The North Carolina Airport Technical Assistance Program (NC AirTAP) is a joint effort of ITRE, the NCDOT Division of Aviation, and the NC Airports Association to support the state’s public- and private-sector airport professionals. Through educational offerings, information resources and related assistance, NC AirTAP helps NC airports improve the safety, quality and efficiency of their operations and increase the use of new aviation materials and technology. The program also helps airport staff build a community network for exchanging best practices.

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News and Events

Current topics, upcoming meetings and events for airport professionals from NC AirTAP, NCDOT Division of Aviation, NC Airports Association (NCAA), and related industry organizations. Contact us if your airport or organization has news and events to share.

  • Drone Workshop for Commercial and Government Operators. NCDOT Division of Aviation is sponsoring free workshops around the state to show how beneficial and safe drone technology can be. The next workshop will be held August 31 in the Asheville area. Learn more at the Education and Training page.
  • Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop. NC AirTAP offers a free 1-day workshop covering Airport Safety Self-Inspections, Lighting Maintenance and Repairs, Pavement Management, and Inclement Weather Preparedness. Learn more at the Education and Training page.
  • Airport Marketing Toolkit. From writing press releases to using social media, check out the Technical Resources page for best practice communication and marketing strategies that can help airports of any size improve your marketing efforts.
  • Economic Impact of Airports in North Carolina. This latest report, produced by ITRE for the NCDOT Division of Aviation, illustrates how NC airports play a vital role in our state transportation system, linking North Carolina to the global economy and generating significant economic activity, commerce, and tourism. Learn more on the Technical Resources page.
  • ACRP Webinars. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) regularly hosts free webinars to learn about the latest research in airport management, operations, maintenance, safety and more. Check out upcoming webinar topics and dates on the Education and Training page.

Education and Training

ITRE is a leading resource to NCDOT and local transportation agencies for training and professional development. Our staff and instructors are skilled at developing courses and tailoring content to meet a variety of instructional needs for practitioners. Airport-related education and training activities are periodically offered through NC AirTAP, its partners, and other industry organizations. Select the Education and Training link to learn about current offerings, and contact us to help meet your airport’s specialized training needs.

Technical Resources

NC AirTAP connects airport professionals to helpful technical publications and resources available from various industry organizations. Select the Technical Resources link to learn more, and contact us if your airport needs specific technical assistance or has a resource to share.

Steering Committee

NC AirTAP is guided by a Steering Committee representing state government agencies, airport operators, and consulting firms which support North Carolina’s aviation industry. Select the Steering Committee link for a listing of current committee members.


James Martin, PE
ITRE Associate Director | 919-515-8620

Tom Zajkowski
NC AirTAP Program Coordinator | 919-515-8523

Eugene Murray
Communication and Training Coordinator | 919-515-8037