|NWAAAE Annual Conference|
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
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
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
Speaker: Al Stuart, AAE / Superintendent Airport Ops. / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports [bio]
Speaker: Steve Willer / Business Development / AirMap
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
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?