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Guide for Effective Airfield Self-Inspections

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Research effective methods and provide information regarding innovative ways to improve the accuracy and efficiency of airfield inspections.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Self inspections are required by the FAA under Part 139 and are an integral component of safety assurance in the movement area. Research into the practices that make the inspections efficient and effective will enhance safety of airports. Airports are experiencing shortages in trained and educated staff capable of providing the manpower resources needed to monitor the efficiency and safety of operations. Thus, it is extremely important for airports to manage their staff and resources as efficiently as possible in order to provide a safe and secure environment for passengers and airport users. Further, the ease, accuracy, and efficiency of inspections becomes even more important as resources become more constrained. Therefore, automation is key, and integration of systems is critical so that the man-hours spent typing, review, and correcting required reports and work orders are minimized to the greatest extent possible. Airports need eyes on the complex areas of the airport and not inside updating reports. Technology will provide effective and efficient solutions to airport staffing challenges. This research will provide actionable alternatives to current practices to maximize the effective use of time, ensure compliance with regulations, and enhance the safety of airport operations.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report on the effective methods and information regarding airfield inspections innovations in accuracy and inspection. It will include alternatives to current practices to maximize the effective use of time, ensure compliance with regulations, and enhance the safety of airport operations.

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