Message from Regional Administrator KC Yanamura
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! – Happy New Year!
As we look ahead to 2017, the FAA is committed to preparing our workforce with the training, leadership and technical skills necessary to maintain the world’s safest and most efficient national airspace system.
A great way to keep our employees focused on their mission is to create a diverse and inclusive working environment. We encourage participation in agency-recognized Employee Association groups and the use of free Work/Life balance programs available to employees and their spouses. As the employer of men and women in safety-critical occupations, it's equally important for us to help foster a healthy atmosphere both at home and on-the-job.
In the Northwest Mountain Region, we have initiated mobile work programs throughout every division. We are designing our new building to accommodate collaboration areas, desk sharing, and mobile workstations.
I love highlighting the good things that are happening across our Region, as a result of the hard work and dedication of so many of our wonderful employees. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta as my special guest for the 30th Annual Regional Administrator’s Awards.
Our “Above and Beyond” Award went to the Denver Metroplex Team for the quality of their work and its positive reflection on the agency and mission. Their efforts to proactively engage with local communities and stakeholders about their concerns regarding the airspace over Denver International Airport and seven additional airports in Colorado are building trust and opportunities for collaboration across the state. Their work is helping the agency make changes to arrival and departure procedures that will make Colorado airspace safer and more efficient as volume and capacity continue to climb in the area.
Our “Team Excellence” Award to the Special Response Team, whose quick actions helped mitigate the serious issues caused by a high-pressure underground water pipe that ruptured at the Seattle Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), jeopardizing air traffic operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the surrounding area. In short time, the flooding was stopped and the safety of the employees and National Air Space (NAS) operations was secured, with efforts underway to repair the damages and restore the facility. The team’s collaborative efforts successfully returned the facility to full operations within record time and without any disruption to Air Traffic services or employee injury.
Our “Career Achievement” Award to Carl Dennhardt, who during his nearly 50 years of Federal Service as an air traffic controller and manager, has been on the front lines during the development and implementation of numerous air traffic control systems and technological advances. His professionalism, dedication, and commitment as a leader, mentor, teacher, and colleague are beyond reproach, and the lives he has touched have spread far and wide throughout the NAS and beyond, influencing many people and programs both within and outside the FAA.
We will continue to highlight noteworthy activities, programs and projects of interest in our region. Contact us with any FAA-related questions or concerns. Your primary regional FAA point of contact is Leslie Lardie. She can be reached at (425) 227-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose a serious threat to manned aviation safety. The FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research with state and local officials, and academia, to evaluate new technologies for detecting unmanned aircraft near airports. Recent field-testing at Denver International Airport was a major milestone in the development of minimum operational performance standards for drone detection at major airport and critical infrastructure locations.