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Pittsburgh International Airport goes live with first-of-its-kind microgrid powering airport with natural gas and solar energy

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Pittsburgh International Airport made this announcement:

Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by natural gas and solar energy as part of its newly live microgrid.

The first-of-its kind microgrid increases resilience and maximizes public safety and makes PIT one of the most site-hardened airports in the world.

Airports across the country have been exploring ways to increase power resilience and reliability after several high-profile power outages resulted in thousands of cancelled flights and passenger disruptions. As PIT is set to break ground on building the smartest airport in the world through its new terminal project, creating smart power infrastructure is a key step that can serve as a blueprint for others.

Photo: Tom Reinsel.

The power generated at PIT is the primary supply for the entire airport, including the terminals, airfield, Hyatt hotel and Sunoco. The airport will remain connected to the traditional electrical grid as an option for emergency or backup power if needed. The microgrid will generate power, in part, through onsite natural gas wells and 9,360 solar panels across eight acres.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority Board of Directors in 2019 awarded Peoples Natural Gas a 20-year contract to build, maintain and operate the microgrid at no cost to the airport. In addition to boosting power resiliency and redundancy, the microgrid will achieve savings on electricity costs for the airport and tenants.

Crews started construction in July 2020 and completed the project on schedule even as the pandemic stalled the aviation industry last year.

What is a microgrid?

A microgrid is an independent electricity source that can operate autonomously while maintaining a connection to the traditional grid. It will be powered by natural gas drilled on-site by CNX Resources, in addition to gas from the interstate pipeline system and solar generation. The project will offer a more efficient, sustainable and resilient source of energy.

The microgrid will consist of five natural gas-fueled generators and nearly 10,000 solar panels, capable of producing more than 20 megawatts of electricity, the equivalent of powering more than 13,000 residential homes. The airport’s current peak demand is approximately 14 megawatts.

In addition to Peoples, other firms involved in the development of the microgrid included CNX Resources, IMG Energy Solutions, EIS Solar, PJ Dick, LLI Engineering and Duquesne Light Company.

Photos: Pittsburgh International Airport.

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Source: https://worldairlinenews.com/2021/07/14/pittsburgh-international-airport-goes-live-with-first-of-its-kind-microgrid-powering-airport-with-natural-gas-and-solar-energy/

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Sunwing survey reveals that 58% of Canadians intend to travel in the next 12 months

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Research shows that more than half of respondents will travel this holiday season

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TORONTO, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With more Canadians getting vaccinated across the country and borders beginning to reopen, a new survey commissioned by Sunwing has revealed a pent-up demand for travel.

The results indicated that more than half (58%) of Canadians plan on returning to travel in the next 12 months, with over two-thirds (68%) of those respondents indicating they are interested in an all inclusive vacation. What’s more, according to the research, 57% of Canadians with at least one dose of the vaccine intend on travelling this upcoming holiday season.

The survey was conducted by Sunwing among members of the Angus Reid Forum between July 19-20, 2021 with a nationally representative sample of 1,533 Canadians, in both English and French. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“As we emerge from the pandemic following almost a year without travel, we’re seeing more demand than ever before,” commented Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations at Sunwing. “As our research shows, holiday and winter departures are becoming increasingly popular as Canadians look to make up for last year’s lockdown. We’re already seeing some of the most popular resorts selling out on key winter dates, which rarely happens so early in the booking cycle. We recommend travellers book soon to secure their piece of paradise under our wing.”

The survey also uncovered that there is a growing interest in group bookings; younger travellers are especially eager to vacation as a group, with almost 40% of respondents aged 18-34 indicating they would be travelling with friends on their next getaway. In addition, more than one-third (38%) of all respondents who plan on travelling in the next 12 months indicated an interest in vacationing with family members, while nearly three-quarters (71%) expressed an intent to travel with their partner or significant other.

“We’re seeing some exciting new travel trends emerge as Canadians plan their highly anticipated vacations,” commented Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at Sunwing. “Group getaways are becoming increasingly sought after, as family and friends plan to reunite at an all inclusive resort, while travelling with a significant other is another popular choice. This shows that there is heightened demand for frictionless vacation experiences – just book, travel and enjoy.”

Additional survey insights include:

  • Residents of British Columbia are significantly more likely to be planning leisure travel this holiday season, with 71% indicating they would be travelling this winter;
  • 68% of respondents from across the country who plan on travelling within the next year are interested in an all inclusive vacation, with the most interest from Saskatchewan and Manitoba (78%) and Atlantic Canada (73%);
  • Respondents from British Columbia (71%), Saskatchewan (64%) and Alberta (61%) were most interested in travelling during the upcoming holiday season.

Canadians keen to travel in the coming months can head back to paradise with Sunwing, as the tour operator will be resuming flights to select destinations starting on July 30, 2021. Customers who book their well-deserved getaway by August 9, 2021 can enjoy flexible booking options* including the ability to change or cancel anytime with ease, complimentary Price Drop Cash Back of up to $800 per couple at select resort and convenient monthly payment options.

*Terms and conditions apply, visit sunwing.ca for more details.

About Sunwing
The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Plane crash

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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