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DFW International Airport Unveils Newly Renovated and World Leading Fire Training Research Center

   DFW International Airport Unveils Newly Renovated and World Leading Fire
                           Training Research Center

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DFW AIRPORT, Texas, March 20, 2013

Internationally renowned facility offers world-class fire training, college
coursework with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and research
capabilities for global aviation community

DFW AIRPORT, Texas, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Dallas/Fort
Worth International Airport today officially dedicated its newly updated Fire
Training Research Center (FTRC), establishing one of the world's top
facilities for aircraft rescue firefighting training and research. The center
re-opened after a yearlong $29 million expansion and reinvestment project
which has enhanced the facility's real world training and high value research
capabilities by adding new interactive curriculum, classroom space, a new
control center, new burn pits and the only Airbus A380 mockup trainer in the
United States.

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"The DFW Fire Training and Research Center now houses some of the finest fire
training facilities in the world, not only providing high value facilities for
training firefighters but also establishing DFW's instructors as global
leaders in the field of aircraft rescue firefighting," said Jeff Fegan, DFW
Airport's Chief Executive Officer. "We're proud to be able to offer leading
edge training to first responders and aviation partners from around the world,
while keeping our own firefighters at the highest levels of readiness with
this impressive facility."

DFW Airport also announced a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University (ERAU), the world's leading aviation and aerospace university, to
develop a one-of-a-kind Aviation Fire Science program. The collaboration will
provide Embry-Riddle students a unique educational opportunity combining
superior academic coursework and hands-on firefighting.

"This partnership demonstrates the collective commitment by DFW's Fire
Training Research Center and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide
Campus to support the educational needs of the firefighting and emergency
services community," said Dr. Ron Wakeham, the Fire Science Program Chair for
Embry-Riddle. "We are excited to support this much needed initiative to help
develop the best trained and educated firefighters possible."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided $19.2 million in Airport
Improvement Program grant funds for the FTRC renovation. DFW is partnering not
only with the FAA but also with aviation organizations worldwide such as the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and aircraft manufacturers to
conduct research and share best practices.

"The DFW Fire Training Research Center is another example of the outstanding
value that DFW brings to the world's aviation community," said Teri Bruner,
FAA Southwest Region Administrator. "DFW Airport has long partnered with the
FAA on aviation safety initiatives, and this facility extends that record of
leadership in safety research."

Since it opened in 1995, the FTRC has trained more than 15,000 students from
24 countries and 29 U.S. states in a variety of course offerings such as
aircraft and structural fire suppression, incident management, aircraft rescue
and firefighting, emergency vehicle operations and vehicle mass applications.

"Hands-on experience is the best teacher, so the DFW team has developed a
curriculum filled with value-added training, complete with real-world
demonstrations, virtual simulations of other airports, and a wide range of
tactics and strategies to tackle most any airport emergency," said Jim Crites,
executive vice president of operations for DFW Airport. "Our team is also
networking with experts in all aspects of aviation to share lessons learned
worldwide and in real time with regulators, aircraft designers, firefighting
organizations, air carriers and equipment manufacturers."

"For fire chiefs, the DFW Fire Training Research Center represents an
excellent value, because it provides more and varied on-site training, as well
as virtual, online or off-site training options that allow for better use of
limited funds in a tight economy," said Brian McKinney, DFW Airport's Fire
Chief. "The development of online curriculum and the incorporation of
real-time lessons and information exchange with industry experts worldwide
make this an unmatched value for aviation based fire training."

The Center now features a new Airbus A380 mockup to teach students how to
handle modern ultra-large fuselage aircraft. Unique among aircraft mockups
worldwide, DFW's A380 trainer contains accurate representations of the
interior of both a multi-class passenger aircraft and a cargo freighter, as
well as key components of the cockpit, and it is situated on a fuel spill burn
area so students can experience interior and exterior emergency scenarios.

Other new features in the Fire Training Research Center include:

  oA liquid hydrocarbon burn pit that uses environmentally compliant fuels to
    train firefighters on the behavior characteristics of a jet fuel spill and
    fire (Liquid hydrocarbons burn 98% cleaner than Jet A or Jet B fuels)
  oA two-story training command center for full observation and control of
    training exercises
  oA large state-of-the-art classroom facility with 3D simulation technology
    providing the ability to visually and virtually train for any airport in
    the world
  oA new multi-purpose road connecting the FTRC to DFW Airport runways and
    taxiways, to allow active aircraft onto the facility for training and
    research
  oA new galley area to allow for onsite meals, increasing the efficiency and
    value proposition of the center

The FTRC staff also offers customized courses to fit the best practices of the
requesting organization, as well as multi-lingual courses for international
students.

The Center continues to utilize several decommissioned aircraft for training,
as well as training facilities for the study of flashover fire conditions and
firefighting inside an aircraft fuselage, as well as a wide range of
structural and situational fire training.

About DFW International Airport
Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW
International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering 1,900 flights
per day and serving 58 million passengers a year. DFW provides nonstop service
to 149 domestic and 52 international destinations worldwide. For five
consecutive years, DFW has ranked in the top five for customer service among
large airports worldwide in surveys conducted by Airports Council
International. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking
availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW
International Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com or download the official DFW
Airport mobile app for iOS, Android or Blackberry devices.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited
university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent
institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree
programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and
Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona
Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more
than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The
university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world
problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and
government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow
us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and
find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

(re)defining DFW International Airport
DFW International Airport's $2.3 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement
Program (TRIP) is (re)defining first class for this global gateway. For the
latest details regarding TRIP, log on to www.dfwairport.com/redefine.

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