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Hartsfield-Jackson passes FAA inspection with flying colors
By Staff Writers

Hartsfield-Jackson has passed its annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification inspection with a “zero discrepancy rating,” the highest possible rating.

In its report, the FAA determined that Hartsfield-Jackson meets or exceeds all requirements under FAA Regulation Part 139, which governs the certification and operation of all U.S. commercial airports. FAA inspectors can decertify the operating certificate of an airport on the spot if there is a consistent pattern of noncompliance or if they detect a single, serious safety violation.

“The FAA’s rating reflects the dedication of our women and men who oversee daily operations at Hartsfield-Jackson,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. “The report also reaffirms our absolute commitment to operate an efficient, safe and secure airport for the millions of annual passengers.”

While the Airport conducts numerous daily inspections and frequent emergency-preparedness drills, the FAA conducted its mandated certification inspection in April. This formal inspection covered all of Hartsfield-Jackson’s airfield operations, including self-inspection programs; pavement management for runways and taxiways; airfield markings and lighting; training and inspection records; fueling inspection and records; wildlife mitigation; airport certification manuals; and emergency preparedness.

“We are proud to earn the zero discrepancy rating and are particularly proud that the FAA noted our adherence to high standards while operating the world’s busiest airport. Each day the Airport’s professional team invests hundreds of man-hours to maintain the highest levels of airport readiness,” said Robert Kennedy, assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security. “Coordinated efforts by the Department of Aviation’s Fire, Maintenance, Operations, and Planning and Development units were instrumental in ensuring the successful completion of this important annual inspection.”

For the last five years Hartsfield-Jackson has been not only the world’s busiest passenger airport but also the world’s busiest operational airport, with more than 970,000 flight operations in 2009.

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