In the unpredictable, sometimes volatile world of aviation, crises and emergencies cannot be avoided altogether. However, the airport that prepares itself properly can anticipate developing crises and take steps to prevent these from evolving into emergencies. When emergencies do occur, such as an aircraft incident, preparation can speed response and reduce the potential impact on all involved.
To help airports prepare effectively, the Israel Airports Authority, the American Association of Airport Executives and International Association of Airport Executives will host the Airport Emergency Planning/Cybersecurity Workshop, June 1-4, 2020, at the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. The workshop also is being supported by Tactical Defense International.
Learn how Israeli airport professionals “listen to the background noise” that exists in an airport’s ongoing routine to identify potential problems and correct them. Discover the steps involved in proper crisis and emergency management. This workshop will include a full aviation emergency live drill at Ben Gurion International Airport; a hands-on cybersecurity exercise unique to this workshop; and an exercise in securing an airport against drones — all conducted by experts from the airport and relevant Israeli government agencies.
Hosted in what is commonly regarded as one of the most challenging security environments in the world, attendees will hear directly from high-caliber international aviation security experts, and see first-hand cutting edge security operations and technologies in use by Ben Gurion International Airport.
The workshop also will address the impact of aviation crises, such as the coronavirus, on the industry’s economy and airport management; and media crisis management and its implications.
A complimentary optional tour of Jerusalem will be offered on Thursday, June 4. The full-day tour will include a visit to the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, tour of the Old City with walk on the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, visit to the Western Wall, rooftop dinner at Beit Shmuel Jerusalem, followed by a tour of the city and visit to the Mahane Yehuda market. See the tour agenda on the following page.
The workshop begins at 18:30 Monday, June 1, with an opening reception at the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel (registration will open at 18:00). Workshop sessions will take place at the hotel on Tuesday, June 2. A full day of live exercises will be held at Ben Gurion International Airport on Wednesday, June 3. The Israel Airports Authority will sponsor a gala dinner on Wednesday, June 3. An optional trip to Jerusalem, including dinner, will be offered on Thursday, June 4.
The registration fee includes all handouts, the opening reception, one luncheon, all refreshment breaks, and the official workshop dinner. Dress is business attire for meetings and business casual for live drills at Ben Gurion International Airport, evening events, and optional trip to Jerusalem. Workshop registration is required for all attendees participating in the live drills on June 3 and the optional day trip to Jerusalem on June 4.