For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 02-03
February 28, 2003
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2003 Airports Partnership Conference will be held March 5 and 6 at The Creeks at Westin Beechwood Hotel and Resort in Fort Worth. Attending are 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 airports both large and small in FAA’s five-state Southwest Region. Some 400 officials from airports and related industries are expected to attend.

“This conference lets us share information and current issues with our customers,” Naomi Saunders, FAA Southwest Region Airports Division Manager, said. She added that this year is especially important because it is the centennial year of the Wright Brothers first flight.

Airport and state offices in the five-state region will be honored at the conference with special recognition for their accomplishments.

Scheduled to attend are Woodie Woodward, the FAA's Associate Administrator for Airports; Gerald Lavey, from the Washington public affairs staff, and representatives from Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration.

FAA Southwest Region’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.