Seminar for South Africa 2014

Maintenance Workshops for Southern Africa

March 17-28, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa

General Information


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in cooperation with the United States Department of Transportation’s Safe Skies for Africa program (SSFA), is pleased to present the FAA Runway Safety and Pavement Maintenance Workshops for the SADC states. This event is hosted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop will be presented in two parts: Pavement Maintenance from March 17 to 20, 2014 and Runway Safety from March 24 to 28, 2014. The workshops are being presented by the FAAs Office of Airport & Safety Standards and the Airport Technology R&D Branch (ANG-E26). The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will make a special presentation during the Runway Safety week of March 24, 2014.

These workshops are open to regulators, federal policymakers, aerodrome inspectors, aerodrome managers from CAA’s, aviation wildlife hazard experts, aerodrome operations and maintenance personnel and airline operators nominated by their organizations to attend.

These workshops will provide a forum for attendees to engage in discussions and presentations about runway and pavement safety, including improving runway safety areas, runway excursion mitigation airport emergency planning and technology developments. The course instruction and all materials will be presented in English.

Highlights of the workshop agenda include:

  • Evaluating an airport’s runway safety culture
  • Establishing and implementing an Airport Runway Safety Program
  • Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation
  • Runway Incursion Mitigation
  • Pavement Management Systems


The Pavement Maintenance Workshop will commence on Monday, March 17, 2014 and conclude on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Friday, March 21, 2014 is a national holiday in South Africa. The SACAA will host a social activity for the participants on this date. The Runway Safety workshop will commence on Monday, March 24, 2014 and conclude on Friday afternoon, March 28, 2014. Thanks to the support of the SSFA program and the generosity of the SACAA, there is no registration fee for the workshops. Participants are only responsible for their travel, accommodations and per diem.

We also recommend that you visit the national airport pavement test facility (NAPTF) branch website at: for downloads and information.

Pavement presentations, safety presentations, and safety DVDs are available to download from the following ftp sites.

Pavement Presentations
Runway Safety Presentations
Runway Safety DVDs
Safety Advisory Circulars/FAA Orders/FAA Engineering Briefs


Use the Registration form below
Please complete and return the Questionnaire with your Registration Form by March 7. Thank you for sharing as the information will assist us in making the course more specific to your needs.


  • Registration Form & Content Questionnaire (English)

On-site registration date and hours are as follows:
Monday, March17, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. - Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Note: We encourage participants to bring a laptop computer to the sessions. The dress code for the workshop is business casual.

Important Visa Information

To ensure hassle-free immigration clearance in Johannesburg, all participants are encouraged to obtain visas (according to your consular requirements) from the South African Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries of residence prior to arriving in Johannesburg. Please also travel with proof of your current inoculations.


Airline Reservations:

Participants must make their own air transport arrangements from their residence to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ground Transportation: Attendees are responsible for arranging transportation from the airport to their hotel. We recommend you arrive at the O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg which is only 7km from the Birchwood Hotel.


Participants are strongly encouraged to stay at the conference venue:


The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street Bartlett, Boksburg 1459, Johannesburg, South Africa. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 7, 2014, in order to guarantee the participant rate of R750.00 Single and R164 for breakfast per person. To make your hotel reservation, please contact Ms. Claire Barnes at Tel: +27 (0)11 897 0139 (direct) and identify yourself as an attendee of the SADC Africa Runway Safety and Pavement Maintenance Workshop.    


The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

To make your hotel reservation, please contact Ms. Barnes, (see contact details below) and identify yourself as an attendee of the SADC Runway Safety & Pavement Maintenance Workshop. Reservations should be made by Friday, March 7, 2014 to secure special participant rate.

Ms Claire Barnes
Conference Co-Ordinator
Birchwood Hotel & O R Tambo Conference Centre
Tel: +27 (0)11 897 0139 (direct)
Fax: +27 (0)11 897 0004
E-Fax: 086 634 2114

FAA Workshop Contact Information

Workshop Program Manager
Ms. Akua Pipim
Foreign Affairs Specialist, Sub-Saharan Africa
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
800 Independence Avenue, SW (FOB 10B)
Washington, DC 20591
Tel: +202-385-8878
Fax: +202-267-5032

FAA Office in Dakar, Senegal
Ms. Moira ("Mo") Keane

FAA Senior Representative in Africa
American Embassy
Tel: +221-33-879-4835
Mobile: +221-77-637-6944
Fax: +221-33-823-9286

Mrs. Oumou Bengeloune
Civil Aviation Specialist
FAA Office for Sub-Saharan Africa
c/o American Embassy in Dakar
Tel: +221/ 33 879 4835
Fax: +221/ 33 823 9286