For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 14-02
May 28, 2002
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a two-day Southwest Region Runway Safety Summit, tomorrow, Thursday, in Fort Worth. The summit will focus on runway incursion prevention and the development of recommendations in promoting runway safety.

Aviation safety experts, air traffic controllers, airport officials, pilots, and general aviation groups as well as state and federal government agency officials are expected to attend.

FAA Regional Administrator, Ruth Leverenz will open the conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Also participating will be John Pallante, deputy director from the FAA’s Office of Runway Safety in Washington, DC.

The meeting agenda includes breakout sessions and panel discussions on surface incident prevention and the development of regional recommendations with representatives from air traffic, flight standards, and airports. Sessions include a technology update, human factors implications, reporting and handling of surface incidents, and airline presentations on strategies for preventing runway incursions.

Runway safety is one of the FAA’s top five priorities. Even with a downward trend of runway incursions, it continues to be a challenging and complex issue. Ruth Leverenz, Regional Administrator for Southwest Region said, “The rate of runway incursions is going down nationwide; however, incursions are still happening. We still have a great deal of work to do and during this conference we will be building our action plan for 2003.”

The summit will take place at the Westin Beechwood Hotel, 3300 Championship Parkway, just north of Fort Worth Alliance Airport.

FAA’s Southwest Region covers five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.