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April 13, 2010

Lubbock Hosts SCC-AAAE

By Jay Carpenter, TXAA Board of Directors

Beginning on March 27, 2010, The South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives met in at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas, for their annual conference. The conference ran for five days. The title of the event was “Winds of Change.”

West Texas windy weather greeted attendees on day two’s golf tournament and mentor meetings but the weather soon became beautiful and guests enjoyed good food and knowledgeable speakers from across the nation.


Overton Hotel

James W. Loomis, Director of Aviation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport welcomed the audience on day three along with Walt Strong, SCC-AAAE President from Max Westheimer Airport. Also speaking on legislative issues, AAAE and FAA updates were John Duval, AAAE Chairman, Charles Barclay, President of AAAE and Mike Nicely, Texas ADO, FAA Southwest Region out of Ft. Worth. Special recognition went to Fred Underwood, a strong supporter of general aviation in Texas.

James Loomis Walt Strong Fred Underwood Jeff Bilyeu

Peter Boler, President of American Eagle Airlines also spoke about the future of regional airlines. Thomas Wade, FAA South Region headed up the GIS Session. Other speakers included Bonnie Deger of Ricondo and Association who spoke about airport finance-non airline revenue and Jeff Bilyeu, AAE Director of Aviation from Brazoria County who led a general aviation roundtable session.

The conference ended with a farewell breakfast at the Overton Hotel.

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