Bishop International Airport's Maintenance Department is comprised of nine full-time maintainers, 1 part-time, and 5 seasonal employees who are hired only for the summer months. There is one Crew Leader/Supervisor, one mechanic and seven full-time maintainers. The staff is overseen by the Director of Maintenance and Facilities. Typically, they are on-site from 5:00am to 11:30pm, Monday through Friday, and on the weekends from 7:00am-11:30pm. However, during inclement weather, they remain on-site, working around the clock to keep the facility open to passengers and air traffic alike.
In addition to handling the care of the runways and grounds, this department handles the upkeep and maintenance of the entire Airport Terminal, the T-Hangars and other airport buildings including the car rental facilities and the AirPark.
The mechanic is responsible for maintaining all vehicles and equipment associated with the airport. These items include: Administration vehicles, all of the maintenance equipment, plus the Safety Department vehicles (including all of the Fire and Rescue trucks as well as the Police vehicles).
|Snow Removal Landside
||2 Small plow trucks
|Snow Removal Airside
5 Snow plows
2 Front-End loaders
||2 Mowers with 20' wide decks
4 Riding mowers
Various other landscaping equipment
Award Winning Team!
The Maintenance staff is an award-winning department, receiving "The Colonel Bernt Balchen Award" for the 1994-1995 Winter Season (in 1996 this award was renamed "The Post Balchen Award") in recognition "for outstanding achievement in airport snow and ice control."
During the last 15 years, the airport runways have never been closed due to snow, and have only closed for a total of 12 hours due to two individual ice storms.
There are 45 miles worth of pavement on the airside of the facility. The department mows approximately 950 acres of grass on the airside of the facility, and 70 acres on the landside. This process requires sunup to sundown mowing all summer long by twelve employees.
A mower with a 20-foot-wide deck can cut one acre of grass in approximately eleven minutes.
Salt is not permitted anywhere on the airside of an airport.
The ceiling of the Maintenance Facility is decorated with this model airplane, which was brought to the shop from the old terminal at the time of its demolition.