero-Navigation Service of Russia Alexander Neradko opened an air landing strip number 1 at the international airport «Koltsovo» after its reconstruction.

As the press service managers of the Administration of the city of Ekaterinburg report, it took the domestic company «Aerodromdorstroy» («Airport-runway-building») less than a year to make the 600 full trains of different construction materials and more than 100 kilometers of pipes into a top-modern runway of the first ICAO category, fully equipped in accordance with world standards.

During the reconstruction, the runway was extended to three kilometers long and 45 meters wide. The renewed «runny» has the necessary water and drainage system, it is equipped with sophisticated lighting, meteorological and radio navigation equipment and its maximum load increased by several times.

Beside the reconstruction of the main strip, the builders completed works to enhance the coating adjacent to the taxiways. Thus, the updated airfield complex «Koltsovo» will be able to take almost all types of operating aircraft in the world in the most difficult weather conditions.

The means for reconstructing «Air Gate» of the Urals in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles were allocated from the budget of the Russian Federation.

Igor Levitin noted that «thanks to the managed work, the airport of Ekaterinburg is no longer lagging behind Moscow and St. Petersburg's transport aircrafts». The Minister thanked the builders, the leadership of the Sverdlovsk region and Ekaterinburg for the speed and quality of the first phase reconstruction of the airport «Koltsovo». He also confirmed the intention of the federal authorities to support the next phase of airfield transformation of the Ural capital associated with the reconstruction of the second runway, the development of the aircraft parking area and a number of other works.

Arkady Chernetsky congratulating all the beginning steps of the new airport «Koltsovo» noted that «the positive metamorphosis, that happened to our airfield complex over the past two years are the best illustration of the dynamic changes that occur in modern Russia».

During the official ceremony at the airfield «Koltsovo», its participants saw the first technical flight completed on the updated strip. The high-ranking officials watched the flight of the aircraft from a new flying-control-tower of the airport, located in the observation tower, newly built in conjunction with the new international airfield complex. The height of the tower from the basement to the top of the antenna is 53 meters, and flying controllers' workplaces are at the point 42.5 meters, which is equal to a height of 12 storied building. On facing the taxiway side of the tower a unique panoramic glass is placed, that protects personnel from electromagnetic radiation and does not rime.

With the commissioning of the new tower, a zone of control for takeoff and landing aircraft in «Koltsovo» four times increased. It is this factor that made it possible to extend the runway, and in future it may afford sending and receiving aircrafts simultaneously within two independent runways. This potentially increases the capacity of the air harbor of Ekaterinburg to 40 airstrip transactions per hour, even in difficult weather conditions.

The new control tower of the airport «Koltsovo» corresponds to international standards of safety controls. Experts estimate it as a strategically important facility not only for Ekaterinburg, but for the entire airspace of the Urals.

The new control building fully fits the whole complex of the airport, which thanks to the efforts of federal, provincial and city authorities, airport management and the Group of companies «Renova» received in recent years new passenger terminals, advanced support services, convenient parking zone and a fast urban electric train line.

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