TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),Southern Region,Airports Division is presenting the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction Award to the Tupelo Regional Airport for their efforts related to wildlife hazard
management, delineation of the runway safety areas,and management and oversight of a runway construction project.
By removing trees and brush and clearing and grading drainage ditches within the Airport Operations Area, the airport has eliminated standing water and habitat for potential wildlife hazards to aircraft.
The FAA says the boundaries of the runway safety area with frangible red and orange markers, and it enhances the airport staff’s ability to effectively inspect these areas completely during their daily inspections.
Ground preparation for the runway construction project consisted of over 400 truckloads of fill per day and this was accomplished without a single Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviation Runway Incursion or Surface Incident due to appropriate oversight and coordination with the Air Traffic Control Tower.
The FAA Airports Division developed this award to promote safety among the FAA Southern Region
certificated airports and to recognize any action,effort,or event involving an airport that deserves praise for its intended or demonstrated effect on the advancement of safety.