Cecil Airport Receives Safety Award
Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s Cecil Airport has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region for its efforts in safety. Awards are based on the development and implementation of specific programs, or other accomplishments, that resulted in improved safety.

Cecil Airport put into practice several programs that improved the safety of the airport including the design and execution of a Safety Management System (SMS) program, an Annual Safety Fair, a Wildlife Hazard Assessment, and an overview of the airport’s safety initiatives and accomplishments.

Cecil Airport is the first general aviation airport to design and execute a Safety Management System (SMS) program, which undoubtedly helped to secure the award in the Southeast.

"The Cecil Airport team is outstanding, and richly deserves this award," said Winsome A. Lenfert, Airports Division Manager, FAA Southern Region. "Under Rusty Chandler's leadership, they maintain a strong forward-looking focus on safety in all aspects of airport operations."

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” said Rusty Chandler, Cecil Airport Manager. “With management’s vision, employee knowledge and training, tenant participation and community involvement, Cecil Airport effectively enhanced its safety culture via implementation of various airport programs, improvements and initiatives.”

The Southern Region is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. According to the 2011-2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems Report, this region is home to approximately 428 general aviation and 55 reliever airports.