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2005 AirTAP Fall Forum

October 11—12, 2005
Cragun's Resort
Brainerd, Minnesota

About the 2005 Forum

The 2005 AirTAP Fall Forum brought together airport personnel and key experts to learn about new airport technology, insurance issues, pavement maintenance techniques, environmental concerns, and many more topics.

This year's highlights included a discussion of state and national policy and trends by U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest, and Minnesota Rep. Mike Beard. Also featured were a general interactive session with MAC executive director Jeff Hamiel and a tour and reception at the Brainerd Airport.

Day 1 — Tuesday, October 11th

9:30 — 9:45 Welcome
Speakers:

  • Cheri Marti, Assistant Director, Center for Transportation Studies
  • Glenn Burke, Airport Manager, South St. Paul Airport
  • Peter Buchen, Airport Development Section Manager, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics

9:45 — 10:45 Mn/DOT Land Use Study General Session
Topics:

  • Discussion of recently completed land use study
  • Impacts to airports
  • Model zoning ordinance
  • Protecting adjacent airport property from incompatible development

Speakers:

  • Tina Axelrad, Principle, Clarion & Associates
  • Kathy Vesely, Airport Development Specialist, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics (moderator)
  • Debra Sorenson, Planner, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics (moderator)

11:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. State and National Policy and Trends General Session
Topics:

  • Legislative perspective: What happened? What's happening? Where are we going?

Speakers:

  • Congressman James Oberstar
  • Senator Ann Rest
  • Representative Mike Beard
  • Ray Rought, Director, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics (moderator)

1:15 — 2:15 Concurrent Sessions

Operations and Maintenance: Hangar Maintenance

Topics:

  • Roof maintenance and repair
  • Door maintenance

Speakers:

  • Jason Myrvik, Midland Bi-fold Doors
  • Joe Pelant, Inspec Inc.
  • Ann Johnson, President, Professional Engineering Services (moderator)

Administration/Policy: Setting good airport policy

Topics:

  • Public process in developing policy
  • Canby case study

Speakers:

  • Kelly Gerads, Manager for Administrative Services, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Barbara Hoyhtya, City Administrator, City of Canby
  • Ray Klosowski, Former Executive Director, Duluth Airport Authority (moderator)

2:15 — 3:15 Concurrent Sessions

Operations and Maintenance: Grounds Maintenance

Topics:

  • Mowing and current practices for turf
  • Vegetation management
  • Brush management
  • Tree trimming/obstructions

Speakers:

  • Dale Sutherland, Territory Manager, United Ag Products
  • Dick Helgeson, Manager, Two Harbors Airport
  • Ann Johnson, President, Professional Engineering Services (moderator)

Administration/Policy: Insurance and Liability

Topics:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Liability issues for tenants and airport users
  • Insurance needs
  • Case studies

Speakers:

  • Ellen Longfellow, Loss Control Attorney, LMCIT
  • Glenn Burke, Airport Manager, South St. Paul Airport (moderator)

3:30 — 3:50 Overview of the Brainerd Airport Construction project General Session

Speakers:

  • Steve Sievek, Airport Manager, Brainerd Airport
  • Andy Peek, Project Engineer, SEH
  • Jim Grothaus, Technology Transfer Engineer, CTS (moderator)

3:50 — 5:15 Conversations with Jeff Hamiel General Session

Speakers:

  • Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Cheri Marti, Assistant Director, CTS (moderator)

5:45 — 7:45 Reception and tour at Brainerd Airport

Speakers:

  • Steve Sievek, Manager, Brainerd-Crow Wing Airport
  • Andy Peek, Project Engineer, SEH

Day 2 — Wednesday, October 12th

8:30 — 10:15 Concurrent Sessions

Operations and Maintenance: Fall and Winter Runway Maintenance

Topics:

  • NAVAIDS, ILS, AWOS, VOR (how do they work and why do they have to be carefully maintained?)
  • Lighting (and how to keep it operational during winter)
  • Snow and ice control

Speakers:

  • Bob Milton, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • John Schroeder, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Jim Moriarty, Consultant, Peer Associates
  • Ann Johnson, President, Professional Engineering Services (moderator)

Administration/Policy: Your Airport's Economic Impact

Topics:

  • Using the Economic Impact Tool
  • Developing cost/benefit data
  • Marketing/economic impact

Speakers:

  • Bill Gartner, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Dan Erkkila, Professor and Extension Educator, North Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota

10:45 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. You Ask the Questions: FAA and Mn/DOT Provide the Answers General Session

Topics:

  • New reporting requirements for revenue-generating facilities
  • AIP eligibility
  • Small group round-robin discussions during which Mn/DOT regional engineers will cover pavement maintenance and other issues.

Speakers:

  • Robert Huber, Assistant Manager, FAA—Minneapolis Airports District Office
  • Peter Buchen, Airport Development Section Manager, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics Mn/DOT Regional Engineers

1:00 — 2:30 "Inside the Fence" - Runway Safety Issues General Session

Topics:

  • How the new Princeton FSS will operate
  • NOTAMS (when they are needed and what's required)
  • Construction safety issues
  • Safe operations (day-to-day procedures and policy)
  • Self inspection
  • Use of radios
  • Farming concerns

Speakers:

  • Joe Morgan, Manager, Princeton FSS
  • Joe Harris, Airport Manager, MAC Reliever Airports
  • Rick Braunig, Aviation Representative, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Bill Towle, Director, St. Cloud Regional Airport (moderator)

2:30 — 3:00 Wrap up and evaluations

  • Cheri Marti, Assistant Director, Center for Transportation Studies

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