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.
As 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Inbound and outbound travelers will enjoy new direct flights from Glacier Park International Airport to the west coast, starting this week. On June 7, for the first time, United Airlines will offer direct, daily flights from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In addition, United will run direct flights from Glacier Park International Airport to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which started in 2017.
“We’re not so remote anymore,” comments Rob Ratkowski, director for Glacier Park International Airport. “Ten years ago, reaching Kalispell from southern California could easily take a half day or more. Today, with United’s new direct service to LAX, the trip only takes a few hours, making the Flathead easily accessible for both business travel and tourism.”
Following a record-breaking summer for Glacier Park International Park in 2017, the investment underscores United’s confidence in the Flathead’s burgeoning travel economy. “United’s summer service between Los Angeles and Kalispell opens a whole new world of outdoor travel opportunities for our customers,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of Domestic Network Planning. “We are excited to connect Southern California to the beauty of the Flathead and Glacier National Park.”
In recent years, California has been the top origination point for flights bound for Glacier Park International Airport. Ratkwoski anticipates volume from this market will likely increase as travelers take advantage of United’s direct flights.
“We have the infrastructure to handle more flights and passengers than people realize, if we work creatively. At this point, having a team capable of handling the challenges that come with this kind of growth – from maintaining runways to providing guest service – and doing it with excellence is crucial to success. Fortunately, the Glacier Park International Airport’s team is world-class. I’d match this crew against any airport out there.”
United’s direct flight to LAX is scheduled to depart daily from Glacier Park International Airport at 12:58 p.m. MST with an estimated arrival time of 2:38 p.m. PST into LAX. The flight originating from LAX will leave daily at 8:30 a.m. PST, landing at Glacier Park International at 12:20 p.m. MST.
Glacier Park International Airport to host TSA Pre✓®
“Pop-up” event is scheduled February 26 to March 2
Online registration is now open
KALISPELL, Mont. (Feb 7, 2018)—For Flathead Valley residents seeking to simplify air travel, Glacier Park International Airport has good news. On February 26, the airport, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will kick off a weeklong TSA PreCheck (TSA Pre✓®) enrollment event. Currently, the nearest permanent enrollment facility in Montana for TSA Pre✓®is more than 400 miles from Kalispell, meaning this event will provide a valuable service to area residents.
TSA Pre✓® allows Trusted Travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt. During peak travel times at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), passengers can also keep their laptop in its case and keep travel size liquids and gels in their carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis are encouraged to enroll in the program.
“A 2017 study indicates that 97 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers wait less than five minutes in the security line,” says Rob Ratkowski, Airport Director at Glacier Park International Airport. “TSA PreCheck speeds up the screening process and makes the entire travel process more enjoyable. It’s a little like having the fast pass at a theme park.”
Ratkowski says that securing an appointment for the event online, in advance, is recommended. “The online pre-enrollment form takes approximately ten minutes and is a straightforward process,” he explains. Though walk-ins are welcome during the five-day event, applicants who pre-enroll online will receive priority. “You can schedule a time that is convenient for you, if you apply now,” he emphasizes.
The event will occur Monday, February 26, through Friday, March 2 in the Swift Current room of Glacier Park International Airport’s main terminal. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
To schedule an appointment in advance, visit the TSA Pre✓® enrollment website at www.identogo.com/precheck, click “Apply Now” and select the location, Kalispell, MT. Advance appointments will only be taken online; walk-ins are welcome at the airport during the week of the event. For questions regarding TSA Pre✓® eligibility, the application process, or for media inquiries pertaining to the TSA Pre✓® designation, contact Lorie Dankers, TSA Public Affairs Manager for Montana, at Lorie.Dankers@tsa.dhs.gov.
Important for Applicants
At the time of interview, applicants must provide proof of citizenship (valid passport, driver’s license, etc.), and a nonrefundable $85 fee. The fee may be paid by credit card, money order, company check or certified check; cash and personal check will not be accepted as payment.
At the conclusion of the interview, applicants are fingerprinted and a background check will be conducted.
If an applicant meets all requirements, he or she is assigned a “known traveler number (“KTN”) which, when provided at the time of booking, qualifies passengers for the TSA Pre✓® experience at airport checkpoints nationwide.
The TSA Pre✓® designation is valid for five years and will be sent via mail to the approved applicant.
For more information on airport location or terminal directions, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.
ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.