CNRA Earns Highest Rating in FAA Safety Inspection

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By Eamon O'Meara


Updated: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:45:00 CST

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport is seeing more passengers this year and that's not surprising after another high rating in their Federal Aviation Administration safety inspection.

CNRA passed the annual FAA Part 139 Airport Certification Inspection with No Discrepancies, the highest possible rating, and for the 10th consecutive year.

"What it tells me is not only are we growing, but we're doing it safely," said Mike Olson, the CNRA Airport Director.

But keeping the airport safe isn't a simple task.

Olsen said, "It's maintaining volumes of records on training, inspections, fueling, firefighting, a number of issues and I think the FAA inspectors like coming here because my Operations Manager does just a great job all year round laying out all the materials for the inspector to look at."

The Operations Manager, Doug Brown, has been at CNRA for the past 8 years. Olson also has history in Operations and gives his advise when he walks around the airport.

The last time the airport had any problems was before reconstructing their runways in the early 2000s, which were in bad shape.

Along with another perfect safety inspection the Central Nebraska Regional Airport is seeing more and more boardings and is well on their way to another record number this year.

"Year to date we're about 2,500 boardings above last year's pace so I think seeing 60,000 boardings is very realistic," said Olson.

Last year the airport saw 59,902 passengers. There were 34,854 at this time last year, a 7 percent increase.

That's great news especially with issues nearby airports, like Kearney and North Platte have been seeing.

"It has not affected us. It could down the road but as of today it has not affected us," said Olson of the decreasing passenger and pilot numbers other airports are dealing with.

But Olson says the airport won't be resting on the success of its inspections and boardings.

"I want to make sure that we keep that streak going. Not just for the streak sake but for the safety sake of our traveling public," he said.

The airport is expanding with all the new passengers and will be breaking ground on a new terminal in October.


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Grand Island's Central Nebraska Regional Airport has passed its latest inspection with flying colors.

The airport passed its annual certification with no discrepancies; the highest rating a commercial airport can receive. The airport says it has consistently received this rating for the past 10 years.

And the airport appears to be busier than ever. It saw a record breaking number of boarding's in July with 5,197 passengers. That number is up 17 percent from the same time last year.

So far this year, the airport has seen a 7 percent increase in boarding's compared to the same time frame last year.