Chapter Meeting: The Future of Aviation in San Antonio

    April 25, 2019
    7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
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    The Petroleum Club of San Antonio
    8620 N New Braunfels Ave, Suite 700
    San Antonio, TX 78217


    About the Program:
    More than 10 million passengers — an average of 25,000 per day — fly in and out of the San Antonio International Airport each year. In the next 20 years, that number could double to 18 million passengers per year. To accommodate this growth and continue to generate prosperity, the Airport must keep up with the air travel needs of the community and region. So, the San Antonio Airport System launched a Strategic Development Plan process to focus on the next 20 years, and to examine the suitability of the site for growth and expansion in the next 50 years.

    The data-driven Strategic Development Plan produces options regarding land use, facilities, and services required for the airport system to accommodate the growth of the San Antonio region, including the “will it fit?” in the current location question. The entire study is expected to conclude in 2020.

    Have you been anxiously awaiting the details of the plan? Well, the wait is over! Join us and San Antonio Airport Aviation Director, Russell Handy, as he shares the plans the engineering and construction industry has been waiting for!

    About the Speaker:

    In January 2017, Russell J. Handy was appointed to serve as the city’s Aviation Director. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the San Antonio Airport System, made up of the San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport. Combined, the airports account for an economic impact of more than $5.1 billion annually and support approximately 100,000 jobs in the region. Russ brings a strong focus on strategic planning initiatives to enhance the customer experience, shepherd the airports’ capital improvement projects, and increase the international airport’s air service, both domestic and international.

    A retired Air Force Lieutenant General, Russ previously oversaw multiple commands and held numerous leadership roles in his 34-year military career including oversight of air fields and large-scale command operations. Most recently, he served as Commander of Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force and the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Russ was the senior military officer in Alaska, responsible for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area, synchronizing the activities of more than 21,000 active-duty and reserve forces from all services and the training and readiness for all major US Air Force installations and personnel in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. His responsibilities included planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations within the theater, including security and civil support actions.

    Russ is a commercial pilot with more than 4100 flight hours in multiple civil and military aircraft. He has participated in numerous combat operations and deployments, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

    Russ received his BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University, and an MS in Strategic Studies from Air University. He and his wife, JoAnn, have two adult children.

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