Gerald R. Ford International Airport http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids airport faces 'unprecedented' influx of snowy owls http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-airport-faces-unprecedented-influx-snowy-owls <p>Snowy owls have been flocking to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/gerald-r-ford-international-airport">Gerald R. Ford International Airport</a>&nbsp;in Grand Rapids this winter.</p><p>“It’s unprecedented. We have three to four times the activity than we’ve ever had in the past,” said Tara Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the Ford Airport.</p><p>Airport staff had to shoot nine owls this season. That’s compared to only four in the past four years combined.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16143 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids airport faces 'unprecedented' influx of snowy owls State issues permit for Ford Airport’s proposed treatment system to prevent bioslime http://michiganradio.org/post/state-issues-permit-ford-airport-s-proposed-treatment-system-prevent-bioslime <p>The Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids will build a new treatment system to prevent a film of smelly, nuisance bioslime from building up on a nearby river. That’s after the state issued the airport a discharge permit on Friday.</p><p>Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality says the smelly bioslime is not a human health hazard. It’s formed by bacteria that eat the deicing fluids used on airplanes in the winter months. The state says the airport has until 2015 to stop the bioslimes.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:54:26 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13814 at http://michiganradio.org State issues permit for Ford Airport’s proposed treatment system to prevent bioslime Ford Airport proposes new system to prevent bacterial slime in nearby creek http://michiganradio.org/post/ford-airport-proposes-new-system-prevent-bacterial-slime-nearby-creek <p>The main airport in Grand Rapids is<a href="http://www.flygrandrapids.org/SWStudy.php"> proposing to build a new system </a>to prevent the buildup of a bacterial film in a nearby river. The system would be the first of its kind at airports in Michigan.</p><p>In the winter, airplanes across the state are sprayed down with a fluid to prevent the buildup of snow and ice.</p><p>At Gerald R. Ford International Airport, roughly a third of that de-icing fluid makes its way into a small creek nearby. Bacteria in the creek can easily break down the fluid but they create a smelly film in the process.</p><p>The state considers the bio-slime a nuisance, not a human health risk. But it does deplete the oxygen, choking out aquatic life.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:07:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13100 at http://michiganradio.org Ford Airport proposes new system to prevent bacterial slime in nearby creek Southwest Airlines coming to Grand Rapids this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/southwest-airlines-coming-grand-rapids-summer <p>People flying out of the airport in Grand Rapids will soon have more options and cheaper flights.</p><p>On Monday Southwest Airlines, the “world’s largest low-fare air service provider,” announced flights out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will begin in August.</p><p>Southwest Airlines will double the current flight schedule run by AirTran Airways. Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011. It will also provide bigger airplanes, adding up to an 83 percent increase in “seat count” over AirTran’s&nbsp; daily average.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:26:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11081 at http://michiganradio.org Southwest Airlines coming to Grand Rapids this summer