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Old November 24th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #1721
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Wind rips open terminal roof
Updated: 2011-11-24 14:05
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BEIJING - The building of the third terminal (T3) at the Beijing Capital International Airport had part of its roof ripped open by a strong wind on Tuesday night, the second time in a year, leading to increasing doubts on the landmark building's resilience.

Passengers at the airport's third terminal said that they saw white and yellow foam composites flying outside the building windows at around 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

"Though I stood pretty far away, I could see a part of the roof was torn open The white foam composite was everywhere, even on the runway," said a passenger surnamed Li.

Designed by British architect Norman Foster (known for working on projects such as the Millennium Bridge in London) and Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute, T3 was opened in 2008 - the biggest standalone terminal building in the world then.

The airport confirmed the news, saying the strong wind, moving at a speed of 24 meters a second, lifted some of the metal plates on the roof of the terminal's D section at 8:15 pm.

But the damage has not interfered with flight schedules by Wednesday noon when workers finished fixing the roof, the airport said through its official micro blog at Weibo.com, the Chinese version of Twitter.

This is the second such incident in one year, after gusts at a speed of 26 meters a second tore open two parts of T3's roof on Dec 10 last year. About 200 square meters of the roof was damaged, compared to its total area of 320,000 square meters.

The unexpected roof damage, as well as big snowfalls in other cities that day, caused more than 200 delayed and 28 canceled flights.

This year the winds hit a different part of T3's roof, than they did last year, said an airport source, who declined to give his name.

But incidents of strong winds damaging the terminal roof twice within the space of a year have made people skeptical about its quality.

"How could Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport, also designed by Norman Foster, withstand typhoons so well throughout the past decade?" asked a netizen from Shenzhen at Weibo.com.

Shao Weiping, executive chief architect of Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute, who had a role in designing T3, believed that the torn roof was not caused by design flaws.

"While architects designed the general look of T3, suppliers made special designs to make sure the metal panels used on the roof could resist strong winds," he said.

"The metal roof technology used to build T3 was a mature one that has stood tests for more than 20 years," he said, adding he personally believed that this could be more of a quality-related issue.

The airport company refused to make more comments on the accident on Wednesday, stressing they did not build the structure but were only using it.

Last year, Ding Jiangang, deputy head of the capital airport's expansion project command, told the media that the roof was designed to resist winds of 28.3 meters a second.

But he said that the building's capacity to resist wind was previously only tested under simulated conditions, which could differ slightly from an actual situation.

He stressed the importance of maintenance, but also added that the roof area was too large for maintenance workers to make sure every screw on the metal panels was tightened after five years' use.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 01:53 AM   #1722
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Uh oh, more made in China jokes incoming.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 05:36 AM   #1723
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Wind rips open terminal roof
Updated: 2011-11-24 14:05
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"How could Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport, also designed by Norman Foster, withstand typhoons so well throughout the past decade?" asked a netizen from Shenzhen at Weibo.com.
Well, we don't (any may never) know the full details behind its cause, but the observation about Hong Kong's quality does beg the quote below.

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Old December 9th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #1724
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Old December 20th, 2011, 04:09 AM   #1726
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New airspace routes opened to ease punctuality woes
Updated: 2011-12-16 08:09
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BEIJING - Airspace authorities opened new flight paths over North China on Thursday as officials look to reduce delays at Beijing Capital International Airport.

Seven fixed flight paths have been cleared for use, while another 13 temporary channels have been created or adjusted.

According to simulations run by the North China Air Traffic Management Bureau, if the number of flights remains the same, the new routes could help punctuality rise at Beijing Capital International Airport from the current 73 percent to 85 percent.

"With new roads in the sky, planes can enter and leave the airport using different paths," said Yan Xiaodong, the bureau's chief engineer. "In the past, planes flying between two cities used the same path, head on, which slowed down traffic flow."

Seventy-four million people passed through the airport's doors in 2010, a figure that is expected to exceed 80 million this year, making the airport the busiest in China and the second busiest in the world in terms of passenger volume.

Last year, the airport handled an average of 1,416 flights each day, up from 611 in 2000.

Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said earlier that the airport is so busy it is very difficult to find slots for new flights.

However, with the extra flight paths, Yan said the capital airport will be able to handle five more arrivals or departures an hour, nearly 600 a week.

"Although the additional capacity can't make delays disappear immediately, the airspace structure is improving," he added.

Passengers say the move is long overdue.

"I encountered delays several times this year," said Sang Jie, a Beijing resident and frequent flier. "We were kept waiting in our seats for an hour or longer before taking off.

"The captain always says it is because of air traffic control. If this happens too often, it's time for the authority to do something."

And it is not just passengers on flights leaving Beijing that will benefit.

In the past, aircraft were sometimes directed to a runway far from parking spots at one of the airport's three terminal buildings. Yan said the new routes will enable controllers to guide planes to runways closer to their gate, meaning passengers will not have to wait so long to disembark.

"A friend of mine told me his flight from Dalian (in Liaoning province) to Beijing took 45 minutes, but the plane took almost an hour to taxi from the runway to the terminal," Yan, the chief engineer, said.

Another official at the North China Air Traffic Management Bureau said that eight routes in and out of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, had also been opened due to wide concerns about frequent flight delays.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #1727
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Old January 15th, 2012, 03:17 AM   #1728
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Very nice photo of the C-40B, the missile approach warning sensors are clearly visible. I believe it's on a treasure department flight, bring Geithner to Beijing after his trip to Japan.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1729
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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #1732
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Beijing's VIP terminal is quite unique.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #1733
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Hey look there's a jet engine pushing that tug around!
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #1738
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2012-02-25 19:27:08 CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Fuyu

Beijing is to build a new airport, which is likely to be the world's largest in terms of passenger traffic, to the southeast of the city, China National Radio reports.

The new airport, yet to be named, is to be located on the border between Beijing and Langfang, a city in north China's Hebei province which surrounds Beijing. It will be approximately 45 kilometers from Beijing's city center; about an hour's drive.

The airport is designed to be a key international airport. It will have nine runways and is expected to direct more than 130 million passengers and 5,500,000 tones of cargo annually, replacing the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States, to become the busiest in the world.

The new airport will also act as a hub, connecting highways, transportation roads and roads in rural areas together.
This will be the third civil airport in Beijing, following the Nanyuan Airport and the Beijing International Airport, which houses Terminal three, the largest building in the world.

When put into use, the new airport will serve Beijing, as well as the nearby Tianjin municipality and Hebei province.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #1739
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If the site for the suspended MonsterPort is really moving from Daxing to Langfang, that would be big. Such a move would make good sense though. It would be a lot more easy, and cheaper, to connect the three airports (including Tianjin airport), it would be on an existing high-speed, high-capacity line, and it would equally serve the two major cities in the area.
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Could anyone explain the reason why the North China mega-airport is being developed and constructed again?
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