2019 Conference Schedule

Monday, October 28

       1:00pm - 3:00pm     Opening Ceremony, General Session & Membership Meeting

       3:30pm - 4:15pm     1. How to Start an Arts Program: Temporary and Local Art - Rachel Rearick, Arts and Culture Manager, Allegheny County Airport Authority; Brian Lang, Curator, BNY Mellon Corporate Collection; and Lauren Kintner, Collections Manager, BNY Mellon

                                      2. Current Ground Transportation Issues - TNCs, Taxis, and Turo, Oh My! - Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; David Bannard, Partner, Kaplan Kirsh & Rockwell; Dawn Romitz, Terminal Operations Manager, Pittsburgh International Airport; and Ray Hastings, Enterprise Rental

                                      3. Resilience at Airports Through Microgrids (Engineering) - Mike Adams, Project Manager, Allegheny County Airport Authority; and Michael Walton, PE,  Director of Advanced Power Systems, Burns Engineering 

                                      4. Changes in the Aviation Insurance Market, Including UAS (UAS) - Bryant Dunn, Assistant VP, Underwriting Manager; and Shaun Morris, Account Executive, Airways International Services, LLC

     4:15pm - 5:00pm      1. Security Issues at the Airport, Including Real ID - John Ricci, Supervisory Attorney, Department of Homeland Security; Vince Gastgeb, VP Government and Corporate Affairs, Allegheny County Airport Authority; and Keith Hansen, VP Government Affairs, Allegiant Air

                                       2. RWIS and MARWIS Technology - David Smock, Systems Specialist, Traffic Products

                                       3. Clean Fuel (Engineering) - Rob Schultz, Founder, Schultz Engineered Products

                                       4. The Future of the National Airspace, Remote ID and UTM (UAS)    

     5:00pm - 6:30pm      Reception in Exhibit Area

Tuesday, October 29

     7:30am - 8:30am       Breakfast Keynote with Faye Malarkey Black, President & CEO, Regional Airlines Association

     8:45am - 10:00am     1.  Dealing with Wildlife within the OA - Ben Shertzer, Wildlife Administrator, Allegheny County Airport Authority; plus representatives from the USDA and Game Commission

                                        2.  Meeting the Challenge, Aircraft Mechanics and Pilots - Today, Tomorrow and the Next 20 Years - Eric Smith, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Roxanne Ober, Director of Admissions, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics; Faye Malarkey Black, President & CEO, Regional Airlines Association; and Keith Hansen, VP Government Affairs, Allegiant Air

                                        3. Navigating Runway Safety Area Compliance - An Interactive Discussion (Engineering) - Eric Buncher, Manager of Planning Services, Allegheny County Airport Authority; Chad Nixon, Senior VP, McFarland Johnson; and Robert Terwilliger, PE, Senior Project Manager, McFarland Johnson

                                        4. Integration and Mitigation of UAS as Airports - Detection and Intervention Update (UAS) - Ronald Leach, Principal, Leach Strategic Partners

     10:00am - 10:30am   Morning Break in the Exhibit Area

     10:30am - 11:30am   1. How to Involve Your Community in Your Airport - BJ Teichman, Airport Coordinator, Bloomsburg Municipal Airport

                                        2. Promoting Aviation Education to Students of All Ages -  Lisa Naylor, Chief Human Capital Officer, Allegheny County Airport Authority; Traci Clark, VP of AGC, Allegheny Airport Authority; Dave Eberly, Airport Director, Lancaster Airport Authority; and John Sibole, Director of Aviation, Eastern Mennonite University 

                                        3. An Overview of Erosion Sediment Controls and Permitting (Engineering) - Melinda Muehlbronner, Senior Resource Conservationist, Allegheny County Conservation District

                                         4. UAS Operation After Recent State and Federal Legislation (UAS) - Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Thomas DeCesar, Associate Attorney, K&L Gates; and Nicholas Clabbers, Associate Attorney, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell 

     11:45am - 1:00pm     Luncheon with Keynote Shelly Simi, President & CEO, National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO)

     1:00pm - 2:00pm       1. Introduction and Overview of Managing Environmental Regulator Aspects of Airport Projects - Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Nicholas Clabbers, Associate Attorney, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Eric Buncher, Manager of Planning Services, Allegheny County Airport Authority; and Darren Betters, Director of Airport Development, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority

                                        2. ARFF Training - Tom Bonura, Deputy Fire Chief, Allegheny County Airport Authority

                                        3. Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) Development (Engineering) - David Storer, Director of Real Estate Development,  Allegheny County Airport Authority; Sean Sawford, PE, Director of Transportation Operations, ms consultants; Jim O'Mara, PE, Technical Service Manager of the Pittsburgh Highway Design Group, ms consultants; and Alan Ebling, PE, Project Manager, Management Engineering Corporation

                                        4. R&D in the UAS Industry - The Latest in PA (UAS) - Jack Langelaan, Associate Professor Department of Aerospace Engineering; and John Piasecki, President & CEO, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation

     2:00pm - 2:30pm      Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Area

     2:30pm - 4:00pm      PennDOT BOA Update - Tony McCloskey, Bureau of Aviation Director, PennDOT; and Tom Tomczyk, Manager, PennDOT

     4:00pm - 5:00pm     Terminal Modernization Program Update - Paul Hoback, Chief Development Officer, Allegheny County Airport Authority

     5:30pm - 9:30pm    Heinz Field Reception and Dinner (Transportation Provided)

Wednesday, October 30

     8:00am - 8:30am     Breakfast

     8:30am - 10:00am   FAA Updates - Elliott Black, Director of Airport Policy, FAA; and Jennifer Solomon, Regional Administrator, FAA

     10:00am - 10:30am  Morning Break in Exhibitor Area

     10:30am   Exhibitor Teardown    

     10:30 - 11:30am      1. Navigating Gaps in the Multi-Generational Workforce - Logan Williams, Allegheny County Airport Authority 

                                      2. Generating Non-Aeronautical Revenue at Small and Medium Sized Airports - Airport Concessions, Land Development and Beyond - Eric Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell; Darren Betters, Director of Airport Development, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority; Eric Gorenstein, Senior Associate, Strategic Advisory and Asset Management, JLL Hotels & Hospitality; Larry Isaacs, President & COO, The Firkin Group of Pubs & SLIP Hospitality Group; and Amy Miktus, VP, Pittsburgh, Fraport

                                      3. Industrial Engineering: Defragmenting Airport Operations Through Systematic Management (Engineering) - Michael Wood, Process Engineering for the Public Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Department, Allegheny County Airport Authority 

                                       4. Increasing Demand for UAS in Commercial Industries (UAS) - Todd Kishpaugh, Partner/COO, Argos UAS

     11:45 - 1:00pm         Luncheon with Keynote Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation

     1:00pm - 2:00pm      1. Purchase, Sale and Use of Non-Aeronautical Land - Navigating the Maze - Darren Betters, Director of Airport Development, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority; and David Bannard, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

                                        2. Let's Talk About Environmental Issues - Daniel Markind, Shareholder, Flaster Greenberg PC

                                        3. Deicing Pad C Rehabilitation and Modernization (Engineering) - Jeff Bezek, Director of Engineering, Allegheny County Airport Authority; Dawn Spence, PE, CM, Senior Associate, Michael Baker International; Greg McDowell, PMP, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith; and Alan Ebling, PE, Project Manager, Management Engineering Corporation

                                        4. UAS Safety via Industry Standards (UAS) - Bryan McKernan, Vice President, North America, ConsortiQ; and Todd Kishpaugh, Partner/COO, Argos UAS

     2:00 - 3:00pm          Closing General Session: Recap & Review