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 these links to learn more about ALMP course offerings and view the ALMP overview video.

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 except where noted. Contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523, for more information.

  • Course 12: Future Airport Opportunities, coming soon! This course will examine the role of the airport consultant in North Carolina and relationships between the Airport Sponsor, the Consultant, and the NCDOT Airport Project Manager. 
  • Course 11: Future Airport Opportunities, first offered July 2021. This live instruction online course offers strategies for managing the technological paradigm shifts facing airports today and in the near future. 
  • Course 10: Airport Leadership and Management Skills, first offered April 2021; next offering to be announced. This live instruction online course presents concepts, tools and techniques for building success as an airport manager. Course fee is $40 which includes online access to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment.
  • Course 9: Airport Design and Construction, first offered January 2021; next offering to be announced. This live instruction online course examines the many aspects of airport design and construction including architecture, engineering, environmental issues and program management.
  • Course 8: Airport Public Relations and Communications, first offered October 2020; next offering to be announced.  This blended online course, combining 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 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.


    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.


    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.

    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 Aviation Electronics (Avionics) Technology, Aviation Management, Aviation Manufacturing, Aviation Systems Technology, and Career Pilot certification. Visit the GTCC Academic Programs website and search for these program topics to learn more.


    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