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Part 139 Issues

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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FOD part identification help

Has anyone ever found similar parts before on your airfield and, if so, can you help identify what they belong to? See attached images below. They range in size from 1/2" long to 1" long and about 1/2" tall.  Some of the parts in the image have been damaged.  Any ideas will be appreciated.  I have made inquiries with aircraft mechanics and airfield maintenance mechanics.  I have had no luck identifying these parts yet. Thanks!  Dave Moreau, Ops Memphis          ...
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Snow/Winter NOTAM grouping

I'd like to hear how other airports group and issue their snow NOTAMS through NOTAM Mananger. My superiors think there should be as few NOTAMs as possible during snow ops, meaning there can sometimes be groups with 8-10 taxiways. But this becomes extremely time consuming when updating conditions. For example if I have a group with TWYs A, A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, M, P, with 1/2 dry snow and just M is swept and...
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TWY reflectors vs TWY lights

We have a few places on our airfield where we have TWY reflectors instead of lights and I understand that this is still in compliance. Question is that It is ok to have TWY reflectors showing the edges of a taxiway but a sign in the same area must be illuminated at night? What is the difference? They are both reflective
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Reflective signs vs illuminated signs

We have a few signs on our airfield that are reflective but not illuminated (End of Taxiway Sign) but we also have the same signs on other parts of the airfield that are lit. Question is why are some places on the airfield these signs are required to be lit but on other places they are not.   139.311   Marking, signs, and lighting. (a) Marking. Each certificate holder must provide and maintain marking systems for air carrier operations...
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Sign Pad Specs?

I'll keep it short.  Is there any guidance anywhere that tells us how to construct a rigid pavement (concrete) sign pad? Obviously the sign pad has to be constructed so as to allow for drainage, and not create FAR 139 safety area discrepancies like lips, erosion, etc. In my last post regarding Engineering Brief 89, we do have 2 out of 8 signs affected that will require adding a sign module to fit the new...
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Cable Runway Arrestors

The Blue Angels are asking for establishing a temporary landing cable system  on a concrete paved runway. Do other commercial service airports allow this and what are the potential problem issues with this?  
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Cell Phone Policy

Does any one have a written cell phone policy for their AOA?
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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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