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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 workshop focuses on commercial and government drone operations and data management. Registration is free and lunch is provided. Upcoming workshop locations and dates:

  • Asheville, August 31, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Buncombe County Training Center, Woodfin, NC.
  • Future workshops are being scheduled for the Triad, Raleigh, Wilmington, Fayetteville and Greenville areas.

For more information visit, or contact the UAS Program Office at or (919) 814-0550. Click here to view the workshop promotional flyer.

Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop

NC AirTAP offers a free 1-day workshop for NC airport operations and maintenance staff, administrators and consultants. The workshop runs 9 AM – 4 PM. Upcoming workshop locations and dates:

  • Late Summer 2017 at Shelby–Cleveland County Regional Airport, Shelby, NC. Date and registration to be announced.

Workshop presenters include staff from the NCDOT Division of Aviation and the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport. Presentation topics include:

  • Airport Safety Self-Inspection: an overview of how to perform these inspections for key operational areas at your airport facility. Handout materials from the most recent workshop held at OAJ Ellis Airport include the FAA “Airport Self-Inspection Checklist”, an example Airport Diagram, and an example FAA “Airport Master Record”.
  • Airfield Pavement Inspection and Maintenance: introduces you to common airfield pavement issues and remedies. Handout materials from the workshop include ACRP guidance on “Small-Area Patching and Joint/Crack Sealing” and the FAA “Quick Guide for Pavement Maintenance and Repair”.
  • 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.

Four (4) professional development hours (PDH) are awarded for NC Professional Engineers attending the workshop. All participants receive a certificate of attendance. For more information, 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. Click here to download a PDF file of the ALP presentation slides.

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. 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 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

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. View the informational flier for additional details and upcoming training dates.

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 (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.

  • Financially Responsible Procurement Processes for Airports, August 10, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • Use and Potential Impacts of AFFF Containing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) at Airports, September 12, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • Understanding Stormwater Management Requirements for Airports, September 14, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm 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