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Discovering the GRE

With its aerodynamic design and the latest sound-absorbing technology, we think that the Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) is a cool and important addition to our airport. And now thanks to The Daily Planet show on The Discovery Channel, millions of Canadian viewers are able to get an up-close and personal tour of the GRE like never before.

In the segment Embedded With Mark Miller, host Miller toured the GRE with members of our Environment team to get an in-depth look at how the GRE uses the latest in science and technology to reduce aircraft run-up noise in our community. As well as a tour of the massive 67 - by 80-metre facility, Miller also accompanied a Pacific Coastal Airline's Saab 340 as it taxied into the GRE and performed its routine engine run-up.

To further show how the GRE's 1000+ sound absorbing panels, louvered vents and aerodynamic design work together to reduce noise, Miller used a decibel metre and took readings inside and out of the facility. Not surprisingly, the readings showed a marked difference between the two. The GRE is the first of its kind at a Canadian airport and is an important component in our noise management plan.

Missed the segment on TV? Not to worry, you can check out the episode on the Discovery Channel online. For a live view, pop by our outdoor viewing platform located at the South Terminal.

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