Santa Barbara Airport Wins Outstanding Airport Award

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Santa Barbara Airport Wins Outstanding Airport Award
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Western Pacific Region awarded Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) its 2018 Outstanding Airport Award in a ceremony last week in Los Angeles.  The honor recognizes the “exemplary work done by the City of Santa Barbara Airport Department” in proactively completing important safety projects as well as outstanding management of federal grant funding provided by the agency.  The FAA also praised SBA’s cooperative relationship with their office in  Los Angeles. “The fact that the FAA recognized Santa Barbara, among the dozens of airports they serve in the West, is a testament to the commitment of our engineers and operations staff,” said Airport Director, Hazel Johns.

The FAA is the most important funding source for airport improvements with an estimated $3.2 billion annually in grants nationwide.  Airports must make a case for the importance of every project, in adherence to strict deadlines and planning protocols, often in competition with other airports seeking funding. The FAA prioritizes well-planned projects that promote or improve air safety and security. Every year, the staff at SBA lays out a multi-year plan to prioritize ways to make the Airport safer, more secure and work better for passengers, airlines and employees. Planning for projects and their funding most often takes place many years before actual construction takes place.

Currently, SBA is near finalization of a complete resurfacing of its main commercial runway that was funded by the FAA for $8.5 million. The Airport also recently completed the purchase of a new firetruck – in the aviation world known as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle – for $644,000 in FAA grant funding.  Other significant future projects include a technology upgrade for the Airport’s security systems in 2019 and an extension of the commercial runway’s northern parallel taxiway in 2021.

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a-1561507098 Jun 27, 2018 09:53 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Wins Outstanding Airport Award

The photo reminds me that the architect appears to have drawn inspiration from a milk bottle. Otherwise the whole thing was a boondoggle and this award sort of recognizes that truth. Yes, it is easy to use by and large but this is more a function of low demand than design success.

salsa guy Jun 27, 2018 07:55 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Wins Outstanding Airport Award

Hey yeah congrats. As a million mile flyer the ease of security is great. Beyond that the airport building is a soulless warehouse. For all the hassles at the old building it was worth it.

Flicka Jun 26, 2018 01:11 PM
Santa Barbara Airport Wins Outstanding Airport Award

Congratulations! I only wish the huge hanging lamp (used to be in the Courthouse Hall of Records) would get some recognition for it's history; made by Gustave Schmitter. His family felt bad when the lamp was hung at the airport and paper printed "maker unknown". The head of docents at the Courthouse took Armand Schmitter to see the lamp when it was stored in the basement and Armand told him about seeing his father inside the lamp when he was making it. Gustave also made other iron decorations at the Courthouse when it was built and gets credit for them.

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