34th Annual Airport Conference
March 1-3, 2011
A Session - Eastern Region Laboratory Manual Workshop
Moderators: Guillermo Felix
A-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 to 9:15 AM
Flexible pavement design and the Eastern Region Laboratory Procedures Manual (ERLPM)
Guillermo Felix, FAA’s Eastern Region Team Leader for Airport Standards, will discuss current FAA flexible pavement design methods and the selection of binder and surface courses. The Eastern Region Laboratory Procedures Manual (ERLPM) and current FAA hot mix asphalt specifications P-401 and P-403 will be introduced
A-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 9:15 to 10:00AM
Development of Job Mix Formula – Marshall Design
Chris Brower, Advance Testing Company, will discuss procedures for the development of Job Mix Formula using Marshal Design method. Aggregates and asphalt cement qualities and how they contribute to the mix performance, will be explained. The use of the ERLPM Section 2 and
Appendix A thru C will be explained.
A-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 to 11:00 AM
Development of Job Mix Formula
Chris Brower, Advance Testing Company, will continue the presentation on the procedures for the development of Job Mix Formula using the Marshall method. Aggregates and asphalt cement qualities and how they contribute to the mix performance will be explained. The use of the
ERLPM Section 2 and Appendix A thru C will be explained.
A-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 11:00 to 12:00 PM
SuperPave Mix Design – Engineering Brief 59
Roy D. McQueen, P.E., President of Roy D. McQueen and Associates, LTD., will discuss development of Job Mix Formula using Engineering Brief 59 which provides guidance on the use of asphaltic concrete mixtures designed with SuperPave (gyratory compactor) techniques.
A-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Random Sampling and Quality Assurance
Ken Rowbotham, SOR Testing Laboratories inc., will discuss the requirements of the FAA Item P-401 and the guidance found in the ERLPM, Section 3, for determining the quality of plant produced material as well as field compacted material. The presentation will include requirements for testing laboratories, random sampling techniques, Test Section, Marshall Criteria for plant
produced materials and field compaction. Completion of forms found in ERLPM Appendix D will be explained.
A-4: Thursday, March 3 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Carl Steinhauer, Consultant, will discuss the statistical analyses’ theory to determine quality of pavement material. Procedures for calculating Percent Within Limit (PWL) will also be discussed.
A-5: Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 to 11:00 AM
Percent Within Limit/Computer Software
Carl Steinhauer, Consultant and Guillermo Felix, FAA-Eastern Region, will discuss how to calculate Percent Within Limit (PWL) of Plant produced Material and Material compacted on the field. A demonstration of the FAA computer software will be included.
A-5: Thursday, March 3 from 11:00-12:00 PM
Contractor Quality Control
Cindy LaFleur, MeadWestvaco, Asphalt Innovations, will discuss Contractor’s Quality Control
Plan and guidance found in ERLPM Section 7. Completion of forms found in ERLPM’s Appendix C will be explained.
B Session - Airport Engineering
Moderators: Chad Carper (Session B-1), Kyle Allison (Session B-2), David Sanchez (Session B-3), Matthew DiGiulian (Session B-4), Susan Winslow (session B-5)
B-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30-10:00AM
FAA Technical Center report on calculation of PCN values, new FAA Pavement Management System and Foreign Object Debris detention system
Representatives from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center will form a panel to present
various topics. David Brill will discuss the FAA’s COMFAA 3.0 Beta, the procedure for
computing flexible and rigid PCN numbers is fully automated, requiring only that the aircraft mix, pavement strength, and pavement thickness be entered. This workshop will demonstrate the improved capabilities of the new COMFAA 3.0 software, cover major changes from the current COMFAA 2.0 software, and show how to use the program in conjunction with accompanying draft AC 150/5335-5B to report PCN. Participants will also learn to use the new COMFAA support spreadsheet program to covert existing structures to the standard structures used in COMFAA. . Al Larkin will discuss FAA’s PAVEAIR, a web based Airport Pavement
Management System (APMS), is the FAA’s newest software program available for the public’s use. FAA PAVEAIR provides all the capabilities of a standard APMS but with the flexibility of being used on a single PC, a private network, an intranet or the internet. The presentation will cover the capabilities of the software, how to access and use the software and what upgrades will be available in the future. Jim Patterson will provide an update on research underway with Foreign Object Debris detection technology, as well as the development of a new web-based FOD database. With the recent completion of two new FOD related Advisory Circulars, there is a lot
of interest in FOD detection, FOD management programs, and collection techniques. Mr. Patterson will provide an overview of the current issues, and provide information on how the FAA is addressing them.
B-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30-11:30 AM
Preserving Our Airfield Pavements
Paul Wilke, Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc., will discuss elements of preventive pavement maintenance practices to preserve airfield pavement infrastructure. This presentation will describe the six basic steps involved in developing and implementing a pavement preservation program and will summarize results from a nationwide survey of airport’s pavement preservation and management practices.
B-2: Wednesday March 2 from 11:30-12:00 PM
Preservation of Airport Infrastructure using Correct Tools to Save Costs
Siva Venugopalan, Principal Engineer at SCS, Inc. will discuss non-destructive tools
available to quantify and solve corrosion problems early on, when corrosion damage and associated costs are significantly lower. Once the root causes, extent, and future progression of corrosion are quantified, the most cost-effective mitigation solutions can be implemented. This proactive approach has saved engineers and managers significant costs over time.
B-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30-2:15 PM
Reconstruction of Runway 13R-31L at JFK
Casimir J. Bognacki, P.E., Chief of Materials Engineering, Engineering Department of The Port Authority of NY & NJ, will present the changes proposed and approved by the FAA to the concrete mix design criteria given in the P-501 specification that was used in the reconstruction of Runway 13L-31R at JFK. Mr. Bognacki will also discuss how these changes affected the schedule and quality of pavement. Field data will be presented as well.
B-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 2:15-3:00 PM
Analyze and repair surface drainage at Buffalo- Niagara International Airport
Chris Decker and Mathew Diffin, Project managers at Roy D. McQueen & Associates, Ltd., and John Diebold, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, will discuss results on the study performed to analyze and repair surface drainage concerns that exist at the intersection of Runways 5-23 and 14-32 at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Viable repair options that will minimize both cost and operational impact, developed by RDM and NFTA, will be presented.
B-4:Thursday, March 3 from 8:30-9:30 AM
Specifications for airport pavement marking
Donna Speidel, President of Sightline Airfield Marking Consultants; Chris Brooks, VP Specialized Markets of Flint Trading Inc, and Joseph R. Shell, C.M., Engineering Technician manager at Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., will discuss designing airfield markings into construction projects. Included will be the latest development in FAA AC 150/5370-10E, Item P-
620, i.e. preformed thermoplastic markings, and best practices for Project Design as discussed in
the Airfield Marking Handbook, authored by Sightline and its research team.
B-4:Thursday, March 3 from 9:30-10:00 AM
Runway Safety Area, Pavement Management Program and FAA Standards Compliance Program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Paul L. Shank, P.E., C.M., Deputy Executive Director at Maryland Aviation Administration, will present the 2011-2015 Runway Safety Area, Pavement Management Program and FAA Standards Compliance Program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
B-5: Thursday, March 3 from 10:30-11:15 PM
SMS and Safety Risk Management
Rusty Chapman, Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. will provide a consultant's perspective on SMS/Safety Risk Management and its relationship to airport development projects. He will specifically discuss some of the risks associated with airport development and how they can be mitigated through Safety Risk Management.
B-5: Thursday, March 3 from 11:15-12:00 PM
How to Provide Successful Quality Assurance for Airport Construction
Edward G. Balter, Principal and Lloyd A. Tillman, Aviation QA/QC Manager of The Robert B. Balter Company will address the requirements of FAA concerning proper QA of Construction Materials; how to best protect the Sponsor with the latest ACs and Standards; what proper QA means to operations and maintenance; what qualifications are needed to fulfill FAA QA requirements and how to avoid liability with the IPIA.
C Session -Airport Safety/Airport Field Lighting
Moderators: Connie Boley-Lilly (Session C-1), Evelyn Martinez (Session C-2), Jayme Patrick (Session C-3), Andrew Brooks (Session C-4), Rick Harner (Session C-5)
C-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 to 9:15 AM
Airport Direct-Entry Digital NOTAMs
Air Traffic Control Specialists, NISC Digital NOTAM Support Mark Falen and Stev Meinders, Senior
will discuss the goals of digital NOTAMs.
C-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 9:15 to 10:00 AM
New Standards for Airport Markings Advisory Circular update
Michael McNerney, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Manager for Airport Engineering Division will provide an overview of the major changes to AC 150/5340-1K, Standards for Airport Markings dated September 3, 2010.
C-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 to 11:15 AM
Review of Construction Safety Phasing Plans
Evelyn Martinez, Lead Airport Certification Safety Inspector for the Eastern Region will review pertinent Part 139 areas to be considered during the development of an airport Construction Safety Phasing Plan. Guillermo Felix, P.E., Team Lead for Airport Standards at the FAA Easter Region Airports, will discuss procedures and practices to coordinate airspace studies for Construction Safety Phasing Plans (CSPP) to ensure compliance with FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-2E, Operational Safety on Airports during Construction. Michael McNerney, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Manager for Airport Engineering Division will discuss national efforts to standardize construction safety phasing plan reviews.
C-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 1l:15 to 12:00 PM
Reconstruction of Runway 13R-31L at JFK- Construction Phasing Best Practices
John Selden, Manager of Aeronautical Services for John F. Kennedy International Airport will review the various construction phasing techniques used to mitigate safety during Runway 13R-31L major reconstruction project this past year including the successful air traffic ―metering‖ procedures used to reduce air traffic delays.
C-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30 to 2:00 PM
Expectations for Bird Radars at Airports
Jayme Patrick, FAA’s Eastern Region Airport Certification Safety Inspector and Wildlife Biologist, will provide an overview of the new Advisory Circular 150/5220-25, Airport Aviation Radar Systems. She will explain current FAA expectations for, and limitations on, the use of these systems at civil airports.
Laura Francoeur, PANYNJ’s Chief Wildlife Biologist, will explain the status of radar installation and testing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and will describe the airport’s plans and expectations for use of the radar.
C-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Panel: Best Practices for Wildlife Habitat Modification
Jayme Patrick, FAA’s Eastern Region Airport Certification Safety Inspector and Wildlife
Biologist, Mike Begier, Allen Gosser , David Briseno and Ryan Stewart of the USDA’s National Coordinator for its Airport Wildlife Hazards Program and Cody Basciuska, Loomacres Wildlife Management will form a panel to discuss best practices for wildlife habitat modification including the need for airports to modify on-airport wildlife attractants. An overview of the research USDA conducts on habitat modifications to reduce wildlife attraction and the use of airport features will be covered. Photos and samples of materials of habitat modifications at airports in our region, including modification of various water facilities, modification of a perimeter fence, and modification of vegetation on a portion of airport property will also be included in the presentation.
C-4: Thursday, March 3 from 8:30-9:15 AM
Update on Airport Safety Technology Visual Guidance R&D
Don Gallagher, Visual Guidance Program Manager for Airport Safety Technology R&D Sub-
Group, will provide an FAA Technical Center update on FAA's R&D projects relating to visual guidance
C-4: Thursday, March 3 from 9:15 to 10:00 AM
Airport Signs Advisory Circular
Thomas Mai, FAA Airport Engineering Division in Washington, DC will discus current Advisory Circular for airport sings systems
C-5: Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 to 12:00 PM
LED Lighting Technology – Past, Present and Future
Peter Butler, P.E., chief Aviation Electrical Engineer at CH2M HILL, will review the evolution
of LED-lamped lighting systems, present the current industry trends associated with NAVAIDS and lighting systems, and discuss future LED lighting systems improvements. The discussion will generally focus on the design of NAVAIDS, runway and taxiway lighting systems, and the associated infrastructure. A round table discussion with the audience will follow up after the presentation.
D Session – Airport Management
Moderators: Maria Stanco (Session D-1), Diogenes Ramos (Session D-2), (Lori Ledebohm Session D-3), Sharon Perry (Session D-4), Oscar Sanchez (Session D-5)
D-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM
NextGen Navigation System: ―From Here to Infinity and Beyond‖
Carmine Gallo. Regional Administrator of FAA Eastern Region will start the presentation with an overview of the NextGen. Pamela Whitley, FAA’s NextGen Solution Integration Group, will
present the FAA strategies for the implementation of the wide ranging transformation of the entire national air transportation system — not just certain pieces of it — to meet future demands and
avoid gridlock in the sky and at the airports. NextGen moves away from ground-based surveillance and navigation to new and more dynamic satellite-based systems and procedures, and introduces new technological innovations in areas such as weather forecast, digital communications and networking. When fully implemented, NextGen will safely allow aircraft to fly closely together on more direct routes, reducing delays, and providing unprecedented benefits for the environment and the economy through reductions in carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and noise. As a result of NextGen improvements, our nations Airports will become more efficient with planned surface operational capabilities and real-time data sharing. Diane Crean Deputy Regional Administrator, of FAA Eastern Region will discuss the need to plan for the work force of the future to meet the demands of these new technologies both now and in the future.
D-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 to 11:15 AM
Internal SMS discussion
Ken Jacobs, FAA National Headquarters, will discuss the new FAA Airports Safety Management System and how it applies to airport planning and development projects. The presentation will explain sponsor participation and involvement in the process.
D-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 11:15 to 12:00 PM
Changes at the Flight Procedures Office
Gerard Lebar, Federal Aviation Administration’s Senior, Airspace Evaluation Program Specialist of the Eastern Flight Procedures Team, will present a briefing on the realignment of the FPT, the Development Branch and Flight Check in Oklahoma City and what that means to the airport manager. Also updates on any criteria changes that have taken place in the past year that could affect your airport.
D-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
―Transportation Security Administration (TSA): passenger security screening and airfield security requirements.
Kelly D. Wheaton, Deputy Chief Counsel for Enforcement and Incident Management of the TSA, will discuss the new TSA equipment and procedures for passenger screening and airfield security.
D-4: Thursday, March 3 from 8:30 to 9:15 AM
How to submit Aeronautical Data Changes to the FAA
Mike Oudemans & Chris Criswell work in the Air Traffic Organization in the Mission Support Services, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Group. AIM serves as the principal element within the FAA responsible for collecting, collating, validating, storing, and disseminating aeronautical information detailing the physical description and operational status of all components of the National Airspace System (NAS). They will be presenting the new process for submitting aeronautical data changes to the FAA.
D-4: Thursday, March 3 from 9:15 to 10:00 AM
Contract Air Traffic Control Tower
Thomas R. Jones is the Contract Tower and Weather Group (CTWG) Manager for the FAA Air Traffic Organization, Terminal Services Unit, Terminal Safety & Operations Support Directorate. CTWG serves as the technical and programmatic focal point for the Contract Weather Observation (CWO) and FAA Contract Tower (FCT) programs. CTWG establishes standard operating procedures (SOPs) and processes for the CWO and FCT programs to ensure FAA standards, orders, and procedures are achieved in a quality and timely manner.
D-5: Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 AM
Wildlife Hazard Assessment at General Aviation airports
Brian Rushforth, Manager of Airport Safety & Operations for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington DC will review the FAA’s long term plan to implement Wildlife
Hazard Assessment requirements at General Aviation Airports.
D-5: Thursday, March 3 from 11:15 to 12:00 PM
Alternative Airfield Turf Grass Study
Calvin M. Davenger, Jr., City of Philadelphia’s Deputy Director of Aviation/Planning &
Environmental Stewardship and Christina Lee Kobland, President and Founder of Native Return, LLC, will unveil their ongoing, multi-year project to test the viability of a slow-growing, shorter, wildlife-deterring turf seed mix for potential use on the airfield. The ultimate goal of the study is to determine whether the seed mix, requiring only one mow per year, will thrive on the airfield as well as help to deter wildlife, protecting both aircraft and animals from potential harm. If this process proves successful, the alternate turf grass will significantly reduce airfield mowing and wildlife management expenses. An added benefit will be the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
E Session - Airport Finance, Environmental, Planning and Capacity
Moderators: Patricia Henn (Session E-1 & E-2), Jackie Marcello (E-3), Suki Gill (sessions E-4 and E-5)
E-1: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM
The New AIP Handbook and the Surplus Property Program and Procurement Requirements.
Nancy Williams, FAA’s National Resource Expert for Policy and Legislation, will introduce the new draft version of the document which sets forth the policy and procedures to be used in the administration of the Airport Improvement Program: The AIP Handbook. She will discuss the need for the update as well as the significant changes to the handbook including changes in policy and project eligibility. She will show you how to obtain free equipment for your airport via the Surplus Property Program. The session will conclude with a discussion of the FAA’s Procurement
Requirements and answer the most frequently asked questions regarding procurement.
E-2: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 to 12:00 Noon
New Grants Payment Policy, the Current Audit Environment and FAA Reauthorization Update
Matthew Thys, FAA’s Airports Financial Assistance Staff will discuss the proposed changes to
the way airport sponsors draw down grant payments, the termination of the ECHO grant payment system, the discontinuation of the Letter of Credit program as well as introduce you to the new requirements for grant payments under the I-Supplier System. The second part of the presentation will focus on the current audit environment with a discussion of recent audit findings and anticipated future audit requirements. The session will conclude with a brief update on the status of FAA Reauthorization and its impacts to the FY-2011 grant year.
E-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM
AGIS Transition Policy
Gil Neuman from FAA Headquarters APP-400 Airport Planning and Environmental is leading FAA’s national initiative of Airport GIS. The session will provide an update of the roll-out
process and any lesion learned. In addition, the session will provide a summary of the outreach
effort by the FAA currently underway as well as the status of the AGIS pilot programs that have been funded.
E-3: Wednesday, March 2 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM
Benjamin J. Siwinski, CM, with VHV Vanasse Hagen, Brustlin, Inc., will provide a status update on the FAA’s Airport Sustainable Master Plan Pilot Program which selected 10 airports around the country to prepare Sustainable Master Plans or Stand-Alone Sustainable Management Plans. Progress on the planning projects will be shared, and lessons learned on a case study stand-along sustainability plan will be presented. Successful sustainability initiatives at airports in the region will be showcased, and the upcoming ACRP projects that focus on airport sustainability will be discussed.
E-4: Thursday, March 3 from 8:30 to 9:00 AM
Solar Panels on Your Airport
Jake Plante, FAA National Resource Advisor for Noise and Air Quality, and Steve Barrett, Director of Clean Energy, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., will describe the new solar guidance, "Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports", which provides information to the FAA Airports organization and to airport sponsors on how to effectively plan an airport solar facility. For airports with favorable solar access and economics, the guidance provides a checklist of FAA requirements to ensure that proposed photovoltaic or solar thermal hot water systems are safe and pose no risk to pilots, air traffic controllers, or airport operations. FAA procedures will be explained using a number of case studies involving existing airport solar installations
E-4: Thursday, March 3 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Marcellus Shale, Gas and Other Mineral Extraction on Airports
Ed Gabsewics, Richard Holes with L.R. Kimball and Tom Hart, Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority, will a panel to discuss the Marcellus Shale development, gas and mineral extraction on airports from the perspective of the ADO Environmental Specialist, the Airport Sponsor, Consultant and FAA Legal Department. The session will include an in depth look at the Marcellus Shale development at Williamsport Regional Airport.
E-5: Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 PM
Conservation Strategies in Airports – It’s not just About Saving Energy
Jim McClellan, PE, will highlight several recent case studies at airports using radiant floor / solar wall heating, natural lighting, water conservation, rainwater harvesting and plumbing fixture selection to help airports maximize energy savings and reduce energy expenditures.
E-5: Thursday, March 3 from 11:15 – 12:00 Noon
Land and Revenue Development Strategies
Matt Preisler, R.W. Armstrong and Randy Forister, Allegheny County Airport Authority, will discuss reality of today’s competitive environment for on-airport development projects and the
need for developers to move through the public-sector process quickly, begs for examples of the creative and/or hybrid solutions as well as tried and true, more traditional approaches to leasing and developing airport property. Third-party development, conduit financing and tax-exempt financing by private-sector entities, and the myriad of local and state incentives are a few of the variables that make a black-and-white airport leasing policy inadequate. Case study examples from the ACRP Guidebook on Best Management Practices for Leasing and Developing Airport Property, highlighting diverse project stakeholders, funding and finance structures, and lease policy will be examined.