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 2018-2020. Click here to learn more about ALMP and future course offerings.

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

  • Course 3: Airport Operations and Maintenance. February 13, 2019 in Raleigh. Click here to learn more and register. 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 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.

    See below for training dates and locations. Follow this link for more details and pre-registration information.

    • April 18, 2018 at Albert J. Ellis Airport (KOAJ)
    • May 16, 2018 at Johnston Regional Airport (KJNX)
    • June 13, 2018 at Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL)
    • August 15, 2018 at Kinston Regional Jetport (KISO)
    • October 10, 2018 at Piedmont Triad International (KGSO)


    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.


    TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Webinars

    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).

    Upcoming webinar topics and dates are listed below. Follow these links to register for upcoming webinars and view past recordings. Visit for more offerings from ACRP.

    • Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airports, November 5, 2018,  2:00 PM ET
    • LED Airfield Lighting System Operation and Maintenance, November 14, 2018, 2:00 PM ET
    • Considerations for Airport Emergency Operations Centers and Communications, November 29, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
    • Airport Public Health: Preparedness and Response During Communicable Disease Outbreaks, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM ET
    • Resources for Understanding Airport Air Quality Management and Public Health, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM ET


    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