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Construction flaggers - who do you use?

John -

In the past, I've done it 2 different ways.

The first has been to use airport employees, who are airport trained, but are not operations personnel, do the flagging.  I've used airfield maintenance in the past.  They'll volunteer if there's extra pay involved.

The second is to use pilots.  Since they're used to talking to the tower on the radio, it's easier to train them to do the flagging part than it is to train a construction worker to talk on the radio.  I've used CFIs from the airport's flight training school - they already know the airport like the back of their hand and they like the extra money when they're not flying.

Hope this helps.

Richard M. Stein, A.A.E.
Deputy Airport Director, Operations and Maintenance
Lynchburg Regional Airport
350 Terminal Drive, Suite 100
Lynchburg, VA  24502
(434) 455-6088
(434) 239-9027 (fax)

From:        John.Lawson@xxxxxxx
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Date:        08/21/2014 09:49 AM
Subject:        CAA: Mutual Help List,  Construction flaggers - who do you use?
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Here at DTW and YIP we have multiple construction projects that require flaggers for crossings at movement areas (taxiways).  We currently use flaggers who are trained by us, with an airfield operations specialist supervising each flagging point.

Needless to say, this gets expensive when we have as many as four or five crossing points, plus it cuts down specialist availability for training.  

How do you staff crossing points?  We've discussed replacing the specialists with seasonal workers who have appropriate airport/aviation backgrounds and experience (retired air traffic controllers, retired airline/military pilots, students in college-level flight programs, etc).  The idea of replacing the flaggers with mobile, wireless remotely-controlled crossing gates has also been brought up.  

What do the assembled multitudes do?

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