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I have over over 16 years of aviation experience. I am one of the few people that has gained my experiences through "experience"

Airport Operations Specialist

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
August 2012 – Present  Orlando Florida

*Responsible for FAR 139 compliance
*Responsible for all activities airside both routine and emergency
*Perform daily inspections of all runways and taxiways to check for discrepencies
*Respond to all aircraft emergencies and incidents

Airport Operations Supervisor/PIT

Allegheny County Airport Authority
April 2011 – August 2012 

*Assisted in airfield, apron and terminal inspections and reported conditions to Operations office, Operations Manager in charge, other Department sections, tenants and PIT tower.
* Monitored airfield and terminal conditions with regard to maintaining a safe, efficient and orderly operation in compliance with existing regulations. 
* Maintained a daily shift log of events on airport grounds and corrective actions.
*Assisted in coordinating emergency responses to aircraft alerts, disasters and other emergencies as necessary.
* Assisted in opening and closing runways, taxiways for routine airfield maintenance, snow removal and emergencies.
* Maintained direct contact with immediate supervisory personnel in the event of emergencies, unusual situations, or serious events that might occur requiring guidance or assistance.
* Conducted inspections of airfield, off airfield buildings and other Airport property to assure safety, security and general policy guidelines are adhered to.

Helicopter Dispatcher

STAT Medevac
October 2010 – April 2011 Pittsburgh PA

* Dispatched Emergency Medical Helicopters (EC-135, EC-145) over a 4 State Region in all types of weather
* Responsible for controlling one of the busiest heliports in Southwestern Pennsylvania 
* Coordniated EMS personnel to medical scenes

Airport Operations Supervisor/ORD

Chicago O'Hare Intl Airport
November 2007 – October 2010 

* Visually inspected the condition and maintenance of airfield facilities including runways, taxiways, and ramps to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations 
* Updated weather and field condition reports and issued and canceled notices to airmen (NOTAMS) on airfield status 
* Prepared documentation and reports of airfield inspections and irregularities and maintained log books 
* Monitored emergency repairs made by maintenance personnel and recommended runway closings and openings as necessary 
* During emergency situations, ensured that responders complied with federal and local regulations pertaining to aircraft and airfield operations and prepares incident reports 
* Taught and revised the FAR 139.303 curriculum for the airport 
* Qualified as a Runway Inspector and Ground Security Coordinator 
* Supervised fueling of aircraft and did daily inspections to ensure compliance
* Coordinated and participated multiple times in presidential visits both foreign and domestic

Aircraft Dispatcher

Shuttle America/IND
May 2006 – November 2007 

* Monitored flight operations, recorded departure and arrival times of all flights and kept computer system up to date 
* Familiar with both Flitetrac and Sabre software 
* Established and published to all stations the aircraft routing planned for the day 
* Planned route of flight for aircraft, keeping aircraft advised of changes in weather both en route and at destination airport 
* Worked with stations to minimize delays to ensure that the operation ran on time

Aircraft Dispatcher/Airport Operations Supervisor/Certified Tower Operator/ILN

Airborne Express
January 2006 – May 2006 

* Responsible for weather observations, prepared weather briefings for pilots 
* Coordinated contingency plans and snow removal with Ground Operations 
* Ensured all flights were prepared and advised of any operational problems

Aircraft Dispatcher

Comair Airlines
January 2003 – January 2006 CVG

* Ensured each flight met all FAR 121 and Comair Operation specifications 
* Provided a flight plan and information to the flight crew regarding any 
item which may impact the safety of the aircraft or its passengers 
* Monitored flight progress, supplied weather, traffic and airport 
information as necessary 
* Approved maintenance items in accordance with aircraft, field and weather limitations

Ramp Agent/Tower agent

Delta Airlines
January 2000 – January 2003 ATL/ORD

* Loaded and unloaded all Delta and connection carrier aircraft 
* Responsible for weight and balance of aircraft 
* Aircraft lead agent supervised a crew of 4 ramp agents 
* Responsible for safely guiding aircraft into the gate area using parking system procedures

 

Sheffield School of Aeronautics

  • Aircraft Dispatch

 

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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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I am currently an Airport Operations Supervisor at PIT. I formerly was an Airport Operations Supervisor at ORD. I am also a certified Aircraft Dispatcher and worked the ramp for 12 years at CVG,ORD,MDW,IND,ATL and worked for Great Lakes,ATA,CO,DL,United Feeder Service

 

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