2017 Keynote Speaker and General Sessions

Tuesday, April 25th, 11:30am-1:30pm
Kevin-OConnell-123The Corporate Appreciation Luncheon will explore the role that weather forecasters play in the complicated planning and execution of airfield traffic. Important decisions made by air traffic controllers and airport managers are based on data provided by weather forecasters on current weather conditions and predicted weather patterns.

We're pleased to have Kevin O'Connell, one of the nation's most respected and awarded weather forecasters as our Keynote Speaker. Kevin, Chief Weather Anchor for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo since 1993, will share his knowledge and a few stories about his vast experience as a nationally recognized weather forecaster and on-air personality. Learn more about Kevin O'Connell>


Monday, April 24th, 9am-9:45am
Equipment procurement can be a tricky subject and a complicated one at that. This general session aims to help you with this process by going over some basics of procurement and ways you can go about purchasing equipment. This includes using AIP funds and rules associated with using those funds. Examples will be given to further help explain some procurement processes. This will arm you with the knowledge to help make purchases a little easier to understand.

Speaker: Mike Rottinghaus, FAA, Program Analyst, Airport Improvement Program


Monday, April 24th, 11am-12:30pm
Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) is a great example where aviation industry stakeholders came together to find a collaborative solution to a safety critical challenge. After a decade in development the innovative field condition reporting procedures took effect October 1st, 2016. Did the theory hold up in practice? Representatives from the FAA, airline and general aviation pilots, air traffic controllers, and airports of various sizes will share their perspectives.

Steven J. Cipolla, Airfield Supervisor, Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Chuck Enders, Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Carrier Operations, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
William L. Geoghagan, Terminal Technology Coordinator, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
First Officer Bryan G. Lesko, Chairman, Aircraft Design and Operations Group, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
Steven Luke, ACE, Airport Operations Shift Manager, Boston Logan Airport, Massachusetts Port Authority
Rosemary Rizzo, A.A.E., ACE, Airport Operations Supervisor, DM Airports, LTD., Morristown Airport

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Tuesday, April 25th, 8:15am-10:00am
Snowmelters have been in use since the 19th century. Snow melting evolved out of the necessity to dispose of snow from roadways, airport tarmacs, parking areas, and other surfaces where large piles of snow would be a hindrance to the operation of vehicles or aircraft. Many airports have limited space for snow dumps and more and more airports are using snowmelters to dispose of snow, both airside and landside, in a cost effective, safe, secure, and environmentally acceptable manner. At this time the FAA does not consider snowmelters as equipment required by AC150/5200-30C and 150/5220-20A resulting in no clear cut specification on the construction and rating of snowmelters.

Currently there are three major manufacturers of snowmelters. Each manufacturer uses many similar components to melt snow and bases their equipment on a BTU or ton rating, however each uses a different way to calculate the rating. Since there is no standard in the industry, no one is right or wrong in how they calculate their ton rating. Representatives of the manufacturers will discuss the snowmelter's operation, how the rating is calculated, using BTU's to compare snowmelters, finding the size needed for your operation, and features that may be added to improve operations.

Various airport representatives and snow removal contractors will discuss the criteria they used for determining the need for a snowmelter and specifying the rating of the snowmelter. In addition, they will discuss how they determined if any other features would be needed for their particular operation. Operational costs, environmental restrictions, and any other advantages of snow melting will also be discussed.

Alan Smetana, Project Engineer Snow Dragon
Glen Burnett, President of Trecan Snowmelters
John Doherty, CM, Assistant Director, Technical Services, Massachusetts Port Authority
Paul Schenk, Manager, Terminal Development & Activation Toronto Pearson Airport
Alex Eisman, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Kevin Burke, Snowplow and General Project Manager

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Tuesday, April 25th, 3pm-4pm, Followed by the Grand Prize Giveaway!
Mr. Paul Brean of Boston Logan Airport will moderate this session including reference to his personal runway safety improvement experiences. Recent runway safety and operation improvements implemented at Boston Logan International Airport Include Vehicle/operator based runway incursion management technology, GPS based fleet tracking & Daily and Weekly Maintenance/Construction planning meetings with Ops, Facilities, FAA and Contractors.

Many ideas, technologies and advisory circular material relating to runway safety are generated and or vetted by the FAA at the William J. Hughes Technical Centre located in Atlantic City New Jersey. Mr. Nick Subbotin from the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center will present an overview of the F.A.A. Tech Ctr. and related research and development work on runway safety programs for airports.

This overview will be followed by an airport case study regarding a runway safety project. The session will wrap up with a Q&A discussion moderated by Mr. Paul Brean.

Paul Brean, Airport Director, Pease Airport Management
Nick Subbotin, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Edward R. Kreuzer, SRE, Equipment Operator C1A Supervisor Pittsburgh International Airport




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