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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Airport staff gearing up for inspections

  • Inspectors with the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration will be paying visits this week to Hannibal Regional Airport.
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  • Inspectors with the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration will be paying visits this week to Hannibal Regional Airport.
    While the airport’s Fixed Base Operator Robin Carroll says she is not worried at all about today’s (Thursday) visit from personnel from TSA, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she acknowledged during Wednesday morning’s Airport Advisory Board meeting that she “got anxious” after receiving a phone call earlier this week about the FAA’s return visit, which is also slated for today (Thursday).
    “We’ve gone over what they (FAA inspectors) wrote us up for after their visit and everything has been taken care of but the trees on the east side of the runway,” said Carroll, noting that ground moisture has made it a challenge to get the appropriate equipment where the trees are growing.
    Trees in that same area were reportedly removed two years ago, but have now begun to grow again.
    The upcoming FAA inspection is a point of concern at city hall. During Wednesday’s advisory board meeting, Mark Rees, director of public works, shared that he has been advised by City Manager Jeff LaGarce to take the steps necessary to “avoid an inspection snafu.”
    Rees speculated that city hall’s concerns about a troubling inspection are likely based in the city’s ongoing dealings with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding the city’s old landfill site.
    This will be the FAA’s second inspection at Hannibal Regional Airport in less than a year. According to a report from Carroll to the advisory board the last inspection took place on Aug. 27, 2013.
    A point of comment by the FAA during past inspections was the need for crack-sealing on some of the paved surfaces at the airport. And while the City Council approved a $179,868 contract on March 18 to have the work done by Scodeller Construction, it has yet to be undertaken. Reportedly the contractor has said the crack-sealing process could begin as early as next week.
    “It has to be dry for them to do it and it’s been so wet,” said Carroll.
    It was suggested during Wednesday’s meeting that if the crack-sealing project cannot be started by the end of next week the contractor should be asked to hold off until after the July 4 holiday. It was noted the contractor has indicated he plans to have the work done by July 4.
    Carroll said she is frequently asked by pilots who keep their aircraft at the airport when the crack-sealing will begin so they can have time to temporarily relocate their planes to other airports.
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