A delegation from Turkey’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation took a tour of the Marshfield Municipal Airport on Thursday. The tour was part of a four-day visit to the region that included stops at Logan Airport, T.F. Green Airport in Providence and the heliport at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.
Accompanied by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration regional division and MassDOT, the three members of the delegation compared how airports in the United States operate versus those in Turkey. They also received an overview of the FAA, its regulations and its certification process.
With its recent safety improvements, the Marshfield Municipal Airport represents a good example of a small general aviation airport. Airport managers and other officials present for the tour considered the visit an honor.
“It just shows the great job everybody does here,” airport commission chairman Dave Suffredini said.
The delegation was comprised of technical inspectors Abdulkerim Eris and M. Salih Yalcin, as well as Onder Turker, the director of Aerodrome Standards and Certification for the DGCA.
This was the first delegation of its kind to visit the airport, said Ann Pollard, vice president of Shoreline Aviation, which runs the airport.
“It’s an opportunity for us to give back, in a way,” Pollard said, adding that flyers in the United States enjoy certain safety features that the rest of the world may not. “It’s an honor to share our newly improved facility with this delegation as they are looking to make similar improvements to the aviation infrastructure in Turkey.”
Airport manager David Dinneen agreed.
“The collaboration between the two countries is an example of how we can work together to further enhance aviation safety throughout the world,” he said.