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FAA To Hold First-Ever International Runway Safety Summit

top story photo Aviation safety professionals including pilots, air traffic controllers, researchers, aviation executives, government leaders and labor officials from around the world will convene in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1-3, 2009, for the premier International FAA Runway Safety Summit hosted by FAA and co-sponsored by AAAE and MITRE Corp. The three-day event will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.

The International Runway Safety Summit is aimed at bringing together important operational elements of the world's aviation community to discuss, review and assess hundreds of runway safety initiatives -- past, present and future. Representatives from airlines and other pilot groups, airports, governments, regulatory agencies, labor organizations, air traffic management organizations, engineering and manufacturing companies, and other key industry participants will come together for the event.

"By bringing these individuals together, we will not only be able to evaluate our progress to improve runway safety to date, but also will set a course for the future of runway safety worldwide," said Wes Timmons, FAA's director of the Office of Runway Safety, which is hosting the summit.

"Runway safety is a key focus of airport operators everywhere," said AAAE Senior Executive Vice President Spencer Dickerson. "The airport community welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this important gathering of aviation safety experts and industry stakeholders."

More than 500 attendees are expected to attend this first-ever, FAA-led international gathering of the runway safety community, which will engage in and contribute to one of aviation's most challenging objectives--the substantial reduction and eventual elimination of runway incursions and excursions worldwide.

Panelists will discuss runway safety initiatives around the world from the perspectives of all industry stakeholders. An exhibit hall showcasing the latest services and technologies being used to enhance runway safety will augment the educational sessions.

For more information on attending the meeting or exhibiting, contact Jacky Sher Raker at (703) 824 0504 or send an email to faaintlrunwaysafetysummit@aaae.org. Members of the media interested in covering the event can contact FAA's Joe Ponte at (202) 385-4789 or joe.ponte@faa.gov, or AAAE's Sean Broderick at (703) 824 0504 or sean.broderick@aaae.org.

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