For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 07-02
February 12, 2002
Contact: John Clabes or Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2002 Airports Partnership Conference will be held March 6 and 7 at the Westin Beechwood Hotel and Resort in Fort Worth. Attending will be airport sponsors, state aviation officials, aviation consultants, aviation educators, and officials from the FAA’s regional and national headquarters.

The government and aviation industry meeting is held annually to promote better communication and understanding of mutual roles in serving the aviation public. The event reaches out to all airports in the region, both large and small; some 400 officials from airports and related industries attended last year.

“This conference lets FAA representatives share information on FAA programs and current issues with our customers. Listening sessions will provide a forum for aviation issues,” says Naomi Saunders, FAA Southwest Region Airports Division manager and sponsor of the conference.

“Aviation safety and security are always a top priority for FAA. Since September 11, we have had to redouble our efforts, making government-to-industry and inter-industry cooperation even more important,” Saunders added.

New at this year’s conference, a one-time Disadvantaged Business Enterprise presentation sponsored by the FAA Southwest Region Office of Civil Rights to help sponsors meet federal grant requirements.

Exhibitors represent airport equipment vendors, aviation services, consulting engineers, and other aviation-related businesses.

FAA’s Airports Division administers the Airport Improvement Program, which provides federal grants to airports to improve safety, security, and maintain infrastructure. The division is organized into a Regional Airports Office and three Airports Development Offices which provide services to all five of the states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.