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Part 139 Issues

New Technology Featured in Airport Improvement Magazine

Hello MAO, TUL and Sightline were featured in an article in Airport Improvement Magazine's Runway & Ramp Special Edition. You may want to look into doing this at your airport as part of your maintenance and/or preparation for you Part 139 FAA Inspection: https://airportimprovement.advanced-pub.com/?issueID=41&pageID=22 Mike Speidel Sightline
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RWY Safety Area Mowing LOA

Hi all, I'm inquiring if anyone has any Runway Safety Area Mowing LOA's they can share?  AC 150/5210-20A and CertAlert 16-07 pointedly indicated as long as an LOA is used, limited purposes can allow vehicles in the RSA while Air Carrier operations are going.  I am attempting to create a Working Group with our local ATCT and Tech Ops to attempt defining what limitation/restrictions should be observed in a LOA for RSA mowing operations specifically....
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Snow and Ice Control Plans

Hello again all!   I was wondering if afy of you would be willing to share your Snow and Ice Control Plans with me? Here in Maine, we think about these sorts of thing all year (I'm learning)! We are looking to switch it up a bit and would like to consider the proven processes you all have in our quest to improve year over year. Please drop them by my email as you have...
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BIRD CANNONS

Hello All. Just curious. Are you using bird cannons at your airport. I guess even moreso for those that experience hot / dry temps. I ask this... because at my airport , we have experience 2 bird cannon fires, whereas they sparked and caught fire to dry grass.  Have you seen this occur, and if so, what method did you use to remedy this. This is fresh in my head right now, because it occured...
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on call / call back policy

Does any one have an on call policy i can look at? dlyons@sillwater.org
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Taxiway closure barricades

When closing a taxiway for temporary maintenance, I was wondering what other airports use as a guideline for spacing the barricades?  The AC references they must be spaced smaller than the wing span of the smallest aircraft to be excluded.  It also mentions 4 feet, when spacing to exlude vehicles is a consideration.
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Scheduling

Hey Ops!   I just wanted to reach out and see what the industry is doing in the way of schedules for employees. Primarily, Operations and Maintenance. We have an opportunity to make some changes and we're wondering what the standard is for the industry. Five 8hr shifts? Four 10hr shift? Splits? On call?   PWM is a 24/7 Small Hub airport with almost 2 million passengers annual and growing. We have a brutal Winter...
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UAV Airport Operations

Hi everyone, We are now flying UAVs here at our airport. The Golden Triangle Regional Airport owns and operates the UAVs. We fly the UAVs in our Class D airspace under an approved FAA 107 authorization. Our UAVs are a really useful airport tool.     Here is a link to a new news article with more information. http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/12413581/gtr-airport-uses-drones-for-airport-safety   Hopefully, many more airports will start utilizing UAVs in the future.       
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FAA Inspector Recurrent Training

As a heads up to my Fellow MAOians: Last month, I had the priviledge of presenting to all of the FAA Airport Certification Safety Inspectors in Orlando as part of their recurrent training. When asked what they were seeing as typical discrepancies during their airfield marking inspections, their issues were several and rarely the same. As you know, depending on which FAA inspector you have, you can get different opinions on whether your markings are...
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Inspecting Approach Lights

On your inspection do you check the Runway Approach lights on every lighting inspection? Does your inspector require this? I have worked at a number of major airports and never had to do this.
Poll Are you required to check the Approach lights on your inspection Vote now!
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Zodiac Aerospace EMAS Production Ending

Just in case anyone missed it, Zodiac Aerospace is ending production of their existing EMAS product.  It was in AviationNews.net last month, but reposting here as well. I am hearing that there is supposed to be a FAA webinar this Friday regarding this issue.   
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UAS Operations

I have a quick question, has any airport concerned the use of drones on their airport. For taking pictures for grants, development, inspections (not daily) or any way?  I have been thinking about using them in lieu of aerial photography of the airport and for part 77 inspections.  If anyone is using them please let me know and please email me any policies you may have.  Thank you,  Glen  Gbarentine@cityhs.net
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Self-Service Fuel at Corporate Hangar

I expect this to be an ongoing discussion. What regulations cover Self-Service Fueling at Corporate Hangars? More specifically, the fuel systems that are attached to individual hangars?
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Runway Lighted X's

Hello from FLL!! We looking for a general opinion from yall about Lighted X's and which typoes do you use. We currently have 4 of these and are looking for something maybe more compact and more portable. These are older and starting to be rundown. Possibly with LED's Thanks.
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VPD Policy/Consequences

Good Evening, I am looking to expand and further develop our policies and procedures anytime there is a VPD occurrence on the airfield. I would like to hear what other airports are doing with regard to this type of incident and if you would be willing to share any of your procedures for response and action. Anything would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
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NFPA-407

Hello everyone. We are looking to improve our inspection program for our fuel trucks, fuel carts and fuel farm facilities. I have heard that some great specfic software programs have been developed and approved by FAA for use that can be used with ipad and have barcoding and photo capablities that allow the user to identify the violations and load them right into the inspection program. I would like to hear from any PART 139 certificated airport users that have and...
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Supertugs on Movement Area

How do other airports handle supertugs? Do you treat them as taxiing aircraft? What about when the weather goes down?
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Mods to Standard in ACM

Has anyone ever heard of or seen verbiage anywhere requiring the inclusion of modifications to standard in the ACM? Looking through the ACM advisory circular, I think it vaguely eludes to this in section 204-b (exemptions). But I have not been able to find any clear statement requiring mods to standard in the ACM.   Asking because a state transportation (not FAA) inspector who recently visited our airport seemed to believe this is the case. Not trying to...
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Rates and Charges

Hi all, I'm categorizing this as 139 only because other categories seemed just as inapplicable. We are trying to put together rates and charges for our airport as we are becoming bogged down with requests/issues because we are not charging for the services, (e.g. escorting, flat tire aircraft towing). We want to be fair and follow at least a broad community standard (with the full understanding that there will always be some differences for supply...
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Snow and Ice Plan

I need a little help, I need to revise my snow and ice plan. What I need is help from the southern airport that doesn't have lots of snow or ice. How do you comply with this requirement when you don't have the equipment.   Please if you can share your plan email me a copy and thank you so much for all your help. Gbarentine@cityhs.net   Thank you,  Glen 
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Water in Safety Areas

Here at Lake Charles Regional LCH we experienced heavy rain for Hurricane Harvey but were spared of any catastrophic flooding. On Monday we had unrelenting rainfall which caused flooding on the airfield and was getting close the our secondary R/W. Is there any actions that should be taken if water is present in the safety area? We are not talking about puddles of water in a low area, I am talking about complete inundation of...
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Night Mowing

Has any one here recently begun a night mowing regime?  Have you seen a decrease in bird activity after you started? What are some problematic issues you have found? What have been the benefits?
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Most Common Part 139 Discrepancies

As published in our latest online newsletter, The Re:Mark, Most Common Part 139 Discrepancies In June, I had the privilege of sharing a microphone at the FAA Western Pacific Region's 8th Annual Conference with two of my favorite FAA Airport Certification Safety Inspectors, Steve Oetzell and George Aiken. Naturally, the focus of our discussion was airfield markings and more specifically, the persistent challenge they represent to the industry. While I thought our joint presentation was...
Poll Have you ever received a discrepany for marking? Vote now!
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Changes to the Part 139 Pre-Inspection Checklist

As we get into Part 139 inspection season, we recently got our pre-inspection checklist from our inspector. What used to be a single page form is now five pages long with significant changes. Not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but here are some of the major changes: 1. There needs to be documentation of a testing and maintenance program for airport lighting standby generators. 2. You need to provide the inspector with a...
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AIP Funding

If we procure continuous friction measurement equipment (CFME) using AIP funding, are we obligated to use it in the assessment of pavement conditions during winter operations?
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