For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 24-00
November 8, 2000
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH – Paul Erway has been named Southwest Region runway safety manager for the Federal Aviation Administration. In his new post, Erway will carry out FAA's nationwide runway safety program at the regional and local levels.

"Erway is an outstanding individual who brings a wealth of knowledge about airfield issues and operations to this new post," said John Mayrhofer, FAA's national director of runway safety. "He'll focus on unique issues in the region and encourage education and training of pilots and controllers as we focus on reducing and eliminating runway incursions at U.S. airports."

Erway has extensive background in airport safety. For the past three years Erway has been FAA technical manager at the National Rotorcraft Technology Center, NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose, Calif., where he has been involved with the latest avionics, display and software tools. Prior to that assignment he spent six years with the FAA in Washington, D.C.

His FAA career began in the Houston Airport District Office and he has worked in the Airports Southwest Regional Office as well. Erway holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army. He is a licensed civil pilot, both Rotorcraft and Fixed Wing and comes back to the Southwest Region and the new assignment on October 26.

He will report to Ruth Leverenz, regional administrator, but maintain a close working relationship with Mayrhofer and the FAA's national runway safety office. He will be responsible for implementing the Runway Safety Program in the Southwest Region. The region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Runway Safety Program carries out analysis, research, development and action to identify and reduce incidents and accidents attributable to runway incursions.

The new runway safety managers will serve as the senior subject matter experts on all runway safety issues within their regions. They will be responsible for the development, coordination and management of runway safety activities, plans, projects, and strategies in the region, in coordination with the FAA Runway Safety program office. The regional managers will direct the activities of regional runway incursion action teams and be FAA's principal runway safety liaison with local aviation companies and organizations.