The Airport Division handles the airport operations and oversees the compliance of all international and domestic aviation safety and security standards at the Pohnpei International Airport and the three additional airstrips in Mwoakilloa, Pingelap and Sapwuahfik Municipalities. The Airport Division consists of 30 employees with Mr. Ronald Reyes as the Airport Manager. The airport division is responsible for the following routine tasks:
- Daily inspection of airport runway is conducted every time the runway is open for use after closure due to construction works and also within one hour before arrival of any aircraft to ensure that the runway is safe for use.
- Assist all inbound and outbound aircraft with airport weather information and assign parking slots on the tarmac.
- Monitor and log all damages to runway pavements.
- Assist, authorize, and issue both Arrival and Departure VIP Lounge permits to users and stakeholders and ensure that all approved requests are facilitated? in accordance to proper procedures.
- Inspect Airport Terminal areas to ensure that the terminal facility is in an orderly and clean manner. Check to ensure that all relevant stakeholders as well as ARFF, Airport Police, and AFIS personnel are available before arrival of each aircraft, to execute their respective duties.
- Monitor use of air condition units and lights in the Air Terminal to ensure that they are turned on during plane operations and turned them off after operations.
- Coordinate with Port Control aircraft movements to ensure that the harbor is cleared of all vessels during aircraft landing and takeoff in accordance to relevant SOP’s.
- Airport Police responsible for Aviation Security Screening for Nauru Airline and Air Niugini.
Airport Division Activities for 2012
- Airport badge applications were issued to agencies that need to apply for permanent Airport identification cards for the current year.
- The airport closure NOTAM was lifted on December 23, 2012 due to completion of AIP Phase 2 Project works on the runway.
- A mutual aid agreement was secured with FSM Petroleum Company regarding airport emergencies.
- New car rental booths were installed in the new Arrival Terminal.
- New restrooms for the Departure Terminal were opened for public use.
- A new inspection form for terminal inspection was created for both arrival and departure terminals.
- Repaired and fixed the assigned vehicle for AFIS as the vehicle use was not operational due to a leak in the radiator and was fixed by F & C personnel.
- TV monitors were installed in both Arrival and Departure Terminals.
- Replaced the broken A/C unit in the AFIS room with the FAA unit that was taken from DME/NDB shelter.
- AFIS personnel were recertified in Saipan for ARFF certification.
- Secured an aerial photographs view of the Airport Projects by flying on the CIA aircraft with Penta Ocean and Mr. Mao from Lions Club.
- Airport Manager contacted and completed a survey of the northern islands airstrips and the reef markers in the last week on May 2012.
- The ARFF Building dedication ceremony was held on April 30, 2012. Airport Manager was the Master of Ceremony.
- The Inaugural Flight arrived Pohnpei directly from Tokyo Japan on June 9, 2012 marked the dedication and opening of the JICA project included the extension of the runway and renovation and expansion of the terminal building.
- All airport personnel had taken ICS-100 and ICS-200 on line and obtained certificates for those courses. ICS-300 was conducted by Mr. Stacy Rogers on September 5-7 and ICS-400 on September 11, 2012. Certificates for those courses were issued afterwards to all attendees who successfully completed the courses.
- Review of the Pohnpei International Airport Emergency Plan was conducted on September 19 by FAA personnel and the Triennial Emergency Exercise kicked off in the afternoon of September 20, 2012. Role players convened on the next day following the exercise for critique/evaluation session.
- Training on the newly approved Pohnpei International Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plan was conducted by a trainer from US Department of Agriculture during the week following the Emergency Exercise week.
Aerodrome Flight Information Services
The weather observers at the AFIS are tasked to provide aviation weather reports to all aircraft within the Pohnpei International Airport terminal area. They are also responsible for conducting runway self-inspections and apron inspections, plus one hour prior to aircraft arrival runway inspections and finally disseminating information such as NOTAM’s (Notice to Airmen) through the AISR system network.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)
Pohnpei International Airport?s airline operations is an 8-hours operations airport. There are ten firefighters on two duty schedules,with at least four fire firefighters, during every regular or tentative scheduled plane operation.
The ARFF sub-division currently has 3-fire trucks, two are the latest model C-2 and C-4 capable of holding 1,500 gallons of water 500 gallons of concentrated foam each and one which is an older model C-3 capable of holding 1,000 gallons of water and 500 gallons of concentrated form.
The Pohnpei International Airport Emergency Plan was revised and approved by the FSM Secretary of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure. A full life emergency exercise with the assistance of US Federal Aviation Administration, Honolulu International Airport Fire Department, Commonwealth Ports Authority of Saipan Fire Department, Pohnpei State Government and FSM National Government was held at the Pohnpei International Airport in November 2012. It is the requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that the airport holds similar emergency exercise once every two years.