The staff of the Salina Airport (SLN) was recently awarded the FAA Central Region’s Medal of Excellence. The medal is awarded to airports that have no discrepancies during the FAA airport certification inspection and no vehicle pedestrian deviations during the previous 12 months.
“You should be very proud. It’s quite an accomplishment to receive one of these medals,” said FAA Central Region Lead Airport Certification Inspector Mike Mullen. “The airfield looks great, especially for this time of year. Your records are great. You guys have a tremendous staff of very knowledgeable and experienced people. That is how you maintain your airport in compliance with FAA Regulation Part 139.”
Mullen was on the airfield for two days inspecting all aspects of airport operations. Airport files, training documentation and paperwork where checked for accuracy and compliance. The movement area inspection consisted of checking the approach slopes of each runway end, inspection of movement areas to analyze the condition of pavement, markings, lighting, signs, abutting shoulders and safety areas. Mullen also watched ground vehicle operations, ensured the public is protected against inadvertent entry and jet or propeller blast, checked for the presence of any wildlife and checked the traffic and wind direction indicators. The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team conducted a timed-response drill and provided ARFF training records and documentation for Mullen’s review. Their equipment was also inspected and all was found to be in complete compliance.
“That is what we are striving for every day,” said Executive Director Tim Rogers, A.A.E. “That the airport is ready for safe operations and that the ARFF personnel are trained and ready to serve the public.”
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