August 12, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

SW Missouri Has Voice in National Aviation Issues

A Southwest Missouri aviation leader is now president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Shawn Schroeder, assistant director of aviation for the Springfield-Branson National Airport, became chapter president during the organization’s national meeting last week in Columbus, Ohio.

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) represents the interest of some 850 airports in Washington, D.C. The Great Lakes Chapter, which is part of the national organization, includes airports from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.

“One of AAAE’s primary missions is representing the interest of airports and the flying public,” says Schroeder. “We keep a close eye on congressional legislation—especially bills that create new, unfunded requirements for airports.”

“It’s easy for the federal government to create new mandates and then expect airports to pay the cost. Ultimately, though, mandates are paid for by airport customers who end up paying higher user fees.”

Schroeder has been with the Springfield airport since April 2005. He served as the Assistant Director of Aviation at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas for five years. He spent two years as the Deputy Director of Operations and Maintenance at McAllen-Miller International Airport. He’s held other operations positions at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and in Midland, Texas.

He’ll serve as president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives until August of 2010.

For more information contact Shawn Schroeder, 417.868.0500 x 2002

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