Author: Sarah Knobel

GO Outside with GPIA’s Newest Shop

This spring, Glacier Park International Airport can boast about an amenity you won’t find at most airports: a gear rental shop right next to baggage claim. The airport location carries a variety of gear that you might need for your visit: coolers, trekking poles, binoculars, jet boils, and fishing rods are included on the list.

If you’re planning a family vacation, Glacier Outfitters has everything you need to bring the kids on every adventure: tandem kayaks, baby backpack carriers, kids’ bikes, and more. Visitors can also book guided tours with Glacier Outfitters, getting back into areas you may not even know existed in the pristine setting of Glacier National Park.

But before Glacier Outfitters landed at GPIA, it was just a tent and trailer of paddleboards alongside U.S. Highway 2. Shelby Hampton wanted to rent bear spray to Glacier National Park visitors, and Dave Hampton wanted to provide paddleboards to the same crowd.

The popularity of Glacier Outfitters outgrew their roadside trailer quickly. Dave and Shelby found a homebase for their small business at Apgar Village, inside the West entrance of Glacier National Park. Glacier Outfitters continues to grow, launching another location inside Glacier Park International Airport.

Their motto is, “We get you going.” Arming visitors with more than just bear spray and kayaks, Glacier Outfitters has made education a central part of their business.

Shelby explains Glacier Outfitters as “an information shop that rents gear.” The Glacier Outfitters staff teaches renters how to use the gear – and how to appreciate the landscape that provides them with the opportunity to recreate.

They pride themselves on safety, and they have a tutorial for every piece of gear in the shop. “The most important part of bear spray rentals is the education piece. We teach bear awareness, which is a new concept to most of our renters.”

Glacier Outfitters keeps it local – from bear spray to yurts, from fly fishing flies to t-shirts designed and printed by local community members, the gear available at their shop is rooted in Montana tradition. Glacier Outfitters’ home is Glacier National Park, but they also promote other activities in the Flathead Valley. With their new location inside the airport, they will have the opportunity to expand their offerings to winter rentals.

Looking to rent gear or book an excursion? Shelby recommends booking in advance (especially during busy summer months).

Visit https://www.goglacieroutfitters.com/ to reserve gear or schedule an outing with the Glacier Outfitters team. For more information, give the shop a call at 406-219-7466. They’re happy to get you going! Find Glacier Outfitters in Glacier Park International Airport, across from baggage claim near Door 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

TSA PreCheck Event Returns to GPIA

Are you a frequent traveler looking to simplify airline travel? Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) is partnering with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring a TSA PreCheck (Pre✓®) enrollment event to Kalispell, MT. If you’ve seen the TSA PreCheck line and wondered how you can hop in (with your shoes on), we’ll tell you how.

TSA Pre✓® allows you get through security quicker in the PreCheck line. With the PreCheck designation, you are not required to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets – streamlining the screening process before takeoff. TSA operates dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at more than 200 airports – including GPIA – and 65 airlines participate in the program.

To apply for TSA Pre✓®, submit an online application and schedule an in-person appointment anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 – 10. Appointments will be held in the Heaven’s Peak room at the Country Inn & Suites in Kalispell, MT, located at 4150 U.S. Highway 2 East Kalispell, MT 59901.

Walk-ins are welcome, but will not be guaranteed time to speak with an enrollment agent. Those with appointments are given priority, so all are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the online registration link. While walk-ins will be accommodated, appointments are recommended.  Book now – only 250 appointments spots are available.

Make an appointment to sign up for TSA Pre✓® and you will be “flying” through GPIA security in no time.

If you have more specific questions about the Pre✓® program, check out this article: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/faq.

Make the Most of Your Connection: Explore Salt Lake

Every day, travelers fly out of Glacier Park International Airport and make connections through the bustling Salt Lake City Airport. Salt Lake City isn’t just a stopover, though. The city is a Western gem that blends a passion for the outdoors with a unique, underground flair. The city’s metro area is home to over 1 million people who reside against the backdrop of the majestic Wasatch Range.

Salt Lake City’s plethora of recreating opportunities — from world-class ski resorts to accessible trail networks — make this western metropolis a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located in northern Utah, Salt Lake City is a community driven by the outdoors with a vibrant cultural scene including standouts like the Clark Planetarium, the Gateway open-air shopping center and the Hogle Zoo.

Visitors can hit the slopes on one of the city’s seven ski resorts, all within a 45-minute drive of downtown. In warmer months, opportunities for hiking are practically endless with easily accessible trails located minutes from the city center.

Salt Lake’s nightlife scene is dominated by microbreweries — Squatters is a local favorite — and speakeasy bars like Bodega, known for their handcrafted cocktails. Those looking for a more upper-crust experience can take in an opera at the Capitol Theatre or a symphony at Abravanel Hall.

Easily accessible via Glacier Park International Airport, consider Salt Lake City for your next get away to discover new adventures, just a short flight away.

Headed to Salt Lake? Don’t miss…

1. Utah Olympic Park: The venue for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games offers bobsledding, ropes courses, rock climbing and more.

2. Temple Square: A historic square home to iconic buildings like the Salt Lake Temple and Salt Lake Tabernacle.

3. Bodega and the Rest: An iconic speakeasy bar and restaurant known for an eclectic menu and delicious cocktails.

Now Hiring: Firefighter

Position: Firefighter

Department: Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Work Location: Glacier Park International Airport/FMAA

Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2019, by 2:00 pm Mountain Time

Starting Pay: $20.00/hr (Under review for FY2020)

Job Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of the Fire Chief and other officers, this position fulfills the requirements as set forth in 49 U.S.C. Part 139 by performing airport operations duties, aircraft rescue and firefighting response, emergency medical treatment, and peripheral security.

Requirements:

Incumbent must be able to pass a federal background check and security threat assessment, have and maintain a valid driver license, pass a pre-employment physical and drug screening; be able to work nights, weekends, holidays, travel for training, and work overtime as required. Incumbent must also be willing to work overnight shifts, fill-in shifts, and be available on-call.

Candidates must be highly motivated to learn and perform Airport Operations duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to complete initial or recurrent Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting course, as applicable
  • 1.5 years ARFF or Airport Operations experience, or 3 years structural experience
  • Ability to obtain EMT license within 8 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current ARFF certification
  • Prior airport operations experience
  • Current EMT license
  • Certifications from AAAE, ACI-NA, or other airport industry certifications

Please apply online at https://veoci.com/veoci/p/dashboard/3zp67xdp7d?preview=true or submit a cover letter and resume to employment@glacierairport.com or 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901

When, and why, does snow delay planes?

Our main priority at Glacier Park International Airport is safety for passengers, employees and other visitors. But who decides when a runway is no longer safe for takeoff and landing?

Airport closures are dictated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are required whenever the runway braking friction drops below a standard measurement. Just like in your car, the brakes on an aircraft have to have friction to come to a safe stop.

On days like today, January 23, the braking friction measurement has been above and below the standard set by the FAA all morning- and that causes intermittent closures, as travelers have experienced today. Kalispell received 7 inches of snow overnight, and snow has continued to accumulate throughout the morning.

Usually, these closures are fairly short in duration, but may happen repeatedly during any significant snow event. GPIA plow crews work continuously to clear the runway to keep the braking friction above the standard set by the FAA. While the airfield may be open one moment, weather conditions can change quickly, resulting in additional closures.

As Montanans know, the weather here can be unpredictable, but dozens of GPIA staff members are working diligently to keep the runway areas cleared and up to safety standards in changing conditions.

In addition to extreme conditions that can cause delays, airplanes require deicing. Deicing is is a long process and the deicing process expires in a short period. Each airlines manages their own deicing process, and airlines crews work quickly to deice aircraft- but if timing doesn’t line up quite right, the aircraft might not be able to takeoff even if the airport is open.

All of these factors are part of a complex system that dictates when planes can takeoff and land safety at GPIA.

Safety is the main priority at GPIA. The GPIA team, alongside the airlines that serve GPIA, works hard to keep flights coming and going within the safety limits that are set by the FAA. Every day, dozens of GPIA staff are working hard to meet safety standards and responding to the extreme weather conditions in our beautiful state.

Meet GPIA: Jen Donofiro

Jennifer Donofiro is the Director of Finance for Glacier Park International Airport. She’ll tell you that means that anything with a dollar sign is part of her job- and it’s clear that she’s dedicated to keeping all those dollar signs in perfect order. Jen started working at GPIA in July 2018.

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and eyeglassesAs Jen actively works towards her Bachelor’s Degree, she also manages the global accounting needs for the airport. That means payables, receivables, payroll, grant management and a bevy of other tasks. “I’m the first person in this new role, and it’s been great to consolidate all the financial aspects of the airport,” Jen says.

Jen knows the valley well and has been working in public accounting in Kalispell and Columbia Falls for well over a decade. Most recently, she spent 8 years working at a CPA firm. She embraces her identity as a “bean-counter,” in her words, and says that some of her favorite hobbies right now are reading and learning. Her school work takes up most of her free time, though she does offer up one curve ball.

“I sing in a rock and roll band on occasion,” Jen says with a small laugh. She knows that perhaps this doesn’t quite sync up with her bean-counter persona. Her scant free time outside of school is spent with her family and friends. Her three kids and grandkids all live in the valley, so Jen is able to spend lots of time with them.

She recommends a serene boat trip out on a lake to visitors, though she hasn’t been able to do that much herself with a full-time job and school on her plate. “I really like that every day is different here,” she says. “This is a great team to be a part of.”

REAL ID Update

Starting January 2019, the Montana Motor Vehicle Division will begin issuing REAL ID credentials. Residents are not required to get a Montana REAL ID compliant license or ID but a Montana REAL ID compliant license or ID or another acceptable form of identification will be required to fly domestically and access federal facilities by October 2020.

Alternative options, such as a passport or passport card, are acceptable forms of identification as well.

If you plan to get a REAL ID, you can now book an appointment online at MVD REAL ID Appointments. Pay close attention the required documentation that you’ll need to bring with you to your REAL ID appointment.

Do you have more questions about obtaining REAL ID? Check out the MVD website for a full list of frequently asked questions. 

Holiday Travel Tips

Article reposted from the Transportation Security Administration web page. 

We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and as many of us make final preparations to reunite with loved ones, we’d like to take time to remind you of some tips for packing and helpful pointers for your upcoming travel. If you still have last-minute shopping and to-do lists on your mind, make getting through the checkpoint one less thing to worry about.

1. Traveling with Gifts

Wrapped gifts are allowed, but not encouraged: We’re not the Heat Miser; however, we might have to unwrap gifts. If there’s something in the gift that needs to be inspected, we may have to open it. Our officers try their best not to mangle the gift wrap, but it’s not a guarantee and it also slows down the line for everybody else.

Snow globes need to comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule if wish to take it in your carry-on bag. If it is a larger snow globe, please pack it in your checked bag. If you are unsure if the snow globe contains 3.4 ounces of liquid or more, the rule of thumb is that if it is smaller than a tennis ball, it is probably 3.4 ounces or less.

Toys are always fun to play with, but water guns, toy guns, toy swords and other items that resemble real firearms or other weapons can look just like the real thing in an X-ray. This can lead to evacuations and delays while explosives professionals try to resolve the alarm. Please pack these types of toys in your checked bag or ship them to their destination.

Fruitcake, cookies or other holiday treats are allowed, of course. If the food item is a solid (i.e.: ham, turkey, cake, pie, cookies), you can pack it in your carry-on bag. If the food item is spreadable or pourable, then it must also follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule to travel in a carry-on bag.

Batteries in gifts should be transported properly, so be sure to read about what types of batteries you can travel with.

2. Packing personal items

The rule of thumb for liquids, gels and aerosols: You’re allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or smaller sized containers that will fit in one sealed, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make life simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule.

Deodorant: Flying with deodorant isn’t a sticky situation. Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant is. Read more this blog about deodorant.

Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the baggie. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine. Read our blog post on traveling with beauty products.

Jewelry: Read about the best practices when going through security with your jewelry. There are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is.

Medication: One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers.

Shaving Razors: In brief, all razors are allowed in checked bags. Disposable razors are allowed in carry-on bags, and safety razors with removable blades are not. Check out the blog post for pictures of razor examples and more information.

3. Getting Expedited Screening

TSA Pre® – TSA Pre✓® allows eligible travelers to receive expedited screening. In layman’s terms, it means you get through security quickly. The average wait time in TSA Pre✓® lanes is under 5 minutes! Even if a TSA Pre✓® line looks longer, they move much faster than a standard lane with more convenience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. If you haven’t already, apply now!

TSA Pre✓® travelers (including those enrolled in Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI), have access to faster TSA Pre✓®lanes at more than 200 airports when flying with participating airlines. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, use the DHS trusted traveler comparison tool.

You can now check out TSA Pre✓® lane schedules at the nation’s largest airports. Enter the airport, day of week and time of day you’re traveling, and the tool will return the availability of TSA Pre✓® lanes. When no lane is available, travelers can show their boarding passes with the TSA Pre✓® indicator to receive expedited screening in a standard lane.

TSA Pre® Not Reflected on Boarding Pass: If you’re looking at your boarding pass and you don’t see the TSA Pre✓® indicator even though you’re an approved trusted traveler, we’re here to help! Get live assistance by tweeting @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team can help resolve any issues. If you prefer to call, you can reach out to our contact center.

4. Traveling companions:

Traveling with children: Screening is simpler for children 12 and under, so they can keep their shoes on. Read about how to best pack for your child and read how “Kids rule the airport”. Children 12 and under may also travel through the TSA Pre✓® lane if one or both of their parents have it!

Taking Fido with you? Contact your airline first to ask about requirements, fees or restrictions they might have. Read about going through security screening with your pet and what every pet needs to know.

Flying with grandma and grandpa: Simpler screening is available for passengers 75 and older. This means they too can keep their shoes and light jacket on. Other screening procedures may apply should they travel with medical devices or aids.

 

GOTV Rally Parking Information

GOTV Rally with Vice President Mike Pence at Glacier Park International Airport

In preparation for the GOTV Rally with Vice President Mike Pence, Glacier Park International Airport wishes to inform the public that parking for the GOTV Rally is at Gate 7, which is ½ mile north of the airport entrance on Highway 2. There is NO event parking at the terminal.

Directional signage will indicate the correct parking area for rally attendees.

All GOTV Rally information can be found at https://flatheadrepublicans.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2382705338438776/.

Additionally, a Temporary Flight Restriction will be in effect during the event. Check NOTAMS for procedures at https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/.

GPIA intends to maximize safety for all guests. If airport guests have questions about their flights, they may contact GPIA at 406-257-5994 or on IFlyGlacier.com.

Invitation to Submit: Request for Qualifications and Project Proposal

INVITATION TO SUBMIT: FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROJECT PROPOSAL

ARCHITECT/ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR AIRPORT TERMINAL EXPANSION

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (“FMAA”) invites the submission of a Statement of Qualifications and a Project Proposal from firms to provide professional engineering services for the design and construction administration/inspection of an airport terminal expansion project. Request for Qualifications (RFQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) and contract documents may be obtained by email request to rfp@glacierairport.com written request to the above address, or by written request from the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, Administration Office, 4170 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell MT 59901.

Statements of Qualifications and Project Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM MDT on October 26, 2018 in the Administration office of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, Glacier Park International Airport, 4170 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell Montana 59901.

Firms must present evidence that they are fully competent and have the necessary facilities, experience, and resources to fulfill the conditions of the agreement which will ensure a high standard of service is afforded FMAA. Firms should have extensive knowledge and experience in airport terminal design, construction, and Federal Aviation Administration policy and design guidelines to be considered qualified. Consideration shall be given to such matters as integrity, record of past performance, technical resources and accessibility to other necessary resources. FMAA reserves the right to reject any applicant which, in FMAA’s opinion does not have adequate qualifications. FMAA reserves the right to terminate selection proceedings at any time.