ITRE’s Aviation programs provide expertise in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), NextGen Aviation Technologies and Aviation Infrastructure, as well as statewide support for North Carolina’s airport professionals through the NC Airport Technical Assistance Program (NC AirTAP). Aviation-related training offerings are listed here. If you have questions about these offerings or other training needs, please contact Tom Zajkowski,, 919-515- 8523.

Nothing from November 28, 2022 to December 28, 2022.

Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP) Drone Training

The Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP), developed by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle and Systems International (AUVSI), provides a certification process for pilots beyond their FAA Part 107.

As a TOP certified organization, students that complete a drone operator training program at NC State automatically become TOP certified as well.

Learn more and register for TOP training


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. Developed by the NCDOT Division of Aviation and NC AirTAP, the courses are being first offered in 2018-2021.

Current course offerings are listed below. Registration fees are $30 in-person and $20 on-demand per course except where noted. Upcoming and past course offerings are listed on the NC AirTAP Education and Training web page. Contact Tom Zajkowski, 919-515-8523, for more information.


Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) Operations and Analytics Workshop

Presented in partnership with NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics, this 3-day, hands-on workshop covers UAS basics, hands-on training and flight mission demonstrations. Gain new skills, watch Uncrewed Aerial Systems in action and learn how to produce quality products from imagery obtained and processed from UAS. The workshop is designed for:

  • Anyone who already owns or plans to purchase a drone and would like to learn how to legally and efficiently use it in North Carolina.
  • Industry leaders, government agencies and researchers seeking helpful tips and guidance for mapping with drones in a range of applications.
  • Individuals and groups who want to learn how to turn data captured by UAS into maps and 3-D models.

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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 Safety and Maintenance Workshop

NC AirTAP offers a 1-day workshop on performing an Airport Safety Self-Inspection, basic Lighting Maintenance and Repairs, routine Pavement Management, and preparing for Inclement Weather. NC airport operations and maintenance staff, administrators and consultants are invited to participate. Lunch is provided, and advance registration is required. The workshop is currently planned for these dates and locations:

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

Workshop presenters include staff from the NCDOT Division of Aviation. Four (4) professional development hours (PDH) are awarded for NC Professional Engineers attending the workshop. All participants receive a certificate of attendance.