FAA Proposes to Revoke Hickory Regional Airport’s Operating Certificate

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to revoke the Airport Operating Certificate for the Hickory Regional Airport (HKY). An FAA issued Airport Operating Certificate is required to serve certain commercial air carrier aircraft.   

The agency alleges that during inspections between 2021 and 2023, the FAA found the airport operator failed to comply with FAA safety requirements, per 14 CFR part 139. These alleged violations include failure to provide sufficient and qualified personnel; maintaining runway pavements; maintaining airfield markings, signs and lighting; handling and storing fuel; training personnel; and mitigating wildlife hazards.  

The City of Hickory has 15 days to respond to the FAA.