AERO Newsletter


September 2, 2016

To: All AERO Members and Prospective Members:

This newsletter is being sent to provide some background information, status of AERO and perspective on what is to come.

In July, the first meeting of AERO was held at Dentons’ Washington office, one of the sponsors of AERO. The purpose of the meeting was to announce the formation of an Aviation Emergency Response (centric) Organization, which will be called AERO.

The meeting was well attended with around 150 people either present or on the phone. The companies represented were a good cross-section of all of the areas of aviation that are envisioned with the creation of AERO.

The impetus for the formation of this non-profit organization is to provide a forum for all companies involved in aviation emergency planning/response and family assistance. AERO provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, best practices and further enhance emergency planning by drawing from each others’ experience and insights.

While commercial airlines may be involved in alliances or code share agreements, AERO provides a unique opportunity to combine commercial airlines, business aviation operators, airport, and ground handlers with insurers and experienced consultants for collaboration and support of one another, expanding the discussion to all those involved in planning and responding to an aircraft emergency.

Many commercial airlines were members of International Air Transport Association (IATA) until recently when that organization discontinued support for the Emergency Response Working Group. This provides further evidence that forming AERO is timely.

There is a meeting scheduled to be held September 21 and 22 in Sydney Australia. This Forum in Sydney will provide an opportunity to announce AERO in the Asia-Pacific geographic region.

The participants at the Annual IATA meeting selected the Sydney meeting location and date in the spring. Since many were planning on attending and a lot of work had been done on meeting preparation, it seemed natural to continue with that location even though the IATA working group has ceased to exist.

Looking forward:

  • AERO annual meeting will be held in February 2017 in conjunction with The Aviation Symposium at The Ritz Carlton, McLean, VA
  • The location of the 2nd AERO meeting location and date in 2017 will be determined in conjunction with the sponsors
  • There will be 16 members of the AERO Board of Directors, from segments of the industry, reflecting the membership of AERO, both geographically and diversity.
  • The proposed AERO committee structure will include:
    • Airline
    • Airport
    • Insurers
    • Attorneys
    • Communications
    • Programs

In the next newsletter, we’ll provide more information on the meeting in February and an update from the Sydney Forum.

The AERO website is still being populated with information as it is developed. You may keep informed trough the website

Eventually, there will be a members’ only section. For now, all information is public.   You may also submit a question or feedback by email to, directly.

We hope you will consider becoming a member of AERO. Dues information is available on the website.

Thank you to the sponsors of AERO:

  • Dentons
  • JLT Specialty Insurance
  • QBE Holdings
  • Wyvern Consulting

We look forward to working with you to establish AERO as a world-class emergency response and planning organization.

Best regards,

Deborah Thompson


Board of Directors