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HIGH-FLYING AIRPORT EARNS RECOGNITION.

Byline: GUSSIE FAUNTLEROY

The U.S. economy may have been on a downward trajectory during the past year, but the Santa Fe Municipal Airport Santa Fe Municipal Airport (IATA: SAF, ICAO: KSAF) is a public airport located nine miles (14 km) southwest of the central business district (CBD) of Santa Fe, a city in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA. It covers 2,120 acres and has three runways.  has found ways to continue flying high, with new construction and improvements to its facilities. The airport and its management caught the attention of the New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S).  Municipal Airport Managers Association, which recently named it the state's Airport of the Year for 2009.

Mayor David Coss David Coss is a U.S. politician who is the current mayor of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was elected to a four-year term in March 2006 after serving on the Santa Fe City Council from 2002-2006.  and Santa Fe Municipal Airport Manager Jim Montman accepted the award during the annual State Aviation Conference, held in mid-September in Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal.
. Coss and Montman also were presented with a second award, Air Show/Event of the Year, which recognizes the quality of Santa Fe airport's annual air show.

Most of the projects contributing to the Airport of the Year award are nearing completion. Among them: construction of a $2.5 million aircraft rescue and firefighting Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) is a special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in (typically) an airport ground emergency.  station; a $1.1 million taxiway taxiway: see airport.  reconstruction project; and a new $4 million radar facility. Also noted was the airport's successful reintroduction of commercial flights, with regional air service beginning in June through American Eagle.

In accepting the awards, Coss and Montman thanked state and federal agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control  and the New Mexico Transportation Department's Aviation Division, for funding and support of the Santa Fe airport.

Also at the annual conference, David Ploeger was named new director of the State Aviation Division. For the past four years, Ploeger was manager of the Los Alamos Los Alamos (lôs ăl`əmōs', lŏs), uninc. town (1990 pop. 11,455), seat of Los Alamos co., N central N.Mex. It is on a long mesa extending from the Jemez Mts. The U.S.  County Airport. He replaces Tom Baca, who recently retired after serving as division director since 2004. Ploeger, a pilot, is a past president of the New Mexico Municipal Airport Managers Association.

The state Transportation Department's latest General Office supervisor of the month is Gabriela "Gabby gab·by  
adj. gab·bi·er, gab·bi·est Slang
Tending to talk excessively; garrulous.



gabbi·ness n.
" Apodaca, assistant regional manager for the Southwest Region Design Office. Apodaca was praised for her "perseverance and fortitude" in helping facilitate the office's complex startup, according to her nominators. A key figure in the selection of engineers and crew members for the new office, she also has served on a number of committees and "worked very diligently" to ensure communication between her staff and other agency offices, her nominators said.

Mel Herrera, an applications developer II in the Information Technology Division, is the Transportation Department's latest employee of the month. Herrera has been with the department 15 years. He was recognized for taking on additional duties during the transition period after the retirement of a division supervisor. Herrera's contributions were especially appreciated as he helped colleagues meet the production deadline for the agency's 2009 New Mexico tourist road map, his nominators noted.

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Date:Oct 11, 2009
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