Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest
airport in the world since 1998, and as such, is the busiest airport
in the history of aviation. In 2005, it accommodated more than 85 million
passengers and almost 1 million flight operations.
Hartsfield-Jackson’s current terminal and airfield were designed
to accommodate 55 million travelers per year and 2,500 flight operations
per day. Due to higher demand on the facilities than intended, and other
uncontrollable factors such as inclement weather, airlines operating
at Hartsfield-Jackson often experience delays.
Since approximately 70 percent of Atlanta Airport’s 85 million
passengers are connecting from one flight to another, delays at Hartsfield-Jackson
cause delays throughout the US air transportation system. Additionally,
11 percent of all US air passengers travel through Hartsfield-Jackson
each day. This is why Hartsfield-Jackson’s Fifth Runway is “The
Most Important Runway in America™.”
In addition to saving passengers time, the runway will also save the
airlines money. The opening of the Fifth Runway on May 16, 2006 will
signify the beginning of reductions in delays that, over time, will
be reduced by 50 percent. This will save airlines operating at Hartsfield-Jackson
an estimated $5 million per week in delay costs avoidance.
In addition to the Fifth Runway, a new Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is opening at Hartsfield-Jackson.
The tower, which will ensure airfield safety by enabling air traffic
controllers to see all of the runways, will be the tallest in North
America at 398 feet.
The opening of the Fifth Runway and the new FAA Air Traffic Control
Tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport are a pivotal moment in the history
of the airport and US aviation.
Commemorative Stamp Contest Overview
Given the significance of The Most Important Runway in America™,
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and City of Atlanta government are inviting
the world to contribute to this once in a lifetime opening event by
submitting a design for a postage stamp and poster to commemorate the
Fifth Runway/FAA Air Traffic Control Tower.
The contest winner will join Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Hartsfield-Jackson
Airport General Manager Ben DeCosta to unveil their award-winning postage
stamp and poster design during the invitation only Fifth Runway opening
day event on Tuesday, May 16, 2006.
The winning stamp will be electronically submitted to an approved licensed
vendor of the US Postal Service for printing, therefore all stamp designs
must meet the following specifications. Posters must also meet the outlined
specifications. Any designs submitted that do not meet all specifications
will be disqualified.
• Stamp design must be 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches.
• Stamp design must include the text: The Most Important Runway
• Poster design must not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches.
• Poster design must include the text: The Most Important Runway
• The resolution of both the poster and stamp designs must be
• Both the poster and stamp designs must be submitted in jpeg
format on five (5) CDs.
Judging Committee and Criteria
A five person committee comprised of airport personnel and art authorities
will judge the submitted designs. One winning design package (the stamp
and poster) will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Submission of a completed and signed contest entry form.
• Adherence to the design specifications.
• Creativity in depicting the Fifth Runway and FAA Air Traffic
Control Tower in recognizable but artistic form.
• Stamp and poster designs worthy of representing “The Most
Important Runway in America™”
• Stamp and poster designs worthy of representing the tallest
air traffic control tower in North America.
• Stamp and poster designs worth of representing the world’s
• Overall visual and artistic appeal.
For visual aids in creating world-class stamp and poster designs, competition
entrants can log onto www.atlanta-airport.com/fifth
to view photos of the Fifth Runway and the new FAA Air Traffic Control
Prizes & Acknowledgment
The winning designer will be notified on Wednesday, May 3, 2006. If
applicable, s/he will be flown to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport on May 15, 2006 to participate in the Fifth Runway opening events
on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Overnight hotel accomodations will be provided.
The winner will be acknowledged by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin,
Airport General Manager Ben DeCosta and other VIPs and guests in attendance
at the opening day ceremonies. The winner may also be interviewed by
media outlets that cover the event, and will receive additional publicity
from other marketing communications tools used by Hartsfield-Jackson.
Additionally, the winner will receive a $5000 honorarium for their stamp
and poster design package, a sheet of 20 stamps, one of the stamps in
a commemorative frame and a print of their poster design.
Commemorative Stamp and Poster Printing and Usage
The winning Fifth Runway/FAA Air Traffic Control Tower postage stamp
will be printed by an approved licensed vendor of the US Postal Service.
The postage stamp can be used just like standard US postage and will
commemorate the opening of “The Most Important Runway in America™.”
The poster will be printed by a local printer.
By submitting a design to the contest, the entrant agrees to the contest’s
terms and conditions.
28, 2006 - Competition begins.
April 28, 2006 - Competition
ends. All designs and contest entry forms must be received
by the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta International Airport no later than this date.
3, 2006 - Winner selected and informed.
|Monday, May 15,
2006 - Winner flown to Atlanta, if applicable.
Airfare and hotel accomodations will be provided.
|Tuesday, May 16, 2006 -
Winner joins Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Hartsfield-Jackson
General Manager Ben DeCosta in unveiling their award-winning commemorative
postage stamp design during the media/VIP event for the opening
of The Most Important Runway in America™.
Persons in the following categories are not eligible to enter the contest:
City of Atlanta employees, City of Atlanta contractors and their employees,
family members of a City of Atlanta employee or contractor, family members
of City of Atlanta contractors’ employees. Only one stamp and
poster design package per competitor may be submitted.
Mail a completed
and signed entry form and your stamp and poster design submissions
in jpeg format on five (5) CDs to:
ATT: Felicia Browder, Media Relations Manager
“The Most Important Runway in America™” Stamp and
Poster Design Contest
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Department of Aviation
6000 North Terminal Parkway, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30320
If you have questions about the Fifth Runway commemorative postage stamp
and poster design contest that are not answered under Frequently
Asked Questions, e-mail: PR@atlanta-airport.com,
with “Stamp/Poster Design Contest” in the subject line.
Please allow 24 hours for a response. Good luck!
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