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Part 139 Issues

Taxiway Names and Engineering Brief 89

Well, they finally caught up to us here at KDEN! When this airport was designed back in the 80's, there wasn't much guidance on how to name your taxiways other than pretty much use the alphabet and don't confuse the pilots. This guidance improved over the years unitl they dropped Engineering Brief (EB) 89 on us back in 2012.  Pretty specific and really tightened up the rules on how to name your taxiway system.  We have...
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NIMS, Airport Emergency Plan

We are in the process of incorporating NIMS into our Airport Emergency Plan.  Was just wondering if anyone has recently done this and looking for some guidance on where to start.   
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FAR 139 daily inspection idea?

Had a thought and wanted to run it by those of you on the forum. Would it be okay to break up the daily inspection? This is the thought. Overnight Shift 0000-0800 This would include RWY pavement,markings,lighting,signs RSA's and RWY OFA's  TWY lighting and signs Airfield OBST lighting  Morning shift 0800-1600  TWY pavement/markings TWY Safety Area and TWY OFA Daily inspection of RWY pavement etc this would be a "quick inspection" with 2 vehicles one...
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Fire Extinguisher Change?

Has anyone else noticed that the 2017 version of NFPA 407 (Section 6.1.10) appears to now require two 80lbs B:C fire extinguishers per fueling vehicle? Am I missing something? 
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New ACSI Procedures

Good Morning, how many times in previous part 139 inspections has the ACSI, pulled levers, pushed buttons, opened cabinets, or conduced a manual/physical inspection of the airport operators equipment?  In 2004, when I joined the Airport Safety & Operations office, I always considered this practice exposed the ACSI and the program to liabilities and why would the ACSI's internal Order have the ACSI conduct the tests rather than the airport operator representative?  You know, the...
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ARFF truck maintenance

We are temporarily without a Fleet manager, during the time of our annual ARFF truck PM's  Has anybody ever been asked by a 139 inspector to show evidence of truck maintenance?  i am not finding any info in AC's regarding ARFF vehicles or Grant assurances that specifies proof of regular maintenance and certification.  Yes, we definitely need to keep these vehicles in tip-top shape, but does anyone have a scheduled truck maintenance program that is...
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Pros and Cons of Keeping 139 Cert

What are some of the main pros and cons of keeping the Part 139 certification? Has anyone worked at an airport that has given up their Part 139 cert? 
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How do other airports track movement area authorization?

In FAR 139.327 it states: (a) Limit access to movement areas and safety areas only to those pedestrians and ground vehicles necessary for airport operations I am reading this as personnel that have a need to access the movement area need to be trained and badged. And I agree with this. But does a record need to be kept as to everytime one of those badged employees enters the movement area? Ex: TWA wants to...
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FAR 139 Why do I care how it is fixed as long as it is

For many years we have been going back and forth about closing work orders. The FAA is telling us that not only do we need to reinspect discrepencies (Which we do already) but also we need to know how it was fixed. I.E. a centerline light is burned out we need to know the type of bulb and bolts used. Why as inspectors are we concerned about this? As long as it is fixed upon...
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OFA Crossing Procedure

I am currently writing an LOA and training documents for our vehicle service road crossing an Object Free Area. Currently, the vehicle service road crosses through the OFA at the approach end of runway 36, remaining outside of the RSA at all times. Vehicles are required to stop prior to entering the OFA and ask permission from ground. We are looking to make this a stop, look, proceed procedure that would eliminate communication with the...
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ARFF Ringdown Systems

Hi Folks, I'm looking to replace our older ARFF ring-down system with an IP-based communications system.  We currently have dedicated POTS lines and are paying a king's ransom each month to AT&T.  Our current system is connected between the ATCT, ARFF station, and county 911.  I would be interested in knowing what brand IP-based system everyone else has for their ring-down systems.  Thanks for your input.  BishopJoe
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Active Shooter Event Ft. Lauderdale Airport

Good Afternoon, Question, during the active shooter event at Ft. Lauderdale airport, did anyone else besides myself see aircraft taking off and landing during the course of the event (TV coverage)? Did anyone else see "persons" in the movement areas and runway safety areas? This was a horrible tradgedy and the loss of life and trauma for those invovled will last for many years to come.  The active shooter is a DHS invetigation and would...
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Did You Know...

Good Morning,  I had not seen any new posts recently, so I thought I might throw something out there.  Did you know if your fueling facilities are outside the perimeter fence of the airport, the FAA is not authorized to inspect the those fueling facilities and when they are not authorized to inspect, then they are not authorized to take any enforcement action.  Not even a LOC!  Read the pertient section of part 139 and...
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First month of TALPA

So most of us having been actively using the new TALPA standards and RCAM Matrix for at least a month of actual winter ops.  Any thoughts?  It may be just my imagination, but it does seem there have been quite a few pavement excursions so far.
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Safety Management System (SMS)

Hello Operations and Happy Holidays! As the new year approaches, the final ruling for AC150/5200-37A is expected to come with it (March-ish). I am currently working on some of the FAA grant funding processes and my immediate goal is to develop a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for consultant services. We are looking over some of the RFPs and RFQs we find available online for airports of similar size, but I was hoping to get some...
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Anyone Familiar with FAA Inspector Steve Soetzell?

Hello, Ops! Just curious if any of you have any experience with an FAA Inspector by the name of Steve Soetzell. A friend of mine has their 139 inspection coming up and they'd like to know what to expect.
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ARFF - Structural Fire Fighting Suit versus Proximity Fire Fighting Suits

Anyone using structural fire fighting suits rather than the aluminized proximity fire fighting suits? 
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ARFF Ancillary Equipment

Sorry to post this in the "139 Issues" section as this more pertains to AIP funded ARFF equipment, but I am trying to find some information regarding what equipment NOT required for 139 compliance might be available for grant funding. This question originates with the purchase of two new ARFF vehicles and the request from our ARFF department for air bags, jaws of life, and other special equipment. Without regard to whether or not this...
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RCAM. Run

Hello Everyone.... Quick Question.   If you have a displaced Threshold on your runway. Must you conduct RCAM requirements on the entire landable surface, Or, would you start your run at this displaced Runway. I ask this, because in the past when conducting MU runs, we dropped the wheel beginning at the displaced threshold. Thoughts?
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Samsung Galaxy Note7 banned

DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in...
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Reporting "Wet" Conditions now Optional

The FAA tonight issued a Cert Alert stating that reporting "wet" conditions is now optional for the new TALPA requirements going into effect in a few hours.  Below is the link.  Better late than never I guess. http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/certalerts/media/part-139-cert-alert-16-06-TALPA-implementation.pdf
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Notam Manager Mobile Site?

Is there a mobile site for the notam manager from the FAA? I know that there is a desktop version but is there one geared for tablets and phones so that Notams can be issued in the field
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ARFF is only the tip of the iceberg

Good Afternoon, It may have slipped by many folks in the part 139 airports world, but in May 2016, the Dept of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, (OIG) published the results of their investigation of the FAA's failure to implement regulatory oversite of ARFF as it relates to part 139, Certification of Airports.  Please take the opportunity to review the full report, including the FAA's response.  The interesting part of this report is it only...
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Pushback into Movement Area

Good evening, I am not sure if this is the correct section, but I am looking to see if anyone could provide some assistance with a recurring problem we are having. Our commercial ramp is uncontrolled however, the location on the ramp of several gates requires the aircraft to be pushed into the movement area on an active taxiway. When the aircaft push from these gates, they require clearance from ATC to push onto the...
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TALPA/RCAM

Effective Oct 1, 2016 the FAA will require Airports to use the new TALPA/RCAM Field Condition Reporting. Just wonding how this is effecting your Airport, and any thoughts on it. Our Supervisory staff have really begun dive into the respective A/Cs and other training materials. The reason I decided to make this a topic, is because in conversations, Im finding that alot of people within the industry are not yet abreast of this new reporting...
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