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Arizona Safety Award Presented to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport was recently recognized for its commitment to safety at the 40th Annual Aviation Safety Awards Banquet. The airport was bestowed with the Arizona Safety Award presented on behalf of the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona (ASAG).

To receive the award, an airport must demonstrate contributions to enhance aviation safety at the airport by making either physical or procedural improvements. This year, Phoenix Deer Valley launched a comprehensive campaign to create “a culture of safety.”

“The airport partnered with the Deer Valley Pilots Association, Civil Air Patrol, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAAST) volunteers, Deer Valley’s Air Traffic Control Tower, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association representatives, and the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona,” said Phoenix Deer Valley Airport Manager Art Fairbanks.

With this partnership, a pilot outreach campaign called “Safety: A Pilot’s Pride” was created. This campaign promoted key safety initiatives to pilots. Reminders about ongoing safety training opportunities and standard safety practices were included. Posters were created as part of the campaign with such reminders as to “frequently check airworthiness directives” and to “Take your time: Do it right!” These posters featured local pilots at the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, and were placed at airport entrances. Additionally, a six-minute safety video was created giving critical safety tips. It was presented to 12 safety and community groups throughout the Phoenix area and is currently available for viewing on deervalleyairport.com.

“This program was cited as a great example of local outreach by the Western Region of the FAA, the Air Traffic Organizations and the Runway Safety Administrator’s Office,” Fairbanks said.

Several other initiatives were launched including a terminal lobby bulletin board posting messages about construction activity and upcoming training and a guide for pilots about the standards and expectations of navigating the airfield prior to departure. Further, runway guard lights and enhanced marking upgrades were installed. And, Phoenix Deer Valley pilots and staff have been extremely active in various aviation organizations including the Aviation Safety Advisory Group of Arizona, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team, Deer Valley Pilots Association, Arizona Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

This is the second time Phoenix Deer Valley has received this award. The Airport previously received it in 2009. The award is a result of Airport staff and tenants working together and being committed to safety.

The city of Phoenix owns and operates Deer Valley Airport. It is the busiest general aviation airport in the US and offers services such as fueling, maintenance, flight training, aircraft rentals, avionics repair, etc., and is home to two fixed based operators.

Congratulations to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport!

Above and to the right, see Assistant Aviation Director Chad Makovsky with Phoenix Deer Valley Airport Manager Art Fairbanks accepting the 2012 Airport Safety Award. Picture courtesy of the State Aviation Journal.

Published: November 7, 2012

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