Release #: 19.20
July 17, 2019

ALPA Honors Capt. Jawad Sultan as Outstanding Airport Safety Liaison

Philadelphia Pilot Recognized for Advancing Aviation Safety Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today recognized Air Wisconsin Airlines Capt. Jawad Sultan with its Outstanding Airport Safety Liaison Award for his exemplary efforts to successfully engage and work with authorities at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The award was presented during ALPA’s 65th Air Safety Forum.

“Capt. Sultan has played a crucial role in ensuring that the airline pilot perspective is incorporated into ongoing projects at PHL. Through his ongoing relationship with local airport leaders and his participation on the Runway Safety Action Team, Capt. Sultan has successfully brought pilot safety and operational concerns to the forefront of operations,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA’s president.

In addition to his work at PHL, Capt. Sultan is also the ALPA Air Safety Organization chief USA regional airport safety coordinator, where he has the responsibility of keeping track of all U.S. airports in terms of operational safety. In this role, Capt. Sultan was the point of contact for Air Wisconsin as Columbia Regional Airport (COU) in Columbia, Mo., was having issues with a new runway. Through its consultation with Capt. Sultan, COU decided the best course of action was to close the airport for several days to make emergency repairs. For this and many other reasons, Capt. Sultan has become highly regarded for his collaborative approach to ensuring that pilots have a voice in the projects that affect their work environment.

“The professionalism and dedication to aviation safety that Capt. Sultan brings to his role as airport safety liaison support not only his fellow pilots, but also the passengers and cargo shippers who depend on air transportation each day,” said Capt. Ken Nesbitt, chairman of the Air Wisconsin unit of ALPA. “This honor is well-earned, and Capt. Sultan exemplifies the characteristics of Air Wisconsin pilots who devote their careers to air safety.”

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