The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport (OWA) has a unique tenant originally associated with auto racing that built a well-established air cargo company called Kalitta Air. Existing conditions for engine run-up procedures were challenging airport operations and causing safety concerns, property damage, and blowing foreign object debris.
The Challenge: Finding a location on the airport to perform full-power engine testing with safety being the number one concern.
The Solution: Install a ground run-up enclosure (GRE) large enough to hold B747 aircraft for testing the engines and control the intense prevailing winds.
Years of GRE discussions, a wind analysis study, and proper authority decisions determined the best location for the five-story structure. The facility aerodynamics are designed to provide a stable air flow environment suitable for engine testing, even when there are challenging wind conditions. The GRE was built due to safety concerns of large engine run-ups in open spaces at varying locations on the airport. Leadership of Kalitta, the airport, and the FAA determined a ground run-up enclosure was the best option.