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2016 Annual Conference ♦ August 31 to September 2 ♦ Big Sky Resort, Montana

For the Conference Attendee Roster as of 8/28/16 click here.

Tuesday, August 30th

3:00pm                       Board Meeting – Shoshone Board Room / Yellowstone Conference Center

                                                Sponsored by: ADK Consulting & Executive Search

6:00pm – 8:00pm       Storytelling at Montana Jacks

                                                Sponsored by: Missoula Int’l Airport

Everyone has an airport story (or two) to tell and this will be your opportunity to share and vie for the “NWAAAE Storyteller Award”.  Montana Jack’s  is located in the Mountain Mall and features a rotating selection of 100 beers – 24 on tap – and an emphasis on local and regional micro-brews paired with a long list of specialty burgers and all-American comfort food.  Attendees responsible for their own food and drink.

Wednesday, August 31st

**All events will take place in the Missouri Ballroom of the Yellowstone Conference Center unless otherwise noted. **

6:00am – 8:00am       Exhibitor Setup

7:00am – 5:30pm       Registration

7:00am – 8:00am       Continental Breakfast 

Sponsored by: Myslik, Inc.

8:00am – 12:00pm     Communication – Leadership – Teamwork Workshop

                                                Sponsored by: Montana Airport Management Assn.

Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

                                                                        Missoula Int’l Airport

                                                                        Spokane Airports

                                                                        Vail/Eagle County Airport

A 4-hour workshop giving participants actionable take-away communication, leadership, and teamwork skills for personal and professional use by each participant in their organizations.Workshop conducted by Brig. Gen. Kendall Switzer, USAF (Ret), CAPT Randy Duhrkopf, USN (Ret), and Chris Hahn, Ph.D., MBA of Accelerated Teamwork.  For a full agenda click here

12:00pm – 4:00pm     Exhibitor Setup

12:00pm – 1:00pm     Networking Luncheon

                                                Sponsored by: JBT AeroTech

12:00pm – 4:00pm     Golf Tournament at Big Sky Golf Course (Advance reservation required)

                                                Title Sponsor:  OTW Safety

                                                Hole Sponsors:  JBT AeroTech

Golf tournament participants should meet in the lobby of the Shoshone Condominium Hotel promptly at noon for transportation to the Big Sky Golf Course.  Box lunches will be available at the Networking Luncheon for “grab and go”. 

1:00pm – 4:00pm       Lone Peak Tram Tour(Advance reservation required)

Lone Peak Tram Tour participants should check in at Basecamp in the Mountain Village no later than 1pm.  Bring jackets/sweatshirts and wear closed toe shoes.

2:00pm – 4:00pm       Nature Zip Line Tour(Advance reservation required)

Nature Zip Line Tour participants should check in at Basecamp in the Mountain Village no later than 2pm.  Wear layers and closed toe shoes.

4:30pm – 5:00pm       Gathering of Sponsors and Exhibitors – Missouri Ballroom

5:00pm – 6:00pm       President’s Opening Reception

                                                Sponsored by: RS&H

Northwest Chapter President Larry Krauter, AAE invites you to be his guest as he welcomes everyone to the 2016 NWAAAE Annual Conference.  Enjoy light refreshments and a hosted bar with conference attendees and exhibitors.

Thursday, September 1st

7:00am – 8:00am       Breakfast with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: Precision Approach Engineering

8:00am – 8:15am       Welcome

                                    Brian Sprenger, AAE / Airport Director / Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport

                                    Larry Krauter, AAE / CEO / Spokane Airports

8:15am – 9:00am

Session 1: AAAE Update

      Moderator:      Larry Krauter, AAE / CEO / Spokane Airports        

      Speaker:          Carl Newman, AAE / Chair / AAAE [bio]

      Speaker:          Todd Hauptli / President & CEO / AAAE [bio]

9:00am – 9:45am

Session 2: Remote Air Traffic Control Towers- Pioneering the Future of Air Traffic Control

      Moderator:      Mark Witsoe, AAE / Marketing and Business Develop. Mgr. / King County Int’l Airport 

      Speaker:          David Ulane, AAE / Director / Colorado Division of Aeronautics [bio]

Will 'Air Traffic Controller' be the next work at home career opportunity?  Not likely, but remote air traffic control towers are not far from reality.   Come learn how the Colorado Division of Aeronautics is partnering with the FAA and the Northern Colorado Regional Airport to pioneer this exciting new technology right here in the Northwest Chapter. Remote air traffic control towers may be the next evolution of the nation's air traffic management strategy for general aviation and non-hub airports; providing low cost benefits for aviation safety and airport efficiency.

9:45am – 10:30am     Break with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: Coffman Associates

10:30am – 11:15am

Session 3: TSA – Their Impact to the Aviation Industry and How Airports are Reacting

      Moderator:      Dan Sprinkle, AAE / Vice President of Operations / Denver Int’l Airport

      Speaker:          John Barsalou, AAE / Airport Director / Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport [bio]

      Speaker:          Lance Lyttle / Managing Director – Aviation Division / Port of Seattle [bio]

While the TSA may be an airport’s partner when it comes to ensuring the safety and security of the airport customer it doesn’t mean that they don’t present their own challenges for airports to deal with on a daily basis.  From staffing issues to new security initiatives, airports find themselves dealing with new and complex issues on a daily basis when it comes to the TSA.  Learn from three different airports as to how they are taking a proactive approach to dealing with the TSA.

·         Denver:  Case Study on Unscreened Flights into DEN

·         Klamath Falls: Impact of De-Federalization on a Small Airport – The TSA Fairness Act

·         Seattle:  TSA Security Checkpoint Challenges – What Airports Can Do

11:15am – 12:00pm

Session 4: The Increasing Burden on the Local Airport Sponsor of AIP Projects

      Moderator:      Cris Jensen, AAE / Airport Director / Missoula Int’l Airport

      Speaker:          John Faulkner, AAE / Airport Director / Great Falls Int’l Airport [bio]

      Speaker:          Bill Van Hercke, PE / Aviation Mgr. Northwest & Rocky Mtn. Region / CH2M [bio]

      Speaker:          Jeff Wadekamper, AAE / Airport Director / Helena Airport [bio]

As anyone who deals with AIP funded construction projects knows, FAA Advisory Circulars, Orders and Guidance are ever evolving.  This panel led session will highlight some of the more recent changes to the AIP Handbook and provide specific case studies of how these changes have affected airport projects and give ideas about how an airport might deal with some of these changes.

12:00pm – 1:30pm     Lunch with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: Jviation, Inc.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Session 5: Diversity and Inclusion in U.S. Airports

      Moderator:      Pete Higgins, AAE / Director of Airport Operations / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports     

      Speaker:          Annell Kuelpman / Senior Vice President / ADK  Consulting& Exec. Search [bio]                     Speaker:          Gale LaRoche, Ph.D., SHRM / VP of Human Resources / Wayne County Airport [bio]

A diverse and inclusive culture is key to managing an effective airport by tapping into the assorted set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds of your employees.   Attend this session to learn about best practices in fostering diversity and inclusiveness in your culture by linking D&I practices with your business objectives and employee competencies.  You will leave the session with an outline to develop your own D&I Strategic Plan that will build positive change at your airport.

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Session 6: General Aviation Advocacy…. The art and science of being a champion for an entire

                  industry, from the perspective of the airport manager, engineer and businessperson

      Moderator:      Greg Phillips, AAE / Aviation Director / Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport        

      Speaker:          Curt Castagna/ President & CEO / Aerolease Group [bio]

      Speaker:          Jeremy Gilb, PE / Engineering Dept. Manager / GDA Engineers [bio]

The success of any airport today is found in the informal private public partnerships between industry groups.  How and why public agencies facilitate flexibility and collaboration is something each airport manager should consider.  You will hear from leading professionals that have had success in developing strong collaborative relationships creating success for your airport. They will educate the audience on what a healthy collaboration should look like; how to educate your elected officials properly; and how to link the airport to the economic base of the community.

3:15pm – 4:00pm       Break with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: Mead & Hunt, Inc.

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Session 7: NWAAAE General Membership Meeting

6:00pm – 9:00pm       Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony – Huntley Dining Room

            6:00pm            Reception                    Sponsored by: Signature Flight Support

            6:30pm            Dinner                         Sponsored by: Signature Flight Support

                                    Dessert                                    Sponsored by: SP+

                                    Keynote Speaker:        Taylor Middleton / General Manager / Big Sky Resort

Friday, September 2nd

7:00am – 8:00am       Breakfast with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: OTW Safety

8:00am – 8:45am

Session 8: Are You Secure in Your Security?

      Moderator:      Cathryn Stephens, AAE / Assistant Airport Director, AIC / Eugene Airport

      Speaker:          Lori Beckman, AAE / President / Aviation Security Consulting, Inc. [bio]

      Speaker:          Jeff Kadlec, CM / Airport Manager / Yellowstone Airport [bio]

      Speaker:          John O’Connor / Asst. Director of Security / Denver Int’l Airport [bio]

From vendor and employee inspections to perimeter security, the requirements for airport security is constantly undergoing change. This panel discussion will invite participation from everyone in the room on topics ranging from enhanced CHRC standards, vehicle permitting, flight crew use of airport portals vs. KCM, and potential impacts from an FAA Reauthorization Bill. Bring your experiences, frustrations, best practices and security wins to share with the group.

8:45am – 9:30am

Session 9:Unmanned Aircraft Systems – The New Frontier of Aviation?

      Moderator:      Brian Sprenger, AAE / Airport Director / Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport        

      Speaker:          Justin Ness, PLS / Survey Department Manager / GDA Engineers [bio]

      Speaker:          Al Stuart, AAE / Superintendent Airport Ops. / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports [bio]

      Speaker:          Steve Willer / Business Development / AirMap [bio]

The possibilities are endless as are the problems that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) might create.  This session will discuss the unique ways UAS are being used in aviation and what’s being done to regulate this fast growing industry.

9:30am – 10:15am     Break with Exhibitors

                                                Sponsored by: Mead & Hunt, Inc.

10:15am – 11:00am

Session 10: Air service – One Community’s Collaborative Effort Pays Dividends

      Moderator:      Scott Humphrey, AAE / Deputy Airport Director / Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport    

      Speaker:          Brandon Bang / Senior Director of Sales / Big Sky Resort

      Speaker:          Jeffrey Hartz / Senior Air Service Consultant / Mead & Hunt

      Speaker:          Kevin Hinkle / Vice President  & Chief Financial Officer / The Yellowstone Club

      Speaker:          Daryl Schliem / President &CEO / Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce

While some small communities are struggling to keep or maintain air service, BZN enplanements have grown 39% over the past five years. Business leaders will discuss public private partnerships; fostering relationships, and engaging a broader spectrum of businesses and associations in air service development and minimum revenue guarantee funding.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Session 11: Roundtable Discussion

      Moderator:      Al Stuart, AAE / Superintendent Airport Operations / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports    

      Speaker:          Claudia Holliway / Nat’l Aviation Bus. Develop. Lead / Michael Baker Int’l [bio]

      Speaker:          Paul Meyers / Principal and CEO / Aviation Management Consulting Group [bio]

      Speaker:          Dan Sprinkle, AAE / Vice President of Operations / Denver Int’l Airport [bio]

In this open-floor roundtable session attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel on the issues and challenges facing the aviation industry.  Intended to promote an open dialogue and a free exchange of ideas as we collaboratively work together for the future of aviation.

12:00pm – 1:00pm     Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15pm                       Bus Departs for Bozeman

Need a lift into Bozeman?  Hop on board!  Attendees who have purchased an advance ticket for bus transportation to Bozeman should meet in the lobby of the Shoshone Condominium Hotel.  Bus is scheduled to arrive at the Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport at approximately 2:30pm.  Riders may either disembark at that time or stay on board for airport tour.  **There is no return bus service  – attendees needing to return to Big Sky Resort will need to make alternate arrangements.** 

2:30pm – 4:00pm       Tour of Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Airport Tour

5:00pm – 7:00pm       Evening at the Museum of the Rockies

Don’t leave early – you won’t want to miss the Museum of the Rockies with the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the United States along with exhibits featuring Native American and Montana History.  Attendees will enjoy a down home BBQ dinner, time to explore the museum and a presentation by Ted Mathis on Nicholas B. “Nick” Mamer (1897 – 1938), a noted aviation pioneer and pilot in the Pacific Northwest during the 1920s and 1930s.  (Advance ticket purchase required) 

7:00pm - ??                The night is still young and we purposely left plenty of time for exploring all that

downtown Bozeman has to offer!  Meet up at the Rocking R Bar (211 E Main St.) to continue the fun and from there who knows?


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