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2021 AirTAP Virtual Education Spring Series

AirTAP, MnDOT Aeronautics, and industry experts have put together a great educational series that will provide you with timely and relevant information on topics ranging from understanding regulations and standards to the future of aviation. This series, featuring eight virtual events, will run from March through early May 2021.

The series is free to attend, and you may choose to attend as many of the events as fit your schedule. Separate registration is required for each event.

If you are unable to join us for the live broadcasts, recordings will be available here following each event.

Series Schedule and Registration

Maintenance Operations from a Pilot's Perspective and Snow Removal
March 11, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Central

This session will help maintenance and operations personnel see the runway from the pilot’s perspective. It will also discuss when and how to apply different deicing products.

Speakers: Jeff Flynn, MnDOT Aeronautics, and Kurt Claussen, Rochester International Airport

The Future of EMV Compliant Self-Serve Fuel Systems and Airport WiFi
March 18, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central

There are many airports across Minnesota that need to update their fuel card reader systems to accept credit cards with chips in them for extra security. The deadline for this transition is April 2021. After that time, fuel system owners will be responsible for any liability with the systems that are not updated, or there may be a fine.

This session will address the changes in the credit card processing industry that will affect Self-Service Aviation Fueling systems and Aeronautics' plans to provide WiFi to GA Airports. You will also learn about related funding opportunities. This project could cost airports $12,000 to $15,000; however, it is eligible for CARES Act funding reimbursement and is an important option for airport sponsors to explore.

Speaker: Kris Christenson, MnDOT Aeronautics

Fuel Operations: Tank Compliance and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure
March 23, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Central

This session will focus on environmental compliance matters pertaining to fuel operations. Topics covered include
what is required by federal and state regulations, who oversees the program, what you should know as a tank owner, how having a tank could impact other regulatory factors, airport owner's responsibilities, and how the airport activity/operation could factor into having a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) required plan.

Speaker: Mike Harder, Metropolitan Airport Commission

Custom Zoning Overview
April 6, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central

Airport zoning is an important tool to ensure compatibility of development surrounding an airport. Recent changes to Minnesota Statutes have added a tool to this toolbox. Join us for this session to learn how custom airport zoning provides greater flexibility for development while continuing to ensure safety and compatibility.

Speaker: Rylan Juran, MnDOT Aeronautics

Urban Air Mobility: Adding the Third Dimension to Urban and Regional Transportation
April 8, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Central

Successful implementation of urban air mobility will hinge on it being responsibly embraced by local communities, cities, states, and the general public. Come and hear about the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)—the link to the local level, providing education and resources to the public, decision makers, and the media. In addition, MnDOT Aeronautics will provide Minnesota's perspective and preparation for this impending change.

Speakers: Yolanka Wulff, Community Air Mobility Initiative, and Katie Gillmore, MnDOT Aeronautics

Airport Minimum Standards
April 22, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central

Airport minimum standards are the standards that apply to businesses on an airport. Even if the airport doesn’t have any businesses operating on it right now, setting minimum standards puts the process in place for approving or denying an operator. Establishing standards in advance of an application provides an objective framework for dealing with new business proposals. This session will walk through the MnDOT template for minimum standards and talk about the process of establishing minimum standards for your airport.

Speaker: Rick Braunig, MnDOT Aeronautics

Airport Lighting Systems, Required Maintenance, and Administration Overview
April 27, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central

Learn what an administrator needs to know to keep their systems compliant and what their maintenance staff should be doing. Topics include understanding the airport's role/responsibility and MnDOT’s role/responsibility.

This session is open to all, but it is especially designed for city administrators and/or those responsible for budgeting.

Speaker: Mike Hartell, MnDOT Aeronautics

Understanding Lease Agreements
May 6, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Central

Many lease agreements at airports are coming to the end of their 25–30-year terms. Airports sponsors are given an opportunity to ensure they remain competitive in the market while updating the agreements to meet current MnDOT and FAA standards and follow their city or county requirements.

This session will give provide airport sponsors with perspectives on commercial use hangars, T-hangars, and private hangar lease agreements; best practices on what to include and what not to include in a lease agreement; and how your colleagues determine rates and charges. There will be a short presentation by some of your peers, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss current challenges your community is facing with lease agreements.

Event Access

All events in this series will be broadcast using Zoom. We recommend that all registrants test their connection prior to the workshop using Zoom’s test meeting. Additionally, if you are new to Zoom, we recommend viewing the Zoom for Students Tutorial video.

Once you have registered for an event, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link. The link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you.

More Information

With questions, contact Katherine Stanley at

Planning Committee

See a list of planning committee members.


The series is sponsored by AirTAP and MnDOT Aeronautics.

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