About Us

Who we are

The Council is the official association of the publicly-owned and -operated airports in Florida. Originally formed as the Florida Airport Managers Association (FAMA) in October of 1969, the organization was created to provide the strength of numbers needed to successfully face the major challenges of the industry at that time… and in the future.

The Council is composed of members representing all 20 Florida commercial service airports and 79 of the state’s publicly-owned general aviation airports, 1 Spaceport (Cecil Airport) and more than 250 corporate, educational, affiliate, student chapters and student members.

The Council is committed to continued improvement of the many aviation facilities in Florida, as well as professional development of its members. Educational programs, conferences, webinars, and seminars are held each year to provide the membership with the tools necessary to perform their job responsibilities, as well as prepare them for more challenging positions in the future.


Member Benefits

Membership Directory As a member you will receive a hard copy of the directory and an electronic copy to assist you in locating and contacting industry suppliers, as well as your colleagues in the airport/aviation industry.

Bi-Weekly Electronic Newsletters to keep you current on local, state, and federal issues. RFP's, RFQ's, and Bids are mailed directly to corporate members when received. You can be among the first to know when projects or jobs become available.

Annual Conference and Exposition to give you the opportunity to attend educational sessions and see corporate members' products and services. FAC Members receive deep discounts for registration and exhibiting.

Specialty Conference on the Environmental, Facilities, General Aviation, Information Technology, Security and Noise Abatement & Community Affairs Committees to provide you the latest information in these specialty areas. FAC Members receive deep discounts for registration and exhibiting.

State Summit to meet with legislators in Tallahassee to discuss the Council's legislative programs and issues for the year. FAC Members receive discounts for registration.

Federal Affairs Committee Fly-In to Washington D.C. to present members' issues to national leaders including the Florida Legislative Delegation, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and others as needed.

Educational Seminars, Webinars and Workshops on various airport-related issues presented throughout the state, and available on our website to all FAC member airports.

The lifeblood of any association is the contribution and efforts of its committees. Committees allow members from all categories to participate as full voting members of FAC's thirteen standing committees. The Council has become one of the nation’s premier airport organizations, in a large part, due to the volunteer efforts of its members who are encouraged to join and become active in one or more of the following standing committees. A description of each committee may be found below:

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Corporate Committee: Made up of corporate members representing professionals in aviation fields, this committee addresses issues of importance to their group and serves as a liaison between the corporate membership and FAC Board. The Chair of the committee serves on the Board of Directors.

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Education Committee: This committee of the Education Foundation is responsible for oversight and management of the Council’s educational program, which includes the airport internship program, scholarship program, and student chapters.

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Environmental Committee: Airport activities impact the environment in many ways. This committee focuses on environmental issues and provides opportunities for members to discuss concerns and requirements of state and federal laws, technological and system improvements that may benefit FAC members.

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Facilities Committee: This committee is concerned with the day-to-day operation of Florida’s airports, maintaining airport infrastructure, facilities maintenance, and professional development of operations and maintenance personnel.

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Federal Affairs Committee: This committee reviews and recommends to the Board of Directors and Executive Officers actions pertaining to federal issues of concern to the Council’s membership.  The Committee conducts an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss Florida’s airport issues with Congress, FAA, TSA and other federal agencies.

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The General Aviation Committee serves as the voice of Florida’s general aviation/community airports, addressing issues of specific concern to managers of these airports, and presenting recommendations to the Board of Directors. Members are airport managers, airport staff, and professionals with specific expertise.

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The IT Committee consists of professional IT staff at airports and their respective corporate counterparts. This committee focuses on the latest issues and developments in the information technology industry and assists Florida’s small airports with their technological needs.

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The Legal Committee keeps members updated on the latest developments in federal and state law as it applies to airports, with particular emphasis on regulatory matters (FDOT and FAA), educates airport lawyers and non-lawyers on non-airport, Florida-specific legal issues, and educates those who have a substantial legal component to their jobs on issues about which they should have a basic familiarity.

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Noise Abatement & Community Affairs Committee: Airport noise and community relations are critically important to Florida’s airports.  This committee focuses on off-airport noise issues, including land use, airport zoning and community relations activities, and serves as a sounding board for noise abatement professionals and public information specialists throughout the state.

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The purpose of the Operations Committee is to educate members on common issues relevant to operations departments and staff at Florida airports, to network regarding solutions and to share experiences.  Issues addressed include air-side construction challenges, emergency/irregular operations, preparation for and recovery after emergencies, wildlife mitigation, MCI drills, Cert inspections, and more.

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This Security Committee provides an opportunity for airport security directors, security coordinators, and airport police chiefs/ /officers to discuss best practices and security related issues that impact Florida’s airports as well as share information on latest technologies and laws impacting their airport functions.

 

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The State Affairs Committee, chaired each year by the FAC Vice-Chairman, is charged with monitoring state legislation that may impact the airport industry and recommends actions to be taken to the Board of Directors. This committee hosts the State Summit each year in Tallahassee to discuss the Council’s legislative agenda with individual members of the Florida Legislature and appointed state leaders.

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The Training Committee is a conduit for educational programs that benefit the airport and corporate members of the Council. The committee works with other FAC committees to advise on training and activities to educate member professionals regarding the ever-changing skills needed to support the industry. The committee supports FAC initiatives by providing advice regarding the value of training programs, the measurement of training program efficiency and effectiveness, and providing a forum for the development of standard statewide training programs.



Upcoming Events
2017 Specialty Conference
Wednesday, October 25 - Friday, October 27, 2017
2018 49th Annual Conference & Exposition
Sunday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 18, 2018