For Immediate Release

May 12, 2003
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: (847) 294-7849

CHICAGO — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics, is the recipient of this year’s Federal Aviation Administration’s “Partnership in Runway Safety” Award (Innovative Educational Programs).

The Bureau is recognized for taking an aggressive, multi-faceted approach toward reducing runway incursions. The department has sponsored a Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) meeting at General Mitchell International Airport; held numerous pilot courses; and created large-scale taxi diagrams in the Wisconsin Airport Directory. More plans are on tap for 2003.

Wisconsin was recognized for its low number of runway incursions (two) during the FAA’s fiscal year 2002 (October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2002). As a comparison, the combined total incursions for the other seven states in the FAA’s Great Lakes Region was 57 for the same time period.

A runway incursion can be a threatened or actual loss of separation between an aircraft and another aircraft, vehicle or individual while the aircraft is on or near the runway surface.

“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 Proactive Airport Management; 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.