The Airport Operations Department has a broad range of duties centered on delivering the cornerstone objectives of ensuring the safety and security of the airport. Security of the airport is established under Transportation Security Regulation (TSR) Part 1542 and safe operation of the airport is established under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 139.
The Airport operates under a specific set of rules and regulations. The updated version of the Rules and Regulations was approved by the Charlotte County Airport Authority Board on April 13, 2023. The department includes personnel who maintain the security access control system that is used to control access to the ramp/apron areas. Airport operations personnel monitor the airfield for security problems 24/7 and check all runways and taxiways on a daily basis for compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.
The heart of the Operations Department is the Airport Communications Center (AIRCOM). AIRCOM is a 24 hour-aday airport control center that performs emergency and non-emergency communication functions. The staff’s responsibilities consist of monitoring essential safety and security systems including the security access control system, fire alarm systems, the Air Traffic Control Tower ring-down emergency line and the closed circuit television surveillance cameras. AIRCOM also manages all airport emergency calls, answers telephone calls from the public and makes paging announcements throughout the terminal.
AIRCOM provides dispatching service via the 800-radio system base unit to all airport groups including Police, Fire, and Operations. In the event of a major incident, AIRCOM coordinates all mutual aid calls to outside responding agencies. The Operations Department also includes ID badging. The Operations Security Coordinator conducts all services required for ID badging including fingerprinting, background checks, and security training.