General Session II Speakers - TALPA - Stakeholder Perspectives on First Season After Implementation

Steven J. Cipolla, Airfield Supervisor, Buffalo Niagara International Airport
steve-cipSteve Cipolla, Airfield Supervisor for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, will share his perspective on the first season after implementation of the innovative field condition reporting procedure, the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment known as TALPA.

Steve started working after graduating from college in 1977 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as a mechanics helper. He has been working in the airfield for over 25 years. An ACE certified electrician, Steve has been an electrician at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport for the last seven years. He has been Airfield Supervisor at Buffalo Niagara for the last five years.

A member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the NEC, Steve is an instructor for the Snow Academy, the International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.) education program that features basic and advanced classes designed to provide current, relevant and focused training for snow and ice control measures at airports, including FAA FAR Part 139 certificated airports. Steve is also a training officer for the annual Part 139 training conducted by Buffalo Niagara.

As a committee member for the I.A.S.S., Steve wears many hats as he donates his time to an event that he truly believes is an important component in teaching the industry how to battle Mother Nature during winter operations.


Chuck Enders, Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Carrier Operations, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Enders-123Mr. Enders was a pilot for United Airlines for 30 Years and flew the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777. Chuck conducted flight operations both domestically and internationally. He served in the West Virginia Air National Guard as a pilot for 33 years where he flew the Lockheed C-130 model aircraft.

Mr. Enders has been with the FAA for 9 years. He started out as an Operations Aviation Safety Inspector on the Alaska Airlines Certificate and for the last 6 years has been assigned to FAA Head Quarters, working Part 121 air carrier operations with a Ground Deicing policy focus. Chuck is the FAA Flight Standards representative on the Takeoff And Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) program, which is the subject of his presentation today.


William L. Geoghagan, Terminal Technology Coordinator, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
Geoghagan-123William L. (Bill) Geoghagan is the Terminal Technology Coordinator for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He joined NATCA in 2012. Before that, he was a NATCA member and worked 25 years in the FAA as an Air Traffic Control Specialist in the Terminal option. He is the NATCA Representative to the TALPA program and he also represents NATCA on the USNS/FNS Migration program.


First Officer Bryan G. Lesko, Chairman, Aircraft Design and Operations Group,
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)

Lesko-123Bryan is a First Officer for United Airlines on the Boeing 757/767 and holds 6 type ratings including the Airbus A320 and Bombardier CRJ series and has over 10,000 flying hours. Bryan has been an Air Safety Volunteer with the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) for 8 years, and currently the Chairman for the Aircraft Design and Operating (ADO) Group as part of ALPA's Air Safety Organization. During Bryan's tenure as an ALPA Safety Representative he has worked on projects such as MMEL and Bird Ingestion Standards.

The ADO group, which Bryan leads, addresses topics such as Wake Turbulence, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Operations Specifications, Minimum Equipment Lists, New Engine Architecture such as Open Rotor, and was previously involved in the TALPA ARC.

Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Safety from the Florida Institute of Technology.


Steven Luke, ACE, Airport Operations Shift Manager, Boston Logan Airport, Massachusetts Port Authority
Steve has over twenty years of experience at Logan Airport in Boston, MA. Currently he serves as an Operations Shift Manager. Steve graduated from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor's in Science degree in Aviation Management. He went on to receive his Master's in Business Administration from Salem State University. In snow events Steve will work with the crews on the airfield and also act as a liaison in the Air Traffic Control Tower. Steve combines his understanding of Logan's snow removal fleet with his expertise in airfield operations. Steve is a critical component to Logan Airport successfully implementing their snow plan. As a private pilot, Steve is able to recognize the impacts of airfield snow removal at both large and small airports.

Rosemary Rizzo, A.A.E., ACE, Airport Operations Supervisor, DM Airports, LTD., Morristown Airport
Rizzo123Rosemary Rizzo began her aviation career in 2001 as a Civil Air Patrol member and by taking flight lessons. In 2004, she began working in various capacities at Kutztown Airport. After graduating from Daniel Webster College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management, she went on to work for DM AIRPORTS, LTD., the management company, and operator of Morristown Airport. She has held various positions within the Operations Department and is currently the Operations Supervisor.

Rosemary is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), Airport Certified Employee (ACE) in Security and a licensed private pilot. She has served on several Airport Cooperative Research Program panels in previous years. Rosemary recently completed leadership and management training through Rutgers University and is currently working towards obtaining her Master of Science in Homeland Security through Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Phillip L. Davenport, Airport Certification Safety Inspector, FAA
DavenportMr. Davenport is a Air Force veteran with 26 years of domestic and international airfield operations, procedures, and inspections experience. Besides managing airfields and airfield operations dispatch sections across the globe, he also was responsible for writing instructions for administering airfield opertions, policy and procedures as senior airfield management subject matter expert at HQ Air Force, Washington DC.

Mr. Davenport has been with the FAA for 9 years and is a credentialed Part 139 Airport Certification Safety Inspector. He has spent the last 4 years as HQ FAA Office of Airports lead to the TALPA initiative and co-lead with Mr. Chuck Ender to the overall FAA TALPA initiative.

Before joining the FAA, Mr. Davenport spent two years as a training manager for the Navy's Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Washington Navy Yard; and four years as lead airport inspector for the Air Force Flight Standard Agency, Andrews Air Force base, Maryland. Mr. Davenport has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a dual Masters' Degree in Airport Operations and Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.







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