McGhee Tyson Airport passes annual inspection

McGhee Tyson Airport recently passed its annual Federal Aviation Administration inspection.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority has received a grade of “no discrepancies noted” on its annual Airport Certification and Safety Inspection performed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region Airport’s Division.

The Certification Inspection is an exhaustive audit of the airport’s Airfield Operations, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting capabilities and other safety compliance programs.

“The successful completion of the Certification process is very significant to the continued operations at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Kirk Huddleston, chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “The airport must pass the inspection in order to retain its operating certificate and operate commercial flights.”

Each year during this evaluation, the airport is graded on a detailed audit of Airport Operations and Safety documentation such as training, emergency exercise; a thorough inspection of airfield lighting and navigation aids, and all aircraft movement and safety areas and programs. The inspection also includes timed drills and safety training performed by the Airport Authorities federal and state-certified Department of Public Safety Officers.

“After a thorough inspection, McGhee Tyson Airport has exceeded expectations and received a perfect score for the past nine years,” said Huddleston. “It is highly uncommon to pass an inspection without a single discrepancy noted. It takes a lot of hard work all year long to help the airport prepare for this inspection and obtaining a perfect score is a testament to the airport’s continued commitment to safety.”

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