Safety/Environment

The safety and security of our passengers is paramount. Our emergency responders are equipped with the latest training and equipment to handle emergencies. While our team is ready to face emergencies that might arise, we work hard on a daily basis throughout airport operations to maintain a high level of safety and minimize the risk of an emergency.

Aircraft Fire Fighting Facility (ARRF)
Memphis International Airport has a state-of-the-art fire fighting facility, Station 9, named in honor of Daniel Ward, the Airport Authority's longest-serving Commissioner. He is a staunch advocate and supporter of the Airport, particularly in the area of safety and security.

ARFF Apparatus A-1 is a quick response/command vehicle equipped with 300 gallons of pre-mixed aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) in a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) and 480 pounds of potassium bicarbonate in a dry-chemical dispensing system.

ARFF Apparatus A-2 is equipped with a Rhino bumper turret, 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (ready for dilution at a 6% rate), and 480 pounds of potassium bicarbonate in a dry chemical dispensing system. The potassium bicarbonate powder can be dispensed in conjunction with the water through the bumper turret to lengthen the reach of the powder.

ARFF Apparatus A-3 is equipped with a Snozzle elevated turret, 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (ready for dilution at a 6% rate), and 480 pounds of Halotron I (vaporizing liquid extinguishing agent).

Unit 19 is a fully equipped Advance Life Support (ALS) paramedic ambulance.

In addition to the ARFF equipment, Station 33, a structural response station is located on Memphis International Airport and provides structural fire suppression and backup ARFF assistance as needed.

Memphis International Airport Police Department
The Police Department has a unique mission of providing civil aviation security, in a safe secure environment for the users, tenants and fellow employees of the Memphis International Airport; and customer service for our customers.

In order to maintain our professional edge, the Memphis International Airport Police Department is a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.), a national certification program for law enforcement agencies. This is a distinction shared by only 3.3 percent of the law enforcement agencies nationwide. Consequently, maintaining this official recognition confirms that our department must adhere to strict rules and guidelines governing our policies, procedures, practices and processes. Even more, by participation in C.A.L.E.A., the Airport Police Department undergoes a rigorous audit every three years to ensure compliance with all applicable standards.

Click here for our police department annual complaint analysis summary.

Air Traffic Control
The FAA recently built a new $61.5 million, state-of-the-art air traffic control facility. The new facility enables Memphis' air traffic controllers to continue to provide excellent, safe and efficient service to passenger and cargo flights at Memphis International Airport and surrounding airports.

The new tower rises 336-feet above-the-ground and is topped by an 850 square-foot tower cab. The tower is one of the tallest in the South. A 24,000 square-foot base building houses training rooms, administrative offices, and an expanded terminal radar approach control (TRACON). The facilities were built with the future growth of the Airport and the surrounding area in mind.

Environment
The Memphis - Shelby County Airport Authority is actively addressing environmental issues. We realize that aircraft noise can be a real concern. When considering the needs of our airport neighbors, we have been involved in the use of quieter aircraft engines and efforts to reduce incompatible land uses in the vicinity of the airport.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority's efforts to reduce noise exposure resulted in the 1987 Noise Compatibility Property Acquisition Program commonly called the Part 150 Program. This FAA approved program provided for the acquisition of approximately 1400 single-family residents located within the 75 Day-Night Average Sound Level (LDN) noise contours. Spanning over a decade, this program is now complete and we do not anticipate any further property acquisition programs.

In 1989, 27 residential property owners filed a lawsuit against the Airport Authority seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief. This case was later certified as a class action. In November 2000, a settlement was approved by the US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The Settlement was fully implemented and the Court discharged the Airport Authority. Our Noise Compatibility Staff will continue to focus our efforts towards the concerns brought to us by our neighbors. We also will continue to work with the FAA, state and local governments to reduce any negative impacts aircraft have on the entire community.

THE PART 150 UPDATE
In 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration established the PART 150 Noise Compatibility Planning Process as a part of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). The process is listed as Part 150 under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations and is commonly referred to as “Part 150." Part 150 specifies the methodology and procedures governing the development and implementation of Noise Exposure Maps (NEMs) and Noise Compatibility Programs (NCPs).

The NEM is a graphic depiction of the noise exposure around an airport in existing and future (5-year) operational conditions. Under the Part 150 process, FAA determines whether the NEMs comply with federal requirements of the program. If the NEMs are determined by the FAA to comply, a notice of compliance is published in the Federal Register. The Airport Authority recently updated the NEMs in 2004 for the Memphis International Airport and the NEMs were approved by the FAA on July 29, 2005.

Since our previous update, several factors have occurred that might impact the aircraft noise in areas surrounding the airport. These factors include changes resulting from the previous NCP, an increasing percentage of quieter (Stage III) aircraft, changes in aircraft operations, and a refined FAA noise model. The recent study serves to assess the current (2004) and the future (2009) noise environments, identify compatible and non-compatible land uses within the noise contours by using the following information:

  • Location and orientation of all runways and engine run-up areas.
  • Flight tracks used by aircraft arriving and departing all runways.
  • Airport activity levels which indicate on an annual average daily basis, the number of aircraft by type, utilization of each flight track, in both daytime (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and nighttime (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.) periods for landings and takeoffs.
  • Landing glideslope angles, glideslope intercept altitudes, and engine power settings for each aircraft type to fly that approach profile.
  • Takeoff profiles for each aircraft type, taking into consideration engine power settings for each aircraft type, takeoff weight, stage length, and noise abatement flight procedures.
  • Airport elevation, wind conditions, and average temperature.
  • All of this is done to determine the most efficient way to reduce aircraft noise.
    If you would like to review the entire document copies can be found at the following locations:
    - Memphis Central Library - 3030 Poplar Avenue
    - Whitehaven Branch Library - 4120 Mill Branch Road
    - Parkway Village Branch Library - 4655 Knight Arnold Road
    - Cherokee Branch Library - 3300 Sharpe Avenue
    - M. R. Davis Public Library - 889 Northwest Drive, Southaven, MS