2015 Minnesota Airports Conference To Be Held In St. Cloud

The Minnesota Airports Conference will be held April 15–17, 2015 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minn. The conference is sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics, and facilitated by the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP) at the University of Minnesota.

The annual conference, held in conjunction with the Minnesota Council of Airports annual meeting, will include a tour of the Army Aviation Support Facility at St. Cloud Regional Airport (KSTC), updates from the Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics and Federal Aviation Administration, and topics ranging from the impact of General Aviation on state and local economies, to how unmanned aircraft systems will affect airport operations.

Among the featured speakers will be Cassandra Isackson of the Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics, Jeff Hamiel of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and Barry Cooper of the FAA Great Lakes Regional Office.

To register for the conference, contact Teresa Washington at 612-624-3745 or washi002@umn.edu.

Hotel rooms are available at the Kelly Inn and Le St. Germaine Hotel. A block of rooms is reserved for conference attendees who identify themselves with the conference and MCOA. Contact the Kelly Inn at 320-253-0606 or Le St. Germaine Hotel at 320-654-1661.

The Minnesota Council of Airports provides an opportunity for airport officials to address mutual concerns that affect Minnesota air transportation through meetings, conferences and correspondence. MCOA provides information to all Minnesota airports, with special consideration for smaller airports. The organization works closely with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics to identify and solve problems and fulfill needs. In addition, MCOA provides a unified voice on critical aviation legislation in both the state and national arena. MCOA’s executive director is Mark Knoff (www.mnairports.org).

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