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ZELIENOPLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT FAA AWOS CERTIFICATION INSPECTION July 20, 2006 On Thursday, July 20, 2006, the FAA Inspector

, Russ Swienski, the Authority’s Certified Inspector, Jack Weir, and the Authority’s Engineer, Jack Harding of L. Robert Kimball and Associates met at the Zelienople Airport to review the installation and operation of the AWOS. The Authority’s representative, Jack Bonus, was available for a portion of the inspection. The inspection covered the installation and operation of the AWOS equipment. All items of inspection were in proper working order. The FAA Inspector identified the following items that must be addressed. 1. To follow FAA criteria for grounding, the ground cable that is routed to the top of the AWOS tower must be routed on the inside legs of the tower. Additionally, the metal clamps that attach the grounding cable to the tower must be non-metallic, and be installed no more than 3 feet on center. Presently, the grounding cable is attached on the outside of the legs of the AWOS tower and is grounded every 10 feet on center. ACTION: The Engineer will discuss the detail with Vaisala, the manufacturer of the AWOS equipment. Since the date of inspection, Vaisala has responded that nonmetallic clips should be installed on 3 foot spacing, and the ground cable should be routed on the inside of the tower legs. Contractor to revise the installation of the ground wire. 2. The barometer that is used to calibrate the barometer located in the field is out of calibration. ACTION: The Authority should send the barometer back to Vaisala for calibration. 3. The clamp located at the bottom of the AWOS tower that supports the climbing chain apparatus has been fastened too much and crimped the leg of the tower. ACTION: The contractor shall undo the fastener, repair the tower leg, and repaint the area of repair to prevent rust. This occurs in two places. 4. The certified technician stated that the climbing apparatus does not seem to extend high enough that the equipment at the top of the tower (wind sensor) can be easily reached. One must disconnect from the climbing chain, climb an additional ladder rung, and reconnect the safety harness. ACTION: The equipment manufacturer should review the installation requirements for the climbing apparatus and modify as necessary. 1 of 3
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Zelienople Municipal Airport FAA AWOS Certification Inspection July 20, 2006 5. A cable to the ceilometer was wrapped with electrical tape. Mr. Weir stated that the cable insulation was damaged. ACTION: The contractor should replace the cable. 6. A lockable file cabinet must be made available for the certified technician so that all records can be safely stored in one location. ACTION: The Authority shall provide a lockable file cabinet for the technician’s use. 7. The grass surrounding the AWOS must be kept cut within 500 feet radius around the AWOS equipment. ACTION: The Authority shall cut the grass in the vicinity of the AWOS equipment. 8. The certified technician has a key for the room in the building where the AWOS computer terminal is located. However, the technician does not have the key to the building. ACTION: The Airport Manager shall provide the key to the building to the certified technician. 9. A cable to the ceilometer was wrapped with electrical tape. Mr. Weir stated that the cable insulation was damaged. ACTION: The contractor shall replace the entire cable. 10. The FAA inspector discussed the requirements of the Sponsor concerning operation and maintenance of the AWOS equipment. The discussion also included the course of action should an aircraft incident occur. ACTION: The Authority and the Airport Manager shall inform all users of the airport the requirements of the AWOS system. 11. The members of the Condor Club stated that there was bleed thru to the ground communication frequency. ACTION: The Engineer shall inform the equipment supplier of the bleed thru. The supplier can insert filters to alleviate the interference.

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Zelienople Municipal Airport FAA AWOS Certification Inspection July 20, 2006

The FAA Inspector provided a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pertaining to the AWOS system for the Sponsor to sign. Mr. Bonus signed for the Authority. The Engineer inquired is the Sponsor can request a change in the airport’s numerical identifier (9G1) to a alphabetical identifier (ZEL). The FAA inspector inquired within the FAA. His understanding is that the airport must have either an ILS (instrument landing system) or NDB (non-directional beacon) for the identifier to be changed. The airport presently has a GPS approach. The FAA inspector stated that the identifiers that begin with the letter Z are reserved for the FAA Centers. The FAA inspector stated that a request could be made to the FAA regarding changing the identifier. This represents the summary of the open items discussed at the FAA AWOS certification inspection, as noted by the Engineer. If there are any comments or questions on these minutes, please contact the Project Manager within seven (7) working days. Otherwise, these meeting minutes will be assumed to be complete and accurate. ___________________________ Jack Harding Airport Planning and Design ______________ Date

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Participants Authority Members Dave Holman, Airport Manager Mike Kolesar, BOA

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