Newsletter to AERO Members

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

The AERO Annual Membership Meeting will take place on February 6, 2018 and will be held in conjunction with The LeClairRyan 2018 Aviation Symposium at the Ritz Carlton, McLean, VA.  AERO Board Members will meet from 3 – 4 pm in Salon III and general Members will meet from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in the same room.  We look forward to seeing you there!

We wanted to provide you with an update on AERO efforts over the past year and to let you know that membership dues paid in 2017 will cover 2018 membership.

Upcoming Events:

AERO Spring Webinar: 

The last year presented a series of unique challenges to all aspects of the aviation and the transportation industry.  This has included natural disasters and criminal events to name a few. Emergency response personnel throughout the industry have found themselves responding to hurricanes, airport terror attacks and active shooters. Is the definition and scope of an aviation/transportation emergency changing?

In Spring 2018, AERO will present a webinar that examines the changing face of aviation emergencies.  You’ll hear from those who have managed these issues, and how their companies prepare and respond, as well as how the role of emergency response personnel is changing.  Lessons learned will be discussed, as well as what you should do in order to avoid mistakes if you find yourself in the midst of one of these presented emergencies.

Whether you’re an airline, a corporate flight department, an airport or some other member of this industry, this is going to be a discussion you can’t miss.  Additional details regarding this webinar will be provided at the AERO meeting on February 6, 2018.

Crisis Management 2018: 

October 16-17, 2018 – in London, UK.

All AERO Members will be offered discounted delegate fees.  Practitioners from airlines, hotels, airports and ground handling will ensure that the event delivers the practical solutions demanded by their industry peers.  Interested sponsors and exhibitors are to contact Jerry Allen ( If interested in attending please follow this link to register.


We are in the process of building our reference library of material relevant to emergency response, preparedness, training, lessons learned, etc.  If you have something which may assist your colleagues, we will include it on our website under the resources tab.

Please forward information to Kristina Repko (, our Administrative Director, and she will add it to the website.


AERO has worked over the past year to create several committees to address numerous topics.  Please contact the referenced Committee Chair if you would like further information or to participate on one of the committees.

Communications/Social Media:

Chair: Barbara Webster, Spirit Airlines
Co-Chair: Noreen Brogan, AIG Aerospace

Humanitarian Assistance:

Chair: Joe Taccetta, JLT Specialty Insurance Services
Co-Chair: Ellen Dolinar, Republic Airline
Co-Chair: Susanna Halonen-Manner, Norwegian Air

Education & Training:

Chair: Vincent Bertucci, United Airlines
Co-Chair: David Nicewinter, Tampa International Airport
Co-Chair: Tracey Campbell, Global Aerospace

Resiliency, Response  & Recovery:

Chair: Karie Lardon, Southwest Airlines
Co-Chair: Ray Fitzgerald, Heathrow Airport Limited
Co-Chair: Greg Feith, Greg Feith & Associates
Co-Chair: Art Dawley, Wyvern


Chair: Jana Osborne, Alaska Airlines
Co-Chair: Sherry Ortiz, US Aircraft Insurance Group
Co-Chair: Peter Guy, QBE North America

We look forward to seeing you in February!