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The Best Airport Photo Contest in the Galaxy

March 23, 2015

ADS Photo contest

The Best Photo Contest in the Galaxy

We teased you last month about our upcoming Addison Airport photo contest. Well the waiting’s over.

It’s time to start those cameras snapping and sending along your favorites shots to our judges in their search for the best of the best.

The airport photo contest is open to anyone with an original still photo of an aircraft, a person, an event, or anything tied to aviation and Addison Airport. The choices are yours.

Enter as many photos as you wish, as long as they’re your own work. Winning photos will be eligible for publication on the airport blog as well as other prominent locations around ADS. No Photoshop images please. The only hint we’ll offer is that photos with people doing something are usually a little more interesting than a shot of a static airplane for instance. But that’s not meant to limit you … it’s only a suggestion.

Judges will select first, second, and third-place winners in two categories, adult and youth (17 years old or younger). Individuals may enter only one category, adult or youth. Winners receive a nifty ADS Photo Contest certificate and a gift card (for an amount commensurate with finishing position) for use at a number of local Addison restaurants.

E-mail your entries individually as attached jpeg files to our contest coordinator, Rob Mark, at rmark@commavia.com. The subject line should read: ADS photo contest (Adult or Student).

With each e-mail entry, include your full name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and the city where you live. You don’t need to be an Addison resident to enter either. If you’re a student, tell us the name of your school. Our judges will not consider entries submitted without this information. In addition to your contact information, tell us a little bit about your photo. When did you take it and what story does it tell? If it’s a shot of a person, tell us who we’re looking at and how you came to take the photo. BTW, entries will not be returned.

All photos must arrive in the coordinator’s inbox no later than midnight May 1, 2015. Entries arriving after the deadline will not be considered. E-mail your questions to rmark@commavia.com.

Good luck. Now get out there and start snapping, or clicking or whatever noise it is that digital cameras make these days.

Million Air Dallas is TSA Gateway to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC

March 9, 2015

Million AirRecognizing the importance and demand for nonstop access between North Dallas and the nation’s capital, Million Air Dallas tackled the stringent Transportation Security Administration requirements that would authorize this connection between Addison Airport and the Ronald Reagan  Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.

The effort earned two TSA gateway approvals, said Jeff Carr, Million Air’s vice president of FBO operations. The first designated Million Air as a security gateway that enables the FBO’s customers to make nonstop flights to Washington. The second designated it as an Authorized Aircraft Operator, which gives select members of its 15-aircraft charter fleet nonstop access to Washington National Airport.

The requirements for both are similar. Flights must depart Addison during the designated window that’s open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., said Carr. Customers must request nonstop access to Washington National by contacting Million Air about a week in advance so TSA can conduct the necessary security checks of the crew and passengers. “Once flights are planned, there can be no changes in aircraft, crew, passengers, or flight schedule,” he continued. “If there are changes, the process starts again from the beginning.”

To earn the authorization, Million Air had to include the TSA requirements in the FBO’s security plan, acquire some necessary equipment, and create a designated security screening area that isolates screened passengers from outsiders until they board their flight, just as airline passengers are isolated once they pass through security checks conducted by a TSA team that travels to Addison.

As they do at commercial airports, the TSA team will inspect the aircraft, its crew, its passengers, and all carry-on and stored baggage. Everyone must possess and present valid, government-issued picture identification, and the inspectors will not accept expired IDs. Million Air’s designated security coordinator makes all of the necessary security arrangements.

“The biggest thing for us,” said Carr, “was training our pilots and ground personnel on the TSA’s requirements for aircraft destined for Washington National.” All of Million Air’s personnel underwent background checks, “with pilots subject to more intense scrutiny than the ground personnel.” The security processes they learned and follow apply equally to charter and private flights to Washington.

Earning the TSA designation took roughly six weeks, said Carr. As the primary hub of business aviation in North Texas, and as its leading charter operator, said Carr, becoming a gateway for nonstop flights to Washington, D.C., was an investment important to Million Air’s customers and the area’s economy.