Webinar: Lightning - The Top Severe Weather Threat in Airport Operations

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
1-2 p.m. EDT
Webinar Sponsored By: Earth Networks

In a recent survey, operations professionals for airports, airlines, and FBOs identified lightning as the number one top severe weather threat in their daily operations. Other top severe weather concerns included fog, rain, wind/downbursts, and extreme temperatures. In this presentation, we will explore the challenges airport, airline, and FBO operations teams face managing the risks associated with severe weather. We will focus on lightning and the confusion caused by a lack of official guidance on who owns responsibility for lightning proximity alerting and what that means for ground operations.


Bill Callahan, Vice President of Federal Programs, Earth Networks
Bill Callahan is Vice President of Federal Programs at Earth Networks. In this role, Callahan is responsible for working with federal, state and local constituencies to collaboratively identify environmental monitoring, alerting and forecasting needs. Callahan previously served as Director of Product Management for Earth Networks, leading the development of advanced weather information, visualization and alerting products and services. He began his career as an Air Force officer, during which time he provided direct weather forecasting support to several military operations. In addition, he served on the source selection team and as the first program manager of a new Air Force digital weather database and visualization system. As a result of these accomplishments, he was selected Air Force Meteorologist of the Year (Centralized Facility) in 1990.

Kevin Crowly, Sr. Analyst for Ground Safety Programs, JetBlue Airways
Kevin Crowley, Senior Analyst for Ground Safety Programs at JetBlue Airways, started on the ramp in Buffalo, NY, in 1993. In his current position, Kevin acts as the aircraft damage investigator and assists in managing all the ground safety programs JetBlue has throughout their network, including occupational health and safety programs and managing environmental risks. He's been with JetBlue since 2001 and began as an instructor at JetBlue University teaching aircraft servicing for the A320 and E190. He has additional experience in HAZMAT and dangerous goods; winter ops and deicing; and is a certified CQA and OHSA instructor.

Program Information:
Natalie Fleet

Registration Information:
Dan Reilly

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