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Sep 29 2011 Airport Wins Safety Award BY sgf-adminTAGS Uncategorized


Our airport has received the Airport Safety Enhancement Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airport staff received the award Tuesday at the annual Airports Conference in Kansas City. We earned the award by having a perfect score for three consecutive years during the FAA’s annual safety inspection. During the inspections, the FAA checks the airport’s compliance with federal safety rules. Among other things, it reviews runway pavement condition, airfield marking and lighting, the airport emergency plan, the readiness of the airport fire department, and snow and ice removal procedures. Getting a perfect score on the annual inspection is a huge accomplishment in itself. Getting a perfect score three years in a row is testament to the hard work and dedication of airport staff. They truly make our customers’ safety priority one every day.


At the FAA awards ceremony. Left to right: Bruce Clegg, Airfield Maintenance Supervisor. Stu Acosta, Supervisor, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting. Steve Eggers, Airport Operations Supervisor



"Is a bankruptcy filing on the horizon for AMR Corp.?" That's the question put forth this week by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

"The Fort Worth-based carrier has had only two profitable years in the past decade, its stock has slipped to a one-year low near $3 and credit-rating agency Moody's downgraded AMR's outlook to "negative" last week. Some industry analysts think that the company is running out of cash and that a bankruptcy filing is possible. But others say the airline still has another year or two to turn its finances around."

Read the rest of the story here.


Sep 16 2011 Rare Bird Comes for Bears at SGF BY sgf-adminTAGS Misc.


We sent the Missouri State Football Bears on their way this morning to Eugene, Oregon. Tomorrow they'll play the Oregon Ducks at Eugene. The type of airplane taking them there is rare around here because the airlines rarely fly them to small air markets like Springfield. So take a good look at these photos of the Boeing 757-200. Go Bears!


The 757-200 gets ready to power back from the terminal. Click any image for a larger version.

The 757-200 gets ready to power back from the terminal. Click any image for a larger version.


Right this way!

Right this way!



"The U.S. government’s effort to eliminate longer delays on airport tarmacs has made it more likely that airlines will cancel flights, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office."

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Sep 01 2011 Algorithms and Airplanes BY sgf-adminTAGS Airlines


You know how you really hate the process of boarding a commercial airliner? You gotta stand in line while airline staff sorts the haves from the have nots: "If you're a double-triple-gold-platinum-silver-and-ruby member please cut to the front of the line!"

15 minutes later you stand toe-to-toe in the aisle of the plane. You're in a traffic jam while Joe Six Pack attempts to stuff a full sized Samsonite into the overhead bin... Well, guess what? The airlines want you to board faster!

Read this story from The Independent.