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Taquan Air Recognized


August 31, 2008


Ketchikan floatplane operator Taquan Air was awarded the Medallion Shield August 15 at a function in Anchorage hosted by the Alaska Air Carriers Association and the Medallion Foundation. Senator Ted Stevens and FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell made the presentation to Taquan Air president and CEO Brien Salazar.

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Senator Stevens (left) and FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell (right) present the Medallion Shield to Taquan Air president and CEO Brien Salazar.
Photograph courtesy Alaska Air Carriers Association

The Medallion program was developed with federal funding to raise the bar for air safety in Alaska. To date Alaska Airlines, Era Aviation, PenAir, Wings Airways and Taquan Air have qualified for shield status. This follows a comprehensive five step "star" process that establishes a safety culture throughout a participating carrier's operation, said Salazar. Taquan received its first Medallion star in 2004. Carriers receiving the Medallion Shield are recognized for exceeding FAA standards for maintenance, pilot training, and risk management.

Former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey described the Medallion program as unlike anything else in the country. It is now being considered for introduction nationally. Medallion is described as a dynamic system that provides analytical tools and a system of checks and balances to proactively manage flight risks and hazards. This includes use of flight coordinators, flight risk assessment standards, written weight and balance requirements, and participation in the Capstone navigational instrumentation program.

Other program essentials that must be completed to earn five stars include an internal audit of safety systems principles, regulatory compliance, maintenance and ground service quality assurance program, and a safety program that embraces safety meetings and audits, use of root-cause analysis, hazard identification, incident investigation, and a viable emergency response program.

Taquan Air operates a fleet of 8 DeHavilland Beaver aircraft, flies to 18 scheduled destinations year-round, and does charter and contract flying. The carrier moved into their newly constructed base in the Harbor Point Business Park at 4085 Tongass Avenue earlier this year.


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