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Sky Harbor Recognized by FAA for Safety, Receives Perfect Inspection by quotes

 Sky Harbor Recognized by FAA for Safety, Receives Perfect Inspection

Phoenix, Arizona – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has received the 2006 “Air Carrier Airport Safety Award” from the Federal Aviation Administration Western Pacific Airports District Office. The Phoenix airport received the honor for its innovative solutions and partnerships that have resulted in enhanced airport safety.

“Sky Harbor’s Operations, Facilities and Design and Construction divisions have worked hard to partner with all stakeholders here at the Phoenix airport to ensure good communication and consistent methods of operation,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Carl Newman. Mr. Newman is also past Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Operations, Safety and Planning Committee.

One of the Phoenix Aviation Department’s most important safety advancements has been the development of an Airfield Standards Committee. In past, it was possible for contractors working at the airport to interpret FAA guidelines for airfield markings, lighting and signs in different ways. The Airfield Standards Committee is producing one set of standards for all contractors at Sky Harbor to follow to ensure consistency for pilots taking off and landing at the airport.

This award comes the same year that Sky Harbor achieved a perfect FAA safety inspection. The annual inspection of all commercial airports evaluates records on training, airfield safety inspections, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) equipment, and aircraft fueler safety training. The inspection also looks at the relationship between Air Traffic Control and the airport, airfield markings, lighting, emergency response and the safety of construction activity. In its most recent inspection, the FAA did not recommend a single improvement. The inspector stated simply, “everything looks great.”

“This could not have been accomplished without the efforts of the entire Aviation Department as well as our Phoenix Fire Department and Phoenix Police Airport Bureau,” said Mr. Newman. Everybody played a significant role in the achievement of this zero discrepancy inspection, and we all should be proud of our individual contributions to the team.”

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