Runway Report
January 2022
Photo Courtesy of David Montiverdi
Avports Names Experienced Airport Executive April Gasparri to Westchester County Airport Manager
Avports announces the appointment of April Gasparri to Westchester County Airport Manager. Gasparri is an accomplished airport executive who has worked at three major airports in the Northeast U.S. for over 15 years. Peter Scherrer – who served as manager of the Westchester County Airport since 2005 – has been promoted to vice president of Airport Management Services and is part of the executive team. In the coming weeks, Scherrer will help ensure a seamless transition with Gasparri.

Gasparri has served in various leadership roles at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) airports – as well as at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), mainly in the areas of operations and maintenance, business strategy, policy development, customer experience and process improvement. She has blended her military experience into her work as an airport executive and has been recognized for her outstanding team building skills. Gasparri graduated from West Point and served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot-in-command from 1999-2006. She remains engaged as a reserve officer supporting the U.S. Army, Pacific and has honed her stakeholder
April Gasparri
management skills through her work with the Pacific Theater Command. Gasparri understands all the complexities that go into running a top-flight airport through her years with PANYNJ and PIT, and she looks forward to applying those management skills to Westchester County Airport.

Airport Operations Update
The Transportation Security Administration in conjunction with the Westchester County Airport offered “Active Shooter Training” on January 10. Click the link below to learn more about the material covered in the session.


Did you know?

When the KHPN Air Traffic Control Tower is not in operation and the CTAF is in effect, the use of standard traffic patterns using left turns are required unless otherwise indicated by airport publications or published approach procedure.
Photo Courtesy of David Montiverdi
Welcome April Gasparri 👋

Airport Bulletin #22-02 includes an inspiring message from newly appointed Airport Manager April Gasparri as she introduces herself and sends a greeting to the airport community.
HPN Snow Removal Operation
by Scott Dyer
The snow started falling at Westchester County Airport a little after midnight, light at first but then picking up in intensity around 2 AM to a solid “moderate” with steady accumulations.  As of about 12 hours earlier, the NWS forecasters hit it right on the head for time of onset and intensity increases. So far, so good. 

With the snow starting to accumulate, the HPN snow removal operation swung into the high-energy dance of clearing our taxiways and runways for the start of morning flight operations, a dance that had been planned months in advance and fine-tuned the previous afternoon for the oncoming storm.  

We rode along with the HPN Ops snow team one January night to see how they get the airport surfaces clean for our use during and after a storm.  It's a year-long operation to get ready for snow and ice events, with planning and equipment acquisition in the warmer months through the summer.  
Photos Courtesy of Scott Dyer
Equipment to Move Snow

The airport has been active in securing all the winter equipment that can be funded by the FAA,
and then some more with other funds so that the job gets done properly.  Westchester has at its disposal 5 Sweepsters, each a 15 foot wide behemoth of rotating brush powered by a 485 horsepower diesel engine.

Pleasantville High School senior Grant Becker, a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Becker was recently awarded the highest cadet achievement, the Carl A. Spaatz Award, a prestigious honor for cadets who have worked for five years to complete 16 required achievements in the CAP Cadet Program.
High-Flying High School Senior Earns Top Civil Air Patrol Award
by Abby Luby
When Grant Becker was 13, he sat in the co-pilot’s seat of a small Cessna 172 plane that was taking off at Westchester County Airport. At an altitude of 1,000 feet, he was allowed to take control and do basic maneuvers.

“I loved it,” he said, recalling the flight that marked the first leg of his pilot training.

A member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) since 2016, Becker, a Pleasantville High School senior, just earned his private pilot’s certificate through the Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Wings program, which provides cadet scholarships funded by the United States Air Force to cover the cost of flight training.

When Becker initially received his private pilot’s license, he said he took his mother for a ride in one of the flight school planes. “She really liked it a lot,” he said.

Notice of Annual Meeting of
Members of Westchester Aviation Association
We, the undersigned, representing the Board of Directors of the Westchester Aviation Association Inc, hereby designate, agree and consent that the annual meeting of shareholders of the Corporation shall be held on the date and time and at the place designated hereunder, and do hereby waive all further notice whatsoever of such meeting and of any adjournment or adjournments thereof. Such meeting, in keeping with the protocols of the State of New York under a pandemic emergency, shall be held via a virtual computer platform, and all members or other
parties having business to be directed to said Board of Directors, shall contact the headquarters of the organization for an access invitation and code to join the virtual meeting.
We do further agree and consent that any and all lawful business may be transacted at such meeting or at any adjournment or adjournments thereof as may be deemed advisable by any shareholder present thereat. Any business transacted at such meeting or at any adjournment or adjournments thereof shall be as valid and legal.
Corporation Filing Date:
Place of Meeting:
Date of Annual Meeting:
Time of Meeting:
April 8, 1982 
Virtual Meeting 
March 7, 2022 
7:00 PM EST 
To attend the meeting and receive Zoom details, email me.

Michelle Judice
Executive Director