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Featured Aircraft for July 2016: The Boeing 777 The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range, wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is the world's largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 550 passengers, with a range of 5,200 to 9,500 nautical miles. Commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven", its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, fully circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone. It was the first commercial...
The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and SFO are preparing for the opening of the new control tower in October by expanding their response expertise to include High Angle Training. High Angle Training is a variety of rope rescue technique used to aid persons on a steep or vertical terrain. Because of the structural design of the new control tower – with its pronounced height and a top that bows outward – unique challenges arise in the event that a rescue becomes necessary. These challenges extend to the workers in and around the tower – such as air traffic controllers inside, or window...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to allow airline employees who are travelling for business or pleasure to use the lower level Employee/Vendor Screening Checkpoint. This exception applies to airline employees only, and does not include spouses, children, dependents or any other individuals. Please note that for travel occurring after a work shift, anyone outside of the Sterile Area must be screened through a security checkpoint. For questions, please contact the Security Access Office (SAO) – 415-821-5200
The plant of the month for July is the Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius) . Considered a type of tree, Catalina Ironwood typically grows up to 30 feet tall with a 15 foot spread and peeling reddish gray or brown bark. Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood is endemic to the Channel Islands of California and grows in the type of rocky chaparral plant communities that dominate much of coastal California. This environment is characterized by rocky soils, wind, drought and periodic fires. Fernleaf Catalina Ironwood is rare in the wild but recent interest in tough,...
Airport to host test of new technologies to allow more efficient use of existing runways SAN FRANCISCO - July 5, 2016 - the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today provided a briefing to the San Francisco Airport Commission regarding new procedures and new technologies designed to improve the airport’s on-time performance. Airport staff also announced plans to host a demonstration of a new Global Positioning System (GPS) landing system in August 2016, offering further on-time gains. “We have already made significant progress in our efforts to improve the on-time performance of SFO,”...

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