Roy McLeod Steps Down from the SWIFT Committee

After ten years at the helm, Roy McLeod has announced that he will be stepping down from the role of SWIFT committee chair. The move coincides with his departure from Calgary International Airport, where he worked as ‘Director of Airfield Operations’ since 2012. With over 38 years experience in the industry, Roy worked in many […]

SWIFT 2022 comes to Montreal Airport

SWIFT, the industry’s premier airfield conference is coming to Montreal in 2022, from September 13-15th at the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel and will provide the excellent Airfield Studies visitors have come to expect. In addition to the core conference, delegates can meet suppliers in the expo area at the main venue, and experience demos […]

SWIFT September – A Soaring Success

Throughout September, airports from across the US, Canada and Europe met up on Wednesday afternoons and tuned in to virtual SWIFT and CAPTG sessions.  The nine niche sessions featured forty-five speakers and covered topical aspects of airfield operations and best practices, as well as a detailed look at airfield pavements courtesy of two CAPTG sessions. […]

SWIFT September 2021: Session Previews

On September 1st, SWIFT September launched with the first of nine sessions, the Welcome Session. The thirty minute introduction to the new format of the conference was hosted by Myron Thiesson, Airfield Pavements and Standards Office from the Department of National Defence, Roy McLeod, Director of Airfield Operations at Calgary Airport, and Steve McKeown of […]

SWIFT September Has Launched! Watch the Welcome Session

Roy McLeod, Steve McKeown and Myron Thiessen launched SWIFT September 2021 yesterday with the Welcome Session, hosted virtually in an interactive format. We heard from a number of airfield maintenance operatives discussing how they survived in their roles and airports following on from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how optimistic they were feeling about the future. […]

Covid 19, Travel Restrictions and Recovery

SWIFT WELCOME SESSION | SEPT 1st 2021 Meet some of the airside ops professionals who will be sharing their thoughts on how the pandemic has affected them and how they feel about the future of the industry at the SWIFT 2021 welcome session on Sept 1st: With thanks to Alan Sherwood, Greater Toronto Airports, Barbara […]

Asset Utilisation & Rehabilitation Session Lineup Announced

Our SWIFT September session on Asset Utilisation and Rehabilitation at looks into the topics of asset lifecycles, sustainability in asset management, fleet parts management, tendering and TCO, and asbestos management. Led by Sarah J. Demory, AAE, ACE, Assistant Aviation Director City of Phoenix Aviation, she will be joined by Lisa Gahm of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Nicolas […]

Winter Operations session

The Winter Operations session at SWIFT September will be held at 09:10 CDT, 15th September. Three speakers have joined the panel for this discussion: Charlie Beuning, Field Maintenance Manager at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, Richard Brannan, Assistant Director of Field Maintenance at Denver International Airport, and the SWIFT Committee’s very own Roy McLeod, Airfield Operations […]

Climate Change and Asphalt Pavements – Speakers Confirmed

The first of two sessions at SWIFT September to be hosted by CAPTG (Canadian Airfield Pavement Technical Group), this session on Climate Change and Asphalt Pavements will be hosted by CAPTG Committee, Richard Blommers of Tetra Tech, who will be accompanied by Dave Anderson, Project Manager at Associated Engineering. Joining the session from National Research […]

Speakers revealed for SWIFT Session: ‘When the Noise Stops’

SWIFT September’s ‘When the Noise Stops’ is a topical session on business recovery from crisis. It will be the first session on September 8th, 09:10 CTD, chaired by Neil Pritchard, Head of Business Change for Heathrow Airport. Neil will be joined by guest speakers Regional Manager for Western Canada from Transportation Safety Board, Jon Lee, […]