Local students complete airport internship program

(August 3, 2017) Tampa International Airport’s second class of summer interns completed their intense six-week program today. The three area high school juniors were selected through a competitive process to participate in the airport management course developed by the Tampa Bay Regional Aeronautics Academy.

Tampa International Airport upgrade is a life-saver

(August 3, 2017) Many of Tampa International Airport’s newly enhanced services and amenities are readily apparent and pleasing to the eye, but there is one recent upgrade that, hopefully, you may never see.  TPA recently installed the latest technology in automated external defibrillators, or AED machines.

Tampa International Airport and general aviation airports to enforce new drone restrictions

Beginning Sept. 1, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority will be enforcing new height restrictions regarding Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, near Tampa International, Peter O. Knight, Tampa Executive and Plant City airports to ensure aircraft safety. The new runway protection zone will include areas that restrict drone use from zero to 200 feet for recreational users.

Drone operators, residents living near the airports and others interested in the restrictions may access an interactive map at: www.tampaairport.com/UAS.

TPA welcomes new cars for SkyConnect train

(July 20, 2017) Tampa International Airport on Monday welcomed 12 train cars designed for its new 1.4-mile automated people mover system dubbed SkyConnect. SkyConnect

All 12 cars, as well as a maintenance vehicle, were placed onto the guideway by crane on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Employee Spotlight - Amy Flack

(July 19, 2017) As Amy Flack was looking forward to beginning her job at Tampa International Airport in 2014, an acquaintance who already worked at the airport told her: “Don’t worry about lunch on your first day. I’ll treat you.” Amy Flack

Amy ended up dining on turkey and stuffing with gravy, beans and pumpkin pie with hundreds of other Aviation Authority employees at the annual service awards luncheon.

Airside managers focus on customer service and safety

(July 5, 2017) Chris Giokas steps out onto the guideway to Airside E, surveying everything around him, eyes peeled for anything out of order. Chris Giokas - Airside E

“Like this,” he says, gesturing to a screw protruding from a temporary railing. “That’s a potential safety issue. It’s my job to see things like this and get them addressed before they become a bigger problem.”

Employee Spotlight - MaryEllen Lee

(July 5, 2017) Growing up in Tampa with her parents and eight siblings, MaryEllen Lee dreamed of one day being a flight attendant. But there were stringent requirements for stewardesses at the time and she was too short to make the cut. MaryEllen Lee

Employee Spotlight - Gail McCluskey

(June 22, 2017) As a teenager growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Gail McCluskey overheard a friend talking about her vacations in Florida and thought it sounded interesting. Just before turning 18, she packed up a few belongings, walked out the door with $32 in her pocket and hitchhiked her way down to the Sunshine State. Gail McCluskey

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