Natchez Conference a Success
Approximately 175 people gathered in Natchez last month for our annual conference. Attendees heard about topics such as drones, aviation activity forecasting, ethics and security. Speakers included Shelly Simi, President & CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials; Dr. Sharon Sarmiento, Principal at Unison Consulting, Inc.; FAA Southern Region Administrator Michael O’Harra and Dallas Brooks of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, among others. State officials spoke as well, including Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King, State Auditor Shad White and Mississippi Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood. Reports were presented on legislative and MDOT matters, and Garver’s Nick Holland emceed “Electrical Aviation Jeopardy.”
Award-winning Mississippi sportswriter Rick Cleveland entertained as featured speaker at the Thursday luncheon and recognition ceremony, and all enjoyed live music, barbecue and beer that night at the Natchez Brewing Company.
Mel Pomfrey, Director of Operations for Tupelo Regional Airport, was named 2019 MAA Professional of the Year. Mel’s background in aviation safety, law enforcement and fire protection, combined with his aptitude for leadership and team building, have made a tremendous impact on air service in northeast Mississippi.
Tribute was also paid to the late David Wynn, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Mississippi. On behalf of the organization, MAA President Sam Washington presented a resolution to David’s wife Joann and daughter Brittani in appreciation of David’s support for Mississippi’s airport officials and service to our state.
Our many sponsors and exhibitors helped ensure the conference’s success. Many thanks to them for their involvement!
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
Baker Donelson, PA
Tupelo Regional Airport
Allen & Hoshall
Barge Design Solutions
Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc.
Dungan Engineering, PA
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.
Gulfport Biloxi International Airport
Kutchins & Groh, LLC
Michael Baker International, Inc.
Natchez Adams County Airport
Clinton Pomeroy, Airport Consultant
Quantum Spatial, Inc.
Shows Dearman & Waits
Taffy Pippin Consulting, LLC
ACE Consulting and Design, LLC
Asphalt Systems, Inc.
Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, PA
Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Airport Cooperative Research Program
Airport Lighting Company
American Concrete Paving Association
Asphalt Systems, Inc.
Bright Portal Resources, LLC
Electrical & Construction Specialists, Inc.
Grip-Flex Surfacing/Ameriseal of Ohio
Official Mississippi Tour Guide
Rebel Services, LLC
Schulte Industries Limited
Thales Air Traffic Management
Titan Aviation Fuels/Shell Aviation
Trinity Highway Rentals
U.S. Aerospace Defense Group