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Drone Workshop for Commercial and Government Operators

NCDOT Division of Aviation is hosting free workshops around the state to show how beneficial and safe drone technology can be. The workshop focuses on commercial and government drone operations and data management. Registration is free and lunch is provided. Upcoming workshop dates and locations:

  • September 28, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. McKeithan Center, Cape Fear Community College North Campus, Wilmington, NC. Learn more and register.
  • October 12, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Mary E. Rittling Conference Center, Davidson Community College, Thomasville, NC. Learn more and register.

Sponsor / Exhibitor Opportunities Available: Increase exposure to your company or agency by exhibiting at the NCDOT Drone Workshop. Connect with UAS and technology service providers and public agencies who direct, influence and recommend purchases for their organizations. No other event in North Carolina brings together the state’s entire drone community. For information on sponsor levels and to reserve a booth space, email

To learn more from the NCDOT Division of Aviation about operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in North Carolina, visit the UAS Program web page at To stay updated on UAS events and other important UAS news specific to North Carolina, sign up for the UAS Events newsletter.

Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop

NC AirTAP offers a free 1-day workshop for NC airport operations and maintenance staff, administrators and consultants. Presenters include staff from the NCDOT Division of Aviation, Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Charlotte Douglas (CLT) airports. Participants receive a certificate, and NC Professional Engineers are awarded four professional development hours (4 PDH) for completing the workshop. Presentation topics include:

  • Airport Safety Self-Inspection: an overview of how to perform these inspections for key operational areas at your airport facility.
  • Airfield Pavement Inspection and Maintenance: introduces common airfield pavement issues and remedies.
  • Lighting Maintenance and Repairs: discusses important Safety Tips, working with Series Circuits and Constant Current Regulators, basic Troubleshooting Techniques, and a hands-on demonstration of Airfield Cable Splicing.
  • Inclement Weather Preparedness: illustrates the planning, types of equipment and resources, and facility areas that airport managers need to address before a storm arrives. This topic is tailored to the inclement weather most common to airports in the geographic region of the workshop.

Upcoming workshop locations and dates:

  • September 27, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Shelby–Cleveland County Regional Airport, Shelby, NC. Register now.

Download handout materials from the most recent workshop held at OAJ Ellis Airport:

For more information about the workshop, contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523,

Creating a Clear Vision with Your Airport Layout Plan

NC AirTAP and the NC Division of Aviation hosted a general session of the 2017 NC Airports Association conference addressing the value and components of a well-written Airport Layout Plan (ALP). Division staff shared new guidance including forms to help airport sponsors through the ALP process. The session also featured an expert panel from the public and private sector discussing their experiences with the benefits of thoughtful airport planning through ALP development.

Understanding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

NC AirTAP staff presented on “Understanding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators” at the NC Airports Association regional meetings in September-October 2016. This presentation provided an overview on current regulations and resources to guide airport operators on state safely integrating UAS within their airspace.

Independent Fee Estimates and Analysis

NCDOT Division of Aviation staff presented an “Overview of Independent Fee Estimates and Analysis” at the NC Airports Association regional meetings in June 2016. This presentation was a follow-up to the QBS session at the 2016 NCAA conference (see QBS session details below). 

Using Qualifications Based Selection (QBS)

NC AirTAP conducted a session on “Procurement of Professional Services for Airport Planning and Design using Qualifications Based Selection (QBS)” at the 2016 NC Airports Association conference. The session included presentation by NCDOT Division of Aviation staff and discussion with panelists representing airport directors, the FAA, and the airport consulting industry.

Managing Wildlife Hazards at Airports

The NCDOT Division of Aviation offers free training classes across the state to help airport staff manage birds and other wildlife that can pose serious threats to airport safety. Classes are taught by FAA-qualified wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and run approximately 8 hours. This training meets the requirements of 14 CFR Part 139.303, and shares valuable information and tools appropriate for any size or type of airport. Topics addressed include basic wildlife identification, wildlife attractants and habitat management, and safety issues with equipment and procedures. Open to all North Carolina airport personnel and anyone interested in managing wildlife hazards on or near airports.

Upcoming training dates and locations:

Aviation Career Training and Certification

Guilford Technical Community College offers several degree and certificate programs for persons seeking to launch or advance their aviation career. Programs include Aerostructures Manufacturing and Repair, Avionics Technology, Aviation Management, Aviation Systems Technology, Structure Manufacturing, and Career Pilot Flight Training. Visit the GTCC website for more details and program registration.

TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Webinars

ACRP regularly hosts free webinars for airport practitioners to learn about the latest results and benefits of ACRP research research products. Webinars are moderated by industry experts and presented by research project Principal Investigators. Upcoming webinar topics and dates are listed below. Follow these links to register for an upcoming webinar and view past recordings. Visit for more offerings from ACRP.

  • Advancing the Aviation Industry Workforce, October 17, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
  • Assessing Community Annoyance with Helicopter Noise, November 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
  • Airport In-Terminal Concession Program Implementation, November 14, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
  • Resources for Understanding Airport Air Quality Management and Public Health, December 7, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
  • Enhancing Wayfinding and Public Address Systems for a Positive Traveler Experience, December 13, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM ET


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