NATCA Co-sponsor of AAAE Runway Summit
Friday, November 30, 2012

This year, NATCA is pleased to co-sponsor the 2012 American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Runway Safety Summit, which will be held Dec. 2-4. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is hosting the summit.

The event will examine FAA policies, procedures and technology advancements intended to enhance aviation safety. The summit will bring together federal policymakers, airport operators and managers, airline safety professionals and consultants to engage in discussions and presentations about advancements in runway and airport safety, including improving runway safety areas, runway excursion mitigation and technology developments.

There will be speakers from many different organizations in the aviation industry, starting with NATCA and including AAAE, BWI, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the FAA, United Air Lines, Airlines for America (A4A), the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and more. Speakers from NATCA include Director of Outreach and Special Events Kelly Richardson, National Safety Committee Chairman Steve Hansen, Runway Status Lights (RWSL) National Representative Ric Loewen and Terminal Operations Coordinator and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Representative Chris Stephenson.

On Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. (EST), Richardson will welcome summit attendees alongside AAAE Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Melissa Sabatine and AAAE Northeast Chapter President Wayne Pennell. Hansen will speak on the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP) highlights panel at 8:30 a.m., Loewen will speak on the RWSL Implementation and Results panel at 11:30 a.m. and Stephenson will speak on the Runway Safety Data Trends panel at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Loewen will speak again on the Approach Hold and Runway Opening/Closing Procedures panel at 8 a.m.

For more information on the summit, please view this AAAE Runway Safety Summit promotional video and visit the Summit website.