This position is primarily responsible for inspecting, coordinating, directing, and performing all the duties and functions in the aviation department which relate to airport operations. Under the direction of the Assistant Airport Manager, performs professional work to ensure compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), State of Indiana, and all city and county laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the management and direction of the Columbus Municipal Airport’s Mission.
• Conducts daily inspections of airfield, including paved and non-paved areas, for compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations regarding safety and security; maintains log of daily inspection reports; advises the Maintenance Manager, Assistant Airport Manager, and/or Airport Director of conditions and/or situations.
• Assures departmental compliance with all FAA and state laws and regulations; modifies airport programs to comply with new regulations and Advisory Circulars; recommends and updates changes to the Airport Certification Manual.
• Conducts walk-through inspections of terminal facilities and notifies the Maintenance Manager of any issues that may need repair.
• The incumbent is subject to twenty-four hour call-ins for situations needing immediate attention.
• Work involves the use of independent judgment within established guidelines and is reviewed through written reports and evaluations.
• Advises the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower personnel and Pilots when adverse conditions exist through the issuing and canceling of NOTAMs.
• Develops airport ordinances and procedures for implementing newly required FAA or other federal and state laws or regulations regarding airports.
• Ensures all airport personnel are in compliance with FAA and state regulations and receives the proper training to remain in compliance with these laws; conducts airfield safety operation training.
• Advises and performs pavement maintenance and care; patches holes, seals cracks, paints surface markings.
• Conducts snow removal from airside and landside areas of the airport as a member of the Snow Removal Team using light- and heavy-duty motorized and manual equipment.
• Provides input to Assistant Airport Manager regarding staffing, and special projects as may be necessary to maintain an efficient, safe and customer friendly airport.
• Proactively inspects and patrols all airport facilities, grounds and properties to ensure regulatory compliance with FAR Part 139, Airport Certification Manual, FAR Part 77, Storm Water Management Plan, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, Noise Abatement and other codes, procedures, regulations and policies as may be relevant or enacted from time to time. Takes action as necessary.
• Performs other duties as requested.
• May supervise part-time employees and interns as assigned.
• Assist the Airport Director with any projects, proposals, inspections, specifications, regulatory enforcement, lease writing and editing, operational duties, etc.
• Provides assistance and support to Airport Maintenance Manager with development of maintenance plans, project lists, requests for proposals, and request for qualifications, procurement of goods and services, and day-to-day operations.
• Assist the Office Manager with any day-to-day duties as assigned.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
Impact/Scope of Authority:
• Provide the Columbus Municipal Airport in complying with all FAA Regulatory Standards, in particular Part 139 Regulations and Advisory Circulars needed to maintain their Part 139 Airport Operating Certificate.
• Assist the Office and Maintenance Management in all day-to-day operations of the Airport as well as maintenance and upkeep.
Material and Equipment Directly Used:
• Simple Office Equipment;( e.g. personal computer, scanners and digital copier, printer)
• Hand and power tools, specialty tools. Heavy- and light-duty equipment and vehicles.
• Two-way radio, cellular phone.
• Software: MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Publisher), Internet Explorer, Adobe, FAR Part 139 Document Management System.
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in aviation management or a related field, or Associate’s Degree plus equivalent work experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Good to excellent skills with electronic devices
Licenses, Certifications and other requirements:
• Must have a valid Indiana Driver’s License and maintain it at all times. Must have good driving record, sufficient to be covered by city insurance as a driver while on duty.
Required knowledge and skills:
• Excellent customer service as well as written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration, state, and local laws and regulations.
• Ability to maintain procedures to operate a vehicle on Air Traffic Controlled and Non-controlled Movement and Safety Areas and maintain proper airport communications.
• Follow and maintain the Airport Certification Manual up to current regulations and follow current advisory circulars to properly update the ACM.
• Ability to maintain and track all proper documentation for Airport Condition Reporting.
• Ability to handle and store hazardous materials and oversee fueling operations and inspections.
• Wildlife Hazard Management such as tracking and dispersals as well as maintaining Federal and State Depredation Permits.
• Assist with oversight of ARFF paperwork and duties.
• Accuracy and attention to detail with Airport paperwork and projects.
• Follow the Airport Snow and Ice Control Plan and ability to operate heavy equipment to include snow plows, front-end loaders, runway brooms, snow blowers, tractors.
• Maintain and follow the Airport Emergency Plan when necessary.
• Operating and maintaining all assigned equipment and devices.
Mental and Physical Abilities:
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and managerial instructions, procedure manuals, and so forth.
• Ability to use electronic devices, computers/tablets/phones, and common hand tools.
• Ability to identify occupational hazards and safety precautions.
• Ability to endure long periods of physical activity.
• Ability to respond to emergency duty after normal working hours.
• While performing the essential functions of the job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear, lift an/or move up to 50 pounds; and is occasionally required to sit, taste or smell, lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
• Frequently required to use close and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• Work is performed frequently in indoor environments such as office and vehicle, and occasionally in outdoor environments, which include exposure to summer and winter temperatures.
• Work environment may involve exposure to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and outdoor weather conditions.
• Work environment rarely involves exposure to high, precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.
• The employee’s working conditions are typically moderately loud and occasionally very loud.
• Employee must be able to work schedules as assigned, including weekends, evenings and holidays, and must be available for call-out during emergencies, inclement weather or other critical events.
This position is subject to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Program which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, and return-to-duty testing and follow-up testing.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Additional Salary Information: Paid vacation/holidays, Retirement fund, Comp time over 40 hours worked
About City of Columbus
The Columbus Municipal Airport is truly one of Columbus’ greatest assets. With capabilities to land nearly any business, military, or personal aircraft flying today and remaining off the property tax rolls to the citizens of Columbus, the Airport remains a business driver with an estimated annual economic impact of $650 million.
The Airport didn’t just have a good year but a phenomenal one anchored by new tenants investing across the property, and operations reaching an all time high placing this airport as 4th busiest in the State.
The small staff of 6 full-time and 3 part-time individuals maintain and manage 2,750 acres of property, 128 leases including 20 Airport owned buildings, and work hard every day to make Columbus proud.