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Danette Bewley, A.A.E.

Vice President of Operations/COO
Tucson Airport Authority 


When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined both AAAE and SWAAAE in the early 1990’s to learn from my peers and network within the industry. With the exception of a few years I spent in Jacksonville, FL, I have been a member of SWAAAE for the better part of 30 years.

What is your professional background?

My airport management career began in 1989 and has spanned 30 years.

• 1989 – 2003:

o I worked at San Diego International Airport in a variety of progressively responsible positions that provided me the opportunity to grow (operated by the Port of San Diego through 2002, then airport ownership transferred to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority).

• 2003 – 2006:

o I worked for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority as the Director of Jacksonville International Airport.

• 2006 – 2011:

o I worked for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, operator of Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Reno Stead Airport, where I managed large capital programs and economic development, respectively.

• 2012 – Present:

o I joined the Tucson Airport Authority, operator of Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. I serve as the Vice President of Operations/COO, and oversee Airside Operations, Communications, Safety Programs, Police, Fire, Airport Security, Maintenance and Custodial Services, Grant Programs and Regulatory Compliance.

Certifications and Education:

• Accredited Airport Executive, 1994

• Certified Airport Executive, 1995

• Private Pilot, 1987

• Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation Management, 1986

• Master of Arts in Management, 1988

• Master of Public Administration degree, 2006

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

My Dad, Jack Bewley. I am from San Diego, CA, where my passion for aviation began. My Dad was a decorated Navy fighter pilot, stationed at NAS Miramar, and later became a commercial airline pilot. This upbringing fueled my interest to pursue an aviation-related career path.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I love dogs! I am the proud “Dog Mom” of Hana, a German Short-haired Pointer, and retired Police K-9 (bomb dog). She medically retired 2 years ago, with a little bit of arthritis, and is now 8 years old. When I’m not working, I just want to be with Hana! She is an absolute joy!

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Over the wing. Stable!


Photo: Tucson International Airport
Tucson, AZ

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