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Minnesota Airports Conference

2017 Minnesota Airports Conference

The conference is brought to you by the Minnesota Council of Airports and the Minnesota Department of Transportation and facilitated by the Airport Technical Assistance Program (AirTAP).




April 12-14, 2017
Verizon Wireless Center (Mankato Civic Center)
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 

About the Event

The annual Minnesota Airports Conference features experts in aviation and aerospace fields sharing their experiences in general assembly presentations, workshops, and open forums. The conference, held in conjunction with the Minnesota Council of Airports annual meeting, also includes technical and safety presentations, an industry trade show, and an awards and recognition program.

The conference aims to deliver the most up-to-date and advanced information for Minnesota aviation professionals and provide an opportunity for industry and government officials to exchange ideas on funding, trends, airport management, operations, maintenance, and best practices. Please join us for an engaging learning experience and an opportunity to network with your fellow professionals.

Topics Covered

  • Emergency response for GA airports
  • Updates from FAA and MnDOT 
  • Boeing 747 down in Afghanistan
  • It's all about LED for lighting and marking design
  • Why would I pay for planning at my airport?
  • Making a difference one airport at a time
  • Airfield pavement management tools and implementation
  • How do I attract businesses to use my airports?
  • Population trends: will they affect your airport?
  • State Aviation System Plan workshop
  • Introduction to digital NOTAMs and applying the RCAM

Download the full program (1.63 MB PDF) for complete session descriptions and a detailed schedule. 


  • Register online
  • Register by mail or faxDownload the registration form (PDF)
  • Cost (includes sessions, meals, and banquet):
    • Full conference: $225 ($255 after March 31)
    • One day (Wednesday or Thursday): $125 ($155 after March 31)
    • Student registration: $75 for the full conference; $30 for one day
    • Guest fee for Wednesday/Thursday night socials: $50 per night
    • Guest fee for Thursday awards luncheon: $35

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor

Learn about becoming a sponsor/exhibitor at the 2017 conference.

Who Should Attend

The conference focuses on airport management, operations, and maintenance, but it is open to anyone interested in aviation.


Accommodations are available at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mankato for the special rate of $89 per night. To make a reservation, go to the hotel website or call 507-344-1111. To receive the special rate, please mention that you are with the Minnesota Airports Conference or use group code "MNA."

Rooms are also available at the Mankato City Center Hotel for the special rate of $91 per night. To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 507-345-1234 or 877-345-5577 and mention that you are with the "MCOA" group. Reservations must be made by March 12, 2017, to ensure the special rate.

More Information

For more information, please contact Mindy Carlson at 612-625-1813 or

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