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Speakers for 2018 Aeronautics Safety Day. Speakers are listed Keynote first, then alphabetically. Please check back as we update. Topics and speakers are subject to change.
Keynote Speaker Ted Orris, Captain, Southwest Airlines
"The Evolution of Safety"
Orris’ talk will discuss how the airline industry has evolved over the years in the areas of Technology, Human Factors, and Organizational Structures, and how Safety Management Systems (SMS) have improved the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS). With 25,600 flight hours and 38+ years of flying experience, Orris will use his personal experiences and give first-hand accounts of how these improvements have benefited him and the airline industry directly.
Orris was born and raised in Painesville, Ohio. He attended Kent State University from 1979-1983, graduating in 1983 with a BS in Aerospace Technology (Pro Pilot Sequence). Living in the KSU area until 1991, he gave checkrides part-time in Kent's Part 141 program during his first four years of airline flying. He lived near Pittsburgh and Baltimore during his time at USAir and moved to Florida in 2002. Based in Orlando, FL, he flies a fair amount, averaging over 900 flight hours a year with Southwest, but in his spare time, he likes to tinker with home renovation projects. Single. No kids. No pets. Not even a goldfish!
Currently flying: Boeing 737-700, 737-800, 737-Max8
Previously flown: Boeing 737-200, 737-300, 737-400 (type rated), Boeing 757-200 (type rated), Boeing 767-200, (type rated), Fokker F-100, Fokker F-28, British Aerospace Jetstream 3100 (type rated), Cessna Citation Bravo (type rated), Various Cessna & Piper singles and twins EMPLOYMENT:
- Southwest Airlines 2005 - present
- CitationShares, fractional airline, 2003-2005
- Piedmont Airlines/USAir/US Airways 1989-2003
- Jetstream International Airlines (now PSA Airlines) 1987-1989
- Kent State University, assistant chief flight instructor, 1985-1987
- part-time assistant chief 1987-1991
- Cessna Aircraft Company, sales representative, 1984-1985
- Kent State University, flight instructor, 1983-1984
Galib Albumeri, Aerospace Engineer (Structures), Airframe Section, AIR-792, FAA-Los Angeles ACO Branch
"Aircraft Certification: Roles and Responsibilities"
Abumeri will focus on the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) roles and responsibilities. He will discuss organizational structure, type certification process, compliance and regulatory basis, supplemental type certificate (STC) process, project specific certification plan as a roadmap for certification, and what the ACO does every day for continued operational safety.
1988 BS ME and 1990 MS ME; and post graduate studies in optimization and computational mechanics, 25 years of aerospace related work experience.
Abumeri is an Aerospace Engineer in the Airframe Section at the FAA Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office. He is responsible for finding compliance with applicable Code of Federal Regulations, interpreting, and administering safety regulations relating to airworthiness of aircraft products. Also, Abumeri supports Continued Operational Safety (COS) with responsibility for 737 CL series, MDHI 369, 500N, and 600N fleet. He prepares Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Airworthiness Directives as needed in support of COS activities. Abumeri reviews service bulletins in support of COS and Airworthiness Limitation for life limited parts especially for rotorcraft. Abumeri addresses production quality issues and service difficulties with industry. He evaluates requests from aircraft operators for Alternative Methods of Compliance.
Prior to joining the FAA, Abumeri worked on developing and validating methods for material characterization of advanced composites, damage tolerance of composites, low and high velocity impact, and fatigue. Abumeri published extensively on methods for evaluating advanced aerospace structures with special focus on composites.
Adam Basaran, Senior Airship Pilot, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
"Threat and Error Management"
After graduating in 1999 from Olentangy High School in Columbus, Ohio, Basaran entered Kent State University’s flight school earning a B.S. in Flight Technology in 2003. At Kent State he obtained his instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate (allows one to fly for compensation), a multi engine rating and various instructor ratings, such as a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor), CFII (Instrument Flight Instructor) and MEI (Multi Engine Instructor); each an important step on his path to a job with the airlines and Goodyear Airship Operations.
Basaran began his professional flying career in 2003 as a Flight Instructor at Kent State and an intern with Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlines regional carrier.In 2006, he advanced to ExpressJet, where he was a First Officer, eventually gaining his ATP (Air Transport pilot certificate), allowing him to fly as pilot in command of an airliner, such as the EMB-145; the Embraer 50 seat jet very popular in airline regional transportation. 2013 brought significant changes to Basaran's professional life when he was hired as a pilot by Goodyear Airship Operations to fly its newest model lighter-than-air craft, Wingfoot One.
Like others who chose to fly airships, a rare opportunity, Basaran ’s path to the Goodyear blimps was paved with both desire and circumstance. “While at Kent I would often see the blimps flying and occasionally one would make an approach into the Kent State Airport, which is when they first captured my attention,” he says. “I’ve always found the Goodyear blimps fascinating, as they are a unique type of aircraft, even though they were among the first in aviation history.” His leadership skills, personality and aptitude for quickly learning new systems and technologies earned him the title, Assistant Chief Pilot in 2015.
Basaran lives in Canton, Ohio with his wife, 2 young children and their 2 dogs, appropriately named Jet and Huey. Basaran spends the majority of his down time with family out on the lakes, boating. “I find the Airship is a perfect blend of my interest in flying and my enjoyment of being out on the water. After all, it’s called an airship for a reason,” he says.
Andy Behary, Supervisory Traffic Management Coordinator, Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (CLE ARTCC)
"Air Traffic Control, an Overview of Operations"
Behary’s talk will cover the history of air traffic control, types of facilities, how airspace is divided, an overview of Cleveland Center, and how the National Airspace System works. He will focus on the importance of clear and concise communication between pilots and controllers, highlighting how pilots with lesser experience may not always tell a controller what they want or need. Additionally, he’ll talk about September 11, 2001 and what they did to get aircraft safely on the ground. Learn how to speak up and improve communications as a pilot or controller to help the National Airspace System work safer and smoother.
Behary has 28 years of experience, starting as a controller with Akron-Canton (CAK) Airport, then moving to CLE ARTCC for 27 years. In Cleveland, he served 15 years as an air traffic controller, eight years as supervisor, two years as Operations Manager, and six years in his current position of Supervisory Traffic Management Coordinator.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Behary attended Kent State University, and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Technology, majoring in Airway Science Management. He is also a Kent State University (KSU) Vision 21 Award Recipient and has given back much of his time as a speaker for various KSU classes.
Nick Belluardo, Airport Planning Coordinator, Cleveland Airport System
“Airport Construction Safety Phasing Plans”
A safe and secure airport is the goal of any operator. Over time however, it is necessary to make improvements and/or expand airfield facilities; often requiring embarking on multi-million dollar projects, spread over a course of multiple years. In Belluardo's presentation he will cover how to execute multi-faceted projects at a commercial service airport without sacrificing safety, security, or operational efficiency. Bringing with him real-time project updates from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), he will tell how CLE plans to bring about $60+ million in airfield reconfigurations all while keeping the airplanes flying!
Belluardo is a 2015 graduate of Kent State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in aviation management. Belluardo served as the manager of the Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3) while attending Kent State University and soon after graduation, moved on to serve as the manager of the Jefferson County Airpark (2G2). Presently, Belluardo works as the planning manager for Burke Lakefront and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He carries out planning and design initiatives and ensures projects are compliant with FAA regulations. In addition to Cleveland, Nick is the co-founder of Flight Services of Wadsworth and AeroTrek Flight Academy, at Wadsworth Municipal Airport. In 2017, Belluardo was selected as one of Airport Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for his accomplishments in his career field.
Chris Douris, Captain, ExpressJet Air Lines and Leah Hetzel, First Officer, Delta Air Lines
“Abnormal Life of an Airline Pilot”
Come hear what it is like to live the airline pilot lifestyle from this husband and wife team. Learn about schedules, commuting, life on the road, and other aspects of the career you may not have heard about. They will discuss how these things affect sleep, relationships, family life, and overall well-being, and what can be done to ensure safety is maintained while working in this high-paced career field. Learn how they balance their work and family life. Leah and Chris will share a couple of memorable experiences that stood out in their memories and what students can be doing now to prepare them for their airline interview and career.
Chris Douris, is an ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 Captain, based out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE). He previously flew the Beechcraft 1900D Airliner for the same company, has over 12,000 hours of flight time and 18 years of airline experience.
Leah Hetzel is a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 First Officer, based out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). She previously flew with ExpressJet Airlines and is type-rated in the Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet. She has logged over 5,000 hours of flight time. She is also the Cleveland Chapter President of Women in Aviation International.
Kevin Fetsko, Director & Chief Pilot, Global Flight Operations, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
"International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and Safety Management Systems"
Chief Pilot, Global Flight Operations, KCAK based
Graduate of Kent State University December 1997
Aircraft currently flying: Gulfstream G450 and G150
Aircraft previously flown: Challenger 601, Embraer 145/135, Learjet 60, Beech 1900D, SAAB 340A
Years of Experience: 23 years in aviation, 15 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Short Bio: Kevin Fetsko is the Chief Pilot for Global Flight Operations at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He oversees a fleet of 3 aircraft consisting of a Gulfstream G450 and 2 G150s operated in support of the company’s international and domestic business objectives. His primary duties include training, standardization, international operations, and compliance with IS-BAO standards. Kevin’s path to a career in business aviation began via an internship with Goodyear and has included flying positions in the charter and airline industries. He enjoys the dynamic nature of corporate aviation including the variety of destinations and the direct interaction with members of both the business and aviation communities.
Mike Fuzer, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Kent State University
"Flight Physiology and Spatial Disorientation, Featuring the Barany Chair"
Fuzer will be talking about the vestibular system, how it affects a pilot’s senses during instrument flight, and the hazards associated with those sensations. On loan to us from the Cleveland Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) is the Barany Chair, or “Vertigo Chair,” which Fuzer will use to give participants first-hand experience with the effects of spatial disorientation in a controlled environment. We hope you enjoy learning about how your body/mind will react to various head movements, how to counteract those senses, and the humor as you and others take a spin on the Barany Chair!
Fuzer started flight training at Kent State University in Fall 2009, advancing through the courses, and ultimately earning his Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. He was hired as a Flight Instructor at Kent State University in 2013. Adding to his certificates, Fuzer is now an Instrument Instructor. Fuzer was hired on as Kent State University’s first Lead Flight Specialist (full time CFI) in 2016, retaining years of experience within the flight program. He has advanced through the ranks and is now our Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. He is scheduled to begin work on his master’s degree Summer 2018.
Myron Koyle, Flight Standards Manager and S-76 Check Airman, Phi Air Medical
"And the Winner Is... Applying Good Aeronautical Decision-Making"
This presentation will involve the participates in a series of decision making exercises and situations, using current industry standards, guidelines or recommendations. AC 60-22 will be referenced, along with Phi Air Medical Life Saving Behaviors. Interacting videos, pictures and puzzles will be used to spark thought and discussion, adding light professional humor to keep all engaged on topic.
Koyle received his BS in Aerospace Flight Technology from Kent State University in 1982. Post-collegiality, he was commission in the United States Army and completed Rotary Wing Flight training in 1984. Duties in the military included serving as a pilot, platoon leader, flight operations officer, S-3 Air, and company commander. Retiring after 20 years of military service, he pursed a career in air medical flying with Cleveland Metro Life Flight and with the Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport Team as aviation site manager. He currently resides in Stow, Ohio with his wife, Debbie and his children. With more than 5,600 total flight hours and 400 hours Night Vision Goggle flying, Koyle continues to fly both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Certifications and Ratings
- Airline Transport Pilot (Rotorcraft-Helicopter)
- Commercial Pilot (Airplane Single and Multiengine Land)
- Flight Instructor-Rotorcraft Helicopter and Airplane Single Engine Land, Instrument
- Air Medical Resource Management Instructor
- Helicopter Underwater Egress Trained
- Vision 21, Kent State University
- 10 Year service Cleveland Clinic CCT
- Army Master Aviator Badge
- Army Commendation Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Aviation Safety Service
Hans Krach, Air Traffic Controller, Akron-Canton Tower/TRACON
"Akron Canton Airspace with interactive ATC discussion"
This open forum will be an interactive discussion with one of our local Air Traffic Controllers. This is your opportunity to talk directly with a controller in a calm environment without the real time pressures of flight. Hans will be available to answer questions about local airspace, communications, departure/arrival fans, hot spots, common errors, tips/tricks, and life in general as a controller. Come meet an actual controller, see that they are in-fact human, and learn what a controller experiences from their vantage point.
Krach’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) educational experience comes from the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC). Additionally, he attended Kent State University and graduated in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics.
In 2014, Krach was hired by the FAA as a Certified Professional Controller (CPC) at Akron-Canton Tower/TRACON (CAK). In his career with the FAA, he has learned a great deal about the local airspace, along with how local operators and flight school like to operate. For the past four years, Krach has worked with many Kent State University students who use the Akron-Canton Airport for first-solos to a tower-controlled field, shooting approaches, practicing landings, or are just transitioning the airspace. The Akron-Canton Class C airspace has a great mix of aircraft types, and a variety of operations. This includes numerous air carriers, flight schools, colleges, freight operations, and weekend warriors.
In addition to his experience as a controller, Krach is a Private Pilot and has approximately 200 hours of experience flying Cessna C-150, C-152, C-172 Skyhawk, Piper PA28-160 Warrior, PA28-180 Archer, and PA28R-200 Arrow aircraft, primarily out of Wadsworth Airport (3G3). Later this year Krach will be transferring to the Port Columbus Tower/TRACON (CMH), and where he will continue serving the pilots and passengers of our national airspace system.
Tim Lanigan, Chief Flight Instructor, AeroTrek Flight Academy (Wadsworth)
"Avoiding a Plastic Cloud" (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAV/drones)
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, 2000
Aircraft currently flying: C172, Pa28RT-201, PA23-250, DA-40, DJI Inspire 1
Aircraft previously flown: E170, Emb145, CE560 Excel/XLS, C414, C421
Experience: 20 years, >6,000 flight hours
Previous Employers: Flight Safety International, Shuttle America Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Bode Aviation
Short Bio: Tim’s diverse flight experience includes flying part 135 passenger operations in the southwestern United States and as an Airline Captain on the Embraer 170/175. Tim’s passion is flight
"Wrenching Safety into Aviation Maintenance"
A presentation about the rules and regulations that govern FAR Part 121 and 135 maintenance operations. The presentation will also cover human factors within a high volume and fast pace maintenance facility and will cover some OSHA regulations that are also implemented to protect those humans. The presentation is geared toward engineering safety into maintenance systems.
Mickolick in an impassioned aviation enthusiast and former Kent State University student with a degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Mickolick graduated in May 2011 and went on to intern with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the following summer. From the internship, Mickolick earned a position at a Component Repair Technologies, Inc. (CRT), a local turbine engine overhaul facility in Mentor, Ohio. Over the past seven years, Mickolick has worked at CRT as a Product Support Engineer, a Process Engineer, a Production Manager, and most recently, a Quality Engineer.
Chris Robison, Aircrew Training Coordinator, FlexJet/Flight Options
“Operational Control and You: The Finer Workings of a Dispatch Department”
A behind the scenes look of how a flight is properly planned, including network planning, maintenance planning, and weather. Learn about everything that goes into making sure a flight actually departs safely.
After graduating high school in 2009, Chris attended Kent State University’s Flight Program. He obtained his Commercial Pilot-Single/Multi Engine and Certified Flight Instructor certificates, flying the Cessna 172 and Piper Seminole aircraft. Before graduating in 2015, Chris was one of the first students to go through the newly created Dispatch program. After completing his dispatch license, Chris was hired as a Dispatcher at Ultimate Jetcharters, based at Akron-Canton Airport (KCAK), which operates Dornier Do.328JET, and Embraer ERJ-135 jet aircraft. Chris became their Logistics Manager shortly after graduating from Kent State University. Chris was later hired by Flexjet (formally Flight Options), and became their Aircrew Training Coordinator. He works at the company offices on the field at Cuyahoga County Airport (KCGF), commuting from his home in Kent, Ohio.
Jim Sebastian, Captain, Southwest Airlines
“Recognizing and Avoiding Distraction”
Captain, B-737, Adjunct Professor and Check Instructor, MDW based
Graduate of Kent State University December 1994
Aircraft currently flying: B-737, all KSU aircraft
Aircraft previously flown: BE-90/200, DA-50, DA-200, BE-1900D, EMB-145 B737-200/300/500/700/800
Flight Hours: 14000+
Years of Experience: 25
Short Bio: Previously worked at KSU, BP America, Continental Express. Currently a B-737, internationally qualified Captain with Southwest Airlines. Former BE-1900D Check Airman and EMB-145 Captain at XJT. Flown into 37 different countries on 4 continents. Also teach a senior level systems class at KSU as well as a part time 141 check instructor.
David Stresing, Technical Manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
"Regulatory Compliance for Design of Aircraft Structures"
Stresing will discuss details of specific regulations (Part 25) and how they drive the development of material properties, manufacturing processes, structural substantiation, lightning protection electrical bonding, fatigue and damage tolerance.
Employed at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for 32 years, beginning as a student intern, then to product design engineer, design engineering manager, now technical (R and D) manager. As R and D manager, the responsibilities are mentoring the engineering team and consulting with the customers as a subject matter expert regarding all aspects of civil airborne composite structures: product design, certification and testing oversight, and continued airworthiness. The R and D efforts include doing advanced investigations of new materials and processes and advanced product design, analysis and testing. Since 1999, he has been an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), authorized to FAA approve Engineering data related to the design, analysis, and testing of radomes and composite structures, lightning protection, associated materials and processes, with major alteration and repair.
- KSU School of Technology in 1987, Aerospace Engineering Technology, Physics Minor
- KSU Graduate School of Business in 1992 (MBA)
- Co-Patented new radome design #6,028,565. Other patents pending
- Presented published paper at AIAA 43rd Structures Conference, 2001: “Impact Resistance of Lightweight Sandwich Structures”
- Kent State School of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004
Tony Vallillo, Captain (retired), American Airlines, LtCol USAF (retired)
"As the Pros Fly"
Started out in the USAF in 1971. Flew C-141A Starlifter all over the world until 1979. In 1984, transitioned to C-5 A and B, flew that airplane for 9 years including a year of recall to active duty for Desert Shield/Storm. In 1993, joined the USAF Academy Admissions Liaison Officer program and served in that capacity until retirement from the USAF Reserves in 1998. Still active as an ALO to this day.
Hired by American Airlines as a pilot in January 1977. Based mostly in New York, with some time based at BOS and DFW. Served as a flight engineer in the Boeing 707 and 727, as a first officer in the Boeing 727, and as a Captain on the Boeing 727, 757, 767 and Airbus A-300-600R. Served as Flight Engineer Check Airman and Chief Flight Engineer at the New York base. Served as Pilot Check Airman and Chief pilot, JFK airport for 5 years. Flew in the international division for most of the last 20 years, including Europe, South America, Pacific. Retired in 2008.
Currently flying for Civil Air Patrol as a check pilot and Stan/Eval Officer in Maryland Wing. Total flying time almost 22,000 hours including flight engineer time.
Currently own and fly a Thorp T-211 Sky Skooter.
Mark Woike, Optics and Photonics Branch (LCP), NASA Glenn Research Center
"New Sensors and Techniques for Aircraft Engine Health Monitoring"
Woike will discuss current research and development efforts they have been working on at the NASA Glenn Research Center in the areas of new sensors and techniques for aircraft engine health monitoring. Much of this work was conducted in support of aviation safety.
Woike is from the NASA Glenn Research Center. He has 31 years of experience working in the NASA Glenn Research Center’s aeronautical test facilities as a test engineer, a project manager and a research engineer. Woike is currently a Senior Research Engineer in the Optics and Photonics Branch, responsible for the development and implementation of advanced instrumentation systems for aero-propulsion health monitoring and optical flow field diagnostics. He has a Master’s (1991) and a Bachelor’s (1987) Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Alan Zeleznik, Training Support Specialist, Cleveland Hopkins Tower/TRACON
"Runway Incursions and Hotspots"
Zeleznik will talk about runway incursions and how controllers and pilots can mitigate their occurrences. He will discuss airport “hot spots” and how to identify them. He will give tips and best practices concerning runway safety for both controllers and pilots. It is the FAA’s goal to make airport movement safer through education, awareness, and communication.
- Detroit City Tower (DET), Controller
- Detroit Metro Tower (DTW), Controller
- FAA Academy RTF, Instructor
- Air Traffic Control System Command Center(ATCSCC), Traffic Management Specialist
- Cleveland Hopkins ATCT/Tracon, Controller, Supervisor, Training Specialist
Zeleznik became interested in aviation from watching planes land at CLE from the parking area along Brookpark Rd. "What a great view!" Zeleznik was also able to visit CLE Tower a few times. While a student at Kent State University, Zeleznik decided to take the ATC test and was hired by the FAA shortly after graduation. Zeleznik currently resides in Strongsville with his wife and has two adult children.
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Street Address800 E. Summit St.
Kent, OH 44240
Street AddressAeronautics and Technology Building (ATB), 1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242
Mailing AddressPO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001