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2006 AirTAP Fall Forum

October 11–12, 2006
Breezy Point Conference Center
Breezy Point, Minnesota

About the 2006 Forum

The 2006 AirTAP Fall Forum brought together airport personnel and experts from across Minnesota to learn about new airport technology, insurance issues, pavement maintenance techniques, environmental concerns, and many more topics.

Speaker's presentations are now available for download or viewing (see individual sessions or speakers, below). A forum summary publication will be available in spring 2007.

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Day 1 - Wednesday, October 11

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome

  • Jim Grothaus, AirTAP/Center for Transportation Studies
  • Ray Rought, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Bill Towle, St. Cloud Regional Airport and MCOA president

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Minnesota Airport Funding Status General Session

Hear an update on funding for Minnesota airports at both the state and national level.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Learn to be an Effective Airport Advocate General Session

Learn the role of state legislative committees and committee chairs, how the legislature is structured, effective strategies for communicating with local boards and commissions, and how to package requests effectively.


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch with State Legislators

Sen. Ann Rest and Rep. Mike Beard will give their perspective on legislative issues important to Minnesota airports.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Managing Snow and Ice Control Operations

Learn best practices for keeping pavement surfaces clean of snow and ice, using chemicals and blades effectively, assessing pavement condition, communicating with pilots, issuing NOTAMS, adhering to regulations, and more.


  • Steve Sievek, Brainerd Regional Airport
  • Kurt Claussen, Rochester International Airport
  • John Olson, Hutchinson Airport

Airport Initiation

New to airports? Share your challenges and concerns with other airport managers and staff. This session is for both new and experienced airport managers, who will talk about critical issues for GA airports and facilities.


  • Melissa Galvan, Willmar Municipal Airport
  • Shawn Germolous, Airport Admin
  • Al Pelzer, Fairmont Municipal Airport

[view presentation (1.9 MB PPT)]

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Maintenance Issues “Open Mic”

Share ideas and best practices, network with other maintenance staff, and ask others what they’re doing to solve common maintenance problems.


  • Jim Grothaus, AirTAP/CTS
  • Ann Johnson, Professional EngineeringServices, Ltd.

Promoting the Benefit of Your Airport

Discuss the regional impact of your airport, sell the value of your airport to other municipalities within your region, implement innovative funding ideas, and balance revenue and expenses.


  • Bill Towle, St. Cloud Regional Airport
  • Ron Otterstad, Bemidji Regional Airport
  • Gary Gardiner, Pine River Regional Airport
  • Brian Ryks, Duluth International Airport
  • Jeff Hamiel, Metropolitan AirportsCommission (invited)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Conversations with Jeff Hamiel General Session

Join a discussion with the MAC executive director on hot topics and emerging airport and aviation trends.

Day 2 - Thursday, October 12

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Pavement Distress and Maintenance: Part 1

Learn how to identify typical distresses, make appropriate repairs, and use new materials and techniques.


  • Tracy Schmidt, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Ann Johnson, Professional EngineeringServices, Ltd.

[view presentation (71 MB PPT)]

What Does the New Land Use Handbook Have to Offer?

Work with a zoning case study and use the Land Use Handbook to rewrite an amended ordinance.


  • Kathy Vesely, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
  • Gina Mitchell, Bolton and Menk

[view presentation (5.5 MB PDF)]

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Pavement Distress and Maintenance: Part 2

Conduct an on-site evaluation of concrete and bituminous pavements, with guidance for identifying distresses in the field.

Managing Airport Storm Water Runoff

Hear a presentation on NPDES permit requirements and other rules for GA airports. Learn how to develop a storm water pollution prevention plan, when to hire a consultant, how environmental rules affect agricultural spraying, and how to develop a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures plan for fuel systems.


12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Effective Project Closeout Completion Workshop General Session

Discuss AIP case studies showing how to request and obtain funding and learn how to complete a project closeout.


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