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FAA Safety Award

The FAA Southern Region recently selected GMU to receive its prestigious General Aviation Airport Safety Award. The award is presented to a general aviation airport in the Southeast that makes outstanding efforts to increase flight safety. GMU accomplished this by completing numerous safety-enhancing projects. Of particular note, GMU was the first general aviation airport in the nation to install an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) in the latter part of 2003. EMAS rapidly and safely decelerates aircraft that have overrun the active runway by utilizing energy absorbing material. In the summer of 2007, this system was credited with saving five passengers and a $20 million Falcon 900 jet that overran Runway 1 due to a brake malfunction.

Airport Director Named
One of Greenville's 50 Most Influential People

Greenville Business Magazine has named Joe Frasher as one of Greenville's 50 Most Influential People of 2010. "I am honored to have been selected and I want to thank everyone at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) for helping us to have a great 2010 during very difficult economic times," stated Joe Frasher, GMU's Airport Director.

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FAA Honors Airport Director


The FAA Southern Region has selected Joe Frasher, Airport Director of GMU, as the 2008 General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year. This prestigious award is presented to a general aviation airport manager in the Southeast who makes outstanding efforts to increase flight safety. Mr. Frasher was instrumental in completing numerous safety-enhancing projects at GMU over the last 26 years.


"The staff of the Greenville Downtown Airport is distinguished in its commitment to continually increasing flight safety," said Rusty Chapman, recently retired Manager of the Airports Division, FAA Southern Region. "They accomplished a significant number of safety upgrades while still successfully operating the state's busiest general aviation airport."

The award was presented to Mr. Frasher at the 2009 FAA Communications Conference in Atlanta on January 30, 2009

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