(North Bend, OR) – The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport has received its annual recertification from the Federal Aviation Administration. An FAA Inspector conducted the review on January 23-24, 2023, which included going through the airport’s certification manual that it has been operating under since its last inspection. Airport Operations and Maintenance managers were busy going through the airport operation protocols and answering questions on safety, training, reporting, and record-keeping.
The inspection also included tours of the runways and taxiways to inspect lighting, paint, and asphalt. At night, the inspector looked at the runway and taxiway lighting.
The second day involved inspections of safety zones in and around the entire airport, boat ramp and access roads, safety fencing, drainage, runway navigation markings, and an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting drill.
Operations Manager, Bob Hood, indicates minute adjustments to some record-keeping came out of the inspection, but he is ecstatic about how everything went overall. Hood says he isn’t surprised by the outcome and recertification because of the dedicated staff at the airport. The inspections are conducted annually. The Coos County Airport District owns and operates the airport and business park. The special district, approved by voters, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.