For the sixth consecutive year, the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Inspection with zero discrepancies – the highest rating a commercial airport can receive.
“Six perfect ratings in a row is a reflection of the exceptional work of our employees and management at ICT. This is a team effort and it really reflects the dedication, professionalism and hard work of all our staff here,” stated Victor White, Director of Airports
The FAA requires all U.S. airports providing commercial airline services to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139. FAR Part 139 serves to ensure safety in air transportation and defines the standards within which an airport must operate on a daily basis. The annual inspection is required for an airport to renew its operating certificate.
This critical and comprehensive annual safety inspection focuses on areas such as airport emergency response training and capability, aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, condition of runway and taxiway pavement, markings and lighting; movement area; driver training; fuel storage and handling; obstructions to airspace; wildlife hazard management; personnel training programs, and accuracy and completeness of records for facility self-inspections. FAA inspectors also critique the airport’s certification manual – a comprehensive document that includes an emergency plan for a variety of operational scenarios.
The FAA Central Region inspector was highly complementary of the airport, staff and procedures.