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San Diego Airport Authority to receive $2 million grant from FAA

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is scheduled to receive a $2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday to install aircraft power systems at its 10 new gates at Lindbergh Field's Terminal 2, which is being expanded.

The low-emission power systems will allow parked aircraft to shut down their auxiliary power unit -- called an APU -- which is an additional, and much smaller, jet engine at the rear of a plane that provides electricity for lights and avionics while the main engines are off.

The APU also provides air conditioning while the plane is parking, so the gate power system will provide pre-conditioned air.

With less APUs in use, the FAA believes less pollution will be generated.

The gate power systems will be installed in the gates in the expanded portion of Terminal 2, which is due to open in two years. An airport spokeswoman said existing gates will receive them in the future.

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