Transportation Cabinet
36th Annual Kentucky Aviation Conference to begin Wednesday

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 31, 2012  
Contact Information:  Chuck Wolfe
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Fort Campbell combat aviation units to be accorded honors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2012) – The 36th Annual Kentucky Aviation Conference, which brings together a range of aviation professionals and government leaders, begins Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Kentucky Airports: The “Welcome Mat for Your Community” is the conference theme. The Kentucky Department of Aviation, an agency of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, hosts the conference with the Kentucky Aviation Association.

“Kentucky is fortunate to have 59 airports, as far west as Fulton and as far east as Pikeville,” Department of Aviation Commissioner Winn Turney said. “These airports are valuable public assets. They play a critical role in economic development by being the welcome mat of our communities.”

The conference, which runs through Friday, Sept. 7, draws pilots, airport managers, airport board members, engineers, consultants, vendors and government officials who share the goal of keeping Kentucky’s airports safe, modern and viable.

Featured speakers include Doug Murphy, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region administrator. Murphy oversees 7,800 employees in Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

A highlight of the conference will be presentation of the Kentucky ACE Award, the highest aviation award presented in the Commonwealth, to officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel representing three elite helicopter units based at Fort Campbell – the 101st Aviation Brigade (Attack), the 159th Aviation Brigade (Assault) and the “Night Stalkers” of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.