US air cargo complex project gathers pace
11 / 01 / 2022
By Rebecca Jeffrey
The ACX project is planned to be built at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in New Hampshire, US. Photo: East West Aeronautical
East West Aeronautical (EWA) has been granted permission for a land survey that could pave the way for an air cargo and aviation complex at a US airport.
The air cargo and aviation complex (ACX Project) at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in New Hampshire, US, is a joint venture between aircraft management company EWA and Valorev Capital.
It is anticipated to help meet US airfreight demand and will take advantage of the strategic location of the airport for international trade routes.
“ACX will help relieve the nation’s limited freight capacity and reduce inflationary pressures driven by ever-rising warehouse costs and slow freight deliveries afflicting the country’s Supply-Chain,” said Valorev Capital’s managing partner, Zakary Levin.
The ACX design and build project will encompass a series of airport facilities, including an air cargo processing warehouse, aircraft research centre, multi-purpose hangar and an air force museum.
The Pease Development Authority (PDA) has given EWA the Right-of-Entry permission to perform an independent survey on a parcel of land called the North 40 Acres. This access allows EWA to evaluate the property for geographical and geological suitability.
David Scharf, chief executive of Valorev Capital, commented: “The airport could be an important conduit for European trade. It is perfectly situated along Interstate I-95, with rail and waterway nearby, allowing cargo to flow from one transportation mode to another.”
The ‘aviation’ part of the ACX project is an effort to bring aviation technology into the community as a public resource. Once built, the aviation part of the complex will work with local schools and colleges to certify air cargo workers to meet the demand for skilled air cargo technicians and logistic engineers worldwide.
The ACX research and development team is working on a “warehouse-flight-line training simulator” programme using virtual reality algorithms to teach problem-solving and anticipation skills to cargo workers and increase workers’ situational awareness.