Saturday, September 10

12:30 – 4:00pm NASAO Workshop: State Block Grant Program Redbud Suite
FAA subject matter experts will provide training on topics of interest to states participating in the FAA State Block Grant Program. Although geared toward Block Grant States, this FAA in-person training is open to all NASAO state members.
Speakers: Dan Harmon, Director, Division of Aviation, Texas DOT
Keturah Pristell, Regional Airports Compliance Program Manager, Office of Airports, FAA
David Duchow, Financial Analyst Specialist, Airport Compliance Division, FAA
4:00 – 5:00pm FAA Airport Inspection Update  Redbud Suite
The FAA Office of Airports will provide an update on (1) the State Inspection Program (5010) and associated training and (2) policy and procedure associated with the collection and maintenance of airport data supporting the safe and efficient use of the National Airspace System.
Speaker: Drew Goldsmith, Project Manager, Aviation Data Services & Software Application Development, FAA

Monday, September 12th

9:00 – 10:15 am General Session: Innovative State Aviation Programs Regency Ballroom D-H
During this session, attendees will learn methods and strategies to successfully implement innovative state programs. This session will focus on four case studies: Colorado’s Surplus Airport EquipmentProgram, Florida’s Stormwater Program, Michigan’s PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), and Pennsylvania’s Aviation Board Training Program.
Moderator: Jim Halley, Director of Airport Planning & Programming, Division of Aviation, Texas DOT
Speakers: Scott Brady, Senior Consultant, EG Solutions
Bryan Budds, Deputy Administrator, Office of Aeronautics, Michigan DOT
Anthony McCloskey, P.E., Director, Bureau of Aviation, Pennsylvania DOT
Kaitlyn Westendorf, Aviation Planner, Division of Aeronautics, Colorado DOT
10:45 am -12:00 pm General Session: A Future in Aviation: Integrating Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System – A Case Study in North Dakota  Regency Ballroom D-H
Through the current implementation of new aviation technology, there is an opportunity to integrate crewed and uncrewed aircraft within the same airspace and even at the same airports. The state of North Dakota is embracing the advancement of UAS technology and what it can offer the aviation industry more broadly. This session will share insights into the operations of the Northern Plains UAS test site and provide an update on the development North Dakota’s new statewide BVLOS system – Vantis. It will also discuss the challenges and opportunities that currently exist that will allow stakeholders to collaborate on the future of UAS integration.
Speakers: Trevor Woods, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Jim Cieplak, Vantis Program Manager, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Kyle Wanner, Director, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
Frank Matus, Director, ATC Digital Aviation Solutions, Americas, Thales
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote Speaker & Awards  Studio 220
Speaker: Steve Townes, CEO & Founder Ranger Aerospace & President & CEO, ACL Airshop
Townes was the inaugural Chairman of “SC Aerospace” for several years, after serving on the Governor’s Aerospace Task Force. SC Aerospace is a statewide public/private partnership in South Carolina, which unites the aerospace growth and development objectives of industry, government, and academia. Townes will share the history behind South Carolina becoming one of the fastest growing states in the US aerospace industry and that the Southeast USA has become one of the fastest growing regional concentrations of aviation and aerospace companies in the entire world. As the inaugural Chairman of this industry group, involving hundreds of aerospace/aviation companies, several other aviation associations, the university and technical college systems, and several state government agencies, Steve contributes to the industry’s growth beyond just Ranger’s own aerospace enterprises. Townes was the first CEO voice to call for Aviation High Schools in South Carolina, and after two years of coordinated efforts, there are now six such high schools, each with a $50,000 Grant, curriculum materials and ongoing support.
1:30 – 2:30 pm Concurrent: Our Future Workforce: What State Agencies are Doing to Develop the Pipeline Regency Ballroom D-H
This session will examine various ways that state aviation agencies are addressing workforce development challenges, such as attracting, developing, and retaining state aviation staff and supporting pipeline development at the high school and collegiate levels. With the ongoing staffing issues in nearly all aspects of aviation, attendees will learn what various techniques, tools, and programs have been successful in enhancing workforce development.
Moderator: Stephanie Ward, Department Manager, Aviation, Mead & Hunt
Speakers: Bryan Budds, Deputy Administrator, Office of Aeronautics, Michigan DOT
Ryan Gaug, Acting Director, Office of Aeronautic Services, Minnesota DOT
Ann Richart, A.A.E., Director, Division of Aeronautics, Nebraska DOT
James Stephens, Executive Director, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
Kim Kenville, Ph.D., Professor, University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace 
1:30 – 2:30 pm Concurrent: Performance of Airport Asphalt Pavement Constructed Using State Specifications Redbud Suite
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires the FAA to use specifications for highway materials for pavements at non-primary airports serving aircraft less than 60,000 pounds when requested by the state. In 2019 the FAA contracted with the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) to evaluate the performance of previously constructed airport asphalt pavements built using highway specifications and compare that performance to those of asphalt pavements constructed using traditional FAA specifications. Information was collected and analyzed from 40 airport projects in five states. Come hear what was learned and what recommendations were made.
Speaker: James Musselman, Senior Engineer, National Center for Asphalt Technology, Auburn University 
2:45 – 3:45 pm Concurrent: The Emerging Role of States in Promoting Aviation STEM Workforce Development Programs at the High School Level Regency Ballroom D-H
State aviation agencies can play a vital role in aviation workforce development by helping high schools in their states create the next generation of pilots and aviation STEM professionals. This session will examine successful state-level efforts to increase the number and quality of high school aviation programs in their states and how collaborative efforts between states and organizations, like the AOPA Foundation, can impact the long-term viability of state aviation communities.
Moderator: Mike McHugh, Education Coordinator, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
Speakers: Glenn Ponas, Director, High School Outreach, AOPA Foundation
Grayson Ardies, State Director of Aeronautics, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Doug Adomatis, Science Teacher, Greenville Technical Charter High School 
2:45 – 3:45 pm Concurrent: Innovative Contracting for Statewide Pavement Maintenance Implementation Redbud Suite
This session includes state aviation professionals that represent a wide cross-section of agencies that are using effective methods and approaches to pavement maintenance. Each has developed a systematic way of addressing pavement maintenance needs and optimizes limited state budgets to help airports achieve a safe and well-maintained airfield pavement system.
Moderator: Edwin Tamang, P.E., Vice President, Kimley-Horn
Speakers: Gary Siegfried, P.E., Program Manager, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
Taylor Janney, Aeronautics Engineering Manager, Alabama DOT
Chevy Torres, Director of Engineering, Division of Aeronautics, Texas DOT
Paul Reit, Civil Engineer, Kimley-Horn 
4:15 – 5:15 pm General Session: Making the Case for Greater State Investment in Airports – A
Case Study in North Carolina
Regency Ballroom D-H
Collaboration between the state and its airports, as well as a strong message on airports’ return on investment, are key to driving greater investment in airports. State funding for North Carolina’s public airport system has increased significantly in recent years, providing critical funding for infrastructure development and technical assistance for the state’s 72 public airports. This session will explore how North Carolina’s aviation community has made the case for greater state investment and how other states can replicate their success.
Moderator: Steve Brian, Manager, Aviation Programs, Georgia DOT
Speakers: Bobby L. Walston, P.E., Director, Division of Aviation, North Carolina DOT Daniel Findely, Associate Professor, ITRE at NC State University                                   Michael J. Landguth, A.A.E., President & CEO, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Tuesday, September 13th

8:30 – 9:30 am General Session: FAA Reauthorization: Opportunities to Address Challenges to the Aviation Industry Regency Ballroom D-H
This session will explore existing and emerging challenges to the aviation industry and opportunities to address them in the upcoming FAA reauthorization. A panel of various perspectives within the industry will discuss topics, such as aviation funding reforms, reinvigorating general aviation, addressing aviation workforce shortages, maintaining small community air service, identifying ways FAA can better collaborate with stakeholders, and preparing for the future of aviation.
Moderator: Clayton Stambaugh, MPA, Deputy Director, Division of Aeronautics, Illinois DOT
Speakers: Holly Woodruff Lyons, President, HWL Aerospace Policy
Karen Huggard, Vice President of Government Affairs, NATA 
Andrew Pantino, Vice President of Government Affairs, AAAE
Michael Smitsky, Esq., Director of Government Affairs, AUVSI
9:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent: The Ground to Air Planning Group: A Collaboration with the National League of Cities  Regency Ballroom D-H
State and local governments have an immediate opportunity to support the FAA’s work in establishing a framework for how UAS integrate with local communities on the ground in low altitude airspace. The Ground to Air Planning (GAP) Data Governance Working Group is leveraging the experience of multiple states and localities to develop a set of initial guides and tools that will help localities address issues, such as: Are we ready for UAS integration? Where do I start locally? What kind of information do I need to make available? Members of the GAP Group will brief on the work to date and how state and local governments are approaching the discovery, management, publication, and exchange of purpose-driven ground data that facilitates the integration of next generation UAS, operations and groundspace planning.
Moderator: John Eberhardt, Chief Technology Officer, ATA
Speakers: Grayson Ardies, State Director of Aeronautics, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Troy LaRue, C.M., Operations Manager, Division of Statewide Aviation, Alaska DOT & Public Facilities
Jacques Coulon, Mobility Innovation Manager, National League of Cities 
9:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent: Getting the Lead Out – The Charge Toward Fleetwide Unleaded Fuel / Bringing FAA Weather Camera Safety and Efficiency Benefits to CONUS Redbud Suite

This is a two part session that will focus on (1) industry efforts to transitioning to lead-free aviation fuels and (2) how the FAA Weather Camera Program is improving aviation safety and expanding into CONUS. Join for two engaging presentations on key issues facing the aviation industry.

  • Part 1 (9:30-10:00am): The EAGLE (Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emission) initiative is an industry-wide coalition committed to finding an unleaded solution that works for all aviators, manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators, and benefits the environment. This presentation will outline the many steps taken by the aviation industry to “get the lead out” and provide the latest update on transitioning to lead-free aviation fuels for all piston-engine aircraft by the end of 2030.
  • Part 2 (10:00-10:30am): Learn how you can bring Weather Cameras to your state.  The FAA Weather Camera Program improves aviation safety in the NAS by reducing weather related accidents and flight interruptions, improving aviation flight decision making, and enhancing flight service operations. This presentation will explain how the FAA provides visual and textual weather data to pilots at airports, in route locations, and other areas of high risk where no other weather information is available, and informs on how you can work with the FAA to bring cameras to your state.
Speakers: Mike Ginter, Vice President, Airports & State Advocacy, AOPA 
Cohl Pope, Program Manager, FAA Weather Camera Program 
11:00 – 12:00 pm General Session: Update from Washington with FAA  Regency Ballroom D-H
Learn more about the latest developments with the FAA Office of Airports. 
Speakers: Greg Pecoraro, President & CEO, NASAO
Shannetta Griffin, P.E., Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA
1:00 – 2:30 pm FAA Regional Administrators Roundtable  Redbud Suite (State Members Only)
2:30 – 3:30 pm Concurrent: A Look at Federal & State Policies for the UAS & AAM Industries Regency Ballroom D-H
There have been several notable commercial UAS and AAM public policy developments in the past year or two. The panel of aviation and public policy experts will explore the regulatory opportunities and risks for the UAS and AAM industries, including Remote ID, “drone sandboxes,” and state AAM task forces. The panel will discuss updates at the federal level, including the BEYOND program and new recommendations from a FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee about BVLOS flights. The panelists will also discuss activities at the state level, including the creation of UAS and AAM task forces by governors and legislatures and their early recommendations. Finally, panelists will discuss emerging issues, including state of UAS and eVTOL certification and commercialization, and relevant legal developments.
Moderator: Troy Rule, Associate Professor of Law, Arizona State University
Speakers: Elizabeth Forro, Senior Advisor, UAS Integration Office, FAA
Chris Fletcher, Director of Policy and Agency Affairs, Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson
Lydon Sleeper, East Policy Lead, Joby Aviation
Brent Skorup, Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University 
2:30 – 3:30 pm Concurrent: What are the Challenges & Solutions to Air Service Serving Small Communities Redbud Suite
This session will focus on the challenges to and opportunities in bringing air service to small communities. Among the topics that will be discussed include: addressing the pilot shortage; community collaboration; discussing new electric aircrafts and innovations. Attendees will also learn about the concept of multi-modal operations at smaller airports as a way to enhance, increase or maintain access to the national air transportation system.
Moderator: Margaret Muir, Managing Director, Air Service Consulting, Mead & Hunt
Speakers: David Sunde, Owner & CEO, The Landline Company

Daniel Belmont, Director of Market Development, SkyWest Airlines

Mariah Johnson, Air Service Development Program Manager, Aeronautics Division, Wyoming DOT

3:45 – 5:00 pm General Session: What are the Opportunities for State Aviation Leaders with Drones & AAM Technologies? Regency Ballroom D-H
How are drones being used today by states across the country to advance their aviation goals? What are the opportunities and challenges that arise when planning for AAM at the state and local levels of government? This session will provide an overview of current activities across the country, outline opportunities associated with drone use in support of state aviation activities, explore ways states can start preparing for AAM operations.
Moderator: David Fleckenstein, Director, Aviation Division, Washington DOT 
Speakers: Scott Gore, Strategic Engagement Program Manager, UAS Integration Office, FAA
Dr. Michael Guterres, Senior Principal, Aviation, MITRE 
Skye Carapetyan, Team Member, BETA Technologies
Wednesday, September 14th
8:30 – 9:45 am NASAO Workshop: Attracting Investment in Hangars Regency Ballroom F-H
This session will examine hangar development opportunities at commercial and general aviation airports. Attendees will hear from airports on challenges and successes with hangar management and partnerships and how airports and state and local governments can attract private investment in general aviation hangars.
Moderator: Gary Siegfried, P.E., Program Manager, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
Speakers: Kevin Howell, Senior Vice President, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport
Jim Altschul, President, Aviation Advisory Service, Inc.
Steve Gould, C.M., Airport Director, Rock Hill-York County Airport 
10:00 – 11:15 am NASAO Workshop: Cutting Edge Technologies Regency Ballroom F-H
As we look to the future, how will cutting-edge aviation technologies increase operational efficiencies? This session will examine the use of UAS for GIS for airport inspections and pavement inspections, how to reduce costs with new pavements technologies, and how alternative methods of taxiing aircraft can reduce fuel use and emissions.
Moderator: Colette Williams, A.A.E., Asst Aviation Program Manager, Division of Intermodal, Georgia DOT
Speakers: Vic Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Aircraft Towing Worldwide
Vince Howie, Vice President/CEO, Aircraft Towing Worldwide
Grant Bishop, CEO, Silent Falcon
Halil Ceylan, Ph.D., Professor in Civil Engineering and Director, Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering & Research, Iowa State University
Zachary Tecson, GIS Analyst, Office of Aeronautics, Michigan DOT