Incident at FORT McPHERSON NT (CZFM) (Aerodrome - other)
2003-04-04: UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the grader operator did not hear the CARS O/C call him on the radio. A week earlier, the O & M contractor sent their mobile equipment radio into Inuvik for repairs as it was not working properly with the headphones. There is an MOU in place whereby the FSS technicians repair these radios. Unfortunately the technicians did not arrive in Inuvik until Feb. 24. The O & M contractor has been using a hand held radio rather than his regular vehicle mounted radio with headphones until their regular radio is returned. The hand held radio is not the ideal radio for operation in a noisy piece of equipment, however the operator did not hear the O/C call him. The technicians have now had a look at the radio, informed airport management staff as to parts needed to order to make the radio operational with headphones and airport staff have ordered the necessary adapter. The parts should arrive in Inuvik Friday, February 28, 2003. Artic Airports staff will go into Fort Mcpherson on Tuesday, Mar. 4, ensure the radio is installed and operational. They will also provide refresher AVOP training to all Mackenzie Valley Construction employees and test any further candidates should that be necessary. Arctic Airports have advised the contractor to have the employees review the manual prior to the training. The following week (Mar. 10) a foreman will go to Fort McPherson and perform additional radio testing if necessary. GNWT HQ staff will also be going into Fort McPherson on Mar. 11 to perform an operational review.
2003-02-21: A grader was working on the apron of the active runway at Fort McPherson, but the driver did not appear to be monitoring FSS. AKK 109, a Beech 99, was inbound and FSS tried on several occasions to communicate with the driver and get him to leave the area but got no response. The aircraft crew was advised and continued for a landing. The grader operator finally reported clear which turned out to be the same time the aircraft touch down. No explanation was given why the grader operator did not respond sooner. There was no other impact on operations.
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