(Bloomington, Ill.) Despite an unusual year for airport operations during a global pandemic, the Central Illinois Regional Airport recently received a perfect Part 139 inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration. It is the eighth time in the last 10 years the airport has received a perfect inspection. The inspection is administered by a representative of the FAA Great Lakes Region – Airport Certification and Safety Office, which reviews all airport operations areas.
“The Bloomington Normal Airport Authority’s ongoing attention to the highest level of safety and compliance standards on our airfield has never wavered, even with the challenges of a public health crisis severely impacting the aviation industry., “ said Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority Chairman Jay Allen. “This positive review by the FAA further demonstrates the Airport Authority’s commitment to our responsibilities as part of our nation’s critical transportation infrastructure.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s inspection was completed virtually on November 23, 2020. The inspection started a month ago with Airport Operations staff preparing numerous records related to airport safety and operations. The review included records associated with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting operations, Wildlife Management, Fueling safety operations, daily inspections of the airfield, equipment, and personnel training records. These responsibilities are conducted by BMI Operations and Maintenance, as well as the City of Bloomington Fire Department.
Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal hosts flights on American, Allegiant, Delta and Frontier with service to major hubs, nonstops to the Orlando and Tampa Bay area and seasonal service to Denver. Corporate, general aviation and FedEx Express cargo activities also operate daily. Located on Rt. 9 East in Bloomington with free parking and convenient access, CIRA serves air travelers throughout the central Illinois region.##
For more information, please contact Carl Olson, Executive Director, 309-663-7384.