You can count on the members of the Airfield Maintenance Team to be behind the scenes providing a safe and efficiently maintained airport available to serve the needs of our users.
The Field Maintenance Section is staffed 24/7 providing snow removal and other required maintenance on over 33 million square feet of pavement, as well as 62 lane miles of public roadways. Airfield Foremen conduct daily inspections of all aircraft movement surfaces to ensure compliance with FAA Airport Certification requirements. During the winter months these inspections include accurate and timely friction testing of the airfield surfaces for dissemination to airport users. The section also performs maintenance and hazard mitigation on the Lake Hood Seaplane Base, the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world. These duties include aquatic weed harvesting, slip maintenance and dredging. Additional duties include drainage management, airfield pavement markings, vegetation control and obstruction mitigation.
The Equipment Maintenance Section is responsible for all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the airport fleet of over 380 general and special purpose vehicles and equipment. These vehicles include snow removal equipment, heavy equipment, firefighting trucks, and light duty vehicles. In addition to these vehicles the section is responsible for maintaining the 16 stand-by electrical power generation sources for the airport.
The Airfield Electricians construct, repair and replace signs, lights, and wind indicators on the airfield and public use areas. They troubleshoot and repair transformers, generators, beacons, ground power units and many other complex electrical systems on the airfield.