SHOCK!!! CITY HALL STAYS STRANGELY QUIET ABOUT CURRENT KANSAS CITY AIRPORT EXCELLENCE REPORT!!!
TKC NOTE: Again, we want to focus on good news today and right now we've found an interesting bit of fact checking that actually contains and upbeat report for Kansas City but SUSPICIOUSLY didn't really get a lot of play from local politicos.
To wit . . .
CRITICS OF THE SINGLE-TERMINAL STAY STRANGELY QUIET ABOUT THE RECENT EXCELLENT RATING OF THE CURRENT AIRPORT!!!
Check this statement that points out an interesting contradiction:
Single-Terminal Critics Note KCI "EXCELLENT" Rating
"You did not see the article below in the morning newspapers or blogs. That’s probably because they released the information late on a Friday afternoon so it wouldn’t get too much attention. The report suggests the airport is in far better shape than the public has been led to believe. While this review does not cover the existing terminals, it does show the area of the airport inspected is in excellent shape. Surely the terminals can’t be too far behind. If they would spend a few of the dollars they spent on the GOP this week or the millions already wasted on thirteen consultants and branding managers for the streetcar, perhaps they could freshen up the terminals. Replacing the torn carpets and some of the 25 watt light bulbs they have installed would make things look better. As a majority of the city leaders, hired consultants and biased ATAG leaders continue to push for a $1.5 billion dollar single terminal airport, the voting public needs to keep the real facts in perspective."
Presser that did stay off the city's websites . . .
Kansas City International Airport Receives FAA Safety Medal of Excellence
KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 6, 2014 - When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) performed its annual certification inspection of the operations area over three days at Kansas City International Airport (airport code MCI) all facilities passed with no discrepancies, yielding a perfect inspection for 2014. The FAA Airport Certification Program bestowed upon the Kansas City Aviation Department the Medal Excellence.
"A perfect score is not given to every airport and is something to be proud of," said Aviation Director Mark VanLoh, A.A.E. "The safety of the flying public, airlines and other airport users is a high priority and a consideration in nearly every facet of KCI Airport operations. I am very proud of our employees and partners who made this happen!"
The FAA's Part 139 inspection includes the conditions of everything on KCI's airfield including the pavement condition, lighting, pavement markings, condition of the grounds next to runways and taxiways (safety areas), training for Airport Operations and Field Maintenance, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) training and operations, wildlife management, record keeping, fueling operations and Air Operations Area driver training. The evaluation found KCI to be fully compliant with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139, the Airport Certification Manual and the Airport Operating Certificate.
The operations area at KCI Airport is the area inside the security fence where aircraft operate. It includes runways, taxiways, aprons and aviation tenant operational areas. Many parties play a part in keeping the operations area safe and in top condition, including the Kansas City Aviation Department's Airport Operations, Field Maintenance and its Engineering Division, which oversees all construction projects. The Operations Division coordinates closely with U.S. Department of Agriculture - Wildlife Services on wildlife management. In addition, the Kansas City Fire Department provides ARFF services and trains its staff and nearby structural fire companies in all required ARFF elements. This includes participation in an annual live burn exercise, maintaining training records to federal standards and completing hands-on response training. These units continue to meet and exceed federal standards in providing ARFF coverage to KCI Airport.
The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit flykci.com for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.