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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2000--For the fifth year in a row, AirTran Airways (Nasdaq:AAIR) has earned the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Safety Program "Special Recognition Award," an honor bestowed upon those carriers that achieve above and beyond the required levels of safety training for their aviation mechanic technicians.
To qualify for the award, half of an airline's total maintenance locations must earn a certificate of excellence for exceeding the FAA's required participation levels. There are five different certificates awarded depending upon the percentage of a location's mechanics that participated in the safety training. A "Diamond Certificate of Excellence" is the highest honor, requiring a minimum of twenty-five percent of a maintenance location's mechanics to participate. AirTran Airways' maintenance bases in Atlanta, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport) and Orlando all received the "Diamond Certificate."
AirTran Airways has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for developing improved techniques to assure the quality of inspections of a component in the horizontal stabilizers of Boeing DC-9, 717 and MD-80 aircraft.
While carrying out an emergency airworthiness directive that ordered airlines to inspect the jackscrews on the above fleets, AirTran Airways maintenance technicians noticed that some of the instructions associated with the work orders seemed sufficiently vague to warrant concern that the inspection was being properly carried out. So, in consultation with Boeing and the FAA, AirTran Airways' Engineering Department developed work cards that were more specific and that resulted in new standards for the required inspections.