Air Line Pilots Association awards Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has awarded Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) with their 2012 Airport Award for safety. The award is given annually to an airport that has made significant contributions to flight safety.

During the award presentation, Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president said, “Columbia Metropolitan Airport clearly recognizes the tremendous advantage that results from engaging with the airline pilots who use their airport in all decisions that have any potential to affect flight operations or safety.” He continued by stating that, “The collaborative spirit embodied at Columbia Metropolitan illustrates an approach that every airport should take to make safety the priority in its operations.”

ALPA’s recognition comes as a Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s recent taxiway signage and runway renaming project. The organization has noted that the project serves “as a powerful example of the airport’s commitment to fully communicate with pilots about projects that affect airport operations and the substantial benefits that can result.” Airport operations were enhanced by the inclusion of ALPA’s airport safety liaison and other stakeholders in this process.

Airport Director, Dan Mann, attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of CAE. Of the recognition, Mann says, “We are extremely proud to be recognized by ALPA. This award is a true testament of our airport’s commitment to excellence in safety and an excellent example of effective collaboration between our Operations Department, Engineering Department, FAA and ALPA.”

CAE joins an elite group of airports to receive such recognition and is one of only three small hub airports to be awarded by ALPA in recent years. Both awards were presented during a ceremony as part of this week’s ALPA Air Safety Forum in Washington, D.C.

Pictured: (left) Capt. Steve Jangelis, Airport and Ground Environment Group Chair, ALPA; (center) Dan Mann, Executive Director, Columbia Metropolitan Airport; (right) is Capt. Chuck Hogeman, Aviation Safety Chair, ALPA.

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