Airport Transport Technical Group - Los Angeles Metropolitan Branch

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The Air Transport Technical Group (ATTG) serves the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section, its members and supporters by conducting periodic meetings for the benefit of engineers and architects having an interest in the aviation industry.  The meetings focus on various aspects of air transport, including airport improvements, airline affairs, air traffic control and the aircraft manufacturing industry.  ATTG's goal in conducting periodic meetings is to provide informative presentations to its members and guests, and to provide them with an opportunity to exchange information and ideas for the benefit of all participants.

ATTG meetings are typically planned for January, March, May, September and November of each year.  Arrangements are made for presentations on terminal and airfield airport improvements for passenger and cargo transport, airline tenant improvements, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developments in air and ground traffic control, airport security, and developments in aircraft manufacturing.

The current ATTG Board of Directors are:

CHAIR: Mr. Kash Hadipour, Ph.D., P.E., Kleinfelder
SECRETARY: Ms. Lilith Terry, P.E., PMP, AECOM
TREASURER: Mr. Tony Fermelia, P.E., HNTB
PAST CHAIR: Mr. Charles Adams, P.E., M.ASCE

  • Mr. Jeffrey C. Smith, P.E., LAWA
  • Mr. Matt G. Ulukaya, P.E., AECOM
  • Mr. Jeffrey Sedlak, P.E., Jacobs
  • Mr. Virgil C. Aoanan, P.E., S.E., VCA Engineers
  • Mr. Clint Isa, P.E., Diaz Yourman & Associates
  • Mr. Renju Abraham, P.E., Burns & McDonnell
  • Mr. Alberto Cruz, P.E., C.M., FAA

PROGRAMS 2017 - 2018

December 19, 2017 - The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center  |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mr. Barry Rondinella, AAE/CAE, Director of John Wayne Airport will be presenting an overview of John Wayne Airport (SNA: and discuss some of the challenges and issues they regularly face.

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PROGRAMS 2007 - 2008

September 18, 2007

Jim Ritchie – Deputy Executive Director – Planning and Development, Los Angeles World Airports

Mr. Ritchie is responsible for providing services from long-range and regional planning through implementation of the project plans.  His areas of oversight include traffic planning, engineering, facility development, space planning and development of a network of FlyAway bus routes throughout the region.  He also provides environmental planning, mitigation and environmental compliance services.

November 6, 2007

Mr. John P. Byrne, Director of Procurement, Common Commodities/Supply Chain Strategy, The Boeing Company

Mr. Byrne’s presentation was on the current Boeing aircraft programs for the Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and airport compatibility for those aircraft.

January 23, 2008

Mr. Hank Verbais, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region, Executive Operations

Mr. Verbaiz presented the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).  NextGen is FAA’s plan to transform the National Air Transportation System to meet future demands and avoid gridlock in the sky and at the nations’s airports. The presentation provided a cursory review of national issues and focus primarily on LAX.

March 18, 2008

Dan Feger, Interim Executive Director, Bob Hope Airport.

Mr. Feger discussed completed and current projects and future plans and developments for the Bob Hope Airport according to the Implementation of the 2005 Development Agreement between the Bob Hope Airport and the City of Burbank.

May 20, 2008

Larry Sarafini, Deputy Airport Director of Facilities, County of Orange / John Wayne Airport

Mr. Serafini presented the Settlement Amendment Implementation Plan that includes the construction of a new terminal building having 6 aircraft gates and two new parking structures at the John Wayne Airport

September 16, 2008

Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports

Ms. Lindsey will present the latest developments at the airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports with a particular focus on the Capital Improvement Program at LAX.

November 18, 2008

A program for this luncheon meeting has not yet been determined.