Gulf Shores, Alabama, January 9, 2017:  Mr. Vic Roberts, Chairman of the Airport Authority of the City Gulf Shores recently presented the City of Gulf Shores as a belated Christmas gift, a dry chemical and foam first response ARFF unit for airport use, capable of meeting Index “A” requirements to comply with Part 139 operation (commercial air service).

Scott Fuller, Airport Manager explained that “the City fire department does a remarkable job of providing equipment, trained and current personnel for airport emergency situations. However, to accommodate air carrier operations we have had to borrow or lease a dry chemical unit in order to meet the minimum equipment requirements for air carrier operations.”  “Acquisition of this unit will eliminate this ongoing challenge to dealing with our non-scheduled air charters by large aircraft, and provide for the airport to obtain full time Part 139 status.”

Mr. Fuller also stated that “surprisingly, it has now become easier and more expedient for the airport to obtain permanent certification, than the process to obtain temporary approvals of the past.”