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2016 AirTAP Fall Forum

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About the Forum

The 2016 Fall Forum, once again a two-day event, was held October 13 and 14 in Buffalo. The event was packed with both indoor and outdoor educational activities. The first day featured a variety of technical topics and collaborative sessions, while the second day included demonstrations at the Buffalo Municipal Airport. Topics covered included shaping your airport's future, airport lighting, drone news, exploring the web, and wildlife control strategies.

Forum Presentations

Welcome, Program Overview, and Introductions

Shaping Your Airport’s Future

Attendees learned about applying for and receiving grant funds, including what types of projects are eligible, how projects are selected, what your obligations are in accepting funds, and the importance of planning even 20 years out.

Airport Lighting: Regulations, Equipment, and Maintenance

This session provided an overview of new products for airport lighting and navigational aid equipment, potential funding, and maintenance requirements.

An Airport Conversation with Brian Ryks

This leader in the Minnesota aviation industry shared his thoughts on general aviation and reliever airport investments, MAC capital improvements, and air service.

Spotlight on Buffalo Municipal Airport

In this session, attendees learned about the challenges and successes of the Buffalo airport, how to work with FBOs, and how to use your community, tourism department, social media, service organizations, and others to effectively market your airport.

Jet Blast: Drone News

This short session highlighted the latest regulations and developments—and how they may affect your airport.

Improving Runway Conditions Reporting

Attendees learned about new standards going into effect in October to improve safety at airports during inclement weather.

Jet Blast: Exploring the Web

This session covered the top 10 website resources that will benefit your airport.


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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