John Burnett, right, already has his boots on the ground, as he’s currently visiting gravel runway customers in the Northwest Territory in -50 degree weather! Midwest is excited to announce that John Burnett has been named Business Manager for the company’s Gravel Runway and Village Roads Group.
Due to its climate and the popularity of air travel, Alaska has more than its fair share of gravel runways, hosting 16 times the U.S. national average number of planes per capita.
There are over 15,000 airports in the U.S. alone, each of which features several runways. Maintaining runways is critical for safe travel and environmental conservation.
The Alaska DOT&PF operates almost 300 remote gravel runways for commercial, charter and private air traffic. One of the DOTs’ needs in operating these runways is to minimize the gradual loss of vital fines. These fines are one of the sources of fugitive dust that impacts the health of neighboring populations (e.g., U.S. EPA PM10 and PM2.5 requirements) and aircraft …