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Kirksville Regional Airport achieves "no deficiencies" inspection

The Part 139 annual inspection took place the week of June 5 at the Kirksville Regional Airport. (KTVO File)

For only the third time in history, and second time in the last four years, one northeast Missouri airport received a "no deficiencies" inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Part 139 annual inspection took place the week of June 5 at the Kirksville Regional Airport.

Kirksville Regional Airport Director Glenn Balliew says the FAA looks at 365 days of field inspection, hazardous material inspections and a number of other reports.

Airport operators must also be trained and proficient in all aspects of the airport including fire fighting and rescue, first aid, airport markings and much more.

Balliew says that receiving a "no deficiencies" score is not an easy task for airports to achieve.

"One rock on the runway can cause a deficiency. So, to get zero, it's almost impossible. To do it two out of the last four years is a very huge accomplishment for the airport staff."

Balliew adds that although difficult, "no deficiencies" is the new standard for the Kirksville Regional Airport.

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