Keeping the airfield safe is a tough job, but LGB's Airport Operations staff keeps the airport running smoothly. Ops personnel are responsible for making sure airport facilities and runways are compliant with Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA) regulations, and for ensuring the safe operation of aircraft, personnel and vehicles within the airport.
Ops conducts daily morning and evening runway and taxiway light inspections, wildlife hazard detection and dispersal, and various mandatory FAA inspections of facilities and runway surfaces in order to safeguard the integrity of the airfield. Staff receive specialized training to identify unsafe or impending problems in the pavement, and must have a detailed understanding of air navigation and communication procedures to quickly and accurately communicate with Air Traffic Control. Ops personnel are required to possess a unique set of skills and abilities. One of their most important functions is to provide a quick response to pilots and tenants with special needs, such as in emergency situations. In such situations, they are responsible for assisting in the removal of disabled aircraft.