The FAA inspection includes all aspects of airport operations including the airfield, runway, lighting and fueling facilities, as well as an assessment of record keeping, training procedures and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting safety drills. Each of these areas is reviewed annually as part of the airport recertification process.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority, and the annual FAA inspection validates our efforts to make the airport as safe and operationally correct as possible,” Executive Director Ted Soliday said. “No discrepancies for the 17th year in a row is a record few airports can claim and a testimony to the hard word and commitment of the airport staff.”
Naples Municipal Airport operates as a general aviation airport but complies with the standards of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, which sets safety guidelines for airports with commercial airline service. The airport also maintains the same level of security as commercial-service airports and adheres to all Transportation Security Administrative directives.
Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air carrier airport, is home to flight schools, air charter operators and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, car rental agencies and the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no property tax dollars. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the airport accommodated more than 84,000 takeoffs and landings. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s economic impact to the community at more than $273 million annually.
To learn more or to subscribe for email updates about the airport, visit www.FlyNaples.com.