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FFF: Benefits and Tips for Restricted Travelers

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Don’t let wheelchairs or motorized scooters curtail worldwide adventures. With a little advice and encouragement, disabled travelers can successfully navigate and benefit from elaborate voyages. The New York Times spoke with Barry Cohen, who travels with his son Terry Cohen, to compile a list of benefits and savvy tips for a fruitful trip!

Medical Benefits
Unbeknown to many, there are enormous medical benefits for disabled people who travel. Handicapped people often sleep easier, feel less stressed and engage in more activity than normal when traveling. Disabled travelers also free their mind in travel mode, by interacting with new surroundings.

Loyal Companion
A helpful and attentive companion is a must! Travel with a person, or group of people, who can understand the physical limits of the person travelling. People who remain cool under pressure will thrive in any destination.

 Plan Ahead!
Don’t attempt a last minute trip and always plan ahead. Confirm locations are mobility friendly by calling ahead of time to ensure full accessibility. This will save time and prevent stress!

Friendly Destinations-Far and Wide
The U.S. and Canada are very accommodating to those with disabilities. Germany and Thailand are very helpful places-where people will go the distance to aid the disabled.

For more information on how disabled travelers can make the most of travelling the world, visit The New York Times for more information!

Until next time,

The Terminal

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Meet the Artists: Amy Baur and Brian Boldon

Getting through the TSA screening process can sometimes be stressful.  You have shoes to unlace, laptops to pull out of their cases and pockets to check. So when GSP looked at areas to place new artwork, two locations were chosen by our security checkpoint to improve customer experience.

One of those pieces was created by Amy Baur and Brian Boldon from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Amy and Brian created a beautiful frit-glaze image fired on Tempered glass dubbed “Thread.”

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This 30-foot-long and 8-foot-high art piece has layers, small details and slow-to-find gems. “Thread” represents Greenville’s textile history intertwined with images of what Greenville has become. To learn more about this piece and the idea behind it, visit http://www.inplainsightart.com/#/gsp-airport-01/.

Until next time,

The Terminal

FFF Recap of Black History Month Aviators

In honor of black history month, we’ve highlighted African American aviators who have made significant contributions to aviation history. For starters, Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African American and Native American descent to hold a pilot license would have turned 125 on January 26, 2017. Coleman worked hard to earn enough money to enroll in aviation school at age 23. After years of saving up, no school in the states would admit her because of her race and gender. That didn’t stop Bessie. She moved to Paris and one year later earned an international aviation license becoming the first woman of color to hold a pilot license.

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Aviation Pioneer William Powell was also rejected from several flight school’s due to his race. But, in 1928 he caught a break and was admitted into flight school in Los Angeles and finished earning his license in 1932. In the middle of aviation school, he helped form an aviation organization in 1929 dubbed the Bessie Coleman Aero Club. Later he made a movie, published a monthly journal about African American aviation and much more.

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These brave pioneers, along with others, such as Willa Brown and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., inspired people of all backgrounds and truly changed American history for the better. Learn more about other African American aviators and how they shaped the aviation industry into what it is today.

Until next time,

The Terminal

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Call for Artists

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The WINGSPAN renovations would not be complete without beautiful art to complement the new GSP.  Seven public art pieces have already been commissioned and six have been installed throughout the airport. And now GSP has put the call out for seven more pieces to complement our updated spaces.

If you have created a public art piece before, we encourage you to apply! We are looking for art that will enhance travelers’ experiences in the airport and want this art to focus on three main themes:

Where we live…integration of water and landscape

Where we’ve come from…an emphasis on Greenville’s history as the textile capital of the world

Where we’re going…emphasizing technology in the Upstate

The deadline is March 1! To learn more visit https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4051.

Need inspiration? Check out some of our already featured artwork on the WINGSPAN blog. We can’t wait to see your work!

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FFF: How to Survive a 24-hour flight

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Most travelers dread extensive flights. Beside the essentials of comfortable clothing, headphones and an eye mask, it’s hard to be prepared. So, travel aficionados Atlas & Boots have compiled a list of their go to tips for lengthy flights around the world.


A First-Rate Seat

A superb seat is a must on any flight! Especially a 24-hour flight. Whether flying alone or with company, consider sitting near the wings or middle of the plane. Sitting closer to the wings of the plane results in a stable, less turbulent flight. If you are travelling with a group, consider the site Seat Guru to map out a seating chart.

Close Quarters

Enjoy the company around you, because you are in it for the long haul! Don’t forget to be direct if an issue arises. If something is bothering you, such as a child kicking your seat, be polite and address the problem early on. Nothing is worse than an uncomfortable flight.

Bust a Move!

Stretch your legs frequently. Take a stroll around the cabin to utilize forgotten muscles. It keeps your blood flowing and gives you something to do.

Food Conscious

No Chipotle this time! On longer flights it is recommended to eat light, avoiding carbs, caffeine and alcohol. Not only will sugar and carbs bloat you, but alcohol will dehydrate your body. So, water is a must!

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Moisturize your face and body. Your skin will thank you for replenishing its glow!

For more information on how to make the most of extended in air travel, visit  Atlas & Boots for more information!

Until next time,

The Terminal

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Valentine’s Day Contest

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Looking for ideas for the perfect romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day? GSP has got one lucky couple covered! Enter to win a dinner for two at The Strip Club 104 Steak House in Greer! To enter take a photo in our Valentine’s Day life-sized photo frame located on the first floor of the terminal in front of our Boy Aviator statue.

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Once you have snapped a picture in the frame, tag GSP Airport on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You’ve only got three days until the lucky winner is announced via social media! Ready, set… take your picture!

Until next time,

The Terminal

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Vote for Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Grill, a unique dining option from Thomas Creek Brewery is up on the polls for Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Wait Staff! Thomas Creek Grill is located on concourse A in the airport. It opened in 2014, at the beginning of the WINGSPAN renovation. Adding Thomas Creek Grill has allowed us to expand our concessions offerings for passengers and feature local vendors.

The family owned and operated microbrewery is famous around the Upstate and has been serving specialty beer to its loyal fan base since 1998. Founder and Brewmaster, Tom Davis, has been in the brewing industry for over 20 years and oversees the creation of each beer.

From their Palmetto Pretzel Bites to their fresh brews to their friendly staff, it’s hard not to love this family-owned grill! Vote for them at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-airport-bar-restaurant-wait-staff-2017/! Voting ends on Monday, February 13 at noon ET and we need your help to make them number one!

Until Next time,

The Terminal

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FFF: Best Places to Travel to in 2017

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Believe it or not, it’s 2017, and the annual top places to travel lists are already out. Perhaps your new year’s resolution is to travel more or maybe it will inspire you to travel. Either way, check out some of the best places you should visit in 2017 according to CNN.

Colombia- From the country’s president earning a Nobel Peace Prize to Pope Francis possibly visiting Colombia, the commitment to better the country has brought visitors from around the world. There’s a lot to love about the beautiful country like it’s delicious coffee, beautiful beaches, intricate architecture and so much more.  

Australia- Speaking of beautiful beaches, Australia carries the Great Barrier Reef and many other beautiful sea critters. Additionally, the city of Melbourne is the country’s foodie capital.

Katahdin Wood and Waters National Monument- Don’t feel like leaving the states? Maine’s 87,000-acre national monument offers activities all year round. Take a hike during the summer and cool off by jumping in one of the park’s ponds, rivers or streams. Can’t go until winter time? Pack your snow boots and enjoy skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Where will you travel to in 2017? Wherever it may be, we hope to see you come through GSP Airport! Check out the rest of the list, here.

Until next time,

The Terminal

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Construction Update: New Administrative Offices

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As WINGSPAN is in its last phase of construction, we are happy to announce that our administrative team has officially moved into their new offices! The newly constructed offices are located on the north side of the terminal on the second floor. GSP Airport District’s Administrative Department will call this new space home, and will be located closer to the passengers they work to provide great service every day. The new offices will house a boardroom, additional meeting space and several office spaces.

The wood trim in the new space and hardwood floor in one of new offices, boardroom and meeting space come from oak trees planted on GSP’s property since its inception. These oak trees will now live on forever inside GSP as a friendly reminder to all of GSP’s employees of the airport’s roots…pun intended.

Until next time,

The Terminal

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More New Public Art: Terrazo Tile by Joan Weissman

If you’re flying to or from GSP and look down, you may find yourself looking at a piece of art. The art is made from terrazzo tile, a decorative flooring material. GSP’s terrazzo tile pieces were created by Joan Weissman, an artist based in New Mexico.

The recently installed terrazzo tile is located on the second floor of the Grand Hall in GSP, on both the A and B sides of the terminal. Both pieces represent the Upstate and incorporate chips of marble, granite, glass, shell and quartz, all held together by colored cement or epoxy. When installed, each section is outlined and separated by narrow strips of metal, and then filled by hand with the wet pebbled mixture as you’ll see below.

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Once these steps are done and dry, the floor is ground smooth and highly polished with the result of this:

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Although the piece above is somewhat abstract, it may trigger a memory of one of your favorite outdoor spots in the Upstate. The first image of the complete tile piece is named, “River Bank,” and the second piece with leaf-like figures is named, “Autumn at Table Rock.” Notice the resemblance?

We hope you enjoy these beauties the next time you’re walking through the Grand Hall! Snap a pic a let us know your thoughts. To learn more about Joan Weissman and her work visit her website at http://joanweissman.com.

Until next time,

The Terminal