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Airport aces FAA inspection again
By Staff Writers

For the second year in a row, Hartsfield-Jackson's annual inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found no discrepancies with federal airport certification regulations.

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.

“We are proud the Airport has zero discrepancies, which reflects the hard work and dedication of our team,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “The FAA report reaffirms our staff’s commitment to run an efficient and first-class airport for our millions of passengers.”

While the Airport conducts numerous daily inspections and frequent emergency-preparedness drills, the FAA conducted its mandated annual certification inspection in June. 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.

A recent situation at Hartsfield-Jackson demonstrated the Airport’s ability to respond effectively to emergencies. When an aircraft’s landing gear caught fire on Runway 8L on May 28, the Airport’s first responders were on the scene.

Operations and Atlanta Fire Rescue (AFR) personnel protected the evacuation effort and extinguished the fire. The response involved two engine companies, one truck company, one medic unit, three emergency medical service (EMS) supervisors, seven battalion chiefs and one assistant chief.

Workers met the aircraft, closed the affected areas, arranged for transportation for the evacuated passengers and recovered the aircraft. Hartsfield-Jackson Maintenance personnel cleaned up the runway afterward.

“Airport Operations, Maintenance and Security staff undergo hundreds of training hours and have a commitment to uphold high standards while operating the world’s busiest airport,” said Balram Bheodari, interim assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security. “We are happy that the FAA has recognized the coordinated efforts by the Department of Aviation’s Fire, Maintenance, Operations, and Planning and Development units to maintain a safe and secure airport.”


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