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Saturday, September 21st

5:00pm – 8:00pm      No Host Happy Hour & Dinner at the Westmark Northern Latitudes

Sunday, September 22nd

12:00pm – 2:00pm    Board Meeting – Westmark / Harper Board Room

                                                Sponsored by: ADK Consulting & Executive Search

2:30pm – 5:00pm      Museum of the North Cocktail Reception

Located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Museum of the North is the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research.  Attendees will depart the Westmark as a group via bus at 2:30pm and spend the afternoon enjoying the museum and a light cocktail reception before returning to the Westmark by 5:30 p.m.  This event is included with conference registration, single tickets can be purchased for guests.

9:00pm – 1:00am       Northern Lights Viewing at Aurora Pointe

We’re hoping for a showing of the northern lights but don’t worry – if they don’t make an appearance this event has plenty of other attractions to make it worth the late night out!  The Aurora Pointe Activity Center just a short 15 minute drive outside of Fairbanks and attendees can catch the repeating shuttle to or from at any time during the event.  Enjoy distinctive Alaskan cocktails, desserts, sled dog rides (first hour of event only) and the storytelling of Alaska’s well known Hobo Jim while we wait for the northern lights.  This event is included with conference registration, additional or single tickets can be purchased for guests.

Monday, September 23rd

8:00am – 12:30pm     Exhibitor Setup

8:00am – 6:00pm       Registration [Minto Room]

9:30am – 11:30am     Fairbanks Int’l Airport Tour 

Attendees will depart the Westmark at 9:30 a.m. via charter bus for the Fairbanks Int’l Airport.  Those driving themselves or meeting the group at the airport should meet at the Baggage Claim 2 area no later than 9:45a.m.

11:30am – 12:30pm   Networking Luncheon at Fairbanks Int’l Airport

Attendees will depart the Westmark at 11:00 a.m. via charter bus for the Fairbanks Int’l Airport.  Those driving themselves or meeting the group at the airport should meet at the Baggage Claim 2 area no later than 11:15 a.m.

1:30pm – 4:30pm      Airports and Natural Disasters Workshop:  What Airport Leadership can do Before and After

                                    the Event to Improve the Customer Experience and Mitigate the Impact

Presented by Mark Crosby, AAE, Principal Consultant for Ross & Baruzzini [bio]

5:15pm – 5:30pm      Gathering of Sponsors and Exhibitors [Gold Room]

5:30pm – 6:30pm      President’s Opening Reception [Minto, Yukon & Gold Rooms]

Northwest Chapter President Cathryn Stephens, AAE invites you to be her guest as she welcomes everyone to the 2019 NWAAAE Annual Conference.  Enjoy light refreshments and a hosted bar with conference attendees and exhibitors.

Tuesday, September 24th

7:00am – 7:45am       Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:45am – 8:15am       Welcome

Bryce Ward / Mayor / Fairbanks North Star Borough

Honorable Michael J. Dunleavy / Governor / State of Alaska

                               Cathryn Stephens, AAE / President / Northwest Chapter AAAE

8:15am – 9:00am

Session 1:       AAAE Update

      Moderator:      Cathryn Stephens, AAE / Asst. Airport Director / Eugene Airport

      Speaker:          Tory Richardson, AAE / Chair / AAAE

      Speaker:          Carter Morris / Executive Vice President, AAAE Services / AAAE


9:00am – 10:00am

Session 2:       Autonomous Aviation: Drones, Flying Cars and Optionally Piloted Aircraft

Moderator:      Jeremy Worrall, AAE / Statewide Airport Ops. Superintendent / State of Alaska DOT

      Speaker:          Mike Fronapfel / Director of Planning & Development / Centennial Airport [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Ric Stephens / Sr. Aviation Planner / WHPacific [bio] [presentation]

Drones are inevitable. They are also part of a much larger trend in autonomous systems such as driverless vehicles, and—yes—pilotless planes. This presentation outlines current development of unmanned aircraft systems spanning drones, flying cars, optionally piloted aircraft, and urban air mobility. A wide range of autonomous aircraft and aviation programs will be shared in this informative—and entertaining!—presentation.

10:00am – 10:30am   Break with Exhibitors

10:30am – 11:30am

Session 3:       Salt Lake City Int'l Airport - Past, Present, and Future

      Moderator:      Medardo Gomez, AAE / Director Operational Readiness and Transition / Salt Lake City

                                          Dept. of Airports

      Speaker:          Brady Fredrickson, AICP / Planning Director / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports [bio]

      Speaker:          Michael Becker, CM, AICP / Sr. Aviation Consultant / RS&H [bio] [presentation]

A case study of how the previous 1998 Airport Master Plan directly led to the development and construction of a 3.6 billion dollar Terminal Redevelopment Program, and how today’s 2018 Airport Master Plan is once again shaping the next 20 years of SLC.   This presentation will start by looking back at the 1998 MP, the current design and construction “proofs” that the former plan had good vision and insight. Then we will look forward at the 2018 MP recommendations and explore how the Salt Lake City Department of Aviation (SLCDA) can capitalize on new opportunities for revenue and development and set a new, equally good vision for their future.

11:30am – 12:15pm

Session 4:       Invisible Disabilities and Diversity

      Moderator:      Melissa Osborn, AAE / Sr. Aviation Planner / DOWL

      Speaker:          Pete Duffy / Federal Security Director / TSA Alaska [bio]

      Speaker:          Art Delaune / Wallbusters [bio]

      Speaker:          Casey Boatman, CM / Airport Business Coordinator / Renton Municipal Airport [bio]

      Speaker:          Timothy Bishop / Gen. Mgr. – Regulatory Compliance / Delta Air Lines, Inc. [bio]

Many disabilities are not outwardly visible and this can pose unique challenges for airports. This session will explore diversity, equity and inclusion for airport employees, tenants and travelers with disabilities.

12:15pm – 1:45pm    Lunch with Exhibitors

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Session 5:       Regional and National Air Service Trends

Moderator:      Damon Smith, PE / Aviation Services / Mead & Hunt, Inc. [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Joe Goetz, CM / Operations Manager / Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Sonja Harvey / Sr. Manger - Air Service Development / Portland Int'l Airport [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Rebecca Hupp, AAE / Airport Director / Boise Airport [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Scott McCrea / Director of Tourism / Explore Fairbanks 

A macro overview of the air service industry and the NW region with case studies and perspectives from a full spectrum of airports facing their own unique challenges.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Session 6:       Are Alternative Delivery Methods Right for my Construction Project?

      Moderator:      Buck Taft, CM / Airport Director / Port of Pasco – Tri-Cities Airport

      Speaker:          Tim Dacey, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, ABE / Aviation Architecture / Mead & Hunt [bio]

      Speaker:          Nick Gonzales / Vice President / Bouten Construction Company [bio]

      Speaker:          Cris Jensen, AAE / Airport Director / Missoula Int’l Airport [bio]

Alternative delivery methods are becoming more popular every construction season.  The standard design, bid, build has grown stagnant and cost overruns are impacting airports abilities to deliver projects on budget.  Alternative delivery methods have given owners the ability to take some of that control back. Airports, architects and contractors discuss the GCCM/CMAR methods and how it contributed to the success of their projects. 

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

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Session 7:       NWAAAE General Membership Meeting

6:00pm – 8:00pm      Annual Banquet & Awards Presentation

            6:00pm            Reception

            6:30pm            Dinner

            7:15pm            Keynote Speakers:  Lee and Wilford Ryan of Ryanair

 7:30pm            Northwest Chapter Annual Awards Presentation

Wednesday, September 25th

7:30am – 8:30am       Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30am – 9:15am

Session 8:       Aviation Education - Findings from ACRP Report 202

      Moderator:      Cathryn Stephens, AAE / Asst. Airport Director / Eugene Airport

      Speaker:          Stephanie Ward, AICP / Aviation Planning / Mead & Hunt, Inc. [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Mike McHugh / Aviation Education Coord. / North Dakota Aeronautics Commission [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Randy Berg, AAE / Aeroplex Group Partners [bio] [presentation]

Presentation on the findings from ACRP Report 202 focused on methods to get state, local and airport groups engaged in aviation education activities. This session will present case studies, career opportunities, and educational options based upon the research conducted.

9:15am – 10:00am

Session 9:       Winter Operations Medley

      Moderator:      Ryan Sheehan, AAE / Dir. of Operations & Maintenance / Spokane Airports [presentation]

      Speaker:          Dave Cunningham, CM, ACE / Asst. Dir. – Emergency Mgmt. / Denver Int'l Airport [presentation]

      Speaker:          Chris Pomeroy / Airport Manager / Friedman Memorial Airport [presentation]

This session will cover a variety winter operations topics, including case studies of recent, significant winter storms; an update on FAA regulatory efforts related to winter operations; and a discussion about the challenges airports face when procuring snow removal equipment using federal grant funds.

10:00am – 10:45am   Break with Exhibitors

10:45am – 12:15pm

Session 10:     Roundtable

      Moderator:      Al Stuart, AAE / Asst. Operations Director / Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports

      Moderator:      Randy Berg, AAE / Aeroplex Group Partners

In this open-floor session attendees will have the opportunity for an open discussion with a diverse panel on the issues and challenges facing the aviation industry.  This session is intended to promote an open dialogue and a free exchange of ideas as we collaboratively work together for the future of aviation.

 12:15pm – 1:30pm    Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Session 11:     Air Tourism from A TO Z: Air Shows to Zoning Districts

      Moderator:      Joe Goetz, CM / Operations Manager / Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport [bio]

      Speaker:          Megan Jenkins / Communications Manager / Jackson Hole Airport [bio] [presentation]

      Speaker:          Ric Stephens / Sr. Aviation Planner / WHPacific [bio] [presentation]

The largest industry in the world is tourism.  And if we define this as everything encompassed by “discretionary travel,” all general aviation and much of commercial aviation is centered on air tourism.  This presentation provides insight on air tourism as a key component for airport planning and programming.  Case studies and model programs will be shared in this fast-paced presentation.

2:15pm – 3:30pm

Session 12:     In the Cross Hairs: Addressing the Complexity of an Airport Active Shooter Event

      Moderator:      Deborah Grigsby Smith / Public Information Officer / Centennial Airport

      Speaker:          Jason Alvero / Owner/President / Av-Space, LLC

There’s an active shooter in YOUR airport. How will you handle the initial emergency response? How will you handle the subsequent public information and open records requests? What improvements to response and technology will you make to prevent it from happening again? Jason Alvero is the founder and president of AV-Space, a leading safety and emergency management consultancy firm. Walk through the Jan. 6, 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport active shooter event with Alvero, who at the time, was the airport emergency manager on duty. Topics will include how the initial event triggered a secondary panic; response and recovery actions, and recommendations for the industry. Alvero will host a generous question and answer period and will be available for discussion afterwards. (Warning: This presentation includes video, imagery and discussion from the incident that some may find uncomfortable.)

5:00pm – ??pm          Join us at the  Finish Line (and we mean literally!)

Join us at the Finish Line Lounge behind the LaQuinta Inn (4920 Dale Road) for no host beverages, food and one last opportunity for networking.  For those catching flights out in the late evening, the Finish Line is conveniently located just minutes from the airport.  There will be complimentary bag storage and shuttle service to the airport making this the perfect spot to spend some time with friends old and new alike!

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