On Your Side: Discrepancies in FAA master records

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Updated: 6/03/2014 7:24 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A News 4 On Your Side investigation has found some significant discrepencies in Federal Aviation Administration records.

Every airport in the country has a master record with the FAA. It highlights vital information, including traffic in and out of the airport.

News 4 started looking into rural Nevada airports after ten of them recieved a total of $4.3 million in grants from the FAA last month. We are seeing some of the numbers just do not add up.

The Jackpot Hayden Field Airport in Elko County is slotted to receive more than $130,000 to install runway lighting. But according to the most recent FAA master record from March, the airport had zero planes come through between February 2012 and February 2013.

It prompted On Your Side to ask the FAA how an airport with zero documented landings and take-offs for an entire year could recieve federal grant money. What they found was what they call a mistake. In an e-mail, FAA Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor said:

"Turns out the change of aircraft operations to 0 was a mistake in communications between the state of Nevada and our contractor, GCR. The number of operations will be changed in our Airport Master Record (5010) to accurately reflect the approximate 5,500 aircraft operations per year at Jackpot."

Jackpot was not the only airport with errors that News 4 uncovered. Yerington Municipal Airport's manager confirmed an inflated number of itinerant operations, off by about 16,000.

So, what the FAA calls "the official clearing house" of airport information, has some significant inaccuracies.
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