Time at Home During COVID-19

This post was updated on Saturday, 4 July 2020

I’m fortunate that my health and finances have both been well during the COVID-19 crisis. Nonetheless, my job temporarily suspended travel for several months, and I didn’t take any vacations while my state had a stay-at-home order in place. This was a bit of a change of pace when I’m used to constant trips.

This stay-at-home was the longest period I’ve been home since my first work trip:

RankNights at HomeFromTo
12 Mar 2020
3 Jul 2020
28 Apr 2011
20 Jun 2011
14 Feb 2014
31 Mar 2014
30 Dec 2013
10 Feb 2014
27 Jan 2011
9 Mar 2011

Terminal Silhouettes: Updated DFW

Terminal silhouette of DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth)


With 165 visits to date, Dallas/Fort Worth is my most visited hub, and second most visited airport after only my home airport of Dayton.

As with many of my other updates, DFW is one of the earlier terminals I drew, and was not as high quality as I wanted it to be. I’ve now redrawn it completely from scratch, and also captured some minor terminal construction that had taken place since my original drawing in 2015.

Diagram showing labels for DFW Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. Skylink stations are highlighted on every terminal except Terminal D.

As I redrew DFW, I learned that terminals A, B, C, and E were not quite as similar as I originally thought. D (as the newest terminal) is very obviously different, but I’d assumed the other four were all basically similar half-circles. Instead, I found that C and E were actually very slightly elliptical, while A and B did indeed appear to be circular.

Additionally, I’d assumed that the Skylink train stations (highlighted in black) on all terminals except D were symmetrical and in the same position on each terminal. That turned out not to be the case. Each terminal had its stations at a different distance from the center of the terminal’s circle (essentially, the stations stuck out more from some terminals than others) and in the case of Terminal A, even the two stations on the same terminal stuck out different distances. Terminals B and C were vertically symmetrical in their placement of stations (the stations were at the same angle from the center of the terminal’s arc), but A and E were not.

DFW certainly has one of the most recognizable terminal shapes, so it was a neat one to recreate.

Terminal Silhouettes: FAY

Terminal silhouette of FAY (Fayetteville, North Carolina)


This has apparently been the year where I decided to collect airports under construction – not just FAY, but FLL (and HEL, which I still need to draw). FAY was replacing half of the airside concourse when I first flew through there earlier this year.

I’ve been waiting for aerial image sources showing the new concourse, but with it reaching the end of the year, I had to start looking for other sources, and eventually came across the Fayetteville Airport twitter feed, which had a nice drone video of the terminal construction.

Between that, the outdated imagery, and photos I could find of the project, I was able to piece together enough information to properly draw the terminal.

Terminal Silhouettes: FLL

Terminal silhouette of FLL (Fort Lauderdale)


Though I first flew through FLL over half a year ago, I’d put off drawing the terminal because Concourse G (the southernmost concourse) was under construction, and all the reference imagery I could find was still pre-construction.

As it’s approaching the end of the year, where I’ll need the silhouettes of all new airports I’ve visited for my year in travel post, I checked again and was able to find enough material to draw Concourse G. I’ll likely have to update the terminal in the future to fully capture the completed construction, but what I’ve drawn is pretty close to the state of FLL earlier this year.

Other than the reference imagery issues, this was a pretty easy terminal to draw; there were very few curves and all but Concourse E (the northwestern concourse) were at right angles to each other. I liked how the sunshades over the landside roadway looked, so I decided to include them.

Terminal Silhouettes: MCI

Terminal silhouette of MCI (Kansas City)


Kansas City was a fun airport to draw.

Although Kansas City’s terminals look circular, they don’t truly have curved walls. Instead, their true shape is a 54-sided regular polygon (a pentacontakaitetragon), with a portion removed to allow the roadway to enter.

Both the outside and inside wall are polygons, but they’re also rotated slightly from each other, such that each corner of the interior wall is lined up with the midpoint of each outer wall segment, and vice versa. Each inner wall corner has a notch (from the sun shade over the entry doors), and each outer wall corner has a spike (from the support pillars).

Zoomed in view of MCI terminal, showing roof beams, notches, and spikes

Overlapping zig-zag lines connect the spikes and notches, and form the large roof beams inside the terminal…

…which continue outside the terminal to support the road loop sun shade.

This meant that I had to draw quite a lot of guides to properly draw the terminal shape.

Screenshot of inkscape showing a 54-sided polygon with another 54-sided polygon cut out of it, and drawing guides overlapping it.

Fortunately, the three terminals were the same shape and size, so once I drew one terminal, I could copy, paste, and rotate, to create the other two.

Screenshot of Inkscape showing three terminals arranged around a center point.

The three terminals themselves are all arranged around a common center point (the middle of the giant roundabout serving all three terminals).

Terminal A (the upper left terminal) is currently being demolished for a replacement terminal. Since the demolition is not yet complete, I decided to include Terminal A, albeit shown in a lighter shade.

As I mentioned in my new airport post for Kansas City, it’s a shame that this terminal design doesn’t really work with modern airport requirements, because it’s a beautiful terminal design. I’m glad I got to visit and draw the old terminals while they were still largely operational.

Terminal Silhouettes: BHM

Terminal silhouette of BHM (Birmingham)


I’m a fan of the circular landside portion of the terminal on this one, though I was hoping that the airside portion would turn out to be a symmetrical W shape, rather than the slightly irregular W that it turned out to be.

It was pretty easy to draw; the only curves could be drawn with a circle cut out of another circle, and everything else was straight lines save for the tiny circular bump in the middle of the airside concourse.