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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

There’s a lot to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Sure, it’s the busiest airport in the world. And yes, it’s within a two-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. But perhaps the most important characteristic of this “airport city” is that it’s the biggest employer in the state with 58,000 jobs!

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    1. One employee calls the HJIA a "city unto itself." Look at page 768 (Chapter 29, Unit 10) of the Georgia Studies textbook. Compare the necessities of a city government with the qualities of Hartsfield-Jackson. Using a Venn Diagram, map out the similarities and differences. 

    2. HJIA is consistently one of the largest airports in the world. What benefits does such a busy airport bring to an area besides jobs?



    Drafting: to make a version of (something, such as a document or plan) that will need more work in order to be finished

    Architect: a person who designs buildings

    CAD: (computer-aided design) the use of computer systems to aid in the creation of a design

    Geotechnical Engineer: a branch of engineering that deals with behavior of earth materials

    Radar: a device that sends out radio waves for finding out the position and speed of a moving object (such as an airplane)

    Simultaneous: happening at the same time

    Efficient: capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy

    Frequency: the number of times that something happens during a particular period

    Radio Waves: an electromagnetic wave that is used for sending signals through the air without using wires

    Pyrotechnics: the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks

    Aviation: the business or practice of flying airplanes, helicopters, etc.

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DeAllous Smith, Louis Miller, Kevin Fuzell, Kathryn Masters

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