Airport Passes Tests with Flying Colors
The Augusta Regional Airport recently passed two important annual evaluations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certification Inspection and the airport’s annual Audit.
Airport Executive Director, Herbert Judon reported that for the second year in a row AGS received zero discrepancies on the annual FAA Safety Inspection. This inspection is a comprehensive review of all of the airport’s operations, including such areas as the inspection reports of the airfields’ markings, lighting, and overall maintenance, as well as, the airport’s operational safety processes and fueling operations. This inspection also reviews the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) operational procedures and response times.
Judon also announced that the airport received an “unmodified opinion” or clean financial report by the external independent audit firm, Mauldin & Jenkins. This opinion means that the financial statements were fairly stated, in all material respects, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
In addition, there were no major discrepancies, no material weaknesses, and no issues of noncompliance identified within the airport’s financial statements. Additionally, the auditor praised the airport’s handling of its finances, its financial position, and described AGS within the top 5 percentile of government agencies they audit.
“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” Judon said. “Of the airport’s overall operation, these are two of the most important areas. Safety and security is obviously number one. From a financial perspective, the FAA requires Airports to be as self-sustaining (financially) as possible and we have consistently done so. Many people don’t realize that AGS is an enterprise department of the local government and receives no local tax dollars from the general fund. Therefore, I am very pleased that we are in such good financial shape and our books and processes are reflective of this.”