NC Airport Leadership and Management Program (ALMP)

ALMP is a series of 12 training and continuing education courses designed for new and experienced NC airport officials, managers and operations staff. In development by the NCDOT Division of Aviation and NC AirTAP, the courses are being first offered in 2018-2021. Follow this link to learn more about ALMP course offerings.

Upcoming and past course offerings are listed below. Due to COVID-19 and beginning with Course 7, ALMP courses will be delivered online until it is safe to resume in-person classes. Online courses have a reduced fee of $20 per course. Contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523, for more information.

  • Course 8: Airport Public Relations and Communications, open for registration until October 29, 2020. This blended online course, which combines on-demand content with live instruction, discusses how to create and update communication, marketing and public relations plans for the airport.
  • Course 7: The Fixed Based Operator, open for registration. This fully on-demand online course examines the role of a FBO, its services and management options, and how to create a good customer service climate at the airport. The course was first offered in August, 2020, as a blended online course.
  • Course 6: Airport Planning and Environmental, first offered February, 2020; next offering to be announced. This 1-day course addresses how proper planning can improve airport operations and prepare the airport for the future. Participants will learn about planning elements and tools, how to include interested parties in the planning process, and keeping your airport’s growth sustainable and environmentally sound.
  • Course 5: Airport Safety and Security, first offered October 2019; next offering to be announced. This 1-day course explores how airport managers can counter physical and cyber threats to their airport and potential liability. Instructors will work with participants to identify updates to their Emergency Action and Security Plans.
  • Course 4: Airport Funding and Finance, first offered May 2019; next offering to be announced.  This 1-day course addresses how proper funding and financing of an airport is critical to maintaining safe and efficient operations. Participants will examine aspects of funding and financing for airport operations, maintenance and construction.
  • Course 3: Airport Operations and Maintenance, first offered February 2019; next offering to be announced. This 1-day course addresses the broad and diverse range of activities required to operate and maintain an airport. Participants will examine how airport managers and staff can efficiently keep their airport running smoothly.
  • Course 2: Airport Administration and Governance, first offered November 2018; next offering to be announced. This 1-day course focuses on different ways airports can be organized and governed. Participants will also learn how their local airport fits into the national and state airport systems, and understand the many responsibilities of operating an airport.
  • Course 1: Airport Rules, Regulations, Minimum Standards and Legal Issues, first offered July 2018; next offering to be announced. This 1-day course introduces participants to the numerous federal, state, and local regulations that apply to airport operations in North Carolina. Presentation includes an interactive workshop for participants to work on reviewing and revising their airport’s Rules and Regulations and Minimum Standards documents.


Airport Fueling Operations Workshop

NC AirTAP offers a half-day workshop covering fueling facts, safety, equipment inspection, and best practices. Open to NC airport managers, operations and maintenance staff, and consultants, the workshop includes classroom presentations and on-field demonstrations.

Upcoming workshops are listed below. The workshop is offered at no cost, lunch is provided, and advance registration is required. Contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523, for more information.

  • The next offering of this workshop is to be announced.


    Airport Minimum Standards (NCAA Presentation)

    NC AirTAP and the NC Division of Aviation hosted a general session of the 2018 NC Airports Association conference previewing the Airport Management & Leadership training curriculum to be launched in Summer 2018. The training is being developed for seasoned, new, and future airport managers. The session included an introductory presentation on Airport Minimum Standards by attorney Keith Merritt of Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC.


    Preparing and Submitting a Request for Aid Application

    Two instructional videos on the NC AirTAP YouTube Channel introduce Airport Sponsors and Consultants to the Request for Aid (RFA) application form with a newly added cash flow section. The videos provide step-by-step instruction for preparing and submitting the application to the NCDOT Division of Aviation.


    Drone Workshop for Commercial and Government Operators

    NCDOT Division of Aviation hosts a 1-day workshop 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.

    Visit the UAS Program web page at to find upcoming workshop dates/locations and to learn more from the Division of Aviation about operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in North Carolina.


    Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop

    NC AirTAP offers a 1-day workshop for NC airport managers, operations and maintenance staff, 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.

    Workshop topics and links to download presentation materials from the most recent workshop held at Shelby–Cleveland County Regional Airport are listed below:

    Upcoming workshop locations and dates are to be announced. 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 wildlife that can pose serious threats to airport safety. Classes are taught by FAA-qualified wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The training provides valuable information and tools appropriate for any size or type of airport, and will aid in meeting 14 CFR 139.303 training requirements.

    For 2019, five standard Part 139 training classes and two Advanced training classes will be offered. Advanced training will be more tailored to individuals that handle wildlife control at their airports on a daily basis.

    See below for upcoming training dates and locations. For questions and pre-registration contact Jimmy Capps, 919-210-9428,

    • The next offerings of this training are to be announced.


    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.


    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Webinars

    Administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), ACRP offers free webinars to learn about current research results and topics of interest to airport practitioners. The webinars feature senior airport researchers presenting solutions to issues facing airports. Continuing Education Units are offered by TRB and provided by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

    Follow this link to read about and register for upcoming webinars, and to view recordings of past webinars. Visit for more offerings from ACRP.


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

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

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

    Stephanie Sudano, PE
    NCDOT Multimodal Special Projects Engineer | 919-291-9796