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2014 AirTAP Fall Forum

About the 2014 Forum

This year's Fall Forum, held October 9 and 10 at Cragun's Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota, brought together airport personnel and experts from across Minnesota to learn from each other through small-group discussions and collaborative sessions.

This year's featured session on alternative energy introduced attendees to a variety of energy innovations for their airports, including solar energy systems and LED lighting. It also highlighted the value of energy audits and funding opportunities for sustainable energy projects. In the bonding session, attendees heard from a state expert about unique project requirements when bonding is selected and about the way bonding is created in legislation.

The event also included a technical tour of Brainerd Airport, where attendees learned what to do when they have pavement in need of serious help but no money to fix it. The tour also included a solar heat demo project, LED lighting improvements, and a supplemental weather reporting station.

Forum presentations

What is Vegetation Management and Why Is It Needed?

This presentation offered new low-maintenance vegetation options for airports that look good, hold soil to prevent erosion, and don’t attract wildlife.

Airport Self-Sufficiency: Take a Fresh Look at Alternative Energy

Attendees learned about solar energy systems, LED lighting, and other energy innovations used at airports around the state.

Jet Blast: Keeping Tabs on Towers

By registering with the FAA, you can be notified of proposed structures such as towers planned near your airport. This session discussed this and the FAA requirement for filing a notice for structures that are on or near an airport, or more than 200 feet tall.

An Airport’s Story: Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport

Air travel in the Brainerd Lakes area traces its history back to the 1920s. This session showcased how a small airport in a popular tourist destination grew into the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport we know today.

Jet Blast: Become Aware of FlightAware

Attendees of this session learned about the tools and services FlightAware can provide to assist aircraft and airport operators such as operational management, dispatching, flight tracking, third-party mobile apps, and data reporting.

Compliance Basics

Airport sponsors agree to certain obligations when they accept federal grant funds. In this session, the FAA provided an overview of compliance with grant assurances for Airport Improvement Program grants.

Stormwater Program for Industrial Activity

This session reviewed what is required from airports to comply with new regulations in accordance with the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Activity.

Airport Conversations with Jeff Hamiel

Attendees heard from a leader in the Minnesota aviation industry at this always-engaging and popular session.


The forum is sponsored by Minnesota AirTAP, the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Center for Transportation Studies.

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