The 2013 Fall Forum, held September 26 and 27 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission Facilities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, brought together airport personnel and experts from across Minnesota to learn from each other through small-group discussions and collaborative sessions. Topics included minimum operating standards, all hazards planning and emergency preparedness, tours of MSP International Airport, and more.
More than 70 aviation staff from across the state attended the annual AirTAP Fall Forum.
Patrick Hogan, MAC director of public affairs, described the history of MSP International.
Brainerd airport manager Jeff Wig and others in a session on minimum standards.
MAC executive director Jeff Hamiel discussed the findings of an MSP economic impact study.
MAC emergency programs manager Kristine Rollwagen gave advice on all-hazards planning and emergency preparedness.
Nick Muntean gave an overview on the MAC Trades Building tour.
A tour of MPS took attendees around the perimeter of MPS, with stops that included the new fire station and the Driver Training Center. AirTAP Fall Forum 2013
Attendees boarded a bus to drive the perimeter of MSP.
The maintenance building houses the airport's snow removal equipment.
MSP snow removal equipment
The MAC's mobile command center
MAC assistant director of operations Paul Sichko led the tour of MSP.
One of two fire stations at MSP. Wind generates power for the emergency command center located in the basement.
Attendees tour the fire station.
MSP's airboat is used for water rescues.
The MAC paint shop services MSP and 6 reliever airports.
A striping truck in the paint shop.
Heavy-duty stencils are designed to stay in place during pavement painting.
An attendee tries out the snowplow driving simulator.
Taxiway edge lights in the electrical shop.
The MAC's Tim Fox led a tour of the plumbing shop.
Jets are fueled from an underground hydrant system.
This session highlighted the 80-year history of the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport, from its first landing strip in 1920 through its many expansions and changes up to the present day.
Planning for hazards and preparing for emergencies requires knowing your airport's risks and developing a plan to minimize the impact. In this session, attendees learned to identify potential hazards, assess the risk, and respond effectively
This session highlighted the economic impacts of the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport, which has the 17th busiest terminal facilities in North America.
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The forum was sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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