For Immediate Release

May 9, 2003
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: (847) 294-7849

INDIANAPOLIS — David Roberts, Director, Indianapolis International Airport, is a recipient of this year’s Federal Aviation Administration’s “Partnership in Runway Safety” Award (Proactive Airport Management).

Roberts is recognized for his work in addressing potential airport safety issues. The result is an 87 percent reduction in runway incursions and surface incidents at Indianapolis International Airport. An incursion can be a threatened or actual loss of separation between an aircraft and another aircraft, vehicle or individual while on the runway surface.

Roberts installed runway guard lights at runway intersections and worked to increase awareness of those lights among runway users. He added runway safety as a regular agenda item at his recurrent user meetings.

Since these initial changes were made, Roberts continues to make improvements as needed to increase the safety of all airport users.

Roberts was nominated for the award by Barry Jeffries, FAA Air Traffic Manager, Indianapolis International Airport.

“This award program was established to recognize organizations and individuals who have been exceptionally successful in promoting runway safety at airports,” said Cecelia L. Hunziker, FAA Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region.

The Great Lakes Region Partnership in Runway Safety Awards were first presented in 2001.

Other award categories include Innovative Educational Programs; Safety Team; Prevention; Sustained Safety Performance; and Individual Recognition.

The Great Lakes Region of the FAA includes the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.