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.

Preparing Independent Fee Estimates

As a follow-up to the QBS session, a presentation on “Preparing Independent Fee Estimates for Professional Services” is planned for the NC Airports Association regional meetings in June. Stephanie Sudano, PE, of the NCDOT Division of Aviation will present the information. See below for the regional meeting nearest you. Visit the NCAA website for more details on meeting locations and to confirm your attendance with the Association business manager.

  • NCAA Region 3 Meeting, June 3, 2016, Statesville Regional Airport.
  • NCAA Region 1 Meeting, June 10, 2016, Oak Island Country Club.
  • NCAA Region 2 Meeting, June 17, 2016, RDU Maintenance Facility.

Aircraft Dispatcher Certification

Guilford Technical Community College is offering an Aircraft Dispatcher continuing education course to prepare participants for the FAA examination for aircraft dispatcher certification. A six-week daytime session begins June 6, 2016. The daytime session and a 11-week evening session also will be offered beginning September 12. Visit the GTCC website for more details and registration, or contact course coordinator Adam Aboueid at

AAAE Aviation Leadership Seminar in June

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives is conducting a one-day Aviation Leadership Seminar on June 22, 2016 at RDU Airport. The event is for airport staff and aviation professionals who’ve been have been identified as leaders. State airport directors and consulting industry executives will share their stories and experiences throughout the day. Cost is $75 for chapter members and $125 for non-members. Visit the SE Chapter website for more details and registration.

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 Trevor Michaels at 919-357- 0414 or email

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

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