May | 2020
Airport Custodian Out to Conquer COVID-19
Tim Unruh
May 18, 2020

Clean is Amy Green’s buzz word at Salina Regional Airport, and she’s geared for any challenge, including COVID-19.

Germs, viruses, coughs and sneezes have met their match in any tussle with the 35-year-old single mom of three.

“I care about the things that I do. This is my responsibility. I want to do my best at everything,” Green said.

Villains are colds and flu and the coronavirus pandemic that has infected people worldwide, and upended life as most know it.

“They’re the bandits and I’m gonna make sure they stay outta my town,” she said.

During workdays, her neighborhood is an expanse of buildings at Salina Regional Airport and Industrial Center, an ever-changing community with a metropolitan flair.

United Airlines passengers from all over Kansas — the nation and world for that matter — board and disembark 50-seat jet aircraft every week, making Salina the airport of convenience for north-central Kansas.

“Amy’s taking the lead on sanitizing and disinfecting the buildings and public spaces,” said Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

With over two years prior experience, Green took the airport job 14 months ago. She cleans the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal, and also some of the hangar office and conference space and other public gathering places on the airport compound. “This is definitely a not-on-my-watch kind of thing,” she said. “I never want people to get sick in an area I clean. I want the airport to feel like a safe place that smells good and looks good and is where people are comfortable.”

Wearing a fanny pack full of sanitizing equipment and tugging a cart with all sorts of cleaning supplies, Green locates problem areas where germs and viruses lurk.

There are the obvious spots, such as doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, computer keyboards, trash receptacles floors, walls and windows; all sorts of typical surfaces that get touched, and also those less obvious places.

“I make sure we clean the whole door, and clean under the tables at the airport, where people put their hands to pull themselves closer, and the phone charging station,” she said. “It’s my job to be perceptive, to think how people may grab or move something.”

Thorough cleaning is a must.

“We don’t know where everybody has been, who they interact with,” Green said. “It would be so unfortunate if somebody would become sick because of negligence.”

When colds and flu season arrived this past fall, “we amped it up,” she said, and more emphasis was added when COVID-19 reared its murderous head in mid-March.

“During the month before that, I was already adamant that passengers and workers were safe,” Green said.

Her youngest child has a weakened immune system, which is another reason Green hones in on fighting germs and stopping the spread of disease.

“I have always cleaned the airport as though my own kids were going through it,” she said. “I don’t want anyone else’s kids or people in general getting sick at the airport.”

The germ and virus war in larger areas, such as the terminal walkway, involves using electrostatic sprayers loaded with disinfectant recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The sprayers “charge the fine mist particles so they stick better on surfaces,” Rogers said.The disinfectant is mixed at a rate of two ounces for each gallon of water, and the airport authority stores large quantities of it.

Green’s attention to detail is especially important during this period, Rogers said, as COVID-19 serves as a major threat to health and the economy.

“This is our new normal, the new routine,” he said, “and the standard will remain with us for the foreseeable future.”

While the pandemic has produced frightening and alarming developments this spring, Green is not intimidated at home or at work.

“I don’t allow myself to be afraid of it. Right now, at home, we’re just making sure our hands are washed, and if we go do something with somebody, I just want (the children) to be aware of what they touch,” she said. “I’m not going to let it get in my way, I just keep going.”

On the job, she’s on the hunt and is out to kill any harmful virus or disease.
Green sees herself as a warrior on the front lines at Salina’s airport, and if it helps, she joked, “I would wear a cape to work.”
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Tower Update

Hope everyone is doing well. There is not much to report this month. Most of my time has been spent updating facility directives, specifically those dealing with contingency procedures. Significant changes included requirements for ATC-Zero annual exercises, NOTAM issuance, and notification to Technical Operations.

It was great to see K-State back in the air this past week. Hopefully, we will continue to see an increase in the number of daily operations.

The RSAT meeting has been rescheduled for 7/27. I will send the invite email in the next couple of weeks. Both the FAA and Midwest ATC are encouraging the use of an online platform to conduct the meeting, but if things continue as they have been, I plan on an in-person meeting.

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Stay Safe and Happy Flying!

Jay Hatchett
Air Traffic Manager
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Terry Hunt named director of aviation at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Julee Cobb
May 7, 2020

The aviation program on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has a new leader.

With more than 30 years of experience as a pilot, Gold Seal flight instructor, aviation mechanic, authorized inspector and educator, Terry Hunt has been selected as the director of aviation at K-State Polytechnic and will begin his role July 1. Previously, he served as an associate professor and chair of the University of Central Missouri's School of Aviation.

"K-State Polytechnic has a long and prestigious history of excellence in aviation education and I'm excited to work with such a high-quality group of students, faculty and staff," Hunt said. "I look forward to sharing my experience in a way that will not only support and sustain the goals of the institution but also explore new possibilities in a dynamic industry for our graduates."

As director, Hunt is responsible for budget management, professional engagement, enrollment support, FAA compliance, curriculum enhancement and faculty collaboration. Utilizing his background in aviation safety, he will ensure all operations follow federal guidelines and that program rules, regulations and safety procedures are implemented. Hunt will monitor industry developments and work with faculty to provide leading-edge flight and maintenance training as well as innovative coursework and laboratory experiences. As one of the principal representatives of the aviation program, he also will serve as the point of contact for airline agreements, foster professional partnerships and business connections, and assist in the student recruitment process.

"Dr. Hunt has a robust record of solid experience in collegiate aviation and we are excited to welcome him into the K-State family as the next leader of our aviation academic programs," said Alysia Starkey, CEO of K-State Polytechnic and dean of the College of Technology and Aviation. "Dr. Hunt's collaborative approach to leadership will serve our students and faculty well, and his creativity and understanding of the future needs of higher education will advance the development and growth of our campus."

Bitten by the flying bug at an early age, Hunt grew up in Harrison, Arkansas, near the local airport and was intrigued by planes passing overhead. His first job in the industry was as a senior aviation maintenance instructor at a community college in Kansas City. After teaching at The College of the Ozarks as an associate professor and at the University of Central Missouri as an assistant professor, Hunt was hired as director of aviation at Oklahoma State University — a position he held for almost 10 years. In 2012, he taught aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University and then was named chair of the School of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri in 2015.

Hunt holds an airline transport pilot certificate for multiengine aircraft; a commercial pilot certificate in single-engine aircraft for land and seaplane; and basic, instrument and advanced ground instructor certificates. He also is a certified flight instructor with a Gold Seal for both single and multiengine aircraft and a certified instrument flight instructor for single and multiengine aircraft. Hunt has earned aviation mechanic airframe and powerplant ratings and has an FAA inspection authorization. In addition, he completed the small unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, commercial pilot certificate.

Hunt has a doctorate in aerospace education from Oklahoma State University, a master's in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor's in aviation science from The College of the Ozarks.
United and Clorox in deep cleaning partnership
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL ) launches a new cleanliness program called United CleanPlus in partnership with Cleveland Clinic and Clorox (NYSE: CLX ).

The company says Cleveland Clinic will inform and guide United's new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols that includes touchless kiosks in select locations for baggage check-in, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for crew and customers, and giving customers options when flights are more full.

Meanwhile, Clorox will provide the products will be used at United's hub airports. Clorox is working closely with United to enhance the airline's cleaning program, redefine disinfection procedures and equip customers with amenities at select locations that help support a healthier and safer environment throughout their travel journey.

Source: Press Release
Feature Facility

New to the Market!

Building 394
2941 Centennial Road

Located at the intersection of two arterial streets (Schilling & Centennial) at the Salina Airport Industrial Center, this office facility will be come available on June 1, 2020.  

With nearly 4,000 SF of professional office space, Bldg. 394 includes
4 large private offices, a reception area and space for a large conference area or cubicles.   Large windows offer ample daylight throughout the building. 

Call the Salina Airport Authority today at 785-827-3914 to schedule a tour or email for more information. 
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