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Flyer Fact Friday: Remote-controlled passenger planes, anyone?

Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Flyer Fact Friday | 0 comments

073115 FFF 2 unmanned planesCan you imagine a world where unmanned planes, trains and automobiles are the norm? While this idea may sound like a futuristic scene out of a sci-fi movie, it is actually a lot more realistic than we think.

Aurora Flight Science Corp., a developer and manufacturer of unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles, has been making great strides in their quest to produce the first remote control passenger plane.

Their 4,100-pound twin-propeller remote-controlled airplane, Centaur, is the first large-scale fixed wing unmanned aircraft to make a successful landing.

For now, the FAA regulations are keeping this latest technology out of commercial airspace. However, John Langford, CEO of Aurora Flight Science Corp., believes that it is only a matter of time before unmanned airplanes become the way of the future.

In Langford’s interview with CNN he predicts that remote-controlled passenger flights are five years away.

“I’m a huge believer that the unmanned airplane revolution will make aviation safer for everybody,” said Langford.

It will be interesting to see where the future will take us, but for now, we are happy having our trustworthy pilots guiding us safely to our destinations.

Stay tuned for next week’s Flyer Fact Friday as well as our weekly update on what’s happening around the airport.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

It’s time to play ball!

Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

072915 drive graphicAs a sponsor of the Greenville Drive, we are excited to announce that our favorite Minor League Baseball team is receiving the national recognition it deserves!

This Thursday, July 30th, the Drive and Fluor Field will be representing the City of Greenville and Minor League Baseball during the CBS Sports network MiLB Game of the Week.

There are 160 Minor League Baseball teams across the country, and the Drive was one of only 10 teams selected to host a national broadcast.

The broadcast will begin at 7pm, prior to the first pitch at 7:05pm. In celebration of this great honor, the Drive is declaring a “Red Out” for the game. So be sure to wear your red Drive gear—and if you’re in section 101 through 115, get to the game early to receive your complimentary red “Drive Pride” T-shirt.

Come join us at the Drive game this Thursday and show off your pride for your city!

We hope to see you there,

– The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday: The Truth Behind the Biggest Travel Myths

Posted by on July 24, 2015 in Flyer Fact Friday | 0 comments

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Everyone has their own “truths” when it comes to travel. More often than not, these truths can vary from person to person. In fact, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between what’s actually true and what’s false.

We’re here to set the record straight—by giving you the truth behind some of travel’s biggest myths. This list originally appeared in Real Simple.

“Always Book Your Flights On A Tuesdays.”

While this may work for people flying international, it doesn’t apply to flights within the U.S. Next time you book a flight in the states, be sure to start your search on a Sunday. Studies have shown that tickets purchased on Sundays 50 to 100 days prior to travel cost an average of $110 less than the overall average ticket price.

“Always Take The Free Upgrade.”

Who doesn’t want to fly first class? Or stay in a chic hotel suite? Naturally, there are times when the free upgrade is worth taking. However, it isn’t always a good idea. When renting a car, a bigger SUV may mean more room, but it also means more gas money. Before you say yes to the free upgrade, always make sure you weigh the overall costs versus the immediate benefits.

“All-Inclusive Vacations Are A Scam.”

More often than not, an all-inclusive resort will not charge you extra for food or alcohol. However, a cruise is where you can get tricked. While the food may be included, the cost of alcohol or excursions is not—and those charges can add up quickly. Next time you book a trip, make sure you read the fine print first.

“Hostels Are Only For Backpackers.”

While some hostels are better than others, the majority of them have made some much-needed upgrades. Many hostels may now include private family rooms, free Wi-Fi and the promise of a free breakfast. These newly added amenities provide you with the comforts of a hotel, at half the cost. So before you turn up your nose at the mention of a hostel, take a second look. You may be surprised.

Stay tuned for next week’s Flyer Fact Friday as well as our weekly update on what’s happening around the airport.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

History Highlight: An Unlikely Friendship

Posted by on July 23, 2015 in GSP History | 0 comments

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Charlie Daniel (left) and Roger Milliken (right)

When Charlie Daniel and Roger Milliken met in 1939, they had no idea the impact their partnership would have on the development of the Upstate.

From complete opposite backgrounds, Daniel and Milliken could not have been more different. Daniel was a Georgia-born Citadel graduate who served in WWI and worked as a builder. Milliken was a New York City-born Yale graduate who majored in French history and helped run his family’s textile company.

After their initial meeting at a plant in Union, SC, Milliken, 24 and Daniel, 45 formed a close alliance. It wasn’t long before the pair began designing, renovating and building plants across the state.

There was never a contract between the two, just respect, confidence, trust and a firm handshake. Milliken would act as the conceptual designer of a project, Daniel would share his input, the engineers would complete the project, Milliken would approve and then Daniel and his company would do the job quickly and well.

Milliken was known for his countless questions, all reflecting his thoroughness, genuine curiosity and passion for quality. Daniel was known for his legendary Sunday morning meetings with executives and weekly job site inspections. Together, they formed a hardworking, smart and thorough dynamic duo.

In addition to the countless projects they worked on together, they were also responsible for assembling the team, developing the design and selling the idea for what is now our very own GSP International Airport.

It is safe to say that without the vision and determination of these two unique individuals and their unlikely partnership, our airport would cease to exist.

To read more about Milliken, Daniel or the history of the airport, be sure to check out “Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport: Upstate South Carolina’s Gateway to the World, A History” by Dave Partridge.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday: How To Sleep On A Plane

Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Flyer Fact Friday | 0 comments

Normally when people are traveling, they will find any opportunity they can to get some much-needed shuteye. More often than not, the perfect time to do this is when you’re 30,000 feet in the air heading to or from your destination.

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Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. That’s why we’ve shared a few tips on how to make sure you’re getting the sleep you need on your next flight.

Below are our top 5 picks from Huffington Post’s complete list.

  1. Avoid staring at a screen

Studies have shown that looking at a screen before you snooze messes with your body’s natural sleep hormones. According to Shelby Harris, the director of behavioral sleep medicine at New York’s Montefiore Health System, “Essentially the blue light from our screens reduces melatonin, which is the chemical in our brain that makes us sleepy.” Instead of staring at a screen, opt for reading a good old fashion book or listen to calming music—both should help you feel relaxed and make sleep easier to find.

 

  1. Avoid alcohol

Although alcohol may help you nod off quicker, it doesn’t mean you’ll have a better sleep. In fact, studies have shown that you get fewer REM cycles during alcohol-induced sleep—not to mention the groggy and exaggerated jetlag you’ll experience when you wake up.

 

  1. Pick the right seat

One of the best ways to ensure you get optimal sleep on your next flight is to choose your seat wisely. If you choose a middle seat between two strangers, it’s nearly impossible to get comfortable. If you choose an aisle seat, you run the risk of having to move every time they need to use the restroom. Instead, your best bet is to choose the window seat. It’s out of the way, you can lean against the wall and you’ll be mostly left alone.

 

  1. Come prepared

If you’re planning on sleeping on the plane, be sure to bring the proper equipment. Alanna McGinn, a certified sleep expert, suggests packing a small sleep kit in your carry-on. “Earplugs and an eye mask can help minimize distractions and let you drift off a little easier,” she says. You may even want to take a natural sleep aid like melatonin or magnesium citrate powder, which will help you relax and fall asleep more easily.

 

  1. Time your flight right

If you’re scheduling your flight during the time of day you’re normally most alert, chances are you won’t be able to sleep. Instead, schedule an early-morning flight or one that departs right before bedtime. The key is to board the plane tired. If that means waking up extra-early or getting in a hardcore workout during the day, do it.

Check back next week for more tips and tricks, and stay tuned for more construction updates heading your way soon!

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Construction Update: Facilities Department Expansion? Mission Accomplished.

Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Construction & Development | 0 comments

In our May Construction Update, we shared that the Facilities Department Expansion project was scheduled to be completed in early July.

Now, we are proud to say that the building is finished!

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Yesterday, our team hosted a ribbon-cutting to unveil the final result of the $2.7 million expansion project. Dave Edwards, president and CEO of GSP Airport District, as well as members of the Airport Commission and representatives involved in the planning and construction of the project were present to share this monumental occasion with the rest of the community.

The new 5,000 square foot administration building will house offices, a training room, locker rooms, a break room and a library. The expansion also includes a 6,400 square foot equipment storage building and the relocation of the fuel farm—which provides fuel for airfield maintenance equipment and airline ground service equipment.

Thanks to the hard work of our team of engineers, designers and contractors, the project was completed on time and under budget.

Take a look inside the ribbon-cutting and enjoy a sneak peak inside our new facilities in the video below.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday: Inside the World of Carpets for Airports

Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Flyer Fact Friday | 0 comments

07.10.15 FFF carpets of the worldGeorge Pendle was a nervous flier.

One day, his flight was delayed and he sat staring at the carpet in the airport waiting area. It was here, as he watched the patterns leap from the carpet, that he decided to create his website, Carpets for Airports. CNN Travel recently ran an article touting the “durable nylon wonderland” featured in Pendle’s website.

Carpets for Airports features snapshots of carpets from around the world, thanks to the help of ‘Carpeteers’ (a.k.a. passengers with access to a camera).

“Carpets for Airports has over 100 carpets online and about 200 more waiting to be cataloged,” said Pendle, the self-described CEO and summer intern of the website.

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There’s even an entry for our very own GSP! Take a look here.

Be sure to enjoy the GSP carpet while it lasts. As part of the renovations, we will be installing brand new carpet and floors designed to help passengers navigate the terminal and concourses.

Check in next week to see what else is on the horizon for our airport as we share more construction updates and stay tuned for our next Flyer Fact Friday!

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Construction Update: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs!

Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Construction & Development, Gallery, Program | 0 comments

As updates on the airport continue, we’re one step closer to seeing the final product. Just this past week we started to install our new permanent outdoor signage!

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Designed using GSP’s signature blue and white, these new signs will prove helpful to passengers as they navigate around our construction zones. And once our renovation is completed, these signs will continue to help make traveling through GSP convenient.

As the installation of our permanent outdoor signs continue, the team is also installing wayfinding signs inside the airport.

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From the entire team at GSP, thank you for your continued patience and cooperation throughout this construction process. If there is anything we can do to help make your travel experience more efficient, please let us know.

Don’t forget to stay tuned for more construction updates and this week’s Flyer Fact Friday, coming your way soon!

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Flyer Fact Friday: Where To Find The Biggest Fourth of July Fireworks

Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Flyer Fact Friday | 0 comments

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It’s America’s 239th birthday this weekend, and from coast to coast, the skies will light up with some of the most brilliant fireworks displays ever seen. And there are some cities that have taken the art of throwing a patriotic celebration to a whole new level.

Below are our Top 3 picks for where to find the best 4th of July celebrations across the country. Read the entire list here.

 

New York City, New York

If you enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you definitely want to check out Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show. Visible from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, all you need is a good view of the East River to see this spectacular display of pyrotechnics.

 

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Feeling truly patriotic? Head straight to the nation’s capital for a fireworks display that lights up some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, like the Washington Monument and Capitol building. There is also a Capital Fourth concert with big names like Barry Manilow and the National Symphony Orchestra.

 

Chicago, Illinois

Stop by the windy city, as their fireworks show over Lake Michigan lights up the Chicago skyline. The city also hosts Freedom Fest, a party on top of Navy Pier that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages. If you want to keep the celebrations going, there will also be bi-weekly fireworks shows all summer.

 

In addition to these being the sites of some of the most spectacular fireworks displays around, all three listed are also locations that you can fly to directly from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport so book your flight today!

Happy travels (and Happy Fourth of July!)

– The Terminal

History Highlight: The Airside Garden

Posted by on June 30, 2015 in GSP History | 0 comments

06.30.15 Garden3On a calm night in Germany, Roger Milliken relaxed in the biergarten at the Frankfurt airport. It was this night that Milliken made a decision that would change Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) for the better.

Milliken decided to build an intimate garden in the heart of GSP.

He thought it was such a good idea, he insisted on it. Milliken wanted to garden, and the rest of the airport landscape, to become a place of beauty that people would enjoy visiting for years to come.

The original garden was 200 x 168 feet with a 60 x 25 foot reflecting pool in the center. It was surrounded by flowerbeds, English ivy, Japanese holly, azaleas, crepe myrtles, Chinese red berry holly and magnolia trees. With 5,000 total plantings, there was little room for anything else.

Unlike any other airport in the world, GSP has a formal garden between the terminal and runway, with its main view looking out on the runway, so visitors can watch planes as they take off.

The placement of the runway-facing garden surprised many people over the years, especially visiting airline and airport officials. However, Milliken believed it was one of the best features of the airport, and it was certainly the most unique and special.

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By the end of 1988, the airport was undergoing extensive renovations—which included changes to the beloved garden. Although it was in the same place and the same size, the team had big plans in store for this iconic gathering place.

In the fall of 1989, the new garden was unveiled.

The new garden still had varieties of flowers, hedges, bushes and trees. The original reflection pool was expanded and a smaller pool was added. Each pool included various waterfalls and water features.

Best of all, there were finally places for people to sit, relax and enjoy the natural beauty around them. There was also one special, custom-designed sculpture that breathed new life into the space.

06.30.15 Garden2Commissioned by Dennis Smith, an artist from Colorado, the new sculpture displayed boys and girls dancing along the water. Smith hoped that this new piece would convey the vibrancy, freedom, passion and energy of youth.

Today, the garden is standing strong amidst the WINGSPAN renovations, and continues to pay tribute to Milliken’s vision and the idea that beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places. In fact, ticketed passengers will be able to enjoy bistro seating in the airside garden once WINGSPAN renovations are complete.

Stay tuned for our Flyer Fact Friday, and keep an eye out for more history highlights and construction updates.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal