August 29, 2017 10:30AM (ET)

The Economy of General Aviation Airport Security Awareness

General aviation (GA) Airports account for approximately 77 percent of all US flights. GA employees support 3.3 jobs elsewhere in the national economy. With over 200,000 aircraft and nearly 5,000 airports to choose from, the GA community employs and supports millions of jobs and it is important to keep this industry, and the public using it, safe and secure.

Recognizing that in the present threat environment we live in, it’s the private sector, the public at our GA Airports that stand as the first line of defense for its own facilities and assets. Security should not be viewed as a cost that brings little or no value to the airport. Instead, security should be viewed in relation to the airport’s business and master plans and how security can be leveraged to enhance and advance these plans. Making sure stakeholders and tenants not only know the rules but receive adequate training, can help drive the economics of the airport and the surrounding neighborhood. Download Handout

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What you will learn:

  • GA impact on US economy
  • Security vulnerabilities, threats to avoid
  • Reporting programs in place
  • Getting stakeholder buy-in to keep them flying in
  • Engaging strategies to use

Who should attend:

  • GA Airport Leadership Personnel
  • FBO and Tenant Employees at GA Airports
  • Local Community Leaders and Airport Supporters
  • TIME: 1-2 hours including Q&A

Presenter: Lorena de Rodriguez and Necole Hampton, SSi, Inc.; and Carlton Harrison, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Lorena de Rodriguez is a trainer and consultant in airport regulations and their effects on airport security coordinators and aviation employees. Lorena is on the board of Airports Consultants Council and National Safe Skies Alliance and served as the 2014-15 ACI-NA World Business Partners Associate Board chair. She is an active participant TRB/ACRP and Safe Skies PARAS security research as well as many state airport management associations.

Lorena completed the ACI World Executive Leadership Program at Concordia University; holds a Master of aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she participates on the Industry Advisory Board for student acedemics. For ACI World, Lorena has been a guest instructor, and facilitated training classes in Korea, Panama, Dubai, and Switzerland and Nashville.

She founded SSI, Inc (Safety and Security Instruction) to focus on curriculum development and regulatory compliance training and deploying web-based multimedia programs focused on providing security and safety, TSA, FAA, OSHA, ICAO, and DOT subjects to airport operators. SSi deploys training to more than 40 airports which delivers more than 1M training events a year. She resides in Tucson, Arizona and enjoys the heat, but not the humidity.

New to the aviation industry, Necole Hampton, brings an eclectic and myriad of experience to SSi, from education and law to administrative and sales and marketing. Necole is a graduate of The University of Arizona, with a degree in Psychology, with broad experience implementing a variety of programs contributing to team building, learning and development, and event coordination. Necole is also highly effective in partnering with managers to achieve organization goals, while also being a self-starter who is skillful at training and developing others. Necole is excited to bring to SSi, her strong sense of urgency, initiative and competitive drive to get things done, her natural ability to “sell”, and her skills as a team builder, motivator and mover, with emphasis on working with and through people in the process.

Carlton Harrison was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He attended the Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. Aerospace Technical High School in Detroit Michigan were he began flying and working on his aircraft power plant mechanics license. Carlton continued his aviation studies at Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aviation Management. Over a 15-plus year career, Carlton has served as Operations Assistant at the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit, MI; Operations Aide at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport; Operations Manager for the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, GA; Aviation Transportation Systems Assistant Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and in his current role as Assistant Airport Manager for the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Carlton is responsible for the day-to-day operational, security and business functions of the Airport. Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is one of the top 10 busiest General Aviation Airports in the country, home to over 1,000 based aircraft, and has an has a local economic impact of $839 million. Carlton is also an Airport Security Coordinator and a licensed private pilot.


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  1. Where is the recorded version available for review?

    • Hi Marilyn,
      The recording is available at the bottom of this post.

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