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Creating a Clear Vision with Your Airport Layout Plan

On March 28 NC AirTAP will host a general session of the 2017 NC Airports Association conference addressing the value and components of a well-written Airport Layout Plan (ALP). NC Division of Aviation staff will share new guidance including forms to help airport sponsors through the ALP process. The session will feature an expert panel from the public and private sector discussing their experiences with the benefits of thoughtful airport planning through ALP development. Links to presentation slides and other ALP resources will be posted here when available.

Airport Safety and Maintenance Workshop

In November 2016 NC AirTAP conducted a free 1-day workshop on performing 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 were invited to participate. The workshop ran 9 AM – 4 PM and at these host airports:

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

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

The workshop will be held again in 2017 at other locations. Details will be posted here when available. For more information, contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523,

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.

  • Reducing the Impact of Lead Emissions at Airports, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • NextGen for Airports – Introduction and Overview, Monday, May 22, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • NextGen for Airports – Resources and Guidebooks, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • Information Technology Systems at Airports. Monday, June 12, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET.
  • Business Continuity Planning for Disruptions at Airports, Tuesday, June 20, 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