ACC News and Updates

2020 ACC Virtual Airports Technical Workshop — A Rousing Success!

August 6, 2020

The first ACC Virtual Airports Technical Workshop (ATW) has ended. This year's workshop was a grand success, with over 200 participants and a wide range of topics covered including Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic on Airport Funding/Planning and Development, CARES ACT funding and FAA's apportioning of funds as well as the impacts on industry. We are very happy to have heard from Kirk Shaffer, the Associate Administrator for Airports, several members of FAA's Engineering and Planning staff, as well as industry subject matter experts from the consultant community, on many topics critical to the aviation industry. While the industry's response to COVID-19 and its impact was a core focus, other sessions discussed airport design, environmental topics, upcoming FAA research and much more. Thank you to all the panelists, session moderators and attendees for making this a very successful workshop! Please continue to visit the ATW microsite on the ACC training hub to receive updated information on accreditation as well as speaker presentations that will be provided in the resource page to all conference attendees. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

ACC 2020 Annual Conference Goes Virtual

July 23, 2020
After much deliberation with the ACC Executive Committee and Board of Directors, ACC has decided to not hold an in-person meeting in Florida this November, and instead hold a virtual program. While ACC is disappointed that the meeting will not be held in person, the Annual Conference committee is planning an incredibly informative virtual program. Topics will include the future outlook for airports and airlines; a review of the November election results and impacts on airport development; how COVID-19 will change the way development companies conduct business; and how to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. ACC will also identify unique opportunities for networking and fun. Stay tuned for more information. 

ACC Embarks on Draft Airport Design Advisory Circular Review

July 23, 2020

FAA has released its long awaited updated AC draft of airport design Advisory Circular 150/5300-13B, Airport Design. The letter to industry announcing its release, as well as various documents relevant to the draft, are available on the FAA website. ACC virtual Airports Technical Workshop will provide an excellent forum to discuss changes in the draft, as this topic is on the agenda for day two of the conference. FAA will cover: 
  • An overview of the draft,
  • Key changes from 13A,
  • Expected timeline for the issuance of a final AC
  • Applying changes (current vs future projects)
ACC is soliciting comments on the draft from Engineering and Planning and Environmental Committee members, with a September 5th deadline for submission to

SMC Calls on Congress to Provide TSA Funding in Response to COVID

July 17, 2020

The Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC) this week released a new report that details the need for investments in next generation technologies as a key part of efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Titled "Enhancing Security Effectiveness in a COVID-19 Contactless Environment," the report includes recommendations for enhancing security operations and instituting measures to protect TSA officers and the travelling public from COVID-19 exposure. "Security equipment plays a critical role in keeping our airports and the traveling public safe and secure. As we counter terrorist threats with cutting edge technology, now those same innovations can be used to protect the health and safety of TSA professionals and passengers." said Kevin Schmidt, Chairman of the SMC.

ACC Urges Funding for Airports in Letter to Congressional Leadership

July 9, 2020
ACC sent a letter to the top four House and Senate transportation appropriations leaders last week urging Congress to provide additional funding to airports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Aviation and airports will play a critical role in the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we ask for your continued leadership in providing funding…as part of the FY 2021 DOT, FAA spending bill or future relief and recovery legislation," said T.J. Schulz, ACC President. In the letter, Schulz stated ACC's support for fully funding AIP and providing supplemental appropriations in the FY 2021 spending bill; providing 100 percent federal funding share for projects; fixing the anticipated negative balance in the Airport and Airways Trust Fund; and providing additional funding to shore up airport operations and continue capital improvement programs.

ACC Alerts Members on Details of House Infrastructure Bill

July 2, 2020

On June 23, the FAA released Draft AC 150/5320-6G and is requesting the of industry. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance on the design and evaluation of pavements used by aircraft at civil airports. FAA’s comment submission Deadline is Saturday, August 1, 2020 for inclusion in the finalized AC. In response, the ACC Engineering Committee is soliciting comments from committee members for submission to the FAA. An Engineering committee meeting to discuss the committee’s overall review and submission of comments has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

ACC Alerts Members on Details of House Infrastructure Bill

June 26, 2020

Kirk Shaffer, the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports will deliver the opening remarks for ACC's 2020 Virtual Airport Technical Workshop (ATW) to be held August 4-6. Shaffer will discuss FAA’s implementation of the CARES Act and the various ways in which the agency has adapted operations in response to COVID-19. Various FAA officials and other subject matter experts from the consultant community will also be on hand at the workshop, to advise on guidelines, regulations and legislation, and collectively help shape future airport planning and development directives. Registration will soon be open. Please check the program website for additional details including a preliminary agenda and sponsorship opportunities.

ACC and AAAE Issue a Call for Topics for 2021 Symposium

June 19, 2020

The ACC/AAAE 2020 Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium Committee is soliciting input from airport professionals on Plenary Sessions and Workshop topics in addition to suggestions for potential moderators and panelists. To participate, please complete the Potential Topics and Moderators survey. The Symposium will feature Plenary Sessions for all participants and concurrent workshops including the following technical tracks: Planning; Terminal/Landside; Engineering/Airside; Project Management/Construction Management; and mini-tracks on both Airline and International Issues. The submission deadline for potential topics is Friday July 17.

Board of Directors and Committee Leadership Advance ACC Strategic Plan

June 11, 2020

The House of Representatives is readying its comprehensive $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package for floor consideration next week. The bill, H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, incorporates the comprehensive surface transportation bill that was recently passed by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and a number of additional provisions for other infrastructure. The bill includes a total of $37 billion in authorized funding for airports, which ACC detailed in a legislative update sent to members this week. 

Survey Identifies $31.7 Billion in Renovation Related Projects 

June 1, 2020

ACC has identified a total of more than $31 billion in rehabilitation and maintenance projects at 46 airports, based on responses to a survey ACC conducted earlier this year. This past February, ACC released an updated report providing an overview of more than 100 airports' upcoming capital development spending needs through the year 2024, equating to more than $138 billion in planned projects. The majority of identified projects focused on terminal redevelopment and expansion, climate change mitigation, infrastructure resiliency development, and more. In light of recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the drastic reduction in travel, ACC further examined the survey results to determine what proportion of the $138 billion in funding could be attributed solely to planned renovation and rehabilitation of existing systems and infrastructure, as opposed to capacity expansion and development. ACC extrapolated this data as airports across the country temporarily pull back on planned capacity projects and possibly seek other areas of needed improvements at their facilities.

ACC Committees Take on Future of Airports Strategic Initiative

June 1, 2020

The ACC Board of Directors has revisited the Council’s strategic plan to prioritize the Future of Airports theme in the post-COVID world. ACC as a result, has proposed a process for ACC committees to take leadership and engage in educating and informing ACC members and industry stakeholders on the post-COVID airport, as passengers begin to return to airports. The Terminal and Facilities committee, under the leadership of Scott Tumolo (C&S Companies) and Amy Sonbuchner (Alliiance), have recently formed three subcommittees: Arrival, Departure and Post-Security, to take on this initiative and identify and prioritize topics for virtual panels discussions, and possible written summaries.

ACC COVID-19 Discussion Forums are Open for Your Participation!

May 21, 2020

ACC has created discussion forums on the ACC Training Hub to encourage members to exchange ideas, discuss COVID-19 challenges, share business and operational strategies, and learn about COVID-19 impacts on the aviation industry. The forums are divided by company size – Large, Medium, Small and Sole Proprietor to encourage participation and discussions that are unique to each size category.

A big thank you to the forum facilitators: Large Firms – Geoffrey Ax (Populous), Medium Firms – Greg Heaton (Crawford, Murphy and Tilly), Small Firms – Belinda Hargrove (TransSolutions) and Sole Proprietor Firms – Susan Winslow (Tela Vuota) who hosted very successful forum meetings this week! Please join the discussions and give us your insights on the Future of Airports and what air travel will be like after we return to normalcy. We look forward to your insights.

ACC Rolls out Post COVID Airport Strategic Plan Direction

May 7, 2020

In 2019, ACC launched the implementation of its updated strategic plan taking into account an aviation industry that was experiencing significant growth and severe congestion in airport facilities. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACC has shifted its focus on the short and long-term implications of the pandemic to the aviation industry and airport design. The ACC Board of Directors has revisited the strategic plan to now prioritize the Future of Airports theme in the post-COVID world. ACC committee leaders held a call on May 5 to discuss the 'COVID-19 pivot' and a proposed process for ACC committees to lead in educating and informing ACC members and industry stakeholders. The focus will be on the post-COVID airport as the economy begins to open up again; how the travel experience will change; and implications on the future design and operations at airports.

ACC 'Impacts of COVID-19 on Aviation' Webinar Draws over 300 Participants

April 30, 2020

ACC hosted an informative webinar on Thursday, April 23rd that featured perspectives on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on aviation and airports, along with scenarios for future recovery. Moderated by ACC President T.J. Schulz, presenters included John P. Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist for America for Airlines (A4A), along with Ian Kincaid and Mark Taylor with InterVISTAS Consulting. The panel covered how the COVID-19 epidemic was different from previous shocks to the aviation system, the linkage of economic recovery to the aviation industry, and ways air travel may change in the future. The webinar is available for on-demand viewing at the ACC Training Hub and includes PDH credits.

ACC Launches Virtual Exhibit Hall

April 9, 2020

ACC has launched a Virtual Exhibit Hall to provide companies an innovative way of highlighting offerings to potential aviation customers without travel expenses, shipping of booths/materials, or staff resources. As many in-person national conferences and training events are canceled and postponed, the ACC Virtual Exhibit Hall, open 24/7 from April – July 31, 2020, and hosted in the ACC Training Hub, will maximize company visibility, while providing unique customization of your messaging. "Showcase products/services and reach thousands of decision makers! Present webinars, share photos, literature, videos and podcasts, encourage networking and discussions. Offer access to your key organization contacts and website links." To reserve your booth or for more information, click here or email

COVID-19 Updates

April 1, 2020

As the impacts and ramifications of the coronavirus event continue to unfold, the aviation industry is seeking aid from Congress and the Trump Administration to offset unprecedented losses incurred by the massive COVID-19 related travel disruptions. ACC will be covering industry proposals for inclusion in government’s plans to stimulate the economy and provide aid to affected industries. Members will have the opportunity to review recent and past updates here. For assistance in setting up member login credentials, please contact  

ACC Virtual Airports Technical Workshop

August 4-6, 2020

ACC 42nd Annual Conference & Exposition

Clearwater Beach, FL | November 9-11, 2020

ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium

Salt Lake City, UT | March 3-5, 2021

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Future of Airports - Redefine the Airport Post-Security Experience

August 25, 1:00 P.M. EST

AC 150/5370-10H Construction Lessons Learned

August 27, 1:00 P.M. EST

Overview of FAA AEDT 3

September 10, 1:00 P.M. EST

Visit the ACC Training Hub for more details.