Press Release

AAAE and Blank Slate Technologies Partner to Enhance Airport Worker Safety, Security

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2023

Alexandria, Va. — The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) today announce a partnership with Blank Slate Technologies to provide airports with new tools that enhance the retention of critical information their workers receive  to keep them safe and airport facilities secure.

The Blank Slate app-based tool uses cognitive science and machine learning to reduce operational risk and prevent knowledge gaps in workforces by continuously measuring, reinforcing, and predicting knowledge levels across identified airport teams. Blank Slate’s system determines, on a continuous basis, where employees have knowledge gaps and where gaps are most likely to occur in the future. Armed with this valuable data stream and insights, airport leaders can take proactive actions to ensure that staff and tenants apply safety and security knowledge correctly. Blank Slate’s proprietary AI tools take no more than several minutes of an employee’s time per week, easily adapting to fast-paced operational environments.

“Our collaboration with Blank Slate modernizes airport compliance training and improves the retention of critical knowledge airport workers must master to protect their safety and keep facilities secure,” said Kyle Herbig, AAAE’s vice president of airport solutions. “The app provides a novel and continuous feed of critical information to support airport workers and provides airport leadership real-time awareness of where additional training and knowledge reinforcement may be needed. Airports are already seeing results in successful, peer-reviewed industry pilots.”

"Blank Slate is thrilled to partner with AAAE to help improve outcomes in high performance, zero-fail aviation environments," said Matt Trevithick, Blank Slate's CEO. "Building on a successful major deployment with the United States Air Force, we are excited to apply our defense-grade technology in the commercial aviation environment."

Airports that use AAAE’s computer-based training services, Digicast and Interactive Employee Training (IET), can acquire the Blank Slate app for its workforce directly through AAAE at an exclusive rate. Knowledge tests offered by AAAE through its training services, or the airport’s own curriculum, can be uploaded to the Blank Slate app for use in its operation. The association’s computer-based training services are used by more than 370 airports across the country and deliver more than 1.5 million training sessions annually on airport related topics.

ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the world's largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 9,000 members represent over 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

ABOUT BLANK SLATE TECHNOLOGIES: Blank Slate is a deeptech startup transforming how organizations reduce operational risk. We do this by enhancing cognitive performance and improving critical knowledge retention and utilization. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., Blank Slate pairs the latest brain research with AI models into an intuitive app for users of all backgrounds and is trusted by the world's highest performance teams across the US Special Operations Community. 


Joel D. Bacon
Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs

Kyle Herbig
Vice President, Airport Solutions

Elaine Dezenski
Senior Advisor, Blank Slate Technologies

Michele Freadman
Senior Advisor, Blank Slate Technologies

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