Educational Tracks

 


Safety and Security
Follow this track to get the latest information you need to successfully manage the day-to-day issues related to airfield safety, operations and security at your facility, from emerging security technologies to effective safety signage to environmental sustainability. This track is for executives who want to learn innovative solutions for their daily safety, security and operational challenges.
   

Planning and Facility Management
Subject matter experts from airports, airlines, A&E firms and IT systems providers will engage with the audience to consider various aspects of future terminals including curbside, departure lobbies, security screening checkpoints, concourses & gates, domestic arrivals & international arrivals.
   

Customer Experience
As airlines continue to shift focus to their core competencies of moving passengers safely and efficiently, it's never been more important for airports to connect with their customers as part of marketing, public relations, and customer service. These sessions will update attendees on the latest strategies and tactics airports are using to engage passengers and help create a welcoming, hassle-free airport experience.
   

Innovative Finance
It's all about the bottom line!  If you are interested in learning more about financing airport capital improvement projects, airline economics, innovative ways to reduce operating costs and developing non-aeronautical revenue at your airport, follow this track.
   

General Aviation
In these tough economic times, operating a general aviation airport can be more challenging than ever. This track addresses top concerns of GA airports and provides a networking forum for those attempting to harvest opportunities as well as navigate changes facing the industry.
   
Additional Educational Sessions
Description of sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Session Titles and Descriptions


Safety and Security
Follow this track to get the latest information you need to successfully manage the day-to-day issues related to airfield safety, operations and security at your facility, from emerging security technologies to effective safety signage to environmental sustainability. This track is for executives who want to learn innovative solutions for their daily safety, security and operational challenges. 

Sunday, May 7 (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
Beyond the Checkpoint: Public Area Security, the Insider Threat and Other Pertinent Security Issues
This interactive session will give attendees the chance to expand the airport security conversation beyond checkpoint efficiency and effectiveness. There are mounting threats at airports, as highlighted by recent incidents, which pose major security risks in complex areas where there is shared responsibility for safety and security. This discussion will focus on exploring evolving threats and identifying various strategic options for efficiently mitigating them.

Moderator: Chad Makovsky, A.A.E., Assistant Aviation Director, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Speakers:

  • Patrick Gannon, Deputy Executive Director, Public Safety & Security, Los Angeles World Airports

Wednesday, May 10 (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)
A New Look at Ramp and Runway Safety: Achieving Industry Safety Goals Through Technology, SMS Implementation and Recent FAA Initiatives
The past year has brought many advancements in both policy and technology that can have a transformational effect on airside safety. While the FAA moves toward issuing a final SMS rule and progressing with projects under the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program and the Runway Safety Call to Action, industry has been equally busy creating and testing new safety technology. This session will take a broad view of airside safety procedures by examining how these new policies and technology could shape the way we think about safety.  

Moderator: Kevin Shirer, Program Director, Geospatial, Woolpert, Inc.

Speakers:

  • Joanne Landry, Principal, LANDRY Consultants
  • John Ostrom, A.A.E., Manager, Airside Operations, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • Chris Straub, Vice President, Argus Consulting, Inc.

Wednesday, May 10 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Challenges of Winter Operations and Changing Weather Roundtable
Winter operations and changing weather patterns continue to pose significant challenges to airports throughout the NAS, especially under new FAA rules. This session will bring together top experts from airports, industry and the FAA to discuss how airports can best prepare for winter weather and increase resiliency to the effects of climate change. This discussion will include a conversation about the implementation of the recent Airport Field Condition Assessment Advisory Circular and the associated Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM).  Don’t miss this chance to get your airport ahead of the weather curve. 

Moderator: Al Stuart, A.A.E., Superintendent of Operations, Salt Lake City International Airport

Speakers:

  • Daniel J. Agostino, Assistant Director, Operations, Miami International Airport
  • Bob Junge, Vice President, Airport Solutions, PASSUR Aerospace
  • Ryan Sheehan, C.M., Director of Operations and Maintenance, Spokane International Airport

 

                               
Planning and Facility Management
Subject matter experts from airports, airlines, A&E firms and IT systems providers will engage with the audience to consider various aspects of future terminals including curbside, departure lobbies, security screening checkpoints, concourses & gates, domestic arrivals & international arrivals.
Sunday, May 7 (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
A Beautiful Plan: Building The Better Airport Together 
Planning and Development experts discuss the advantages of collaboration across all stakeholders for an airport project. Explore new and effective ways of capturing input and buy-in from airlines, concessionaires, contractors, planners, designers, and even passengers.

Moderator: Bill Hogan, Vice President, Landrum & Brown

Speakers:

  • Keith O’Connor, Senior Associate, Corgan

Wednesday, May 10 (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)

Regulation-Proof Airport Investment: Leveraging the Federal Infrastructure Paradigm Change
This new Administration thinks different and is planning big infrastructure investment. Learn how to adapt from a panel of experts that know airports, government, and new corporate finance models (think P3).

Moderator: Wayne Sieloff, A.A.E., CEO, Capital Region Airport Authority

Speakers:

  • Steve Van Beek, Ph.D., Director & Head of North American Aviation, Steer Davies Gleave
  • Michael Sargent, Policy Analyst, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
  • Geoffrey Yarema, Partner, Nossaman LLP

Wednesday, May 10 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Plan With the Future in Mind: What Are the Trends and Disruptions You Need to Account for?
Technology is evolving rapidly and your airport plans need to adapt. Listen to experts on the future of airports talk about the international innovations happening now and ways to future-proof your airport.

Moderator: Chris Runde, Director, Airport Innovation Accelerator, AAAE

Speakers:

  • Manik Arora, President & CEO, Arora Engineers
  • Anne Carnall, Director, IATA Future Airport Program (Invited)
  • Jim Gregg, Vice President, Austin Systems Group
  • Kiran Merchant, CEO, Merchant Aviation & Chairman, Airport Terminal of the Future

 

                                                
Customer Experience
As airlines continue to shift focus to their core competencies of moving passengers safely and efficiently, it's never been more important for airports to connect with their customers as part of marketing, public relations, and customer service. These sessions will update attendees on the latest strategies and tactics airports are using to engage passengers and help create a welcoming, hassle-free airport experience.
Sunday, May 7 (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
Making the Most of Your Marketing Dollar$
In today’s tight operating environment, every dollar counts. This is especially true for your marketing budget. Airports of all sizes must identify which activities or programs deliver the greatest ROI for the fewest dollars. Explore methods that are successful, sustainable and that get desired results.

Moderator: TBA

Speakers:

  • Anthony Gilmer, Air Service & Marketing Manager, Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Tina Kinsey, A.A.E., Director of Marketing, PR & Air Service Development, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

Wednesday, May 10 (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)
Non-Aviation Perspectives on Perfecting the Customer Experience 
Airport to airport case studies provide us with valuable insights, however, there is much to be learned from non-aviation practitioners on how to serve and delight our customers.


Moderator:
 Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Aviation, Port of Seattle

Speakers:

  • TBA

Wednesday, May 10 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The Newest Shiny Object – Top Airport Amenities
From non-canine animal therapy teams (pigs and miniature horses?!) to art installations in relief areas (both human and pet!), airports are deploying new and updating existing amenities to better serve their passengers.  Learn what the new, next or noteworthy shiny object is in the customer service toolkit.

Moderator: TBA

Speakers:

  • Fred Fischer, Senior Director, Aviation, Sales & Business Development, vision-box
  • Stephanie C. Jaeger, AIA, Director of Architecture, Planning, Design + Construction, San Francisco International Airport
  • Craig A. Williams, A.A.E., Airport Director, Bishop International Airport

 

                               
Innovative Finance
It's all about the bottom line!  If you are interested in learning more about financing airport capital improvement projects, airline economics, innovative ways to reduce operating costs and developing non-aeronautical revenue at your airport, follow this track.

Sunday, May 7 (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
The Ups and Downs of Non-aeronautical Revenue
Industry experts will share their points of views and experiences on non-aeronautical revenue sources ups and downs in today’s climate. Topics will include impacts of TNC’s, recent trends and opportunities. Attendees will be encouraged to share their stories of successes and struggles.

Moderator: James Gill, A.A.E., CPA, President & CEO, Gerald R. Ford International Airport 

Speakers:

  • Brian Picardat, A.A.E., Vice President & CFO, Gerald R. Ford International Airport
  • Jason Snowden, Managing Director, LeighFisher

Wednesday, May 10 (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)
Does the Future Look Bright?
With the new administration now in power for 5 months what does the future hold. Get involved in this interactive and informative session on our forecasted economic big picture outlook from the non-aviation industry, policy makers and aviation industry. 

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Sarmiento, Principal, Unison Consulting, Inc. 

Speakers:

  • Elliott Black, C.M., Director, Airport Planning and Programming. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr. Jan Brueckner, Chancellor’s Professor, Economics, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Thorpe, Chief Development Officer, Ontario International Airport

Wednesday, May 10 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Data Data Everywhere
Each year we are surrounded by technology that provides us more and more data – and it will only get worse. Or is it worse? This panel will discuss what Big Data is out there, what may be out there in the future and how to best use it to your financial advantage.


Moderator:
 Jon Faucher, Vice President, Aviation Services, Mead & Hunt

Speakers:

  • John Pysher, Director, Data Services, One Technologies
  • Jon Stout, A.A.E., Airport Manager, Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
  • Mike Youngs, Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of Phoenix

 

                               
General Aviation
In these tough economic times, operating a general aviation airport can be more challenging than ever. This track addresses top concerns of GA airports and provides a networking forum for those attempting to harvest opportunities as well as navigate changes facing the industry.

Sunday, May 7 (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)
Gathering Airport Activity Data – Options & Challenges
Airport activity numbers are used in a wide variety of applications from forecasting as part of a master plan, to analyzing pavement needs, evaluating capacity needs, funding decisions, and many others. Activity data from an airport with an air traffic control tower (ATCT) is readily available, however, for the non-towered airports data can be hard to come by. The presentation will identify the various sources of airport activity data, the pros and cons of the sources, and how they can be leveraged to gain a better understanding of both the level and type of activity at non-towered airports.

Moderator: TBA

Speakers:

  • Tom Breen, Vice President, Vector Airport Systems
  • Pam Keidel-Adams, Regional Vice President, Kimley-Horn

Tuesday, May 9 (4:15 - 5:30 p.m.)
General Aviation Airports Interactive Workshop
In addition to the knowledge you will take home from the other General Aviation Track sessions, attend this workshop for an exclusive opportunity to work with subject matter experts to create an action plan for your GA airport.

Moderator: Jeff A. Kohlman, Managing Principal, Aviation Management Consulting Group

Tuesday, May 9 (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
General Aviation Airports Networking Reception
By attending the GA track you will receive a ticket to attend this special reception. Be sure to stay for the raffle for a free registration to the 2017 GA Conference!

Wednesday, May 10 (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)
Minimum Standards for a Changing Business Environment 
Why are minimum standards so important? How do you keep them up to date and effectively involve various stakeholders? How do you deal with mobile maintenance provided by OEMs and “sharing economy” concepts applied in aviation? Attend this interactive session to get those questions answered as well as share your own experiences.

Moderator: TBA

Speakers:

  • Bill Deere, Senior Vice President - Government & External Affairs, National Air Transportation Association (NATA)


Wednesday, May 10 (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Telling Your Airport’s Story: Innovative Ideas for Improving Airport–Community Relations
Participate in this interactive session to hear from airports who have taken proactive approaches in beefing up their community relations and be prepared to share successes and lessons learned from your airport. This discussion will also consider how these impacts can be measured as well as the importance and process of getting the next generation involved.

Moderator: Curt Castagna, C.M., President/CEO, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group

Speakers:

  • Sarah Ferrara, Aviation Planning and Outreach Coordinator, Scottsdale Airport 
  • Diana M. Sanchez, Public & Community Relations Director, Van Nuys Airport
  • Deborah Grigsby Smith, Public Information Officer, Centennial Airport

 


Additional Educational Sessions
Check out descriptions for the Monday and Tuesday sessions.

Monday, May 8 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.)
Legislative Outlook: How will Capitol Hill Priorities Affect Airport Priorities? (3:30-4 p.m.)
AAAE’s expert lobbyist Brad Van Dam presents an overview of the current landscape on Capitol Hill and how airports may be affected.

Speaker: Brad Van Dam, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, AAAE
 
One-on-One with the FAA Office of Airports (4-5 p.m.)
Following the Legislative Outlook, join AAAE’s Melissa Sabatine and the senior leadership of the FAA Office of Airports for the most current information on funding, compliance, planning and safety issues. This conversational session is also the perfect venue to raise any key concerns or offer suggestions for the industry’s primary regulator. 

Moderator: Melissa Sabatine, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and International Affairs, AAAE

Speaker: Winsome Lenfert, Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration


Monday, May 8 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.)
Workforce of the Future: Why Diversity Matters
The majority has become the minority in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2014, over 50% of all children under the age of 5 years old were considered a minority, and that number is only growing. This is the workforce of our future. So how can airports prepare to meet this challenge of a minority as majority workforce? Join us for a town hall forum to have an open discussion with other AAAE members, and airport executives who have successfully implemented diversity programs, as well as diversity experts, to discuss what a diverse workforce means, why diversity is important, how to start planning for the future and why the future is now with regard to airport diversity programs. 

Tuesday, May 9 (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
DHS Leadership Roundtable
Join this open discussion with senior leaders from the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to discuss aviation security and passenger facilitation issues that have a direct impact on your airport operations.  Anticipated topics will include TSA and CBP staffing, public area security, technology, customer service and innovation.  This lively session gives you the opportunity to ask top government representatives about the security and facilitation issues most important to you and bring home answers for your organization.

Moderators:
Stephanie Gupta, Senior Vice President, Security and Facilitation, AAAE
Colleen Chamberlain, Vice President, Transportation Security Policy, AAAE 

Speakers:

  • John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tuesday, May 9 (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
Insider’s Guide to Final Accreditation
This session is for all airport professionals seeking an insider perspective on the accreditation process. Receive hands-on advice from recently accredited members as well as tips on how to pass the written paper and the final interview examination from the Board of Examiners.

Tuesday, May 9 (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
Culture: Moving Beyond the Buzzword
Everyone uses the word - culture.  Everyone agrees it’s important.  But what does it mean?  What is the difference between a good one and a bad one?  What is the best one for your environment?  These are some of the questions we will be exploring in a panel discussion with industry leaders.  Join the conversation and find out if your culture is working for you, as well as how to bring about change if it’s not.