Ronald Bazman is a Research Analyst and Senior Consultant for Airports for Vianair Inc. He offers Vianair and its clients his knowledge and experience in not only Air Traffic Control, but in Large Hub Airport Operations.
Prior to joining Vianair, Mr. Bazman served the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) operating both Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and the Willow Run (YIP) Airport as Director of Airfield Operations. In that capacity, he maintained the Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Operating Certificate and ensured compliance to Federal Aviation Regulations. Mr. Bazman acted as the operational liaison to Air Traffic Control, Field Operations, Maintenance, Airlines, and Fixed Base Operators. During snow events, he blended schedules, capacity, snow removal capabilities, tarmac delays and current / forecast weather condition assessments to maximize airport capacity while ensuring the airport operated in a safe manner. Outside of snow events, Mr. Bazman safeguarded airport construction projects by reviewing Construction Safety Phasing Plans that provided for the regulatory compliance and safe movement of aircraft, vehicles, and equipment. He liaised with congressional and community leaders on DTW noise concerns and responded to community aircraft noise complaints.
Leading up to his role with the Airport Authority, Mr. Bazman served 32 years in the Federal Aviation Administration. Originally serving as an Air Traffic Controller at multiple facilities including Detroit Terminal Radar Approach Control, Mr. Bazman expanded his knowledge and resourcefulness by also working as a Quality Assurance and Training Specialist, Operations Supervisor, and as a Regional Airspace, Procedures and Operations Specialist covering the central United States. After closely working with local leadership to ensure airspace design and operational continuity of operations with the Houston and Dallas Air Traffic Hubs, he transferred to the Air Traffic Organization’s Safety Directorate as the Great Lakes Runway Safety Program Manager. In that role, he covered the north central United States airports and led his team in assessing surface safety concerns relating to geometry, procedural, markings, training, and human factors issues at Part 139 Airports. His team provided runway safety input towards the new O’Hare Airport geometry and operational changes. As guest speaker at conferences for the American Association of Airport Executives, Michigan Association of Airport Executives, and Indiana Department of Airports, he dynamically addressed and educated hundreds of attendees.
Mr. Bazman returned to DTW in 2007 as a Senior Support Manager for Plans/Requirement and Operations. The Detroit / Cleveland Metroplex Project, Converging Runway Operations, Triple Simultaneous Independent Instrument Landing Operations, Runway Status Lights, Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X, and Ground Run-Up noise enclosure were some of the many projects under his realm of supervision. He was the central FAA representative in planning multiple runway and taxiway replacement projects. He coordinated environmental oversight of new procedures and compliance oversight to existing community settlement agreements concerning noise production from arriving and departing aircraft.
Rounding out his experience, Mr. Bazman managed multiple FAA Air Traffic Control Towers in Michigan and Vermont. He is a licensed pilot and Master Electrician in Michigan. He is currently married to his wife, Julie, a former air traffic controller, and has one son, Kent, and electrical engineer with pending employment as an air traffic controller. Completing his aviation family is a retired air traffic control brother and his son, a current controller at Detroit TRACON.