PRESS RELEASE: Roddy Boggus Named 2017 ACC Board of Directors Chair

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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2016, NR-16-06

Contact: T.J. Schulz
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Roddy Boggus Named 2017 ACC Board of Directors Chair
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Alexandria, VA – The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the election of Roddy Boggus, NCARB, AIA, of Suffolk Construction Company as chair of the 2017 ACC Board of Directors. Boggus assumed the position at the ACC membership meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 during the 38th ACC Annual Conference and Exposition in Newport Beach, California.

Boggus is Executive Vice President of Aviation at Suffolk Construction, where he is responsible for all aviation-related construction services. Suffolk Construction is a national, privately held building contractor that provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build and general contracting services to clients in the aviation, healthcare, science and technology, education, government and commercial sectors. The company leverages innovative technologies and processes, such as virtual design and construction (VDC) and lean principles, to deliver its "build smart" approach for clients and trade partners.

"It is truly and honor to be elected to represent the Airport Consultants Council as the Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2017 year," Boggus said. "I am totally committed to growing ACC’s offerings and strengths of education, innovation, collaboration and delivering excellence in airport development, that have been the foundation of ACC. It is a great time to be a part of the aviation industry and not just an observer."

"Roddy is a true thought leader within the airport development community, and his background and perspectives will be a true asset to the organization," ACC President T.J. Schulz said of Boggus’ election. "Roddy’s term comes at a unique time, as airports seek new ways to deliver projects that foster creative financing, partnership and innovation. I look forward to working with Roddy on ensuring that as an organization, ACC will meet the needs of the industry in the future."

Roddy has three decades of experience in design, planning, implementation, and management of diverse aviation projects globally. He is familiar with issues facing the airport and airline industry in the US, Europe, Latin and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences on topics that range from airport planning and design, security-related technologies, partnering to alternative financing as well as the sometimes-frequent satirical aviation industry author of "Boggus Talk". Boggus is a registered architect in 11 states. He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and sits on the Board of Airport Consultants Council (ACC), International Partnering Institute (IPI), International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), and the ACI Global WBP Associates Board.

Others who will be serving on the 2017 ACC board are as follows:

VICE CHAIR

Mary Ellen Eagan, HMMH

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Matt Wenham, P.E., C&S Companies

IMMEDIATE PAST BOARD CHAIR

Don Bergin, Blast Deflectors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Manik Arora, P.E., Arora Engineers

Benjamin R. DeCosta, DeCosta Consulting, LLC

Lorena de Rodriguez, Safety & Security Instruction, Inc.

Kevin Dolliole, Unison Consulting, Inc.

Todd Knuckey, P.E., Atkins

Arthur "J.J." Morton, P.E., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Dwight Pullen, Skanska

Damon Smith, Mead & Hunt

Larry Studdiford, PMP, Studdiford Technical Solutions, LLC

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More guns making their way to security checkpoints at El Paso International Airport

BY LASHAY WESLEY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH 2016

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EL PASO, Texas — TSA agents have discovered two firearms in the past two weeks at the El Paso International Airport security checkpoint, a TSA spokesperson told CBS4.
Firearms and ammunition are among the many items prohibited on a plane.
According to the TSA, the firearms were found on Sept. 1 and 9. The spokesperson said one of the weapons was loaded.
“We’re concerned that already this year, we’ve found seven firearms at ELP,” said Tim Berroyer, TSA federal security director for ELP, in a press release.
Carrie Harmon, a spokesperson for the TSA, said agents are starting to see an uptick at the airport.
“We’re running ahead of where we were at this time last year at El Paso,” Harmon said.
In 2014 and 2015, TSA agents found seven handguns at the security checkpoint.
“Most passengers say that they forgot that a firearm was in the bag or say it belongs to somebody else in the family and they didn’t know they had it with them,” Harmon said.
Harmon said the trend is nationwide. She said agents have seen a 20 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. She said 80percent of the firearms are loaded.
Firearms are allowed in checked baggage. Harmon said the traveler must declare they have a weapon to the airline and said it must be unloaded. The firearm must also be properly stored.
David Pineda was dropping his sister off at the airport Monday. He said he didn’t understand how someone could forget.
“I don’t know. Maybe it slips their mind. Maybe they’ve got a lot of stuff going on in their head,” Pineda said.
TSA does have signs warning passengers about the items prohibited.
Yland Moy said she thinks there could be more signs.
“I think they could add more because you can’t really tell until you get up (to security),” Moy said.Harmon told CBS4 that passengers can be fined $1,500 if a firearm is found in their carry-on. She said the fine can go up to $3,000 if the weapon is loaded.

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Stuck in Montreal

http://atwonline.com/security/forward-15-stuck-montreal AARON KARP On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was listening to Canadian transport minister David Collenette address the Airports Council International-North America Conference and Exhibition at the Montreal convention center. Nearly every major airport director in North America was there. Suddenly, and without explanation, Collenette stopped speaking and stepped back from the podium to start a conversation on his cell phone.
“Someone brought a note to the podium and said, please wind up quickly, there’s been a tragedy,” Collenette later recalled for a CBC documentary on Canadian officials’ actions on 9/11. He had already suspected something was amiss—there was murmuring in the crowd while he was speaking.
David Plavin, ACI-NA’s president, stepped to the podium to make a shocking announcement: an aircraft had struck one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A shaken Plavin announced the ACI-NA conference was being temporarily suspended, adding that large television screens were being set up in the convention center to allow conference attendees to watch news coverage of the unfolding events in the US.
A short time later, I wandered down to the conference’s exhibition hall, where I found two men at a booth watching a monitor showing smoke billowing from a building. But the building was not a skyscraper.
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“That’s the Pentagon,” came the reply.
“But I thought the World Trade Center had been hit,” I said.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but that’s the Pentagon on fire,” the man responded, pointing at the screen.
It’s hard to overstate the bewildering feeling at about 9:45 a.m. on that morning. Had the World Trade Center or the Pentagon that been hit? Actually, both of the Twin Towers andthe Pentagon had been hit by commercial jets. It was about that time that FAA shut down US airspace, ordering all aircraft in the sky to land, all aircraft on the ground to stay put and, quite significantly for Canada, all aircraft en route to the US not to enter US airspace.
Collenette quickly made his way from the convention center to a van, which he directed be driven straight to Ottawa rather than the airport, figuring that would be his fastest way back to the Canadian capital. Collenette told CBC that “key decisions were taken on Highway 417” that morning as he raced back to Ottawa with a cell phone pressed to his ear.
First, he decided to follow FAA and close Canadian airspace. But there was a problem: more than 200 US-bound transatlantic flights were in the air and too far along to return to Europe. The US was adamant that none of those aircraft would enter US airspace.
Canada agreed to let those aircraft land on its soil, but the Canadian transport minister was terrified that one of the aircraft flying across the Atlantic would take aim at a building in Toronto or Montreal. So Collenette ordered all of the transatlantic flights to land at smaller, remote eastern Canadian airports, which quickly became clogged with large passenger aircraft. “I don’t think that 226 widebody jets have ever been landed in such a short time frame, ever in history,” Collenette told CBC.
The scene back at the Montreal convention center was somewhat chaotic. I and other reporters tried to get information from the airport directors attending the conference, but most of them confessed they did not know much more than what was being said on the giant TV screens. It is one of the forgotten aspects of 9/11 that the massive and unprecedented ground stop at all US and Canadian airports occurred as the directors of those airports were stuck in Montreal.
Cell phone service, particularly from Canada back to the US, was very spotty on 9/11. I remember how frustrated many of the airport directors were as they tried to get in touch with their airport staffs back home. With no flights available, airport directors started hatching plans to rent cars and head for the border. Some cars filled with three or four US airport directors were making their way back to the US by the afternoon of 9/11.
I ended up in Montreal for several more days; even though US airspace reopened on Sept. 13, flights back to the Washington DC area—and especially to National Airport, from where I had departed and which remained closed for more than three weeks after 9/11—were nearly impossible to find. I stood in a long line at Central Station in Montreal, where I booked a train ticket home to DC.
It was a 14-hour train trip, which included a lengthy stop at the US-Canadian border for the train to be thoroughly searched by bomb-sniffing canines. I switched trains at Penn Station in New York City, and will never forget looking out the window at a darkened Big Apple, with smoke hanging in the sky, as the Amtrak train pulled away from New York.
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The ACI-NA conference never restarted. But I do remember lots of discussion about airport security among the delegates who remained in Montreal. I then spent many days in the weeks after 9/11 on a somber Capitol Hill, covering the Congressional debate over what do about aviation security, which was being run by private firms regulated by FAA.
It is not well remembered now, but there was no consensus on creating the Transportation Security Administration. There was a sizable contingent, particularly in the House of Representatives, who wanted to keep airport security privatized.
November arrived with no aviation security legislation from Congress. And then on Nov. 12, an American Airlines Airbus A300-600 crashed in Queens shortly after takeoff from New York JFK, killing all 260 on board and five more people on the ground. The US National Transportation Safety Board eventually concluded that pilot error caused the crash, but at the time it was widely speculated a terrorist bomb had been involved.
Panic set in on Capitol Hill. There was now the prospect of lawmakers going home for the first post-9/11 Thanksgiving holiday having done nothing on aviation security—even after another major, unexplained airliner crash in New York City. Congressional staff began literally working around the clock to finalize the language of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001. After two months of debate and wrangling, the legislation was completed and passed in a rush, and quickly signed into law by President George W. Bush on Nov. 19, 2001.
I have often thought the hasty crafting of the legislation that created TSA caused much of the frustration with the agency over the ensuing years. If it looked like TSA was not well thought out, well, that’s because it wasn’t.
TSA stood up a security apparatus designed specifically to prevent another 9/11. This meant an endless search for specific objects (such as box cutters) carried by random passengers. If you flew enough out of National, as I did in the years after 9/11, you would see cabinet secretaries and members of Congress holding their beltless pants up as they shuffled through metal detectors. You can admire the egalitarian nature of this, but using resources to screen US senators on the off chance they are secretly al Qaeda is symbolic of the mindless nature of TSA in its early years.
That it took a decade for TSA to develop the Pre-Check expedited screening program—which intelligently shrinks the pool of suspect passengers—is an indictment of the agency and the legislators who created it. The long lines of passengers at US airport security checkpoints this past spring—and the Brussels and Istanbul airport bombings—indicate TSA and airport security globally still need some serious rethinking. Fifteen years after 9/11, and we’re still debating the right way to do airport security.

LAX Launches Partnership To Train Airport Workers In Emergency Response

September 7, 2016 5:31 AM

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of airport service workers will receive training for emergency situations at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said Wednesday.
Service workers perform a wide range of assignments for travelers, including wheelchair and baggage handling, interior aircraft cleaning, airline security, aircraft fueling, cargo and dangerous goods handling, aeronautical maintenance, and custodial services.
“It takes the entire airport community to respond effectively to a serious airport emergency,” said Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners President Sean Burton. “LAX staff have made significant changes to ensure airport safety through improved response coordination, increased emergency management staff resources, new equipment, extensive training, and establishing mutual-aid agreements with outside organizations, such as the American Red Cross. Training airport service workers to assist passengers during critical times complements the overall emergency-response effort.”
Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) will provide training to workers in Terminal 4 in the next few weeks.
“In times of crisis, airport workers are on the front lines,” said David Huerta, president of SEIU-USWW. “Training will help make our members more effective in this critical role, which is why we are pleased to partner with the airport authority and employers to develop this program.”
The pilot program will be evaluated, refined and tailored to address the unique characteristics of each terminal at LAX.
“The airlines and other tenants at LAX contract thousands of workers to provide passenger and aircraft services,” said Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint. “They are valued members of the LAX community. Training these workers provides them with skills to keep themselves safe during an airport emergency, to directly assist passengers, and to contribute to the overall emergency response and recovery.”
Training will be consistent throughout the airport, focusing on emergency observation skills, stakeholder communications, evacuation procedures, notification protocols, basic understanding of the Incident Command System, and identifying emergency responders of partner agencies.
LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the world and the third in the U.S., according to airport officials.

DFW ARFF Joint Announcement with SSi

SSi, Inc. and DFW Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) are excited to announce the completion of a year-long project to assist Airports to better meet the requirements for ARFF Recurrent Training as outlined in FAR 139.319. An extensive review of the following ARFF recurrent courses was accomplished with the ARFF expertise from the DFW FTRC, and the online learning technology from SSi, Inc.

· Airport familiarization, including airport signs, marking, and lighting

· Aircraft familiarization

· Rescue and firefighting personnel safety

· Emergency communications systems on the airport, including fire alarms

· Use of the fire hoses, nozzles, turrets, and other appliances required for compliance with this part

· Application of the types of extinguishing agents required for compliance with this part

· Emergency aircraft evacuation assistance

· Firefighting operations

· Adapting and using structural rescue and firefighting equipment for aircraft rescue and firefighting

· Aircraft cargo hazards, including hazardous materials/dangerous goods incidents

· Familiarization with firefighters’ duties under the airport emergency plan

This project was part of an effort to design and develop a system that provides ARFF courses online, accessible 24/7, with a full record keeping system for any Airport or ARFF personnel as needed. The courses represent approximately 10 hours of interactive training, quizzes, tests, and solid structured content for ARFF personnel at any size Airport.

Because instruction is delivered online, the system can provide a convenient method to train and maintain compliance for mutual aid departments that may assist the Airport onsite in the case of a large scale event. The courses are available at all times and can be taken from tablets, laptops, and PC’s.

The record keeping system provides Airports with an accessible format available to provide reports to inspectors that will show all personnel training records for ARFF programs, including annual recurrent information. Reports can be viewed online, printed, and/or downloaded on-demand to Excel.

This program along with the Live-Fire training capability at the DFW FTRC provide the most comprehensive annual recurrent program currently available.

For more information and to see how to sign up your personnel, go to scott 602-980-4917, or Kevin Tully with the DFW FTRC – ktully 972.973.8356.

Des Moines airport likes eastern location for new $500M terminal

Joel Aschbrenner, jaschbrenn@dmreg.com
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Des Moines airport officials are leaning toward building a proposed $500 million terminal on the east side of the airport, which consultants now say would be significantly cheaper than the original plan to build it south of the runways.
The east-side location near the existing terminal would be about $140 million cheaper, according to a report the consulting firm HNTB presented to the Des Moines airport board Tuesday.
Board chairman Ed Hansel, a local attorney, said he “definitely” prefers the east-side option because it would be cheaper and allow the airport to continue to use facilities like existing parking garages.
“If I had to make my priority list, it always starts with cost,” he said.
The airport board is expected to vote in October on which location to pursue for the new terminal site.
According to HNTB, it would cost an estimated $504 million to build a 14-gate terminal on the east side of the airport. HNTB’s report shows the new terminal as a curved building sitting directly northeast of the existing terminal close to Fleur Drive.
The alternative would be to build a similar 14-gate terminal on the south side of the airport near Army Post Road. HNTB said that would cost an estimated $641 million. The south-side location would require the construction of a new aircraft taxiway and new parking garages, which would increase the cost.
Clint Lasser, a project manager with HNTB, said dollar figures are only rough estimates. Architectural and engineering plans for the facility, which will provide a more accurate cost estimate, will be produced after a site is selected.
Officials at the Des Moines International Airport have been working on plans for a new terminal for several years. They say the existing terminal, which was built in 1948, is too small, has become costly to maintain due to its age and was not designed to efficiently handle the flow of passengers through modern security screening.
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Under the current plans, construction of the new terminal would begin in 2022.
But before they can break ground, airport officials have to figure out how to pay for the facility. Federal funds and airline fees will cover much of the cost, but the airport still needs to secure more than $200 million from state and local sources.
Picking the east side of the airport for a new terminal site would mark a significant shift. A previous report from LeighFisher, another consulting firm, said the terminal would be best suited for the south side of the airport.
But according to HNTB, several factors make the east-side location cheaper and more functional:
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  • The airport would not have to build a new taxiway for jets.
  • The south-side location would require the construction of more new parking garages.
  • FedEx, UPS and other cargo companies could remain in place on the south side of the airport.
  • The terminal would have a more visible and prominent location along Fleur Drive. It would be closer to downtown and officials said it would feel connected to the city.

David Fisher, a fundraising consultant for the airport, said a new terminal would be a “crown jewel of Fleur Drive.”
One advantage of the south-side location is that it could cause less traffic congestion, airport officials said.
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City traffic engineer Jennifer McCoy said Fleur Drive would probably have to be widened if a new terminal was built on the east side.
The airport board plans to hold a meeting in sometime in September to hear comments from the public about the two terminal site options.
Board member Mark Feldmann said he is confident the public will see the benefit of building the terminal on the east side and reusing existing facilities like the parking garage.
“We’re talking about tax dollars, the public’s money,” he said. “I think they will be respectful that we are talking about using existing facilities and spending less taxpayer money.”

Request for Proposals: State of the U.S. Airport Development Industry Report

TO: ACC OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES & ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

ACC is currently seeking proposals from qualified parties to develop a summary report on current and projected capital investments at airports across the United States through 2022.

OBJECTIVE: ACC may eventually endeavor to develop a substantial, comprehensive report on projected airport capital programs and services in the future. For this year, ACC seeks to develop a quick-strike, summary report that would provide tangible and useful information on the state of the airport development industry, including types of projects and expected services currently at airports and anticipated in the next 5 years.

Specifically, ACC is interested in producing a summary report for its membership outlining the state of the airport development industry, with a specific focus on the types of development projects that will be expected by airports over the next 5 years; trends in the types of services that will be needed by airports embarking on development projects; and manner in which services will be procured by airports in the U.S through 2022.

ACC intends to present the report findings at the ACC Annual Conference on November 15-16, 2016 in Palm Beach Garden, FL. The expected budget for the development of this report is $35,000, including travel to the ACC conference.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to TJS by 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time by Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

For more information, you can read the full RFP here.

Thank you,

Chris

www.ACConline.org

Chris Spaulding, C.M.

Manager, Communications

Airport Consultants Council (ACC)

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Join us in Palm Beach Gardens, FL this November! “ …everyone needs a place to land.”

FAA Webinars on New Field Reporting Requirements (URGENT)

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The FAA has scheduled the first two in a series of 13 webconferences to explain revised airport field condition reporting requirements that will become effective on October 1, 2016. These requirements, which are contained in Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-30D, Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety, will alter the manner in which US airfield operations and/or field maintenence staff report winter contaminants as well as wet runway conditions.

Despite requests from both ACI-NA and AAAE, the FAA has declined to delay implementation of these new requirements.

The schedules and registration details for the first two webinars are as follows. Please note that advance registration is required to participate.

Webinar 1
Date: August 18 (tomorrow)
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm EDT
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8416402346966644481
Dial In Number: 202-366-3920
Pass Code: 7547

Webinar 2
Date: August 19
Time: 9:00-11:00 am EDT
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6738890650608371201
Dial In Number: 202-366-3920
​Pass Code: 7547

Participants in the webinars will be provided with a link to a "sandbox" version of the FAA’s new NOTAM Manager that they can use to familiarize themselves new user interface and new runway contaminant reporting processes.

If you are unable to register for one of these two webinars, there will be 11 more offered over the next two weeks. ACI-NA will provide information about these additonal webinars as we receive information from the FAA.

Please contact ACI-NA’s Chris Oswald or <a href="mailto:peubanks if you have additional questions or concerns.

ACI-NA Operations & Technical Affairs and Small Airports Committees.

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13 webinars will be available for public viewing that will explain the runway condition reporting

format and the runway assessment matrix contained in the revised FAA Advisory Circular

150/5200-30D, Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety.

The first two webinars will be held:

Thursday, August 18th, at 01:00 PM EDT and Friday, August 19th, at 09:00 AM EDT:

Airport Condition Reporting/Runway Condition Assessment Matrix

Register now at the following websites:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8416402346966644481

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6738890650608371201

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the

webinar. If your computer system does not support webinar audio, an audio dial in number is

available for both sessions:

Dial In Number: 202-366-3920

Pass Code: 7547

Number of lines: 100

Future webinars will be available August 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 and September 1, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 16.

FAA Runway Condition Reporting/Runway

Assessment Matrix Webinars

 

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Attached is FAA, Western-Pacific Bulletin #16053, FAA Runway Condition Reporting/Runway Assessment Matrix Webinars.

Please take every opportunity to participate in these webinars as the information they contain will answer most questions regarding revised FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-30D, Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety.

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Airport Security Finds 3D Printed Gun in Carry-On at Reno Airport

The passenger also had 5 real bullets

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at the Reno, Nev. airport confiscated a 3D printed gun replica and five real .22-caliber bullets that a passenger had in his carry-on last week.

The plastic gun made from a 3D printer was inoperable, yet replicas are banned from carry-on baggage just as real guns are. The man said he had forgotten the gun was in his bag, and willingly left it behind at Reno–Tahoe International to board his flight, the Associated Pressreports.

TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers told the APWednesday that this may be the first TSA confiscation of a 3D printed gun at an airport. The TSA said it confiscated 68 guns in total from carry-on baggage last week.

3D printed guns are a controversial aspect of 3D printing, as basic metal detectors or security measures could miss the plastic and resin pieces entirely.

Like family, crew works together to make Provo Airport succeed

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If you want to see what hard work is, just follow the footsteps of the crew at the Provo Airport.

Day in and day out these Provo and TAC Air employees keep the airport safe, clean and ready for the hundreds of passengers that go through the terminal each week, including corporate and private jets that pepper the field.

Steve Gleason, airport manager, is reticent to pat his own back and swift to start sharing names of workers.

The first faces the public typically see are at the Allegiant ticket desk. Claudia Mendoza and Jordan Stacy are contracted from TAC Air to work for Allegiant in helping passengers with tickets, checking in baggage, and more.

“There is never a dull moment,” Mendoza said. “We want customers to keep coming.”

Stacy said he loves working at the terminal.

“We work with great people and it makes the job great,” Stacy said.

Those passengers are also greeted by a team of Transportation Security Administration workers, many who live in Utah County.

It is not unusual for airport crew to put in 13-hour days, day in and day out if needed. Many times the hours are more.

Municipal Councilman Gary Winterton is assigned to the airport board and is very aware of the hard work the men do. But he also gives a big nod to Suzan Nelson.

“With commercial flights come FAA regulations and requirements,” Winterton said. “This brings security challenges and opportunities. Suzan Nelson was hired to take care of the ‘badging’ requirements of the airport, which is a huge undertaking. Each badge needs to be maintained and accounted for to avoid governmental consequences.”

Winterton adds that Nelson does a great job and keeps the office on task.

Gleason said there are many things to be done to keep the airport primed and ready.

“Because I’m airport manager, I’m on call every minute of every day,” Gleason said.

Gleason said the shifts are broken up to where someone comes in early morning, midday and late shift. For instance, Gleason is a night guy. He is often called in at 2 a.m. to take care of a problem.

“Things rarely happen in the middle of the day,” Gleason said. “That makes it hard on family. We take separate vehicles to church and family functions in case I’m called.”

Trent Johnson, airport operations coordinator, does the 5 a.m. shift. He’s there to do the dark airfield inspections each morning.

Through his hard work and diligence to safety, Johnson recently received an award from the TSA as a security partner.

With help from Donovan Cheff, airport maintenance, these three men have the massive task of keeping weeds down, snow cleared, security ready, hosting top-notch events and an abundance of other duties.

Think of them this winter.

“We plow the whole airport by ourselves,” Gleason said. “That’s a lot of lane miles. It takes us between 14 to 16 hours to clear. A couple of years ago, it was below zero and snowing. I slept down here.

Gleason said there have been times when the snow was so heavy and coming down for days where they had to ask for help from the city to provide another snow removal truck and driver. They have specific regulations that must be followed on snow removal. For instance, the sand they use is a specialty mix and different than what would be used on a city street. They are also limited to how they can clear the snow.

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In the spring and summer, the task between Gleason, Johnson and Cheff, is mowing 1,000 acres of weed. The job is constant, someone is mowing all the time to meet regulations. They may take time off to run and act as security when a commercial flight lands and takes off, but they are usually back at mowing in short time.

To help comply with safety regulations, a Provo police officer and a fireman and truck must be at the airport for every landing and take-off of a commercial flight. Currently there are 12 flights in and 12 out each week. That will jump to 14 in September.

It’s a city airport and city employees are called from all departments to help out, public works, utilities, safety, and the budget department.

The dedication is real.

“We have to live within 30 minutes of the airport,” Gleason said. “Its 24/7 and 365 days a year and no one gets a whole weekend.”

But all of them say they love their jobs and what they do to serve the public. Sometimes serving means taking care of unsavory jobs, and keeping the runway clear isn’t always about snow and weeds.

Besides mowing, there is a whole wildlife plan Gleason and crew must follow, and it’s not just worrying about birds meeting up with jets. Many times, they must harvest mule deer that are in the way of arriving and departing planes.

“Seventeen years ago, I came from Economic Development to the airport,” Gleason said. “I had no aviation experience. Since then, I have received my private pilot’s license.”

While he says he knew nothing about aviation and airports, Gleason said he was sent to the airport because it was seen as an economic engine for the city and he knew about economics.

“I had been here a year-and-a-half when 9/11 happened. It was a baptism by fire.”

In throwing out names, Gleason said he owes a lot to Dan Shumway, former director of airport operations for 30 years prior.

“When I took the job as airport manager I was in over my head,” Gleason said. “I didn’t know what I was doing.”

He credits Shumway for being his mentor. He also gives credit to former mayor Lewis Billings.

“We would not have had commercial service without him,” Gleason said. “We’ve been blessed with mayors who understand what an airport can be for a city.”

Gleason knows the airport will never be smaller. In fact, Gleason continues to look for additional airlines that fit the Provo market and the needs of passengers. That could include flights to Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas or Seattle.

“We would really love a connecting airline,” Gleason said.

Residents should never expect to see Provo be like a Salt Lake International Airport, which sees about 1,000 flights a day.

As the second largest airport in the state, Provo could, at full buildout, see as many as 22 flights a day.

Winterton notes, “Provo city’s airport is a wonderful asset to our community and now has reached another plateau. There are further opportunities available because of the vision of past and current leaders at the airport but those opportunities will take commitments — a new terminal, larger taxi areas, greater service facilities and hanger growth.”

All of these will take funding and support. Nothing great comes without sacrifice but the benefits derived from these sacrifices will far outweigh the costs of obtaining them, Winterton added.

“With the vision and the team we have, we have accomplished much and as Mayor (John) Curtis has had many opportunities to say ‘look for the next big thing’ from the airport in the near future.”