Monday, August 12, 2013

Demand credentials for airport manager: Sikorsky Memorial (KBDR), Bridgeport, Connecticut

Sikorsky Memorial Airport is currently without a manager. While the airport continues to function with the staff remaining, consideration should and must be given to the selection of the next manager. Friends of Sikorsky Airport (FOSA), an organization of almost 650 users and supporters of the airport, encourages the city of Bridgeport to recognize the importance of the airport with 45 businesses, more than 325 employees and salaries in excess of $16 million.

Sikorsky Memorial Airport needs a manager with experience in managing a diverse airport and developing (marketing) the full potential of the airport in a manner acceptable to the community. I'm hopeful that the city of Bridgeport will move beyond the approach used in the past of appointing a manager based on political criteria alone. A better approach for all interested constituencies is to identify airport specific knowledge, skills and abilities and perform a nationwide search for a manager with those credentials. Those credentials should include accreditation by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) like the managers of most successful airports of like size throughout the U.S.

David Faile


Friends Of Sikorsky Airport