Reducing Runway Surface Risk – Do your expectations meet reality?

Presented By: Melissa W. Cooper, Kansas City Aviation Department, Al Gorthy, USN Retired & Thomas J Frakes, Federal Aviation Administration

Recommended for: Aviation Managers, Pilots, Airport Operators, Dispatchers, and Air Traffic Controllers

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

13:00 - 14:45 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

13:00 - 14:45  


Runway excursions continue to be a leading cause of Business Aviation accidents.  This workshop will focus on current data and risk mitigation best practices as derived from real world experiences from the perspective of a career aviator, a FAA professional, and a current airport manager.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a meaningful discussion to elevate standards when operating in an airport environment to ensure expectations meet reality.

Melissa Cooper

Melissa W. Cooper, A.A.E.

Kansas City Downtown Airport Manager

Kansas City Aviation Department

Al Gorthy

Al Gorthy


USN Retired

Tom Frakes

Thomas J Frakes, P.E.

Manager. Central Region Runway Safety Program

Federal Aviation Administration