2019 Crane & Rigging Workshop

Wednesday, September 19
10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM

Breakout Session: Looking Up: FAA Guidelines for Cranes
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Obstruction Evaluation Group (OEG) will review the evaluation process, filing procedures, lighting requirements for cranes plus more, including an in-depth look at their new website for the crane industry.

Speaker: Mike Blaich, OEG Airspace Specialist, FAA Obstruction Evaluation Group


Mike Blaich Bio

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Mike Blaich started his career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1982, serving the public as an Air Traffic Controller. In 1998, he joined the Obstruction Evaluation Group (OEG) where he served as a steward of airspace, as a vital national resource, balancing the needs of industry with safe and efficient air traffic operations. During his time with the OEG, Blaich become a subject matter expert on the effect of cranes, wind turbines, and other structures’ impact to the National Airspace System. As the alternative energy industry boomed, he created policy and automation for processing large volumes of new energy related cases.  From 2014 to present, he led analysis of new structures across Florida, the busiest state for new temporary and permanent filings.  In 2018, he wrote over 17,000 determinations, including 20% of the determinations for temporary cranes across the country. Blaich continues as the Agency’s foremost expert on the interaction between temporary structures and the National Airspace System.  




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