Aeronautics Safety

Airport Safety and Emergency Management Training Attendance Rate

The Aeronautics Division is the air operations lead coordinating agency for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency; a partner in the MassDOT Emergency Management Committee; and participates in various emergency planning exercises across the Commonwealth (e.g., with municipal airports, local first responders, State Police, and other state and federal agencies such as FEMA, DHS, and Joint Base Cape Cod). During these events, live-action exercises validate plans, policies, and procedures, test equipment, identify gaps in training, and establish best practices. A tabletop exercise uses a hypothetical, simulated emergency to validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and assess the level of preparedness through an interactive discussion. These emergency trainings provide personnel with fundamental elements of emergency management knowledge and protocols, while bringing together and strengthening the community of providers and emergency responders.

In FY21, in person training exercises resumed with safety protocols in place to protect those in attendance.  There were 26 events conducted, up from the 14 events in FY20.

Aeronautics staff attended 100 percent of these emergency training events and exercises, exceeding their target of 70 percent.

Airport Safety Inspections Completed

Each calendar year, the Aeronautics Division performs all airport inspections as directed in the Federal Aviation Administration contract. The inspections cover the following facilities: paved and unpaved aprons, runways, taxiways, safety areas, markings and lightings, navigable airspace, navigational aids, traffic and weather indicators, fueling operations, construction safety, wildlife hazard management, airport operations, and compliance with FAA regulations and MassDOT Aeronautics Division directives. MassDOT oversees 35 airports and is required to complete a minimum of 12 inspections per the calendar year (set as a target).

The Division completed 7 airport safety inspections in CY19, which is the year with the most recent available data as this measure is reported on by the calendar year.  This lower number reflects the impacts of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay -at -home order, which required a large number of both Aeronautics and airport staff to work remotely.