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5th Annual Aviation Summit

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)

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At a Glance

Date: February 16, 2012
Registration and Check-in: 8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Formal Agenda: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Refreshments, book signing, and networking:  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, Texas 75039
Cost: $50.00 (breakfast and lunch provided)

Federal Aviation Administration staff and currently enrolled college students,
please contact NCTCOG at lkey@nctcog.org for complimentary registration.


Keynote Speaker -  Ross Perot, Jr.

Ross Perot, Jr. 
Ross Perot, Jr. serves as Chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests  that include real estate, oil and gas and financial investments. In addition, Mr. Perot is Chairman of  Hillwood, which he founded in 1988. Hillwood is ranked among the top ten real estate developers in the United States and is recognized for its high-profile projects and public-private ventures. Hillwood Energy has natural gas and oil interests in the United States, Iraq and Russia. In 1982 he completed the first helicopter flight around the world.   The 26,000 mile trip was completed in less than 30 days, crossing 26 countries, and 17 seas and oceans.       











State Senator Royce West

Royce West was first elected to   the Texas Senate in November   1992. During his  tenure,    Senator West has been named   by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics, been selected for the magazine's biennial "Ten Best Legislators in Texas" list, and has twice been named as an "Honorable Mention." Senator West is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations and is a member of Senate committees on Education, Finance, Health and Human Services and Higher Education.


Bob LaBelle
Managing Director of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor Company, Bob LaBelle, is  head of  the AW609 program   based in Arlington, Texas.   The AW609 combines the speed, altitude, and comfort of a turboprop with the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a helicopter.  The aircraft can be used for executive transport, offshore operations, search and rescue, medevac, and law enforcement.  AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, is a total capability provider in the vertical lift market.

  Giacinta Bradley Koontz
Aviation historian and author, Giacinta Bradley Koontz, is a self-described “Aviation  Anthropologist.” Ms. Koontz has made many personal  appearances including the Experimental Aircraft Association's Fly-In Convention, known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. She has even been featured on PBS and the History Channel in early aviation documentaries. In her newest book,
Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation, Giacinta presents over 20 fact-filled stories of aircraft mechanics before WWII.




























DRAFT Agenda 


Registration & Breakfast

Welcome Remarks 

Next Generation Air Transportation System Implementation
        FAA NextGen Outreach Office  

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and North Texas 
      Wes Jurey,
Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Regional Job Growth: Driven by the Aviation Industry
      Bob LaBelle,
AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor Co.


Sustaining our Aviation Workforce
      Senator Royce West,
Texas State Senate

Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation 
      Giacinta Bradley Koontz,
Aviation Historian and Author

                             Break for Lunch

Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Perot, Jr. , President and CEO, Hillwood

Vision for the Future:  Airport System Planning 
FAA – Mike Nicely, Manager, Texas ADO
TxDOTScott Gallagher, Director of Planning & Programming
      NCTCOG – Dan Kessler, Assistant Director of Transportation

Book Signing with Giacinta Bradley Koontz   


Why You Should Attend

•   Find out why sustaining our aviation workforce is so vital to North Central Texas
•   Learn about regional job growth driven by General Aviation
•   Understand the economic impact and long-term benefits to your community
•   Network with industry professionals, local college and university representatives, elected officials, and aviation enthusiasts from all around the region


Have questions about 5th Annual Aviation Summit? Contact North Central Texas Council of Governments

When & Where

Irving Convention Center, Las Colinas
500 West Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)

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North Central Texas Council of Governments

The North Central Texas Council of Governments . . . an association of, by, and for local governments . . . assisting members in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and recognizing regional opportunities for improving the quality of life in North Central Texas.

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