YRA Earns National Recognition
March 25, 2015
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  • Yellowstone Regional Airport programs have received national and international recognition.

    YRA was among 92 airports the American Association of Airport Executives recognized for “Excellence in Airport Training” in 2014.

    AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry.

    The award signifies the airport employees have completed a certain amount of federally mandated airport-specific and continuing education using the Airport News and Training Network Digicast’s web-based training system. It tracks training on a per-user basis providing proof to regulators that employees have completed all training requirements.

    Topics covered include operations, aircraft rescue and firefighting, security, customer service and Federal Aviation Administration-required recurrent training.

    “I commend the airport staff for their dedication to our training requirements and for receiving this outstanding award,” YRA manager Bob Hooper said.

    This is the second consecutive year YRA has been honored.

    An article in the March/April issue of Aviation Fire Journal features YRA’s fire operation.

    In his Crash Crew Spotlight, AFJ editor/publisher William Mulcahey draws attention to Cody’s Old West history and attractions.

    Calling YRA “one of nicest looking terminals” for its size, Mulcahey gives an overview of the airport’s features and writes in detail about its emergency services.

    “He was especially interested in how a small airport like YRA, with all the same FAA requirements as large airports, handles those tasks without departments that can specialize in certain areas like firefighting, maintanence, lighting and grounds,” operations manager Bruce Ransom said.

    AFJ is considered the digital magazine of worldwide aviation fire protection. Published by AFJ Multimedia in New York, it’s read by thousands of airport Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, military, municipal fire and emergency, airport managers and aviation safety professionals around the world.

    It’s the largest and only professional publication, other than the FAA, focused entirely on accident prevention and airport fire protection.

    “Mulcahey came away impressed with the personnel at YRA because four of our employees also are long-term volunteers with the fire district,” Ransom said. “He realized we know our equipment and how to use it should an emergency arise.”