Live Session Descriptions
Session Title and Description
Monday, September 14
Spotlight on Workforce Players – Recruitment & Strategies
As we explore various perspectives on workforce development within the aviation community, this session will examine different industry players and how they retain and recruit staff. What new procedures and standards are they implementing with Covid-19? What additional challenges are they facing? What are some of the recruiting techniques they are utilizing with recent graduates?
Monday, September 14
ReFocus After COVID-19: What are The Lessons Learned
Hear from other aviation organizations on how they are seeing their members refocus and re-engage in unchartered territory. This session will touch on the challenges that these organization members experienced and will face in the near future because of COVID-19.
Tuesday, September 15
The Future of State and Local Involvement in Commercial UAS and UTM
Commercial UAS services in the US one day promise to reduce car trips, reduce unsafe inspections, and improve medical and consumer delivery times. Aviation regulators, however, have to contend with a busy national airspace, nearly 20,000 large and small airports, and federalism issues surrounding the regulation of low-altitude (sub-200 feet AGL) airspace. Initially, commercial UAS delivery will operate along “drone highways”—dedicated aerial corridors. This presentation will first cover the state of drone technology. The presentation will then explore future federal-state tensions over drone airspace regulation. Also covered will be proposals, described by the GAO, Rand, Airbus, and others, for leasing aerial corridors to commercial drone service providers. Finally, the presentation will touch on the technology behind and government plans surrounding “unmanned traffic management” (UTM) systems, which will serve as automated air traffic control for drones.
Tuesday, September 15
Do’s and Dont’s of Elevating Young Staff
Investing in employees is a necessary step to not only your organization’s growth and success, but your staff’s development as well. But how do you tackle engaging them in the ins and outs of project management, customer relationships, and operations while still meeting deadlines, expectations, and other priorities?
Wednesday, September 16
Resilience and Response of State Aviation in COVID-19
With the ongoing pandemic, this session will share stories of how state aviation agencies supported airports and coordinated with FAA to address the ever-changing issues that arose during the pandemic. It will also address how practices were modified that can serve as lessons learned in future resiliency of the agency in continuing operations in a new world environment.
Wednesday, September 16
Remote Air Traﬃc Control Towers- Options for the Future
This session will provide an overview of the technology, policy and regulatory status of remote air traffic control tower deployments in the U.S.
On Demand Session Descriptions
Benefits of State Block Grant
NASAO has had a legislative position for several years to increase the number of States in the Block Grant Program. In the 2018 FAA Reauthorization, the legislation expanding this Program from 10 to 20 States. Many States are considering the Program but are seeking information on the benefits the Program brings to a State from those now participating in the Program. This session will discuss the changes to the Block Grant Program resulting from the 2018 Reauthorization provided by the FAA’s manager of the Program. This session will also feature one or two State Directors to explain the benefits of the Program they have experienced to those States considering this Program.
Learn how design, construction and bidding details have enabled concrete overlay technologies to be competitive with asphalt. This presentation will review the performance of a few concrete overlays and compare their performance to asphalt overlays. Seven case studies from South Carolina airports will be used in the presentation. In conclusion the presentation will also show the need for more research to ensure local airports are confident that concrete overlays are capable of providing the next generation of long-lasting, resilient pavement.
Connecting Students to the Explosion on Aviation/Aerospace Career Opportunities
This session will provide an opportunity for a few organizations to share what they are doing to reach and develop the aviation and aerospace workforce of tomorrow. Learn how these organizations inspire today’s students to explore tomorrow’s careers.
Digital Twins and Maximizing Airport Assets
What is a digital twin and how do you utilize it for maximizing your airport assets? A Digital Twin is a dynamic virtual model of an existing physical asset. It is an up-to-date and accurate copy of the asset, and therefore is fundamental to have real time data attached to the 3D model, allowing the digital twin to change in real time along with its physical counterpart. At the start of an airport infrastructure, linear, or vertical construction project, virtual models, in the earliest stages, have been underutilized. Capitalizing on virtual models, even preceding design, is important to include in design contracts and can be easily accomplished. Initial examples of how models are being used are in depth design reviews, construction coordination, 4D/5D construction scheduling and cost, facilities management and future renovations and additions. If you have existing assets that do not have a digital twin there is scanning technology to overcome the challenge of field verification. Learn how to engage the right parties early on in the process, what stages to include them in and how to maximize the use for design, construction and operations and maintenance, and make the model an asset for a lifetime.
The Development and Performance History of the P-404 Specification
Jet fuel spills and hydraulic oil leaks occur on airfield pavements not only in the gate area where fueling occurs, but also on aprons, taxiways and end of runways where planes either move slowly or sit in queues. Jet fuel and hydraulic oil will soften asphalt pavements and can cause severe rutting issues. Coal tar sealers have historically been used to protect asphalt pavements from fuel spill damages, but they are carcinogenic and are being banned in many jurisdictions. Associated Asphalt developed a highly polymer-modified asphalt that makes the asphalt pavement fuel resistant to solve this problem and eliminate the need for sealers. The FAA adopted the P-601 Fuel Resistant Asphalt Pavement specification in July 2014 and updated it to the P-404 specification in December 2018. This presentation discusses development of the fuel resistant asphalt binder and mix, laboratory mix performance testing and field performance of projects placed since 2002. It also details the changes in the specification from P-601 to the current P-404.
Heliport and Vertiport Integration Strategies
This presentation focuses on the challenges states face, both today and in the future, for heliport and vertiport development and integration into their transportation systems. It will include a review FAA, NFPA, IFC and IBC standards, and codes as well as best practices regarding oversight and ordinance development.
How States Are Promoting Aviation and Workforce