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ITH receives inspection ‘excellent’ for third year in a row

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is thrilled to announce that after undergoing its required annual Certification inspection, it has received the highest accolade for the third year in a row.
Airport Director Roxan Noble expressed her profound gratitude for the airport team’s significant efforts in this nearly unheard-of accomplishment saying, “I am deeply proud of what our team has accomplished through their endless dedication to the safety of our airport and would like to take this opportunity to highlight our extraordinary operations crew who we entrust to meet and surpass the requirements of these mandatory certifications each year.” Noble added, “It is their outstanding care and commitment to our airport and community that have allowed us to receive zero write-ups for the third year in a row.”
Per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Airport Operating Certificates ensure safety in air transportation and the FAA is required under 14 CFR Part 139 to issue operating certificates to airports that:


  • Provide unscheduled and scheduled air carrier aircraft with more than 30 seats;
  • Serve scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft with less than 31 seats but more than 9 seats; and
  • The FAA Administrator requires a certificate.

To obtain a certificate, an airport must agree to specific safety and operational standards as well as provide firefighting and rescue equipment, amongst other things. The requirements are dependent on the type of flights available as well as the size of the airport.

Josh Nalley, ITH Fire Chief/Airport Deputy Director, shared “I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished for the third year in a row. A zero discrepancy inspection is of the highest level of achievement and wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of our team members. We look forward to continuing to serve our traveling community with exceptional service and holding our airport to the standards we know it can achieve.”

Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes stated, “The zero discrepancy inspection is a reflection of our committed airport staff, and management team. As we continue to grow as an airport, so does the training and exercises of our team to ensure we are always providing successful and consistent safety results. Thank you to our airport staff for their invaluable efforts, and for making this accomplishment possible for the third year in a row.”



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