Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport hosts the shindig today (Wednesday, September 23, 2015), maybe as you read this. The airport will receive a $45,901 check from Georgia Power as a rebate for energy efficiency. It’s all a part of the utility company’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.
$45,901. That’s quite a rebate. The airport replaced incandescent light fixtures with LEDs in over 16,000 runway and taxiway features and 700 guidance signs throughout the airfield. This will make ATL the first airfield in the world to have a total LED fixture airfield.
Not bad for an airfield that can already call itself the busiest in the world.
My very first airline ride was into Atlanta when it was in the process of turning itself into the “new” Atlanta Airport, which eventually aged and was torn apart and rebuilt as the second “new” Atlanta Airport.
In the 1960s, I flew in and out of ATL in—believe it or not—a Cessna 172. Surely wouldn’t want to do that today. I’ve also spent several nights sleeping—or trying to sleep—on the floor during blizzards.
So many changes, so many memories. Yet the airport is probably changing faster today than ever before—but not faster than tomorrow.