JMAA Updates

Courtesy of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

JMAA Welcomes Co-op Student

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has welcomed its newest co-op student, John Sharp.  Hailing from Delta State University, Sharp is an aviation management and logistics major and a native of Sturgis, MS.  He realized his interest in aviation in high school and hasn’t looked back.  His fascination came from the “marvel of flight.”

“One of my favorite initial projects here at JMAA was to track the local wildlife moving in and out of the airport,” said Sharp.  “We drove around the perimeter and recorded several bird types so we could later submit that information.  Doing so not only helps our pilots but helps in tracking the migration of many birds as well.”

Boots on the ground, Sharp began the program Monday, August 3, in the Airport Operations and Public Safety Department under the supervision of Austin Jenkins, Airport Operations Supervisor.

“The job of maintaining an airport is rarely appreciated, but it is a very important job nonetheless,” stated Sharp.  “It’s a very rewarding experience that you just can’t get in other fields of work.”

JMAA Public Safety and Operations Secures Electrostatic Disinfectant to Enhance Cleaning

As the threat of COVID-19 continues to hover heavily over the metro area and across the state, JMAA is taking extra measures to enhance healthier and safer facilities at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport.

Recently, the Public Safety and Operations team secured new Electrostatic Disinfectant Mister backpacks and handheld devices.  Both devices are engineered to provide faster and more consistent application, reducing labor and chemical costs to effectively and efficiently eliminate viruses such as the common cold, flu and even coronavirus.

The backpack units are cordless and use 75 percent fewer chemicals with a coverage of 54,000 square feet per hour.  The handheld devices are also cordless with a spray distance of 36 to 48 inches and cover approximately 4,000 feet per tank.

While the Custodial Services team is already cleaning high-touch areas more frequently, this added measure of cleanliness further helps to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19.

Runway Rehabilitation in Progress for Hawkins Field Airport 16L – 34 R

The Hawkins Field Airport 16L – 34R runway rehabilitation is currently in progress.  The project consists of a mill and overlay of the existing runway, replacement of runway signage and grading/drainage work along the sides of the runway.  The construction work activities include the milling and overlaying of the runway pavement, airfield lighting improvements, runway pavement markings and the relocation of the instrument landing system.  The newly constructed runway will have a useful life of 20 years.