For Immediate Release

Release No. AWP-5 02-00
October 20, 2000
Contact: Jerry Snyder
Phone: (310) 725-3580

LOS ANGELES — David Kurner has been named Western-Pacific Region runway safety manager for the Federal Aviation Administration. In his new post, Kurner will carry out FAA’s nationwide runway safety program at the regional and local levels.

"Dave Kurner 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."

Kurner has extensive background in airport safety and is an FAA airport certification safety inspector and an airline transport pilot. He has served as the special assistant to the associate administrator for airports, FAA representative to the Department of Transportation crisis management cadre, and airports representative to the FAA Y2K program. Kurner, a graduate of San Diego State University, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993.

He will report to William C. Withycombe, 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 Western-Pacific Region. The region includes California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii, plus Guam, America Somoa and the U.S. territories in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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

One runway safety program manager will be named for each of the nine regions of the FAA. 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.