For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 09-02
February 27, 2002
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southwest Region is opening a Runway Safety and Aviation Education Center at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport’s terminal building on Thursday, February 28.

As a part of FAA’s strategy to reduce the number of runway incursions, the self-service center will provide a variety of learning tools for pilots, airport operators, and aviation enthusiasts.

“This new center, a partnership between the City of Fort Worth Aviation Department, FAA’s Runway Safety Program, and Meacham air traffic controllers, is the first in the region,” notes FAA Southwest Region Administrator, Ruth Leverenz. “Aviation safety is FAA’s number one priority and through this center we provide a variety of resources for the aviation community.”

The center will include brochures, videos, CD’s and hands-on instructional computer programs. The center will also cover a wide variety of topics such as flight safety, aerospace medicine, air traffic control, local airport information, and runway safety.

“One of the best tools we have to make airports safer places is education for pilots, controllers, and those who drive vehicles on airports. This new center will enhance our ability to get that safety message out,” said FAA’s Paul Erway, Southwest Region runway safety program manager.

Aviation enthusiasts will also find information on aviation careers and special aviation education events for students and teachers at the new center; the space is being provided by the airport authority.