Airport exceeds goal at annual blood drive
Hartsfield-Jackson’s sixth annual blood drive yielded 63 pints of blood — exceeding the goal set by the Airport and the American Red Cross of 61 pints.
The American Red Cross reports that each pint of donated blood can save as many as three lives.
Donors enjoy refreshments after giving blood at the Airport’s sixth annual blood drive on July 23.
Airport debuts surface management system
On August 3, Hartsfield-Jackson launched the Aerobahn surface management system by Sensis Corp. The system gives the Department of Aviation and airlines a real-time view of aircraft through a series of sensors installed around the airfield, thus reducing aircraft delays and enhancing airfield efficiency.
“I am very excited that Hartsfield-Jackson has implemented Aerobahn for Airport stakeholders,” said Paul Meyer, Airport operations director. “It will allow us to make better decisions during irregular operations and allow airlines to better manage their aircraft.”
Hartsfield Host volunteers wanted
Do you like volunteer work, aviation and helping others? Hartsfield-Jackson is looking for people to serve as Hartsfield Host volunteers, who answer travelers’ questions about all aspects of the Airport and Atlanta. Volunteers also help accommodate visitors with special needs, such as by providing traveler escorts and passenger assistance.
The Airport provides training, uniforms, incentives, free parking or MARTA passes, and a worthwhile, rewarding experience. If you are interested in becoming a Hartsfield Host volunteer, please contact the volunteer office at (404) 382-2169 during normal business hours or apply online.
Airport offers career insights to student group
AirTran Airways and Airport employees talked about their roles and explained how working together keeps the Airport moving forward during a July 9 visit of high school students from the Atlanta Business League’s Student-Business Shadow Project. The students also toured airline ticketing areas before heading to the Zimbabwe art exhibit in the Transportation Mall and the operations tower on Concourse E.
The Student-Business Shadow Project is a program designed to introduce youths to various businesses and career fields. In addition to visiting companies, the students will job-shadow employees at selected businesses in metro Atlanta.
Myrna White, director of the Office of Public Affairs, gives career tips to students from the Atlanta Business League's Student-Business Shadow Project.
‘ACE camp’ gives a glimpse of aviation careers
On July 12, Hartsfield-Jackson hosted more than 30 high school students from across the state for its 11th annual Aviation Career Education Program (“ACE camp”), which gives students an opportunity to hear about careers in the field from industry professionals and to see some of the work at the Airport firsthand.
The students heard from several aviation experts, including interim General Manager Robert Kennedy; Aviation Properties Manager Jalal Slade; Aviation Maintenance Director Pete Ferguson; and Tommy White, special agent with the Federal Aviation Administration. The students also toured the Airport, including visits to the K-9 unit, Fire Station 33 and the rental car center.
Airport firefighters demonstrate the functions of an emergency response vehicle during the Aviation Career Education Program.
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