Author: Courtenay Sprunger

GPIA Seeks Airport Security Coordinator

Position: Airport Security Coordinator

Department: Security

Work Location: Glacier Park International Airport/FMAA

Pay Rate: $20/hr (full time/ permanent)

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Job Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of the Deputy Airport Director, this position is responsible for ensuring compliance with all TSA regulations and maintaining the airport credentialing system and issuing airport identification media including processing applications, performing background checks, training applicants and printing identifications badges. Additional responsibilities include maintaining the Airport Security Plan, serving as the primary Airport Security Coordinator, coordinating daily operations with TSA and screening contractors, serving as the primary contact for the regional Transportation Security Inspector, and primary liaison and contract manager for the airport security and law enforcement contractor. Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for inspecting vehicles and challenging persons entering the SIDA area. Incumbent will provide escorts for personnel and vehicles on the AOA and movement area; enforce AOA, SIDA, and security rules; and conduct security patrols on the AOA. Incumbent will perform all other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Incumbent must be able to pass a federal background check and security threat assessment, have and maintain a valid driver license, and pass a pre-employment drug screening.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a High School Diploma
  • Have two years of progressively responsible experience in airport operations, security, Law Enforcement, or related field, or any equivalent combination of experience and training

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in aviation management, criminal justice or related field
  • Prior experience serving as an airport security coordinator
  • Airport Security Coordinator training
  • AAAE ACE Security

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Ian McKay, Deputy Airport Director: employment@glacierairport.com or 4170 Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901

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.”

Drilling Down on Safety

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Glacier Park International Airport coordinated an active shooter exercise in the airport terminal. Approximately 150 emergency responders from 20 local agencies participated in the drill.  For the safety of the traveling public, the exercise was conducted during a time of day when there were no commercial flights and no passengers were in the terminal.

Exercise coordinator and GPIA Fire Chief Wesley Long spent months planning for the integrated drill. In the weeks before the exercise, there was no shortage of news to remind him why the exercise was important.

“There were three real-world active shooter events in the news, one a week, leading up to our drill. Having a proactive response to such an event is incredibly important,” Long said. “Simulating this kind of event allows us to plan for possible scenarios, isolate issues in training and communication, and promote information sharing with our emergency response partners across the valley.”

Linwood Carmen, a trainer and inspector from the Transportation Security Administration, was present to evaluate the exercise. He rated the drill among the best active shooter exercises he has seen — that’s high praise for a rural location like Kalispell, where resources are limited.

In smaller cities like Kalispell, many departments work with minimal staff and some are highly dependent on volunteers. Limited staffing across agencies made the participation rate even more impressive.

“Often, it’s difficult to find the time to train, even within your own agency, let alone on a level like we did with the active shooter drill,” he said. “We involved folks from as far away as Missoula and throughout the valley.”

Interagency exercises are crucial in establishing communication and cooperation when a real emergency occurs. It’s also important to test the response time of emergency services across the valley — Wes knew they’d find areas to improve. Thanks to the drill, the department’s EMS partners have pinpointed areas where they’ll be working to strengthen their abilities.

The GPIA team intends to keep the momentum from this exercise going; Wes has already started planning the next exercise.

“All participants have expressed how much they appreciated the opportunity to work together more,” Long said. “We’re excited for the next opportunity we have to promote preparedness in our community.”

 

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.

Now Hiring: Seasonal Snow Removal Operators

Please note, the mandatory meeting for these positions has passed. 

 

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority is accepting applications for the following position:

On-Call Seasonal Snow Removal – 30 vacancies

New operators – $15.00/hr.

Returning operators – $16.50/hr.

Under direct supervision of the Director of Maintenance, this short-term, on-call, seasonal position is responsible for performing snow and ice control on the airfield, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.

 Minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Current, valid Montana driver’s license
  • 3 years’ experience operating heavy equipment or performing snow and ice control.
  • Satisfactory driving record (as determined by our insurance company)
  • Ability to pass TSA criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous airport snow removal experience

How to apply:

There will be a mandatory informational meeting and group interview at 6:00 pm on  Wednesday, October 10 at the airport maintenance shop, located at 2525 Trumble Creek Road.  You must attend this meeting to be considered for a position.

REAL ID Update — September 2018

Current, unexpired license or ID may still be used to fly domestically until October 2020. The REAL ID website has gone live with the latest information REAL ID in Montana. Check for Frequently Asked Questions, list of locations that will be offering REAL ID, costs, and at a later date, the ability to schedule an appointment to get a REAL ID.

(Image courtesy Montana Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division)

GPIA to partner with Kalispell Heart Program for Stock The Locker

Glacier Park International Airport and the Kalispell HEART (Homeless Education And Resources Together) Program’s HEART Locker will partner for Stock The Locker, a clothing and school supply drive to begin on July 28, 2018.

Since the most popular back-to-school shopping destinations will function as donation locations, donating will be convenient for all Flathead Valley residents. Any and all donations are welcome, as long as they are related to school supplies, clothing, or hygiene products. In order to best serve the HEART Locker, all donation locations will have removable tickets with listed items that are in highest demand in the community.

“We’re so grateful for the variety of items donated by our community,” says Nichole Heyer, Director of the HEART Locker. “If I had to choose one item that we’d love to receive in new condition, it would be socks, bras and underwear.” School supplies, clothing and hygiene products are accepted. Socks, bras and underwear are needed in all sizes to meet the needs of students from kindergarten up to high school seniors.

In addition to new socks and underwear for students of all ages, gift cards to restaurants and local retailers are in short supply. “The HEART Locker has an amazing selection of gently used clothing gifted to us by t

he community, and we definitely also see kids who just need to know where their next meal is coming from,” Heyer says, adding that Subway is a popular among the students that she serves. Gift cards of $10 can bridge the long hours between a child’s last meal and the next one. It’s an important gap to fill, especially in evenings and on weekends when kids can’t depend on school lunches and breakfasts to meet their nutritional needs.

Stores participating in Stock The Locker will be Walmart, K-Mart and the Kalispell Center Mall and donations can be dropped off at any location until August 12, 2018. The Glacier Park International Airport Fire Team will be responsible for pick up and drop off of all donation receptacles in each participating location. The HEART Locker will receive all donations the week of August 13, 2018, one week before the public school start date. 

ABOUT THE HEART LOCKER AND GLACIER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The HEART Lock

er is a facility in Kalispell run by the HEART Program and Kalispell Schools, which acts as a free store for students in need. The facility receives donations from the community that include clothing, shoes, hygiene products and school supplies for the students to receive at no cost. HEART Locker is not open to the public, and each school in the Flathead Valley has their own key to the facility for students in need.

Glacier Park International Airport serves as the gateway to the Flathead Valley. The airport is committed to serving those that live within the community that they serve.

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