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Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop

NC AirTAP is offering a 1-day workshop on two dates this November addressing conducting an Airport Safety Self-Inspection, basic Lighting Maintenance and Repairs, routine Pavement Management, and preparing for Winter and Inclement Weather. NC airport operations and maintenance staff, administrators and consultants are invited to participate. The workshop runs 9 AM – 4 PM and will be held at these host airports:

  • Friday, Nov 4, 2016 at Hickory Regional Airport. View the preliminary agenda.
  • Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. View the preliminary agenda.

Presenters will include staff from the NCDOT Division of Aviation, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Asheville Regional Airport, and Wilmington International Airport. Four (4) professional development hours (PDH) will be awarded for NC Professional Engineers attending the workshop. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Online registration is now closed for both workshops. For more info, contact Darshan Divakaran, 919-987-4333,

Understanding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

NC AirTAP staff presented on “Understanding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators” at the NC Airports Association’s 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. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides and a PDF handout of helpful links referenced in the presentation.

Preparing Independent Fee Estimates

Stephanie Sudano, PE, of the NCDOT Division of Aviation, presented on “Preparing Independent Fee Estimates for Professional Services” at the NC Airports Association’s regional meetings in June 2016. This presentation was a follow-up to the QBS session at the 2016 NCAA conference (see session details below). Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides.

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. Click here to download a PDF of the presentation slides.

Managing Wildlife Hazards at Airports

NCDOT Division of Aviation is offering free training sessions across the state to help airport staff manage birds and other wildlife that can pose serious threats to airport safety. Sessions are taught by FAA-trained wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and cover topics such as 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. View the session flier for additional details and see below for upcoming dates. To register, contact Jimmy Capps at 919-210-9428 or email

  • November 2, 2016 – Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV)

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 Avionics, Aviation Management, Aviation Systems Technology, Airframe and Powerplant Certification, and Pilot Flight Training. Visit the GTCC website for more details and program registration.

TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program

Follow the links below and visit for more details on these offerings from ACRP.


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

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