News Article - December 18 2006

Aviation Council of Pennsylvania Elects Airport Executive
  PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mark Gale, Deputy Director of Aviation – Operations & Facilities, will bring more than 20 years of experience in a variety of capacities at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania. The Council, composed of various aviation-related organizations that work together to promote and enhance aviation in Pennsylvania, recently elected Gale to its Board of Directors. As a Board member, Gale will work with other colleagues in managing and directing the Council and conducting its affairs. Board members serve a 3-year term in a voluntary capacity.

   “Mark’s long career in aviation has provided him with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which will certainly benefit the Aviation Council and help it accomplish its goals,” noted Charles J. Isdell, the City’s Director of Aviation. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation’s “Aviation Facility Manager of the Year” in 2003, Gale began working at PHL in 1985. He rose through the ranks in a variety of Airport positions until being appointed Deputy Director for Operations & Facilities in March 2001. Prior to that appointment, Gale was acting Deputy for Operations & Maintenance from March 2000 to March 2001 and Operations Manager from August 1996 to March 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

   “I’m very excited to be working with my colleagues throughout Pennsylvania to achieve the Council’s goals of promoting and enhancing aviation,” Gale said. “This is a great organization, and I am looking forward to the various challenges.”

   In Gale’s capacity as Deputy Director for Operations & Facilities, his duties encompass the oversight of many critical Airport functions including all Airport operations, security, safety, maintenance, information technology, engineering design & construction, emergency plans, snow removal, and rules & regulations development.

   He also functions as the Airport’s liaison with the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department units at PHL, oversees the daily operations at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, and is deeply involved in the Airport’s Master Plan development and Capital Improvement Program.

   The Philadelphia Airport System is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia and is composed of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Airport System is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Source - Business Wire