For Immediate Release

Release No. W 07-01
May 6, 2001

DALLAS — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a two-day FAA Southwest Region runway safety meeting May 7–8 in Irving. The meeting will explore ways to improve safety on runways, particularly at the region's busiest airports.

Aviation safety experts and representatives of the airlines, pilots, general aviation groups and airports, as well as state and federal government officials are expected to attend.

Bill Davis, National Runway Safety Program director for the FAA, will keynote the meeting. FAA Regional Administrator Ruth Leverenz said, "It is important that all elements of aviation come together at this summit. Runway safety is a complex issue that will take the government, industry, labor, aircraft and airport operators all working together to make our region's airports safer."

The meeting agenda includes panel discussions by state aviation directors, airport operators, air traffic representatives, and flight standards representatives; breakout sessions; and an airline perspective delivered by Captain David Keeling of Southwest Airlines.

Improving runway safety is one of the highest priorities in aviation safety and has proven to be a complex challenge. FAA's Southwest Region covers a five-state area: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The meeting will open at 1 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Harvey Hotel, 4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving, and continue through Tuesday.